Grow in Your Christian Faith

Posted: June 1, 2012 in 2012

The birth of an infant is an exciting time for every family. Families share in the excitement of the new addition to their family and the wonderful life that lies ahead. People gather to share laughter, smiles and joy over the new life they have come to know and enjoy. The exciting moments of childbirth soon give way to the demands and responsibility of daily living. Anticipation settles into an inevitable reality of daily provisions. Providing proper care, nutrition, healthy living, exercise and developing trusting relationships are all part of a child’s growth and development. These realities overwhelmingly become the forefront of daily living. Parents and caregivers can easily lose themselves in the caring, nurturing and attending to a child’s constant need for help, health and heart-felt comfort that will enable the child to grow and develop mentally, physically and emotionally. Similar are the realities for the new-born in Christ. The child of God must grow and develop in the new spiritual life found in Christ.

God is our loving heavenly Father. He seeks to draw us near to Him so that He can nurture each of His children into healthy and enjoyable lives with Himself through His Son Jesus Christ. He feeds His children through His Son, the Word of God. His Word is “the bread of life” (Jn 6:35). It is alive and “living” (Heb 4:12). The Word of God strengthens the believer through faith in Christ and enables us to grow and mature in Him. Believers become malnourished without the word of God. Jesus said “without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:5). So what is the state of God’s children today? Do we thrive with spiritual health, wellness and energy? What should a healthy thriving child of God (Christian) look like?

A healthy, thriving Christian bears the fruit of christ, the Vine (jn 15:1) . The sap that flows through the Vine will flow into the branch to not only give life to the branch but produce the fruit of the Vine. Fruit comes from the Vine, not the branch. The branch only bears the fruit. A branch of itself can do nothing. In the Vine the branch has life and fruitfulness. Life is received through the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God is life and gives life to all who receive Jesus Christ as Savior. Through salvation in Jesus Christ, the believer bears the fruit of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22). Notice the word is “fruit” and not fruits. What a blessing that every child of God is made alive to bear this fruit. Not just some of these qualities, but all.

How is it possible for the believer to manifest all these Spiritual character qualities and not just some of them. Consider the believer who is easily angered or overbearing with others. How does this character flaw impact the spiritual character of the person and the internal working of the Holy Spirit? Can love and anger co-exist? What about joy? Peace? Long-suffering? Kindness? Or any of the other fruit qualities of the Spirit? Can any of the Spiritual characteristics exist with selfish, fleshly desires? Even if we say thay are harmless. One might say that the anger can be managed so the angered believer demonstrates acts of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, and so on. He has become an actor, not spirit filled. Too many Christians today are working towards acting-careers rather laboring in their field to cultivate a fruitful harvest in the Spirit of God. To many Christian souls (fields) are filled with rocks, stones, and weeds that choke out the seeds sown by the word of God. Let’s begin by removing the plank from our eye so that we can see to clearly the obstacles that hinder a fruitful harvest in our life as believers in Christ. Start today by submitting yourself to a spiritual examination. Examine your motives, attitudes and thoughts. Root out any impure thing that has a choke hold on your life. Then you will see life revive within your soul and the fruit of the Spirit begin to flourish. Grow your Christian faith.

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