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"...Be on your guard, so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity." 2 Peter 3:18.
We are admonished to be on our guard and we are admonished to grow; if we are told to grow in grace then it must be something we are able to do, and even seems we have a responsibility to grow.
Growing in the Lord counteracts error and lawlessness. When we grow in our knowledge of His Word, the Bible, we learn what pleases Him and what offends Him. Since we live in relationship with the Lord then our relationship deepens.
The first mark of growth is change. If there is no change there is no growth, if there is no growth then there may be no life.
Not all grow at the same rate or speed, daisies grow in a season but an oak tree may take decades. Not all growth is observable, sometimes things are happening inside that can't be seen from the outside.
We have many cute little ways to explain things that the Bible teaches and it is OK to a point, we often say grace is Gods Riches At Christ's Expense. That is nice and technically true but grace is a lot more than that, that acronym is chapter one of an encyclopedic truth. The Bible has many references to grace- some suggest favor, and some suggest a relationship in God of which He gives approval.
HOW DO WE GROW IN GRACE?
There is a one-time experience of grace associated with salvation, and our lives become a continuation of that experience. As we came to God for salvation so, in the same way, we must come to him for daily needs, guidance, power.
Grace has a relationship with faith. Whatever faith expression you used when you came to Jesus is the same way you must come to him daily. If you expressed faith by the idea that you accept Jesus then use the same thought that you accept victory or growing in him. If you express faith in that you ask Jesus into your life use the same expression each day and ask to grow. Live faith and you will grow in grace.
Part of living the faith life is living a disciplined life. Practice the discipline of reading your Bible every day, spending quality time in prayer, participating in the fellowship of others of faith. Do the good works He inspires you to do.
Growing grace will lead you to become more submissive to Jesus as Lord. You cannot grow in grace if you are rebelling against Jesus and his teaching.
Grace is one of the expressions of salvation that the Bible uses. If you have not trusted Jesus as savior you cannot grow spiritually.
To learn more about coming to Jesus as your savior see my other blog.
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