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It is a natural law for every living thing to grow or to mature isn’t it? If any living thing will not grow that means that living thing has a problem. Agree?
How about you? God has added a new year to you, how far has you grown up? Maybe you are not growing tall because you are old, but how far have you grown up in your character, faith and beliefs? This is just a very important question to ask ourselves before Chinese New Year comes. The bible has been there to remind us to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ so that we will not fall into our secure position in Christ Jesus. (2Peter 3:17)
Reality is many of us has been here for decade, years and years, but still continually struggling with sins. Still not growing. Why is like that? May because of these three I’s, ?
1. INGRATITUDE: is lack of gratitude for something that has been done for you. (Collins Dictionary) .The Bible has very clear example how ingratitude people are.
“Even though they knew he was God, they did not worship him as God. They did not thank him. Their thoughts were no good. Their foolish minds became dark”. (Romans 1:21)
Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. People who do not appreciate or give thanks will never grow in their faith. Don’t you know that giving back your tithe and offering is one way of appreciating God for the job or business you have? So make sure 2020 You heart always be filled with thanksgiving and gratitude.
2. IMPENITENT: in the sense of unrepentant (Collins). Yes this is another big issue that hinder people to grow Spiritually being impenitent or unrepentant. Doing sins over and over again. Problem is, you are not just growing up, but storing the wrath of God upon yourself.
“But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God's wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed” . Romans 2:5
A mature person cannot treasure sin on their heart. At the end of the day he must back to God and repent!
3. IDENTITY CRISES: Many people today has identity Crises, they don’t know who they are! Yes, we used to lived in sin. But here is the truth when you give your life to Jesus. You become a new creation the old has come and the new is come. (2Corinthians 5:17). Jesus has restored you and me into the original His original creation.
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
You now have a citizenship is in heaven. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, (Philippians 3:20).You Are a child of God this your new identity.