Every generation of people has tried to do what Christ has already done. They struggle, worry, fight, work, pray, strive, and compete instead of resting in the truth of God’s Word.
If you know in your heart that you are struggling and not experiencing the fullness of the divine nature, not allowing Christ to fully live His life in and through you and you want Him to, then this letter is for you.
Let the truth in God’s Word put an end to your trying, and turn it to trusting. Jesus said, “Apart from Me, you can do nothing.” Please believe Him! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Learning to experience this truth of “Christ as your source of life” is what Growing in Grace and Knowledge is all about. The last words given to the church by the Apostle Peter were to: “Grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…” II Peter 3:18
We’ve been saved by grace, set free by grace, but we must also learn how to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. That’s the mission of our ministry to help people get better in their daily walk as they grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord. And the nice thing about it is we don’t have to be sick to get better. The biggest room in the world today is the room for improvement. And we all can improve at becoming less and less as He becomes more and more in our lives. Remember Christianity is not a self-improvement, but a self-replacement. Jesus doesn’t make us better, He is our better.
The Word of God is the key to learning. One goes from the known to the unknown through spirit-fed information. Here’s a question: how many of you know everything there is to know? Well, all right then, what if what you don’t know could radically enhance your life here on earth, would you want to know?
There are two ways of learning, education from teachers and revelation from God. Education informs; revelation transforms. The Word of God tells us to be transformed through the renewing of our mind. Some teach by the letter (law), some teach by the spirit (grace). II Corinthians 3:6 reads: “He has made us competent ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the spirit. For the letter kills, but the spirit gives life.”
Galatians 5:4 says: “All who are trying to be justified by the law have alienated themselves from Christ and have fallen from grace.” Growing in Grace is all about the truth that sets us free from trying to live the Christian life in our own strength to trusting in the only one who can, Christ Jesus living His life in and through us. That’s grace, He does it all and the Word teaches us that once we know the truth, the truth will set us free.
Paul tells us the mystery of Christianity is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Growing in grace is best realized in Galatians 2:20 where Paul writes: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in the body, I now live by faith…”
Titus 2:11 reads: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It (grace) teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and Godly lives in this present age…”
I Thessalonians 5:24 tells us: “The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.” Well, there it is. My last words to you today are to keep Growing in Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever more. Amen!