“My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you.” (Galatians 4:19 NKJV)
A father was talking with his daughter and her five-year-old
friend, Elizabeth, about birthdays. Elizabeth’s was March 30 and the father’s
was March 27. "Our birthdays are three days apart," he said to her.
She looked up at him and remarked, "Yeah, but you grew much faster than I
did." Well that brings us to a question… How fast are you growing?
I know some of us are growing in places that we don’t want to. We seem to be expanding at the wrong places. And it is going so fast that it seems to be out of control. But there is a special kind of growth that we all should want to be an essential part of our lives called SPIRITUAL GROWTH. There are at least three stages to spiritual growth:
1) Conception: It results from intimacy between two people. God's love for you is clear and compelling, but the question is, how much do you love Him? (John 21:15)
2) Forming: Paul writes: 'My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you' (Galatians 4:19 NKJV). God knows the experiences required to produce in us the character of Christ and He'll do whatever it takes to bring it about.
3) Pushing: When you commit to bringing forth what God has placed within you, you'll have to push against everything everybody ever did to you or said about you. God will help you to bring it out, but it's up to you to push. In fact, it may not happen if you don't. You'll have to push against satanic attacks in all their debilitating forms such as bad memories, low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. The devil may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you back and putting you down, but today God is saying to you, 'I want to open you up, I want to empower you to give birth to what I've placed within you.'
When a baby is born, everything in the family changes. The same is true for you. When you give birth to what God's placed within you, everything in your life will be affected. God's blessing is an overflowing blessing that will touch every area of your existence. A mother knows when she's pregnant; the same is true in the spiritual realm. So don't fail to give birth to what God has put within you. Now is the time for you to bring it forth!
In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E.
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA
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