Growing in Christ – Prayer for October 4. Praise the Lord everybody! God is concerned that a large number of Christian are becoming “lifers”, meaning those who claim to have been “saved for years” but have not grown one inch since that day. They have become stumbling blocks and “millstones” around their own necks and those who are new and growing in Christ.
Bible Verse for Today
“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” (Matthew 23:1-13)
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees of yesterday and today by these words. Today a lot of Christians want to be affiliated with Jesus without becoming too involved. They don’t want to get involved in the following doctrine or the process of sanctification and living holy. They just want to be seen in church on Sunday and do their own thing the rest of the week.
They don’t want to be totally washed clean by the blood of Jesus, they just want a little “sprinkling”, so they can say they had the experience.
God wants His Church to take on the spirit of Peter, who when told by Jesus that if he did not let Jesus wash his feet he could have no part of Him. Causing Peter to ask that Jesus not only wash his feet but wash all of him. (John chapt. 13) Peter was all in!! Peter wanted all the Jesus he could get. If it meant getting closer to Jesus, then Peter wanted to be totally washed and submerged in Christ.
We must remain in constant fellowship
We can no longer be Christian by Affiliation only, we must now be in Christ by not only Affiliation but also by facilitation and consecration. We must remain in constant fellowship, we must do what we can to help facilitate the spread of the Gospel of Christ while remaining a holy and consecrated example for the world to see and follow. God bless you all.
Growing in Christ Prayer for Today
Father God, we thank you that you chastise those that you love. Father help us not to become “lifers” in your Church, “dead wood” or stumbling blocks. Help us to be viable, productive members of the body of Christ. Keep us from becoming stagnant and weary in our well doing. Help us to grow in Christ! In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
Also read: HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST Prayer for October 3