THE FOLLOWING THINGS WILL HELP US MATURE IN THE LORD.

a. Diligently read His word and seek His will for our lives.  Hebrews 11:6 states, "......and that He is a rewarder of
     those who diligently seek Him.  As we read His word and seek His will, our lives will be transformed.  Romans
     12:2 tells us, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
     you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  

b. Examine our lives to make sure the transformation to the image of Christ is taking place. Paul the Apostle
     says in 2 Corth. 13:5 “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith.  Test yourselves. Do you not
     know yourselves, that  Jesus Christ is in you?--unless indeed you are disqualified. Also Paul  states in 1 Corth.
     9:27, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself
     should  become disqualified.

c. Keep short accounts with the Lord by consistently acknowledging our sins before Him.  We should also
    examine our actions and thoughts before the Lord to make sure that we are adhering to scriptures. Our
    lives should be a walking testimony.    

d. Learn and adhere to the essential doctrines of the Christian faith which demand unity in the body of Christ.   
    But we should exhibit liberty and charity in regards to the non-essentials of the Christian faith which do not
    demand unity in the body of Christ. Also if a different view on a non- essential aligns more closely to scripture,
    we should be willing to change our view even if it comes with a cost.

THESE GOLDEN NUGGETS HAVE HELPED ME MATURE IN THE LORD.

  1. As Matthew 7:5 tells us,  First take the log out of our own eye, to be able to clearly see to take the speck out of your brother's eye. 
  2. Remember the things that appear small like giving someone a cup of cold water, giving someone an encouraging word or being a good listener. Per Matthew 10:42 -  And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.
  3. Although we know that Christ on the cross paid for our past, present, and future sins keep short accounts with God. When you stumble, immediately ask for forgiveness and continue on the road of holiness.
  4.  Be like a Berean and study the scriptures.
  5. Always match everything you hear, see, and feel in light of scripture.
  6.  Seek a prayer partner, someone who is like minded and is interested in maturing in the Lord and pray on a consistent basis.
                                                 THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS TO READ:
 
  • Books by Lee Strobel, especially "A case for Christ".
  • Barnes Notes - by Albert Barnes
  • A Systematic Theology of the Christian Religion - by J. Oliver Buswell
  • Counterfeit Revival & Christianity in Crisis - by Hank Hanegraaff
  • Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Revelation Four Views - by Steven Gregg
  • The Parousia - by J. Stuart Russell forwarded by R.C. Sproul
  •  The Institutes of the Christian Religion - by John Calvin
  • Systematic Theology - by Charles Hodge


                                                 SOME OF MY FAVORITE SCRIPTURE VERSES:

     
  • Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,   to them who are called according to His purpose.
  • Philippians 2:13 - For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
  • John 10:27-29 - My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who had given them to Me, is greater then all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand.  

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