Grow In Grace
But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. ~ 2 Peter 3:18
Whether you make new year’s resolutions or not, we should all aspire to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every day. Here are six steps you can take (if you’re not already) to further your walk with God:
Seek God first in everything. Instead of thinking about what you want, think about what God wants of you.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. ~ Matthew 6:33
Study the Bible. Find a devotional online (Bible.com is a great starting place), do a prepared bible study or study up on the scripture used in church sermons. But you can’t truly seek God if you’re not reading his Word.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. ~ 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Be humble. Pride is a sneaky thing that causes a wedge between us and God, as well as each other.
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. ~ 1 Peter 3:8
Pray. This verse says Jesus prayed often. If Jesus, who was God, prayed all the time, then we should probably take note and do the same.
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. ~ Luke 5:16
Praise God for the simple fact that he is God. He deserves all glory and praise and when we worship him with our whole hearts we are brought closer to him.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. ~ Psalm 29:2
Encourage each other. As we grow in grace we don’t need to keep it to ourselves. Instead, we need to share that grace with each other.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
We don’t have to wait for the start of a new year to up our Jesus game. We can start any time of any day.
I like sunrises, Mondays, and new seasons. God seems to be saying, “with me you can always start afresh.” ~ Ada Lum
What would you add to the list?
- Undeniably God Ministries Interview - June 22, 2018
- The Mourning After - March 31, 2018
- ‘Tis The Season - December 1, 2017
Good ones. And plenty for me to think about and build new habits around!! Thanks, Jen
Fanks for this. Already got my Bible in a Year picked out and begun, and I’m excited about it, since I Took her off to do the scripture writing plan. I don’t think I can think of any others. Number one, especially is one where I need to park (more often). Great reminders, friend!
Ah, I did think of one, but it’s covered under the umbrella of #1, perhaps.
Give generously. Of time, talent, and treasure.
Great addition, Gretchen!
I’ve been pretty off balance in the Jesus department, inconsistent and I can feel it. I need to get back to putting him first every single day. I’m so thankful that he loves me anyway and it’s a love I don’t take for granted.
Thanks for this reminder to get back to basics. xoxoxo
I’m getting better at making him my priority, but some days are better than others. 🙂 Love that grace we’re given!
This is so great, Jen…thanks
I was reading this morning about Spiritual Transformation – that fits right in with this – we need Three components
Vision, Intent (which requires decisions) and Means – (a pattern, or practices, which you have mentioned above). For me the most valuable part, is knowing we don’t do it alone – When we put our hand to the plow, God is with us, in us and before us…it is possible!!
Thanks for your encouragement, Ruth!