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Growing in God’s Grace

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July 8, 2021 8:00 pm

Growing in God’s Grace

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July 8, 2021 8:00 pm

The English preacher Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892) lived life “full throttle.” He became a pastor at age 19—and soon was preaching to large crowds. He personally edited all of his sermons, which eventually filled sixty-three volumes, and wrote many commentaries, books on prayer, and other works. And he typically read six books a week! In one of his sermons, Spurgeon said, “The sin of doing nothing is about the biggest of all sins, for it involves most of the others. . . . Horrible idleness! God save us from it!”

Spurgeon lived with diligence, which meant he “[made] every effort” (2 Peter 1:5) to grow in God’s grace and to live for Him. If we are Christ’s followers, God can instill in us that same desire and capacity to grow more like Jesus, to “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge . . . self-control, perseverance . . . godliness” (vv. 3, 5–7)

We each have different motivations, abilities, and energy levels—not all of us can, or should, live at Spurgeon’s pace! But when we understand all Jesus has done for us, we have the greatest motivation for diligent, faithful living. And we find our strength through the resources God has given us to live for and serve Him. God through His Spirit can empower us in our efforts—big and small—to do so.

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It's time for today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional are reading is titled growing in God's grace and it was written by Allison Kita the English preacher, Charles H.

Spurgeon lived life full throttle. He became a pastor at age 19, and soon was preaching to large crowds he personally edited all of his sermons, which eventually filled 63 volumes and wrote many commentaries books on prayer and other works and he typically read six books a week in one of his sermons. Spurgeon said the sin of doing nothing is about the biggest of all sins, for it involves most of the others. Horrible idleness.

God save us from it. Charles Spurgeon lived with diligence, which meant he made every effort to grow in God's grace and to live for him.

If we are Christ's followers God can instill in us that same desire and capacity to grow more like Jesus to as second Peter one says make every effort to add to our faith, goodness, and to goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness. We each have different motivations, abilities and energy levels.

Not all of us can or should live a Charles Spurgeon space but when we understand all Jesus has done for us. We have the greatest motivation for diligent, faithful living and we find our strength to the resources God has given us to live for and serve him God through his spirit can empower us in our efforts big and small to do so.

Our Scripture reading today is from second Peter chapter 1 verses three through 11.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness and to goodness, knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance, and to perseverance godliness into godliness. Mutual affection and to mutual affection, love, for if you possess these qualities in increasing measure they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, but whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm your calling and election for if you do these things you will never stumble and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Let's pray. Loving God. We pray that you would give us courage and passion for the work you have planned for us today. May everything we do be done to the best of our ability. Knowing that you have equipped us with everything we need to accomplish your will for us.

Thank you Lord it in Jesus name we pray.

Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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