Once we have embraced Christ Jesus as our Savior, it is time to advance

Advance
Add to Your Faith – Part 1

Scripture Reading:  2 Peter 1:1-9

Key Verse: 2 Peter 1:5

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge

The Life Path has included two steps up to this point: Pursuing and embracing.  Our next step, once we have embraced Christ Jesus as our Savior, is to advance.  This stage is the growing stage of our journey with God.  We don’t want our new found faith to slip backwards.  The path to abundant living must include advancing in our knowledge and understanding of God.  We need to be trained and equipped to live a victorious life over sin.

            Our printed key verse for today says it clearly: “add to your faith.”  Our faith is what brings us eternal life.  Romans 10:9 declares: “That if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  After we make this confession, we begin the journey of growing into the person that honors God.  Much like a newborn baby; that baby is as full of life as it is ever going to be, yet we know it faces a lot of growth.

            Throughout the scriptures we read this concept of growth.  Ephesians 4:15 tells us, “…speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the head, that is, Christ.”  In 1 Peter 2:2 we read, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”  Again, in 2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…”  Are you ready to advance?

Father, help me to never grow weary in well doing.  Help me to continue my growth in both wisdom and courage.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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