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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…we become more and more like Him.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18 TLB

To make us more Christ-like God will use His Word, other people, and difficult circumstances. God’s Word provides the truth we need to know, God’s people provide the support we need to grow, and difficult circumstances provide the environment we need to show Christ-likeness. If you apply God’s Word, connect regularly with other believers, and learn to trust God in every situation, you will become more like Jesus. Count on it; it will happen! You say:

(1) ‘Some days I wonder if I’ll ever get there.‘ Spiritual maturity is neither automatic nor guaranteed. It’s a gradual, progressive development that will require commitment and discipline. ‘This will continue until we are…mature, just as Christ is…’ (Ephesians 4:13 CEV) Even when you falter and fail, God will be faithful to you. He is committed to your spiritual growth as long as you are! (2) ‘Sometimes I wonder if I’ve chosen the right career.’ All of us have times of doubt and confusion. Don’t worry about it. God’s more concerned about your character than your career, because you’ll take your character into eternity with you. The Bible says: ‘Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all His demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity.’ (Romans 12:2 PHPS) Every day you must make a decision, a counter-cultural decision to focus on becoming like Jesus. As you do, God’s indwelling Spirit will empower you to carry it out.

SoulFood: Phil 3:8-14, 2 Cor 5:14-21, Ps 77:11-20, Pr 9:10-12

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