Sunday, May 1, 2016

GROWTH

     Everything in this corner of Colorado is covered with snow from another spring storm. Yet under that snow there is new growth. Baby pine cones are developing. Here and there a tiny dandelion is showing yellow beneath all that white stuff. The cones and weeds are not struggling. Given the right conditions, they just grow.

     In things of the spirit, growth and struggle may even work against each other. By faith we receive every good thing from Father God. When we fight for the answer we need, it's easy to slip into expecting our efforts to bring it about. There's a perfect balance in Christ. We do need wisdom to withstand the enemy's doings while keeping our focus on Jesus and what He has already accomplished through His death, burial and resurrection.

      If we look back to the moment we chose to receive Jesus as Lord, every one of us can see positive change. We can rest knowing that He is working in us as we trust Him. Paul said, "He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ... bringing it to full completion." (Philippians 1:6 Amp.) 

     New life begins with a seed. A cone matures and produces seeds. The wind scatters them. Ones that fall on fertile soil will sprout and begin to grow. Jesus said the seed that produces life in believers is the word of God. (Luke 8:11) When our hearts are receptive to the teaching, spiritual growth will happen in us. Even though the first stages of development are hidden, they are happening.

     As desperate as we may be to receive an answer, Father God's desire for each one's need to be met is infinitely greater. Simple faith opens the way. Picture a child asking Mom for a drink. His Mom fills a glass and holds it out to him. Except the child comes to Mom and opens his hand to take the glass she can't quench his thirst.

     Our God is more than willing to supply our need. When we know that and come to Him, open to His goodness and believing, we co-operate with Him and receive. The life He deposits in us grows and produces fruit that nourishes others bringing answers to them. 

     In Hebrews 10:22, 23 we read, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith...Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;)" (KJV) We can be excited about how far we have come and look forward with joy to what we will be as we trust in Him. 

3 comments:

  1. Reaching out my hand to take that glass of water . . . . Great image of how we receive from God.

    Thanks for this, Mary !

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  2. So nice to hear your voice, Mary! I've been thinking of you in the last few days... Reminded of a Write Canada visit some yrs ago when you gave me the cd Beautiful Tapestry, which I've enjoyed while cooking dinner this wk. Glad you're still flourishing.

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  3. About struggling... I don't remember which translation it is that renders "Be still and know that I am God" as "Cease striving and know that I am God." It's a balance indeed, to stand and do our part but to not struggle in our own strength. Thanks for the encouragement to simply come to the Lord and receive what He's offering, in His perfect time.

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