This is the first part of the conclusion to our "Knowledge of God" devotional series.
Our Bible Memory Verse contains two commands for growth:
- Grow in Grace
- Grow in your knowledge of God
GROW IN GRACE
While growing up, my parents purchased clothes and shoes for me that were always a little bigger than my current size. Why?
My parents knew that a healthy boy would continue to grow, and that one day I would grow into those larger sizes. When we are saved through faith in Jesus Christ, we are set into a sea of God's Grace that is both deep and wide. It does not grow, but we are instructed to grow in it.
We can grow in His Grace by realizing every day how much of our sin has been eternally covered by Jesus' death on the cross. The Apostle Paul said in
"... but where sin abounded, grace did much more abound."
When we trust in Jesus to save our soul, we are seeking God's forgiveness for the penalty of every sin we have committed and every sin we will ever commit - He knows them all. Although we are saved from the penalty of sin, we will continue to sin. To daily admit to God sorrow for our new sins and thankfulness for His eternal forgiveness, we affirm a growing understanding of His Amazing Grace that eternally saved us.
So, should we sin more in order to grow more in grace? No! God said that we are to grow in Grace by daily practicing more of His righteousness (
Romans 5:20-21). Pray each day for opportunities to love God and others, like Jesus did. This is growing in His Grace.
Another way to grow in God's Grace is to grow in your knowledge of God. Both of these growth actions are in our Bible Memory verse. They are also connected in
2 Peter 1:2.
"Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through
the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord."
What is the difference between addition and multiplication? (
Multiplication increases much faster than addition does.) God is promising to us an ever increasing growth in His Grace. How is this growth available to us? (
Through the knowledge of God)
We will use the next devotion to understand more about pursuing the knowledge of God.
WHY DOES THIS MATTER:
Because GOD IS PERSONAL, seek to know Him personally every day.
Read God's Word every day looking for sins to avoid, promises to claim, actions to take, and descriptions of God's character and nature. Pray and thank God for His special revelation of Himself to you.
All of these devotions were designed to learn more about God every day. This is the beginning of the conclusion to that series.
The image below is a summary of all the attributes of God that we have studied and applied. They will be available soon from the Family Ministry page of the Florence Baptist Temple website.
for the whole series.