Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

What hinders our growing in Grace?

2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.”

To hinder is to throw up a roadblock, to stop the flowing of water, to put something in the way of progress.

So, again I ask: What hinders our growing in grace?

What has our Adversary, the devil, used to get us off the Way, or what has he thrown into the flowing stream of the Holy Spirit, to quench Him?

The grace of God flows easily to us, as long as there is nothing that hinders.
(Remember, grace is the unmerited favor of power for our lives, in this situation)

Perhaps the ideas of the world, or worries, or anger, have gotten in to your thoughts.
(Plainly, it is hard to remove them once they are there.)
But confession (1 John 1:9), and getting back to where you were with the Lord, is the first step to receiving more grace.

If you need direction for what is next, if you need strength to get through the day, if you need peace; God’s grace is there to “help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)….but we can not hinder it, or we will not receive it in the fullness He wants us to have it.

Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whither of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”

To whom ye yield yourselves?
As we yield to the Holy Spirit through our new nature as born again ones, we begin to feel that “flowing water” removing all that hinders.

John 7:37-38 “In the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying, If any man thirst, let come unto Me, and drink.
He that believeth on Me, as the scripture has said, out of his belly (innermost character) shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this he spake of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

And we begin to know the strengthening influence of walking in the Light.
For this is what we are given: light to see honestly, light to see which way to go, light to see how to do.

Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

In the Old Testament, the Commandment was, “Go and do.”

In the New Testament (after Christ has paid the penalty for our sins, and given us His Life), the Commandment is, “Come unto Me.”

Come to be born again, and receive the Holy Spirit.
Come to be given grace.
Come to be shown My Way for you.

It is always, Come to Me.
And perhaps this is the real hinderance to our growing in grace: we have stopped coming to Him for everything.

Wherever you are in your life; you can “Come” to Christ, now.
Ask for the help you need, now; And He will answer you.

 

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