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Evidence of Christian Growth (3 of 6)
2 Peter 1:5-7
July 30, 2006
INTRODUCTION: Have you ever noticed how many people you know who are literally at the same place today as they were 5 years ago? I read this week that "good" leaders care about those who follow them, but "great" leaders get personally involved in helping solve their personal difficulties. EXAMPLE: Jesus going to heal Peter's mother-in-law; Paul's care of Onesimus. True leadership extends beyond formal relationships and official duties. Christian leaders care about the whole person.
Do you feel you are standing still in life, or maybe the "hurrier I go the behinder I get?" It's as if people unplug their clocks at a certain point in time and stay at that fixed moment the rest of their lives.
You are destined to grow, learn, and improve. The biggest room in our lives is always the room for self-improvement.
John Mason said, "If a man stands with his right foot on a hot stove and his left foot in a freezer, some statistician would assert that, on the average, he is comfortable." Nothing could be further from the truth. God doesn't want us to live our lives with one foot in heaven and one foot in the world. He wants all of us. There is something significant that happens when we become wholly yielded to Him.
Billy Graham prayed as a young man, "God, let me do something, anything, for you."
Martin Luther sums up being fully yielded this way: "God created the world out of nothing, and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us."
You can trust the Lord too little, but you can never trust Him too much.
Psalms 84:11, "For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly."
I. GODLINESS. (PIETY) .6
A. WHAT IT'S NOT.
"unholy" (profane) – permitted to be trodden; it has an illuminating background. It was used for ground that was profane in con ...
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