Ordained and Sustained by Mark Baker

Ordained and Sustained
Mark Baker
1 John 2:12-14

1 John 2:12. I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. 13. I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father. 14. I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.

Recently I was thinking about some of the different lessons the Lord has taught me and how he brought me up step by step. This section of Scripture in 1 John 2, kept coming up in my spirit. I was reminded that there is an important lesson here that we all need to keep in mind as we go through life's trials.

Growth is part of everyday life. We can't avoid it or run from it if we want to mature in the things of God. Sustained growth is the plan of God for each one of us. I would like to say that anything less than this is outside of the plan that God has for us and can lead to stagnation. I don't think any one would consciously say I want stagnation for my life.

James said that our life is like a vapor. We are just passing though.

James 4:14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Compared to eternity we have such a short time here in this life that we have been given. At the same time God is so wonderfully awesome that we will spend the rest of eternity learning about Him and growing in His ways. Then how is it that we think we know so much when we learn a little bit about our wonderful Creator. I know this, the more I know about Him and grow in Him, the more I realize how much I don't know. Realizing this can help keep you humble. Humility will allow yo ...


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