by Ernest Easley

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The Signs of a Growing Christian (5 of 13)
Series: Living While Looking Up
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

If the New Testament book of 1 Thessalonians teaches us anything .. it teaches us that we are to be LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP! Here's how Jesus says it in Matthew 24.42-44, "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming, but know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." And to "be ready" for His return involves LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP!
Did you know that by being here with other saints worshipping the Lord today is a part of LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP? Well .. it is. Hebrews 10.24-25, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching." What day? The day Jesus returns for His saints!
That's why God gave us the book of 1st Thessalonians: to help get us ready for the second coming of Jesus. So take God's word and join me in the second chapter of 1 Thessalonians as we continue our series of messages under the heading: LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP.
Now look up here for just a minute. Knowing that Jesus is coming again .. answer me this: are you a growing Christian? If Jesus came today .. would He find you growing in your relationship with Him? Would He find you growing in your walk with Him? You know .. not everybody who grows old, grows up. And how I pray that He will find us still growing when we see Him face to face. It's a part of LIVING WHILE LOOKING UP: growing in grace!
Question: how can you tell if you're growing or not? I mean .. how can you determine if you're a growing Christian? Can you measure spiritual growth?
Well … let me sa ...

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