Today’s Verse

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

2 Corinthians 13:5

Sunday, January 9

Every Christian is either in a state of spiritual growth or stagnation. If you are growing spiritually, you pray constantly, study Scripture daily, share your faith, love biblical teaching and long for the Lord’s Day. The person who matures in Christ is extremely sensitive to sin, quickly repents and longs for holiness. When you are growing in the Lord you continually think on the things of God and speak of them at every occasion. The living water of salvation and the power of the Holy Spirit flows through you.

On the contrary, the stagnant Christian is just that, a stagnant pool, the power of the Spirit no longer flows. The scum and muck of the world overlays the living water. If you are a stagnant Christian, you find time for everything but prayer and Bible study. You don’t feel comfortable talking about Jesus in front of others and you often camouflage your faith. You may go to church but you don’t look forward to it; you just endure it. You see the Christian life as a duty to be performed not a joy to be embraced.

Today you may have joy or a sense of duty; which will you embrace?

Weekly Memory Verse

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Ephesians 3:14

"Unless there is an element of risk in your exploits for God, there is no need for faith."
- Hudson Taylor

Pastor Armstrong

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