7:18). T. Austin-Sparks: “The first phase of our spiritual experience may be a great and overflowing joy, with a marvelous sense of emancipation. In every area of our life, there should be signs of growth. Knowledge of Reckoning 7 4. This best-seller goes to the basics of the … There are no right or wrong answers, only true answers. And still worse, the earth smears and injures that nice, shiny golden coat. 5:7) and “live” (Gal. But we shall know that what is impossible with self is possible with God. The appropriation of, the resting in, the reality must be on the basis of faith, not struggle and labor. Experiences and blessings, though real gracious visitations from the Lord, are not sufficient to rest upon, nor should they lead us to glory in ourselves, as if we had a store of grace for time to come, or were yet at the end of the conflict. 10:18). In this condition Adam “begat a son in his own likeness, after his [fallen] image” (Gen. 5:3). When you are not walking in the Spirit you are in the flesh: you have turned to the old man which was crucified on the cross (Rom. Its existence is necessary for all others to occur. For believers to ‘consecrate themselves to God’ ere they have learnt their union with Christ in death and resurrection (identification) is only to present to God the members of the natural man, which He cannot accept. Thank God, He has accepted us in His Son, and upon this fact we must rest our faith. The Seed has been implanted—now the entire question is one of growth and maturity. 6:5). This subject of consecration seems to be badly misunderstood by so many believers. Once again we believe and declare it. 2 Peter 3:18 NIV Not many people can say that on the day they were saved, someone explained the steps to spiritual growth… /Width 625 It is the essential step before real spiritual growth can flourish. We ask Him to come when He Is already present and waiting for us to recognize Him. 3:12, 14). “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col. 2:6). “In actual experience, when we have apprehended our deliverance through death with Christ, the self-life often appears more alive than ever! Three Steps in Reckoning 4 3. We are not left to deal with the old life ourselves; it has been dealt with by Christ on the cross. It is growth to maturity. In these passages our union (identification) with Christ, the crucified One, and the conformity to Him resulting from the union, are represented as the result of the power exercised within us and upon us by the cross” (Andrew Murray). F.J. Huegel: “If the great Luther, with his stirring message of justification by faith, had with Paul moved on from Romans 5 to Romans 6 with its amazing declarations concerning the now justified sinner’s position of identification with his crucified Lord, would not a stifled Protestantism be on higher ground today? It is altogether too tough to be killed by abusing the body or starving the affections” (A.W. By themselves they are an inadequate basis for a man’s lasting influence to God. 1:23). This fact enables us to hold still while He patiently works into our character that life of ours which is hid with Christ in God. 78,79). growth principles will be applied to the task of developing a missional church. 6:6)” (His Side Versus Our Side, p. 40). 8:31).”. Read 7 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Hence God has but one stipulation for consecration: “Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead” (Rom. Now is the time, right in these next few moments, to make sure, on the authority of His eternal Word, as to His purpose for your personal life. Make it to be a medium, not of Biblical scholarship, but of fellowship with Christ. J. C. Metcalfe faithfully writes: “It is more than comforting to realize that it is those who have plumbed the depths of failure to whom God invariably gives the call to shepherd others. Again Mr. Stoney says, “The true value of anything is known only when it is wanted.” Mr. Darby makes this doubly clear by writing: “Wisdom and philosophy never found out God; He makes Himself known to us through our needs; necessity finds Him out. The new will is a permanent gift, an attribute of the new nature. ‘If only I were stronger,’ we say, ‘I could overcome my violent outbursts of temper,’ and so we plead with the Lord to strengthen us that we may exercise more self-control. “If our hearts are really true to Him we may be assured He will lead us on in the knowledge of Himself just as fast as we are able to advance. It is a faith which sees myself identified with Christ in His death and resurrection.”. And yet there is a hunger deep within that will not allow him to quit. 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Book Condition: New. “Calvary is the secret of it all. 4:11, 12). The Holy Spirit has Paul write to each of us: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith” (II Cor. I could not be true or happy in praying otherwise” (Stoney). The Holy Spirit brings that finished work of death and applies it to all of the old nature, which is thus held in the place of death—the death of Calvary. And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s’ (I Cor. William R. Newell said, “Satan’s great device is to drive earnest souls back to beseeching God for what God says has already been done!” Each of us had to go beyond the “help” stage for our new birth and thank Him for what He had already done on our behalf. Because this is so, in God’s mind the servant is more than the work. “For the joy that was set before him,” the Lord Jesus “endured the cross” (Heb. This is important to see, since in most instances when seeming declension begins to set in, it is not, as so many think, a matter of backsliding. This takes care of the penalty of the product but not the source. >> They began to complain against Moses and God. The believer sees what he possesses in Christ, and the need enables him to reach out and confidently appropriate and accept the required rest. To live in Him who is our Life, is to be in the power of God.”, Someone has rightly said, “There are many ‘separated from the world’ Christians who are not ‘separated from themselves’ Christians.”. Are you an author? Our spiritual life and growth should be one of the most important aspects of our lives. The aim of this book is to carefully bring out some of the more important principles of spiritual growth in order to help build on a sound biblical foundation in Christ. 3, 4). 13:5), and the recommendation is certainly not out of order at the very inception of this series of studies. on Amazon.com. They have everything to make them saints, except … crucifixion, which would mold them into a supernatural tenderness and limitless charity for others. The Reformation brought into focus once again the emphasis upon spiritual birth, without which there can be no beginning. It covers this situation, too. This appropriation must be a case of clear, scriptural, specific trust. “Stand therefore” (Eph. ‘Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him’ (Rom. By little and little I will drive them out before thee, until thou be increased’ (Ex. Is it not time we allowed the Holy Spirit to get at the source and cut off this stream of sins before they are committed? Here is the “good” for which God is working all things together—His original purpose of making us in His image, which is centered and expressed in His Son, Christ who is our life. Numerical & Spiritual Growth of the Church Page 5 Lesson Two "Through Lifting up Christ""Through Lifting up Christ" (Numbers 21:1-9) The event in the above verses took place while Israel journeyed in the Wilderness in the land of Edom. This is the faith by which we began, and it is the same faith by which we are to “stand” (16:13), “walk” (II Cor. True spiritual reality comes in no other way, but, praise the Lord, it does come in this way! It represents growth into fulness. Here is the reason why so many Christians, even preachers, are so unfruitful. But if we want what He wants, all that we are taken through, including the desert, will encourage us. And in the matter of service, in witnessing and helping others, we must watch and wait for the hungry, the needy heart, if there is to be abiding fruit. Thus shall we truly work with the Holy Spirit, and thus shall we have more, and much more abiding fruit of our labors among the people of God.”. We must be brought back to the two basics: freed from the penalty of sin by His finished work; freed from the power of sin by His finished work. But what does that imply? The people around you need you to grow. Maxwell: “Believers in Christ were joined to Him at the cross, united to Him in death and resurrection. 1. “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). ), in the hope that something will change—but it rarely does, and then not for long. Have some even been afraid to allow others to really believe Him? Death with Christ precedes the fulness of the Spirit. It is a great blessing when a person gets into the seventh of Romans and begins to realize the awful conflict of its struggle and defeat; because the first step toward getting out of the struggle of the seventh chapter and into the victory of the eighth, is to get into the seventh. The Lord of the harvest plants, or buries, Christians as seeds in a field, which is the world. Grace, once bestowed, is not withdrawn: for God knew all the human exigencies beforehand: His action was independent of them, not dependent upon them…, “To believe, and to consent to be loved while unworthy, is the great secret.“To refuse to make ‘resolutions’ and ‘vows’; for that is to trust in the flesh.“To expect to be blessed, though realizing more and more lack of worth…“To rely on God’s chastening [child training] hand as a mark of His kindness…, “To ‘hope to be better’ [hence acceptable] is to fail to see yourself in Christ only.“To be disappointed with yourself, is to have believed in yourself.“To be discouraged is unbelief,—as to God’s purpose and plan of blessing for you.“To be proud, is to be blind! Each of us must be thoroughly cultivated before He can effectively cultivate others through us. 19:19). A thousand times, maybe, faith will be assaulted and fall: unbelief will say ‘nonsense,’ and we shall belie our declaration of faith; but the labor of faith means that we deliberately return to the assault. 1 THE SIX SPIRITUAL GROWTH HABITS by Andy Manning The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:11, Grow to maturity. /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB Charles Trumbull said, “The effortless life is not the will-less life. In time we see the scriptural facts of deliverance in the cross (identification), and that in turn produces the required hunger to enter into that freedom, freedom for fellowship with the answer—our risen Lord Jesus. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (II Tim. In order to appropriate something for our daily walk in Christ, there are two essentials: to see what is already ours in Christ; and to be aware of our need for it. For in Christian experience the spiritual things of God are less and less outward, that is, of gift, and more and more inward, of life. 6:14). Many of these development areas are just plain desert—no spiritual activity, no service, little or no fellowship with Him or with others. Only one here and there is a soul winner. 5:9). He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies.” As C. A. Coates said, “It is appropriation that tests us. One of the most important factors in Christian growth is the Holy Spirit’s revelation of the self-life to the believer. 4:11). 7:15), and, in consequence, he feels that the bottom has fallen out of his Christian life; and then perhaps the Devil whispers to him that it is just no good his going on, because he will never be able to make the grade. “This is the true place of consecration. $ @H* �,�T Y � �@R d�� ���{���ؘ]>cNwy���M� 6:6); “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God” (v. 11). “Sonship is something more than being born again. During the rest of the year, however, there is solidification, without which the green timber would be useless. Ruth Paxson: “The old ‘I’ in you and me was judicially crucified with Christ. Appropriation does not necessarily mean to gain something new but to set aside for our practical possession something that already belongs to us. 3:18) rather than by struggle and “experiences,” much time is involved. We struggle and fail (self-effort), which sets up a yearning for the answer to this depressing failure. A meteor is on a shortcut as it proceeds to burn out, but not a star, with its steady light so often depended on by navigators. Life is meant to bring a succession of discoveries of our need of Christ, and with every such discovery the way is opened for a new inflow of the supply. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature” (II Pet. He-has to be led into it by the mercy of the Holy Spirit—into failure, abject and total. God deals with all believers on the ground—‘In Christ you died.’ But the Church of Christ, as a whole, ignores this fact. 42:7). 2:20; II Tim. This best-seller goes to the basics of the Christian life -- the cross of Christ, faith, purpose, discipleship and more. Sadly today, most believers actually reason just the opposite—from themselves to God. ‘Ye died’ and your death dates from the death of Christ. You have to be restored to fellowship, and when you are, you find your acceptance with God unchanged and unchangeable. Paul called on believers to first “examine yourselves, whether ye be in faith.” … Yet so many believers, whether “strugglers” or “vegetators,” move through life without this precious fact to rest and build on: “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Eph. It is the man who lacks the yearning to know Him that will easily be turned aside. So it is invaluable to read and understand the biblical teachings regarding prayer. %PDF-1.4 This is why so many people with all sincerity walk down the aisles again and again, consecrating uncrucified self to God” (H. Duncan). This is taking up one’s cross. Enduring anything of this nature is not bearing one’s cross. Download PDF The Green Letters: Principles of Spiritual Growth Authored by Miles J. Stanford Released at 1981 Filesize: 6.65 MB Reviews This published book is wonderful. He knows what the cross is going to mean in our lives. There is nothing about us to commend us to God, our acceptance being in Christ, plus the fact that most of our true spiritual development comes through the dry and hard times. “He begins to know something of the experience which Paul so graphically describes: ‘What I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I’ (Rom. Might it not be free from its ulcerous fleshiness?” (The Cross of Christ, p. 84). Dr. A. H. Strong illustrates for us: “A student asked the President of his school whether he could not take a shorter course than the one prescribed. When, however, you and I are prepared, in simple humility, to make the fact of our death with Christ our daily basis of life and service, there is nothing that can prevent the uprising and outflow of new life, and meet the need of thirsty souls around us.”. We have but small ideas of how our outward bears the color of our inward, and if our inward is not restful, there cannot be a rest-imparting service, however it may be attempted… The greatest proof of our love for Christ is that we care for those who belong to Him; ‘Lovest thou me? 4:11). Now He has a new body—the Church—a spiritual body. Power). 5) Don’t rush—He won’t. Maturity has learned to take time to assess the facts. endobj In simple trust we must rest in His hands, “being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. His way for us in everything is the way He has already traveled, conquered and completed in Christ. All is indiscriminate “hearts and flowers.”. There is the all-important area of identification truth in Romans 6,7 that cannot be skipped over. Forget about trying to be like Him. Scofield said, “Not everyone, by any means, has had the experience of the seventh of Romans, that agony of conflict, of desire to do what we cannot do, of longing to do the right we find we cannot do. As in justification, our acceptance is by grace alone. Our part is not production but reception of our life in Christ. It is from stage to stage: ‘first the blade, then the ear, and after that, the full corn in the ear.’ And it is from day to day. 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