Intercession

Intercession--from Nehemiah

Praying for Boldness

Battle Belongs to the Lord

Believing the Promises of God

Communion Messages

Rainbows and Other Reminders

Taking the Cup of Salvation

The 2 John 3:16's

Sin & Related Topics

Why Can't I Get Away With Sin?

9 Principles Isaiah Teaches Us About Sin

How Our Sin Affects Others

For Such Were Some of You--The Christian Way to Treat Homosexuals

Hebrews 6:4-6--What Does it Really Say?

Backslider

The Accomplishments of Jesus on the Cross

The Truth About God's Forgiveness

Hot Topics

Living In The End Times

Revival On a Personal Level

Devotion to Him

Word of Faith/Prosperity

God's Love

1--Adopted by God

2--His Death

3--While We Were Yet Sinners

4--He Gave Us His Word

5--Is His Love Enough For You?

Like A Child

1--Introduction

2--Children Are Trusting

3--Children Know Where To Go When They're Hurt

4--Children Are Teachable

5--Children Submit to Authority

6--Children Desire to Grow

7--Children are (Brutally) Honest

8--Children Understand the Importance of Playing

9--Children Like to Rest on Their Father's Shoulder

The Christian Walk

Another Perspective on September 11th

What Can We Learn About the Storms of Life?

Responding to Hurts

Faithfulness

Commitment To Him

Accountability

In Hot Pursuit; Chasing After the Only One That Matters

Obedience to God

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Man on Fire

Gladiator

The Legend of Bagger Vance

Cinderella Man


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Children Have a Desire to Grow Up

--Part 6 of the "Like A Child" Series

One of the most common elements in all ways that children play is they put themselves in grown-up roles. Little girls dress up. Boys pretend to be a policeman or fireman. Kids play "school" where one of them gets to be the teacher. While kids recognize that they are kids, there is something inside them wants to be like their parents, older siblings, or other "big people" in their lives.

As Christians, we should never stop growing, and we should never stop desiring to grow. Sadly, some Christians never grow spiritually. Why is this? Take a look at this verse:

1 Peter 2:2

"As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby . . ."

Many believers don’t aspire to have spiritual maturity because they don’t really have the desire for the Word.

Test

Are you satisfied with your spiritual growth? Do you think you’re just fine spiritually, and have no room for improvement? Or do you yearn to be more spiritually mature? Are you pursuing spiritual growth by meditating on God’s Word?

Pride Check

To desire to grow is to admit that we have some growing up to do. To be satisfied with our level of holiness indicates that we see no need for improvement.

The best indicator that our pride is a problem in this area is if we compare ourselves to other, weaker Christians:

Luke 18:10-11,13

“Two men went up into the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, and the other a tax-gatherer. The Pharisee stood and was praying thus to himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other people: swindlers, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax-gatherer’ . . . But the tax-gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’”

NEXT: Part 7--Children Are (Brutally) Honest

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