11. Growing in Christ

              DOCTRINE  11.        G r o w i n g   i n    c h r i s t                            

  By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Saviour and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds. No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church. As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience. 


   Related  Scriptures

Psalm 1:1, 2;  Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (2) But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and light.
Psalm 23:4;  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 77:11, 12;  I will remember the works of the Lord; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old. (12)  I will also meditate on all Your work, and talk of your deeds.


Colossians 1:13, 14;  He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, (14) in whom we have redemption through His blood, and the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 2:6, 14, 15;  As you therefore have received Christ, Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.  (14) having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us. And he has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (15)  Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.


Luke 10:17-20;  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  (18)   And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. (19)   Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  (20) Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.  [ KVJ ]


Ephesians 5:19, 20;  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (20) giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:12-18;  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. (14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (15) and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16) above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked one . . .   [ NKVJ ]


1 Thessalonians 5:23;   Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18;  Rejoice always, (17) pray without ceasing, (18) in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


2 Peter 2:9;  . . . then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment. 
2 Peter 3:18;  . . . but grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. TO Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.


2 Cor. 3:17, 18;  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Phil 3:7-14;

Matthew 20:25-28;
John 20:21;
Galatians 5:22-25;
Romans 8:38, 39;
1 John 4:4;
Hebrews 10:25.


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