Strive for maturity

Good morning church family! today lets focus on the word we heard over the weekend.

 We often forget that we have the Holy Spirit in us, the one who will assist us on our road to maturity. The Holy Spirit’s work is vital to our salvation, particularly in regeneration, the exchange of our hearts of stone for hearts of flesh, and sanctification, our conformity to the image of Christ.
Scripture reveals that we are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–27) and therefore originally endowed with the ability to reflect our Creator’s character and glory. Unfortunately, when we fell in Adam, we rejected the noble calling to image the Almighty to all creation, bringing upon ourselves the curse of sin and death. We did not lose God’s image entirely, but we retained a marred image that is incapable of reflecting His perfect righteousness. The civic good and beauty that even the worst human beings produce show us that the image of God has not been destroyed completely, but even the best deeds of fallen creatures cannot measure up to the Lord’s standards. “All we like sheep have gone astray,” and “all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” before God (Isa. 53:6; 64:6).

We are not without hope, however. Men and women who trust in Christ receive the power of the Spirit to live in holiness and in thanksgiving for their redemption (Acts 1:8). Still, even Christians must war against sin in their lives because we are prone to break God’s law until our glorification (1 John 1:8–9). Besides the power to live righteously, the Holy Spirit has given us a pattern in God’s Word to show us what righteousness means. This pattern is none other than God the Father Himself (Eph. 5:1), particularly as we see Him revealed in God the Son (John 14:9). The Holy Spirit works in the heart of every believer to make us holy, and the kind of fruit He produces is exemplified most clearly in Jesus Christ (Gal. 5:22–23).

The Apostle Paul’s teaching on our sanctification is ultimately a call to the imitation of Christ (1 Cor. 11:1). Therefore, we should pay close attention to the words and actions of Jesus if we want to understand what a life of true holiness looks like. Insofar we are as able, we are to pattern ourselves after the image Jesus has given us in loving repentant sinners, serving other people, confronting unrighteousness, and so on.

God bless!


Line - June 15th, 2023 at 6:54am

Yes we want to imitate God. Not always easy we are human and the flesh sometimes get in the way . Only with Jesus God that we will be able to be like them .we need to know our word . Thank you for this devotion. 🙂 ❤️

Ashley - June 15th, 2023 at 7:12am

Thank you Jay!

Thank God we have the Holy Sprit in us in order to go through the process of sanctification. He really has given us all we need. We have the example of Jesus, the Word, and the Power source to go forward. Even when we mess up, we have His Grace and Mercy!


Linda Keays Jones - June 15th, 2023 at 10:51am

Thank you Jonathan 💕

Linda Keays Jones - June 15th, 2023 at 10:49am

Thank you Jonathan!

Erica - June 16th, 2023 at 5:50am






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