Grow in Knowledge
"May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord." 2 Peter 1:2 NLT
Thoughts for Today
Often we are ruled by our feelings, rather than the truth of God's Word. Instead of letting our actions be determined by our feelings (which can delude us), we need to base our actions on what is certain and true. We need to grow in our knowledge of God and of Jesus. We need to understand what Jesus did for us on the cross and the way God sees us. We need to grow in our knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. It is only as we do this that we open the door to receive more and more grace and peace from God.
How do we grow in our knowledge? The answer is really very basic. We need to prayerfully study the Bible. We need to spend time in prayer and learn to listen to God. Only then can we begin to live based on our knowledge of who we are through faith in Jesus Christ. We also need to realize that this is a lifetime process. Every day we have choices to make: Are we going to base our actions on feelings of fear, insecurity, hopelessness, grief, etc.—or are we going to believe God?
Consider this …
Your feelings may be telling you that you are worthless, but in Christ you are redeemed (paid for at great cost)—you are valuable! Your feelings may tell you that you are dirty and guilty, but God's Word says in Ephesians 1:7 that you are forgiven, clean, and that all your sins have been wiped from God's sight.
Lord, help me to grow every day in my knowledge of you. Help me today to make choices based on your truth, rather than my feelings. I thank you that Jesus died for my sins, that I am forgiven and that I am valuable to you. In Jesus' name …
These thoughts were drawn from …
Insight Group: Discover the Path to Christian Character by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. With its emphasis on developing Christian character it is a powerful group for those who want to be sure to prevent life-controlling problems from developing in their lives, as well as for those who need to overcome a current problem.
- It enhances people's understanding of themselves and others.
- It helps people bond together in meaningful relationships.
- It helps prepare people for more meaningful relationships in subsequent small groups like home groups and Sunday school classes.
- It surfaces people for help who may otherwise never seek help.
- It helps break down the segregation of people in churches, turning "those people" and "our kind of people" into just "us."
- It helps prepare people to minister to others.
- It serves as a powerful evangelistic tool by ministering to people's felt needs and then pointing them to Christ.
Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.
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