Written by His Grace,

Kevin K. OíConnor 

Dec. 30, 2003

 

Main thought: to examine the joy of growing in Godís Grace!

 

Growing in Grace

 

Every time I see a new horizon I realize how great God is and how small I am. Every time I understand a new truth I realize how very little I know and how very wise God is. There are those who feel that they can become as God through the revelations to their minds, or in the multitudes of their experiences. But God is so much higher than anything we can comprehend or experience. The more we experience Him, the more we want to experience Him. The more I grow in my spirit in worshipping Him, the more I desire to worship Him. Getting near to Him is like getting near to Mount Denali in all of its magnificent greatness. The closer you get, the smaller we see ourselves and the greater it appears. How my heart so aches to be near to Christ so that I may continually worship Him and be near Him. And yet, the closer I get, the more I feel the smallness of myself and my efforts to extol Him Who is so Great.

 

How the dreams for this life seem to fade in the distance as the fire of our hearts grow for Him. The Verse of Psalm 37:4 [Job 22:26; Ps 94:19; Is 58:14] Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will [Ps 21:2; 145:19; Matt 7:7, 8] give you the desires of your heart. (Whole Chapter: Psalm 37 In context: Psalm 37:3-5) becomes the aching of our heart to draw nearer and nearer to Him, as He becomes our delight. Thus I feel the greatest fulfillment of this life is the moment weíre set free from it so that we may be closer to Him. How I enjoy being home and holding my wife and my pets and being near those that I labor for. May the Lord hasten the day that I breathe my last breath here below. How I weary of the laziness of man to draw near to Him from whom we all have our existence. How I grow sick of the religious pride of man of our so-called righteousness as we grow in our knowledge and our experiences as we walk with Him. There are those who with each revelation and experience realize how much they donít know and then there are those who so emphasize the knowledge or revelations given to them that they cease in their growth with God.I like our beloved Brother Johnís statement in John 3:29-31 29†† "He who has the bride is (1) the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. So this (2) joy of mine has been made full. 30†† "He must increase, but I must decrease. 31†† "(3) He who comes from above is above all, (4) he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. (5) He who comes from heaven is above all.

 

Praise the Lord for that revelation to one so gifted of God to speak His heart. May the Lord ever keep our hearts in proper perspective so that we will never grow unbalanced in our relationship with Him.Have you ever marveled at some circus performers who could balance and incredible amount of people or objects? It seems that the greater the amounts we have to balance, the greater the challenge to balance them all. So it seems to be that way with our walk with Him. The longer we walk with Him and seek Him, the greater is the challenge to keep all things centered on Him. God is not so concerned with the speed of our growth with Him but He is with the quality of our walk with Him. What a shameful thing to have a lovely home that is so beautiful to look at and is filled with all sorts of beautiful items just to have some defect in the foundation or a sustaining wall that would cause that beautiful home to come to a sudden and terrible end.

 

How Godís heart must ache for people to grow in relationship with Him instead of just their works for Him. Our Lord grows weary of the multitude of our activities and words when our hearts are far from Him; Proverbs 17:1 [Prov 15:17] Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife. (Whole Chapter: Proverbs 17 In context: Proverbs 17:1-2) God bless the poor man who knows how to give thanks. God bless the hurting souls who know from where their next breath exists. God bless those who are poor in the things that this life affords but rich in the grace of God. God bless the souls who may not have a lot of His Word in their minds but do have a lot of love in their hearts for Him. God help this nation that has become so lackadaisical

Main Entry: lack∑a∑dai∑si∑cal

Pronunciation: "la-k&-'dA-zi-k&l

Function: adjective

Etymology: irregular from lackaday + -ical

Date: 1768

: lacking life, spirit, or zest

with the multitude of His Blessings, that weíve come to expect them despite our lukewarm and complacent love walk with Him. Many of America may be along for the ride of the blessings of those who have poured out their lifeís blood for us, but there is coming a day of reckoning where those who have learned to give thanks with their hearts and lives will be rewarded and those who were just a long for the ride will be dismissed. My heartís desire is to reach the end of my journey here below and have the Lord of heaven and earth say; Matthew 25:23 "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and [Matt 24:45, 47; 25:21] faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' (Whole Chapter: Matthew 25 In context: Matthew 25:22-24)

 

Our beloved Brother John hit it on the head with knowing how to grow in the Grace of God when he said in John 3:30"He must increase, but I must decrease. Only those who have learned to yield their pride before Christ know the joy of being lifted up by Him. Those who have spent a life time of trying to build themselves (their health, wealth, knowledge, prestige) up without any concern of their relationship with Christ will find it all emptiness as they breathe their last breath.

 

Heavenly Father, every teach us how to hunger that You may feed us, how to thirst that You may quench us, and how to be broken so that You may make us whole. In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen.

 

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