Building blocks (2 Peter 1:8-10)

Once we have the foundation of faith, we have to build on our faith. If our foundation is not solid, our faith will not weather the storms of life. Once we understand the gospel, that we are saved by God’s grace, we are to add to our faith. Our salvation is not by works, but works come after salvation.

What happens if we don’t grow in our faith?

1. Spiritual growth is directly related to Biblical obedience. The phrase, “add to your faith” is a Biblical command. It is not a suggestion. If we are not adding to our faith, it is no one’s fault but our own. We are as close to God as our Biblical obedience allows us to be.

Obedience leads to understanding. Sometimes we have to simply obey God first before we are able to understand. If you do not obey the promotings of the Holy Spirit, you will not grow. If you are not adding to your faith, you aren’t growing as a believer.

IF you don’t add to your faith, your are spiritually blind.

2. You can’t clearly see your future if you’re not growing in the present. We all want an oracle or a crystal ball about the future. But if you’re not serving God in the present, you won’t be serving Him in the future. Instead of wondering where we will be in the future, work on growing right now in the present. Instead of making plans for the future, do what you know to do right now.

The will of God is this: find a need and fill it.

Remember that as a believer, you have been purged from your old sins. If you are saved but don’t grow, the enemy will cause you to doubt your own salvation. The greatest litmus test for whether you have been saved is that you are no longer the person you were before.

3. Growing and knowing are inseparable. There is not one person in the world who can cause you to doubt your faith if you have been growing in the faith since your salvation. There are, unfortunately, some churchgoers who have no idea whether or not they are saved. It doesn’t matter your intentions, you will never accomplish anything great for the kingdom of God if you are constantly questioning your own salvation.

Examine yourself to see if you are in the faith. You will be born again only when the Spirit of God fills you with understanding of the gospel. He opens the way for ALL to be saved.

(Also, the Bible doesn’t tell us not to judge. It tells us how to judge.)

There are some believers who walk away (depart) from the faith. They were solid Christians who knew God. But they stopped adding to their faith.

4. These principles insure spiritual success and are failure proof. We are failure-proof when it comes to our faith when we add to our faith. You can go from being a Jesus to a Judas if you do not keep adding to your faith.

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