GOD’S COMMITMENT TO OUR MATURITY

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We start out as Christians as new creations in Christ where old things are passed away and all things are become new (within our spirit man and nature 2 Corinthians 5:17). God’s plan is for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and go on towards perfection or maturity. As we grow and develop our relationship with the Lord we can sometimes stumble, fall, sin, and make mistakes. At those times that we mess up we need to fess up and get back up and go at it again . There is nothing gained by being dishonest about our mistakes or living in denial. Proverb 28:13 says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Another translation says, “He that refuses to admit his mistakes will not prosper but if he confesses and forsakes them he gets another chance.”

It is also good to never lose sight of God’s commitment to our maturity. He will not give up on us, leave us, or forsake us. God’s kindness, love, and mercy toward us is not to lessen God’s standards but to help us to keep reaching for them. We can assure our heart of these things:

1. Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work, in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

2. Romans 8:35,38,39, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

3. Jude 24, “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.”

4. 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

5. Psalm 86:5, “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”

6. Hebrews 13:20, 21, “Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen.”

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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