Monday, September 22, 2008

"Ongoing Grace Growing"

It is late and I am still up. A lengthy nap after church has caused my insomnia. As I sat in front of the television tonight flipping stations with the remote, my mind kept going back to this word "Grace". For over fifty years I have heard my Mother say... "she hopes as she ages, she will grow in grace". For about the same amount of years I have heard many prayers for our senior adults... "as they grow older may they grow older in grace". I know of the grace of God displayed towards me and its benefits. But what does it mean for us to become full grown in grace? Is it important enough to generations that follow behind us to grow in grace among other Christian qualities and character? How necessary is it?

Grow in the grace. Grow not just in one grace, but in all grace. Grow in that root grace: faith. I believe we should let faith increase in fullness.

Grow in love. Ask the Lord that your love will be more extended, more intense, more practicle, influencing your every thought word and deed.

Grow likewise in humility. Grow upward in your approach to God in prayer and a more intimate fellowship (there's that word again) with Jesus.

May the Holy Spirit enable you to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. By not doing so we are refusing to be blessed. To know Him is life eternal. If you have no desire to learn more about Christ, you know nothing of Him. If we don't want to know Him better then we simply don't love Him. The absence of Christ is hell. But the presence of Jesus is heaven.

We should not rest until we have increased our acquaintance with the Lord. Learn more of Him and of His divine nature. Learn more in His human relationship, His finished work, in His death, in His resurrection, in His present intercession, and in His second coming. We should want to know more and more of Him. This is one of the reasons I love blogging with the Ministers and other fellow Christians the most. I have learned so much in such a short time. In all practicality I know I have lived better than half my life. Still I want to know as much as I can about Him. In doing so, as I grow older I am growing in grace.

So, an increase of our love for Jesus and a more perfect concept of His love for us is one of the best ways to grow in grace.

"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ"
2 Peter 3:18


Rev.Aaron Holcombe said...

Great post. May God help us all to grow in His love and Grace. God bless you my sister!

Anonymous said...

Sis.(Mom)Pullam, I just love your spirit. Keep growing in grace and I pray that the Lord will continue to grant you the zest to live to the fullest of your heavenly fathers potential.

Those glasses..."fly" pray that my wife has the same winsome spirit as she continues to grow in grace.

Be Encouraged.

Tony R.

Pastor Andre' A. McGhee said...

As always, you make us think seriously about our walk with Christ to which I am grateful. The wisdom in which you write is a treasure. Thank God for growing in grace and also the grace to grow.

Keith D. Witherspoon said...

Preach Momma!!!! Pull it one time!!! LOL

Vietta P's Two Cents said...

You flatter me Doc Spoon. If I could do it like you fellas I would everytime I think on the things of Jesus.

And yes Pastor Tony, I do look "fly"


Pastor Kevin L. Pullam said...

"Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound..." You never cease to "raise the bar." You have always been a refreshing air of God's grace in every way. It stands in great contrast to the condition in which we see the contemporary generation. It's encouraging to know that there are women of grace around to offer Godly wisdom to our sons and daughters. Thank You for this post.

Amazed by Grace,
Kevin (Mama's Baby)lol

Pastor Kraig L. Pullam said...

I ditto what everyone has said, especially Pastor Kevin L. Pullam! Additionally, I am always amazed by the grace of Almighty God! It is my prayer that the Lord will continually use you as an instrument to encouraged others through your written words. Please...keep blogging!

Pastor W.L. Pullam said...

Very insightful and refreshing post. Truly a blessing to my spirit.

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Mother, it sounded like you were trying to shut it down right there!

The songwriter said, I shall forever lift mine eyes to view the cross where my Jesus died for marvelous his GRACE that caught my falling soul...he looked beyond all my faults and he saw my needs.

Your Son

Pastor Lance A. Mann said...

Mother, my 3rd Pastoral Anniversary is the 2nd Sunday in March.



I was floored by your expression of HIS Grace; your thoughts have come right through cyberspace and into my family room. I continually pray that the Zeal for JESUS Christ grow and rest upon me. Keep extending your Love of Christ to the Body that we may peek into GOD AGAPE LOVE.

GOD Bless You!!!

Pilgrim in the wilderness

Nancie said...

Growing in grace! What a precious reminder! Yes, we should not rest until we have increased our acquaintance with the Lord, learn more of Him and of His divine nature. And increase in our faith in Him and love for Him. Thanks for this encouraging reminder. Thanks too for your kind visit and encouragements. May God continue to bless and guide you as you seek and serve Him. Take care and have a blessed week ahead!

Kim said...

This is awesome.
That is my prayer that I grow in all areas of grace. Thanks again for sharing with us, you are an awesome woman of God and I really do mean that from the heart.