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It Takes Time Section 28 pages 217 - 223 Tuesday 9 November 2010

It Takes Time

Section 28 pages 217 - 223

Tuesday 9 November 2010

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

Ecclesiastes 3:1

being

confident of this, that he who began a

good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:6

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There are no short

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Adulthood takes time

Fruit growth and ripening takes time - ripening too quickly causes a loss of flavour

Fruit of the Spirit takes time to develop

Developing Christlike character cannot be rushed

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Fruit of the Spirit takes time to develop Developing Christlike character cannot be rushed Tuesday 9

Spiritual growth

takes time - we

worry about how

fast, God is

concerned about

how strong we grow

- He is never in a

hurry

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worry about how fast, God is concerned about how strong we grow - He is never

WWII the Allies had a process for liberating islands in the South Pacific.

1. Soften up - shelling from off shore ships - pre conversion often God allows
1. Soften up - shelling from off shore ships - pre
conversion often God allows problems to soften
us up
2. Small group of marines establish a beachhead -
the initial stage of surrendering your life to Christ
3. Long process of liberating the whole island -
the campaign of God to take over your whole life
- this includes struggles and battles - the outcome
is certain - Php 1:6

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WWII the Allies had a process for liberating islands in the South Pacific.

1. Soften up - shelling from off shore ships - pre

conversion often God allows problems to soften us up

2. Small group of marines establish a beachhead -

the initial stage of surrendering your life to Christ

3. Long process of liberating the whole island -

the campaign of God to take over your whole life - this includes struggles and battles - the outcome is certain - Php 1:6

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Ephesians 4:13

we all reach unity in the faith and in the

knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

We have looked at:

Believing - through worship

Belonging - through fellowship

Becoming - through discipleship

until

Col 3:10

in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

put

on the new self, which is being renewed

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We want speed - God wants strength and stability - we look for instant answers, one powerful experience - Real maturity never comes from one experience - growth is gradual

so

we are transfigured

much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

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gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

Why does it take so long?

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God could instantly transform us - he doesn’t though. Jesus spent years with his 12 disciples, the PL was taken little by little - Dt. 7:22 The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.

Why so slow?

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allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you. Why

We are slow learners

We [might] have to learn a lesson many times before we get it

The Israelites learned this by quickly forgetting what God had taught them and going back to old habits.

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learned this by quickly forgetting what God had taught them and going back to old habits.

We have a lot to unlearn

You cannot imagine all your problems [past] can be fixed in an hour - they took years to develop.

You have to take off the old and put on the new.

Col 3:7-10, Eph 4:22-25

You have a new mature at conversion - the habits, patterns etc. are old - and need to go

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4:22-25 You have a new mature at conversion - the habits, patterns etc. are old -

We are afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselves

Truth sets us free - but makes us miserable first - are you scared of what you might discover if you are honest about your character defects?

Only in God shining his light on us do we find grace in our time of need - but you need to be humble enough to face, and allow, it.

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do we find grace in our time of need - but you need to be humble

Growth is often painful and scary

Growth = change = scary [fear, loss, pain, letting go

It does not have to be the way you are - let go and let God do something.

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loss, pain, letting go It does not have to be the way you are - let

Habits take time to develop

Character = sum total of your habits - Are

you habitually kind, patient, honest

A husband who is faithful most of the time is an adulterer!

Adults require practice - there are no instant ones

1 Tim 4: 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.

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Don’t get in a hurry

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Believe God is working in your life even when you don’t feel it

Spiritual growth can be tedious - small steps and only gradual improvement. In nature there are seasons of growth and seasons of dormancy and stabilising - gradual change is most often God’s way in us.

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growth and seasons of dormancy and stabilising - gradual change is most often God’s way in

Keep a notebook or journal of lessons learned

Not a diary - a record of what you have learned, insights and lessons about all aspects of your life - often you learn more by writing down and reflecting on things

Heb 2: 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.

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pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not

Be patient with God and yourself

God works to a different timetable - 80 years preparation for Moses.

Mushrooms grow overnight - trees take many years

James 1:4So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well- developed, not deficient in any way.

Let it do its work so you become mature and well- developed, not deficient in any

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Don’t get discouraged

Habakkuk 2:2-3 And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.

This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming.

It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time.

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A delay is not a denial from God

Remember you have come a long way - and there is a long way to go - but God is not finished.

God Remember you have come a long way - and there is a long way to

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Point to ponder:

There are no shortcuts to maturity

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Verse to remember:

Php 1:6

being

confident of this, that he who began

a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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Question to consider:

In what area of my spiritual growth do I need to be more patient and persistent?

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