Snapshot Moments

November 22, 2011 — 2 Comments

Moments of time are col­lected like a well-worn scrap­book, tucked away, in the pages of our mind. These mem­o­ries bring about a shape of who we are today, whether vic­tory, vic­tim, friend or foe. Each time we respond to the “snap­shot of time” when replayed, it sim­ply locates our devel­op­ment and maturity.

Accord­ing to Eph­esians 4:11–15, God has put the 5 fold min­istry (Apos­tles, Prophets, Evan­ge­lists, Pas­tors and Teach­ers) in the body of Christ to equip believ­ers to be min­is­ters so they can expand the King­dom. His will is for us is to become fully devel­oped as Christ is. No longer being child­ish, eas­ily swayed and mis­led. There was a time for that, but now it’s time to come into maturity.

I want to rec­og­nize and go beyond any area of arrested devel­op­ment in my life, how about you?

Eph­esians 4:23

“And be con­stantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [hav­ing a fresh men­tal and spir­i­tual atti­tude], And put on the new nature (the regen­er­ate self) cre­ated in God’s image, [God­like] in true right­eous­ness and holiness.”

Each neg­a­tive snap­shot car­ries with it an emo­tional mem­ory of a fear­ful outcome.

Where we fall into arrested devel­op­ment is when we begin to trust in our own past expe­ri­ence over the knowl­edge of God. The key-thought here is, whose pic­ture will we trust in, God’s pic­ture for us or what some­one else has placed in our minds?

Proverbs 3:5,6

“Lean on, trust in, and be con­fi­dent in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or under­stand­ing. In all your ways know, rec­og­nize, and acknowl­edge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”

We may have become offended at a church so we deter­mine that we just won’t go any­more and we rob our­selves of the very func­tion God has called us into. When we take on an offense, or can’t get past an event that has hap­pened to us, fear comes in and keeps us unde­vel­oped, so, when we are offended again in that same area, our response is usu­ally imma­ture. Offense sim­ply locates us in our walk based on how we respond.

Grace is dis­played in the mature per­son, because they have allowed God to give them a new snap­shot of their outcome.

How do we grow and get beyond the old snap­shot to the new pic­ture that God has for us?

1. Sat­u­rate your mind with the Word. In other words, read it. :-)

I Peter 2:2

“Like new­born babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadul­ter­ated) spir­i­tual milk, that by it you may be nur­tured and grow into [com­pleted] salvation.”

2. Do the Word. Even when you are falsely accused. 

I Peter 2:15

“For it is God’s will and inten­tion that by doing right [your good and hon­est lives] should silence (muz­zle, gag) the igno­rant charges and ill-informed crit­i­cisms of fool­ish persons.”

I Peter 4:5–8 (Speak­ing of those who abuse you for liv­ing righteously)

“But they will have to give an account to Him Who is ready to judge and pass sen­tence on the liv­ing and the dead. For this is why the good news (the Gospel) was preached [in their life­time] even to the dead, that though judged in fleshly bod­ies as men are, they might live in the spirit as God does. But the end and cul­mi­na­tion of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert there­fore for [the prac­tice of] prayer. Above all things have intense and unfail­ing love for one another, for love cov­ers a mul­ti­tude of sins [for­gives and dis­re­gards the offenses of others].

3.  Be inten­tional about yield­ing your life to God. Eter­nity is at stake!

I Peter 1:5–9

“For this very rea­son, adding your dili­gence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exer­cis­ing your faith to develop virtue (excel­lence, res­o­lu­tion, Chris­t­ian energy), and in [exer­cis­ing] virtue [develop] knowl­edge (intelligence), 

And in [exer­cis­ing] knowl­edge [develop] self-control, and in [exer­cis­ing] self-control [develop] stead­fast­ness (patience, endurance), and in [exer­cis­ing] stead­fast­ness [develop] god­li­ness (piety), And in [exer­cis­ing] god­li­ness [develop] broth­erly affec­tion, and in [exer­cis­ing] broth­erly affec­tion [develop] Chris­t­ian love.

For as these qual­i­ties are yours and increas­ingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruit­ful unto the [full per­sonal] knowl­edge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Mes­siah, the Anointed One).”

I Peter 3:18

“But grow in grace (unde­served favor, spir­i­tual strength) and recog­ni­tion and knowl­edge and under­stand­ing of our Lord and Sav­ior Jesus Christ (the Mes­siah). To Him [be] glory (honor majesty, and splen­dor) both now and to the day of eter­nity. Amen (so be it)!”

God desires a full life for us or He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to pay for it. Allow His Holy Spirit to speak to you about any areas in your life that is resist­ing growth and then pray, ask Him to help you to trust in His pic­ture for you.

What are some of the ways that you have learned to grow in your walk?

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  • Kay

    so good to hear from you again Sarah …thank you for that chal­lenge .…..a mes­sage much needed today as folks get feeli­ings hurt and float from church to church instead of dwelling on the word …the enemy uses his tac­tics …but the word of God is what keeps his tac­tics from not work­ing .….God bless you .

    • Anony­mous

      Thanks Kay for the encour­age­ment! Bless­ings to you!