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if you are increasing in your Spiritual

Development you are going to become more

Christlike in your attitudes and actions

character and conduct you’re going to

act and react more like he would act or

react if he was in the same situation

you are in Christlike character gives

you the ability to forgive things you

wouldn’t forgive to enable you to do

things you were not able to do



McDonald’s offers to supersize

it Sonic offers to Sonic size

it waterburger offers to water size

it and Wendy’s offers to biger siize

it in other words what they say is we

can give you so much

more they offer to supply you

with much more than your original

request or

expectation in our study

of second Peter chap 1 veres 1-

11 God wants to supersize your

experience with him and of

him he wants to give you and me

us a greater experience of his

life the Bible calls it eternal life not

merely everlasting life but eternal life

that is the experience of the life of

God in

time as we make our trip to

Eternity he wants to bigie

siize his

reality in you and in me and

collectively in

US second Peter chapter 1 verse 8 for if

these qualities the seven qualities

found in Verses five and

six and

seven if these qualities are

yours and are

increasing they render you neither

useless nor unfruitful in the true

knowledge of our Lord Jesus

Christ if these

qualities he says


yours and are here it is

increasing the word means to grow or

expand he’s talking about your spiritual

growth and your Spiritual

Development to experience more of God

you must expand your capacity to receive

it you must expand your ability to take

it in you must he uses the word increase

the expansion of your faith through the

qualities that he has

listed he wants to make sure that we are

growing spiritual growth is more of

Christ expressing himself through less


me it is Christ feeling

free to expand who he is

inside of our soul let’s

review when a person accepts Jesus

Christ they receive the seed of the

divine nature God himself moves in to

your soul your soul is your real

self-life he moves in like somebody

moving into a house he moves in but he

moves in in seed

form that seed must develop in order for

the full life that has

been placed inside the soul to manifest

its fullest expression a growth process

must occur every believer in Jesus

Christ has had the seed placed in the

soul but it must

expand it is in the expansion of the

seed in the soul that Jesus Christ and

the life of God becomes manifested as

these supplements to

Faith begin to

grow now he makes it clear that these


increase it must expand it can’t lay

dormant your salvation was totally of

God he saved you by no works of your own

but your

development includes you amen there must

be dependence on God while there is

simultaneously the the responsibility of

man you must utilize the Divine

resources but not ignore diligence in

the human

process he is concerned that believers

who possess the seed don’t just let the

seed sit there with without developing

growing expanding or

increasing more of God through less of

you that’s the goal increase

growth the great tragedy today is that

you can be in church forever and not

grow you can be in church forever and

God not have meaningfully expressed him

himself in you to you and through

you we call it stunted

growth look at First Peter chapter 2

turn back a few

pages look at this he says like newborn

babes long for the pure milk of the word

so that by it you may grow in respect to


salvation so he takes something all of

us can identify with all of us can

relate to he takes the physical to teach

the spiritual which the Bible regularly

does he says if you want to

grow let’s let’s just get this by

looking at a newborn

baby like a newborn baby craves to grow

and feeds to meet the craving Believers

are to Crave to grow in relationship to

S their salvation and not be satisfied

until it

happens cuz that’s the nature of a


baby so why are not more of us growing

rightly because we ain’t

hungry like a newborn baby he says I

want you to Crave the sincere or the

pure milk of the word now Spiritual

Development like human development does

not occur in a moment it occurs URS

progressively over the consistent use of

time he says to desire like a newborn

baby the pure milk of the

word when a baby drinks its mother’s

milk it does not

need EX etal

add-ons God has so

miraculously put the woman’s body

together that he’s built into the milk

all the necessary ingredients for the

baby to grow once it takes it

in what does he mean to desire the pure

milk of the

word don’t add human additives to it

don’t add human opinion to divine

revelation when it it’s it’s not the

same or it’s inconsistent with it in

other words you don’t need to go outside

of God to get God to grow you in

God don’t put additives that are not

consistent one of the reasons why we’re

not growing even though we may be

listening sermons and reading the Bible

is we’re adding manmade thoughts

thinking approaches to it thus

contaminating it so that it’s not free

to do its work because God has built

into the milk of the mother everything

the baby needs he’s built into his

instruction for your spiritual growth

everything you needs and he doesn’t want


additives because it makes the milk

impure here’s what you have to

understand the seed in your soul the the

divine nature in your soul soul is

hungry see it’s hungry cuz it’s a seed

so it needs to

eat and so it’s waiting for food so that

it can expand in your

soul the food has to be consistent with

what the seed can digest and the divine

nature can only receive Divine truth as

the divine nature gets in Divine truth

even truth you don’t understand yet or

cannot articulate yet but because the

divine nature knows it’s true it’s going

to eat it and when the divine nature

eats Divine truth the divine nature

expands in the soul so the question is

is it being fed how much is it being fed


says like a newborn

baby now in order for you to be like a


baby you must

have spiritual discontent with your


status the reason why you can’t shut a

hungry baby up is because it’s

discontent going to be discontent until

it’s fed what you and I must understand

that what’s happening in our

souls that’s

providing spiritual misery is a

discontent for lack of feeding

wow that the soul is discontented it’s

hungry and you giving it a choir

song it’s hungry and you just giving it

a sermon it’s hungry it’s

hungry and the new nature is saying come

on now come on now I need to eat more

than once a week like a newborn baby

there must be discontent but wait a

minute wait a minute we just introduced


problem why is there discontent

why am I not

hungry why can I go days and

weeks without interfacing with God in a

meaningful way what’s wrong with me

because wait a minute if a newborn baby

is not regularly crying something is

wrong something is

wrong look at what he says in 1 Peter

verse one before he gets to verse

two he says therefore putting aside all

malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and

envy and all slander like newborn babes

preceding the like newborn babes what is


saying sin will kill spiritual

appetite let me say it again sin will

kill spiritual

appetite if you want the appetite of a

baby you

cannot be

sitting unconfessed unrep repentant sin

because like eating a lot of donuts it

may taste sweet but it’ll kill desire

for something

nutritional so he says in verse one deal

with the sin and I’ll give you back the

appetite when I give you back the

appetite because you dealt with the sin

then I’ll feed the new nature when I

feed the new nature now you will grow so

the motivation for dealing with sin is

not simply that it’s wrong but in

addition to that because it kills the

newborn desire and when it kills the

newborn desire you will not eat the

right food spiritually and when you

don’t eat the right food spiritually you

will not

grow like a newborn

babe desire the sincere milk of the word

that you might

grow and so the issue is do you really

want to grow do I really want to grow

let me put it growth another way do I

really want to experience more of God in

time and not just have to wait till I

meet him in eternity because the whole

purpose of growth is the greater

experience of the divine nature that’s

expanding in your

soul so you must deal with the things

that are crouching the

appetite because when you stop feeding

on the word you you stop

growing God says there’s a lot more to

your salvation than what you got on the

day you were born again but unless you

know what the book

says unless you’re feeding

it it will not be your experience in the

new nature your experience of God to a

greater degree you will not grow you can

be in church for a lifetime and not

grow because you’re not feeding

why does God want us to grow he says it

in the second part of verse 8 of 2 Peter

1 he says when you are growing that is

increasing he says you you will be

rendered neither useless nor

unfruitful all right let’s go to that

one if God can get you to

expand and become useful James chapter

2: 14- 26 you have to turn there but he

talks about having a useful Faith rather

than a useless faith Faith

yeah that your faith is only useful when

activated Faith to get saved is what God

does but faith for God to expand in you

takes also what you do you must act by

faith operate by faith and so he says

that will make your life

useful and

fruitful let me put it the other way if

you are not growing you become useless

and fruitless

if you don’t grow there will be nothing

produced out of your life that has

Eternal value attached to it you might

be successful in the marketplace

successful with degrees on the wall but

when it comes to living life and

experiencing me in life you will be

useless and fruitless if there is no

increase in the new nature inside

you look at John chapter 15 turn with me

there this is the quintessential passage

on fruitful and

useful verse two of John 15 every branch

in me that does not bear fruit he takes

away every branch in me that bears fruit

he prunes it so that it may bear more

fruit verse five I am the vine you are

the branches he who abides in me and I

in him he Bears much fruit verse 16 you

did not choose me but I chose you

appointed you that you would go and bear

fruit and that your fruit would remain

see fruit it’s fruit all through there

he goes from no fruit to fruit to more

fruit to much fruit to remaining fruit

in those 16 verses it’s all about being

a fruity

Christian so let me give you the three

characteristics of fruit number one

fruit always Bears the character of the

tree of which it is a part if it’s an

apple tree you’re going to get apples if

it’s an orange tree you’re going to get

oranges if it’s a pear tree you’re going

to get pears you’re not going to get

pairs on an apple tree because the

nature of the tree is not designed to

produce that fruit so the fruit will

always reflect the character of which

you are aart if you are increasing in

your Spiritual Development you are going

to become more

Christlike in your attitudes and actions

character and conduct you’re going to

act and react more like he would act or

react if he was in the same situation

you are in Christlike character makes

gives you the ability to foret give

things in your own human nature you

wouldn’t forgive to enable you to do

things in your own human ability you

were not able to do you are able to

respond as he would because you’re

plugged into that tree yeah

secondly fruit not only Bears the

character of which it is a part but

fruit is always visible you’ve never

seen invisible

fruit you can always see fruit you can

always say that’s that’s an apple that’s

an orange that’s a paan cuz it’s

visible so if you’re a secret agent

Christian you’re not

fruity see a a fruit a fruit

Christian is visible in fact the more

fruity it is the bigger it gets and the

more visible it

becomes it should be obvious that you

are a follower of Christ if you’re

growing if you were accused of being a

Christian there ought to be enough

evidence to convict you you shouldn’t be

found innocent of all

charges cuz it is obvious it’s

appropriate but it’s

obvious because it’s it’s just fruit

fruit you can see

thirdly fruit Bears the character of the

tree is part fruit is always visible

watch this fruit always exists for the

benefit of

another fruit is grown so somebody else

can eat it that’s good

any fruit eating itself is

rotten so one of the reasons why we got

so many rotten

Christians is that the whole Christian

Life is only about

them when fruit is on a tree the design

of the fruit is for somebody else to

pick it and bite in it so the question

of being a fruitful Christian is is

there anybody else trying to take a bite

out of your

life are you having an impact on the

lives of others that’s the problem with

this bless me thing going around today

bless me bless me I want my blessing I

want my bless nothing wrong with was

your blessing as long as you attach it

to being a blessing too not just being

blessed but being a blessing that’s why

he want you connected to the family of

God he wants you connected to the family

of God to give you practice

in bearing a fruit that somebody else

can take a bite out

of he says I want you to bear

fruit how do you become a

fruity Christian I’m talking about

juicy I’m talking about juicy you know

I’m not a rotten Christian eating

itself but a fruity Christian bearing

the character of Christ being visibly

displayed and with other folks saying

how can I become like you

you notice what he says verse 4 John 15

still abide in

me second half of verse four it abides

in the

vine verse six if anyone does not abide

in me verse S if you abide in

me and my word abide in you it means

what you’re hanging out with

guess what Jesus said if you want to be

useful and

fruitful you got to hang out with

me you you gotta you got you got to hang

out with me see hang out that abide

means to hang out with to stay to

saturate yourself in the environment of

something God or the Lord Jesus Christ

wants to be your

bestie that’s why he calls those who are

abiding in him his friends

folk he hangs out with that’s why Paul

can say pray without ceasing you’re not

talking about getting on your knees for

24 hours a day he was saying stay

hanging out with your bestie oh and oh

by the way let me tell you what what

happens when y’all start hanging out

together verse seven if you abide in me

and my word abide in you ask what you

wish and my father will do it for


you because we’ve been hanging out

together my father going to pay

particular attention to your request cuz

you’re hanging out with his favorite son

his only begotten

son you know what folk are hanging out

with now social media they hanging

out in

technology and it has absorbed their


world but that technology can’t answer

no prayers Jesus said you better hang

out with me

better hang out with me let’s be

besties you abide in me in my word abide


you it’s a two thing it’s the word and

then it’s the

person the Bible was never just to be a

book Jesus told the disciples on the

emus Road he said when you read the Old

Testament Moses and the prophets they’re

really talking about about

me even though my name is not in the Old

Testament directly every page of the Old

Testament is anticipating Jesus Christ

so he told them even when you reading

Moses and Joshua and and Amos and

Obadiah I want you thinking about

me the Old Testament was predictive of

me the New Testament is the Revelation

in history of me the Epistles are

teaching from me all of this thing is

about me so when you read the book and

think about me I’mma show up through the

book so view it as a letter to you

rather than simply information about

me the true knowledge means the

experiential knowledge not just

informational knowledge not just quoting

verses but you will experience eternal

life my life operating in you so look at

this final verse the last

verse of second Peter chapter

3 but grow in

grace and the knowledge of our Lord and

Savior Jesus Christ to him be glory both

now and to the day of eternity amen

notice our word Grow Again same as

increase spiritual growth flows from

God’s inexhaustible Supply of

Grace 1 Peter 510 says God is the God of

all Grace Grace is the goodness of God

dispensed to

you it there is enough for

everybody God does not run out of Grace

in fact Ephesians 2 says God’s Grace

will be manifested throughout the ages

to come so in order to use up all of

God’s Grace it’ll take you

forever ages to come God’s grace is his

indispensable supply of

goodness for his Divine purposes and for

our development but it must be accessed

and the more the new nature expands in

you the more it can be accessed What God

Says I want you to access grow in

grabbing what God is supplying

through the expansion of your faith and


knowledge of Jesus

Christ the knowledge of a person when

you go to a restaurant you don’t just

want a menu that you can read you want a

meal you can taste if you only read the

menu and leave you’re still hungry the

idea is to read it cuz then you know

what’s in it but then is to taste and

see that the Lord is good God you to

taste him but you do not taste him

simply by reading you taste him by

knowing and pursuing a personal intimate

besti relationship with the one you’re

reading about and when that becomes the

goal I’m going to read my Bible but

I’mma look for the

Lord and and me and the Lord GNA hang

out all day long and and and some days

I’ll have a formal reading time someday

I’mma I’mma put a verse in here I’m

going put a verse in there I’m going put

a verse in there sometime I’m going

quote a little something and Jesus you

and I going to talk about some

stuff softly and secretly the nutrients

of God’s grace will begin to flow in the

divine nature expanding in the

soul and folks are going to say you’re

changing what’s

happening and the fruit will begin to

grow there’s enough for you