“Growth Rests On
Wonderful Truth's Help! (G.R.O.W.T.H)”
Ramesh C. Reddy
“At once the Spirit sent him out into the
desert, and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He
was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.” (Mark 1:12-13, NIV)
I asked myself in whose
COMPANY Jesus was according to v.12?
I asked myself what role
each played and the significance?
I found it very interesting that right after the
voice told Jesus, ‘You are my Son, whom I love;
with you I am well pleased’, 'At once the Spirit sent him out into the
This is very significant for me because what
came to my mind is before the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert; He was
built up with love and support, after being acknowledged as His Son, by
the Voice. Right after being baptized, Jesus could have been sent to the
desert but He was not. Instead, He was built up first with love and
(To be continued...)
I asked myself what is the
implication for my life?
What I have learned is that Father God will never send us into a
situation without equipping, enabling, and empowering us. This is what
Father God did for Jesus when Jesus was built up with love and support
before being led into the desert by the Spirit. Only after that did the
temptation begin for Jesus.
I remember when I first became a follower of Jesus Christ, I was built
up so much in love, encouragement, and support. I felt so much loved by
Jesus. Jesus was helping me to grow in Him. After awhile, the testing
began but by then I already felt so loved by Jesus and felt His
continued presence in my life. Even if we do not feel His presence He
still is there, for when He comes in, He will never leave us or forsake
us. I am so thankful that right after I became a Christian I was not
plunged into temptation but protected from it. But being protected all
our life from temptation does not really help us grow as a Christian.
is in adversity that our true colors and character shines forth. I was
built up enough that the Lord allowed temptation to occur in my
life. I wish that it could be like it was in the beginning but that would not
help in my growth. I am so thankful how the Lord Jesus handled me as His
new follower. I am so thankful for how the Spirit has worked in my life
and will continue to work in my life.
I ask you now dear friend, what
determines your growth in the Lord?
Dear friend, your growth in the Lord is
determined by where the Spirit leads you and how you react to that
remember that the Spirit will never lead you anywhere that is
contrary to His Word. So when you say 'I feel the Spirit's leading
in doing this or that' you better test it with God's Word to make
sure it is not your own desires or temptations that are creeping up
but it is the Spirit of the Lord leading you. When the Spirit leads
you, if you react positively and have a 'The Lord will not give
me more than I can handle' attitude and seek the Lord through the
leading, then you will know that you are growing in the Lord. But,
if the Spirit leads you and you react negatively to the Spirit's
leading by fighting for your own way then that will determine your
growth too. But, this time there will be a negative effect on your
This morning, I felt the Lord wanted me to get up and spend time
with Him in prayer and His Word even though it was 4:40 am. I wish I
had done that but fell asleep. I lost 3 precious hours I would have
had if I had just followed the Spirit.
Friend, I used to think a lot that 'if this
person were not acting this way, then of course my attitude will be
good', 'if this were not happening in my life, then of course I can
be joyful', 'if I had all the things they had, then of course I
won't have to complain', etc. You see the point. When we focus on
ourselves, the result will be deadness and selfishness for a selfish
heart cannot produce selflessness. It will hinder our growth in the
Lord when we react negatively to our situations no matter what they
When the Spirit leads us as He led Jesus,
there will always be preparation and we need to remember that
preparation for that preparation will help us pass the test we are
put in. God will never test us without equipping, enabling, and
empowering us. You have to prepare for tests to pass them; the
more you prepare you will even be able to ace them with the Lord on
your side. It is the same when it comes to our growth in the Lord. Thank you Jesus. But this is only one dimension on
how our growth in the Lord is determined.
Growth in the Lord Jesus can never happen without putting into
practice what you learn by spending daily
time in prayer with the Lord, spending time in His Word revealed in
the Bible during your personal Quiet Times, spending time in small
group Bible study, and being part of a local church for community.
When you have Deeper Faith, Stronger Community, and Greater Impact
it is a fruit of your growth in the Lord. To be able to have that,
you need to be able to find the right church that will help you in
your growth. When we have growth in the Lord, it is because of our time
with Him and in community. Growth in the Lord is also revealed
through the ministries we listen to and watch that are biblical.
"Growth rests on Wonderful Truth's help! (G.R.O.W.T.H)/"What
determines your G.R.O.W.T.H in the Lord?"
Lord Jesus, I thank you so much I learned how you were led by the
Spirit into the desert after you were built up in love and support
by Father God. That really excites me Lord because it tells me that
the Spirit will not lead us anywhere without us first being prepared
for it. You provide us the preparation for our growth no matter what
situation you lead us into. Thank you for being there for us. We
need your help to see things positively remembering 'All things work
together for good to them that love you God and are fitting into
your plans!'. Also, thank you so much that our growth in you is
determined by the situations we are in and how we face and cope with
them. Help Oh Lord. Take our fears and guide us by your love for You
are our Wonderful Truth. You know where you want to lead us and we
need your help. Thank you Lord that your Word says, "You will not
give us more than we can handle!" Thank you Jesus. I pray that you
help us grow in you Oh Lord. We need your help. Thank you so much
Jesus. Thank you for hearing us and answering us. In Your Name I
Pray Jesus! Amen!
prayer below or use your own words to invite Jesus Christ into your
life and have a personal relationship with Him. Now is the time of
Salvation. Don't wait.
Dear Jesus, I read that you alone can give me access to Heaven and
be delivered from the bondage of sin and death. I want that Lord. I
believe you died on the cross for my sin and rose again to give me
new life. I believe your Blood shed on the cross saves me when I
turn to you. So I turn to you now with all that I am and ask you to
make something of my life for you. Please be my Lord and Personal
Savior. Please come into my heart and make my heart your home. Thank
you Jesus. Thank you for hearing my prayer and answering me. Thank
you for delivering me from my sin as I am sorry. I love you Jesus. I
need you. Help me Jesus! In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart, know that Jesus has come in
and resides with you! You are not alone! To make your walk strong with
the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him as you would to a friend.
You don’t need special words to talk to the Lord. Spend time in His Word
reading Psalms and turning them into prayer. Next allow God to heal you
and speak to you through the Gospel of John or Gospel of Mark before
moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord show you to
which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be
part of a body of believers to help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible
believing church that preaches the Word of God from Genesis to
Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our crucified and risen Lord who
brings us hope, healing, and help!
May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His love now and
Friend, if you have prayed this prayer and meant it in your heart, you
are a new creation in Christ and all old things are passed away and
everything has become new! You may feel something or may not but don’t
base it on feelings but base your new life in Christ on the promises of
our Savior who will never leave you nor forsake you! Amen!
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"This is my
work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)