Last 70 Days of 2013 – Day 63: Grow up, not old

Last 70 Days of 2013 – Day 63: Grow up, not old

When I was a childI spake aa childI understood aa childI thought aa child: but when became a man, I put away childish things.” – Paul, the Apostle
  
7 days to the end of 2013 and the question is how much have you grown up this year, and not how old you became this year? Today is Day 63 of #LAST70DAYSOF2013 and if there this anything I am truly grateful for, something I didn’t see coming at the beginning of 2013, it is this project. I am so glad it has gone this far and I am sure, it will scale through to Day 70 as planned. And by the way, something is also cooking for 2013. So if you have been blessed by this series, I want you to know that the best is yet to come and I will soon reveal it to you, hopefully before the end of this series…..so keep your fingers crossed. And for me, I have truly grown up so much in the past 63 days, walking through this great series.
So, today, let’s talk about ‘growing up, and not growing old. You see, many people would have looked at themselves this year and say… “Oops! I turned 25 this year and it is good to be half way the golden age”, and yet may not be happy with their achievement this year. Someone else will say, “I turned 35 years old this year and no man has ever proposed to me.” Another person will say, “I am 45 and yet do not yet have a job or a house or even a family of my own.” Well, it may interest you to know that, it is not about how old you have turned but how much you have grown within the period in view. You cannot have experiences that you count as breakthroughs unless you grew up as well, and not just old. I have heard a saying before that the wisdom of King Solomon had nothing to do with the age of Methuselah (the oldest man in the Bible). Over the year, many people have grown older and added in height and weight but not in their heart – maturity, understanding, intelligence, spirituality, power, essence, excellence, etc. 
But you may grow old and add in weight and height but if you never grew up in your heart with respect to the virtues I have listed above, then there was no reason to expect growth in your business, marriage and relationships, career or finances. This is because any growth you will experience in any area of your life will be dependent on the growth you experience in the core essence of your being which is actually anchored on you’re the growth you experience in your heart and within your inner man. Many of us are still children and babies at heart and it shows in out character, action and attitude towards life. Did you see how you responded to issues this year? Did you think if you were well matured and strong in your inner man that you would acted same way? Some people claim to be men and yet still display childishness every day and expect to earn respect and honour. It does not work that way. We all need to grow up!
I believe strongly that 2014 is year to leave childish things behind, grow up and take possession of your rightful place and position in life. It is a year that you must concentrate on increasing your knowledge base and expansion of the capacity of your inner man. It is year to invest in personal development than ever. If you do not grow up, the things that defeated you in 2013 will still defeat you in 2014. For you to win, you must grow up in all areas, including in your faith and trust in God. You will need to come up to the level or point in life where you begin to assume responsibility for the outcomes of your life. Do not just grow in knowledge, you must also grow in character. The truth is that God is more interested in your character development than He is in your career and all other things you are pursuing. Because, if you grow in your character and the way you respond to things, you will be able to handle every other thing in your life. And do not let people make you feel it is not important to grow up because they want you to continue to depend on them for your life. You have the capacity to take care of yourself. All you need is to grow up. Never stop learning and never stop developing your talents.
You must know that when you stop growing, you are finished. You must also know that growing doesn’t come easy because it will stretch you out of your comfort zone. It will challenge you to rethink your assumptions. It will even cost you some of your friends and money. But you must be committed to growth if you must leave the level of ignorance. All, you must know now that growing up is totally your responsibility. If you do not feed yourself the right things, then you can never grow. Your parents and those around you cannot continue to spoon feed you for the rest of your life.
So in 2014, I will implore you to:
Target to become financially independent
Target to become emotionally independent
Target to become responsible for yourself and actions
Target to mean what you say and say what you mean
Prayer: May God grant you speedy growth in knowledge of your inner man and the character of your personality in 2014 in a way that success will become inevitable to you in Jesus name….Amen!
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  1. CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD?

    On the Day of Pentecost Peter quoted the prophet Joel (Acts 2:21'And it shall be that everyone who call on the name of the Lord will be saved.')

    To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge the authority and power of the Lord, and follow in obedience by meeting the terms of pardon.

    The apostle Peter did not tell those on the Day of Pentecost to say the “sinner's prayer.” Saying the “sinner's prayer” is not calling on the name of the Lord.

    Peter preached the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Peter declared the Jesus was Lord and Christ. (Acts 2: 22-26) They obviously believed Peter's preaching because they asked the question(Acts 2:37 …..”Brethren what shall we do?”)
    Peter did not tell them to say the “sinner's prayer.” What was Peter's response to their question? (Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.)

    THE NARRATIVE OF CALLING ON THE NAME OF THE LORD.
    1. FAITH: Believe in the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus. Accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
    2. CONFESSION: Acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and the Son of God.
    3. REPENTANCE: Make the commitment to turn from sin and turn toward God.
    4. WATER BAPTISM: Be immersed into Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

    HOW DID THE ETHIOPIAN EUNUCH CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD? (Acts 8:25-40

    1. Philip preached Jesus to him. (Acts 8:35)
    2. He confessed Jesus as The Christ the Son of God. (Acts 8:37)
    3. He was baptized in water. Immersed by Philip. (Acts 8:38-39)
    The Ethiopian eunuch did not say the sinner's pray nor was he asked to do so by Philip.

    Romans 10:13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

    Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.

    To call on the name of the Lord is to acknowledge His power and authority and confess Him as Lord and Christ . (Acts 2:26,Acts 8:37, Romans 10:9-10) To call on the Name of the Lord is to repent and be baptized. (Acts 2:38)

    WE ARE TOLD TO CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD TO BE SAVED.

    We are never told we are saved by “faith only.” We are never told that saying the “sinner's prayer” is calling on the name of the Lord.

    IF SAYING THE “SINNER'S PRAYER” IS NOT A REQUIREMENT FOR SALVATION? THEN WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION.

    THE REQUIREMENTS!
    1. Faith: John 3:16
    2. Belief and baptism: Mark 16:16
    3. Confession and belief: Romans 10:9-10
    4. Born of water and Spirit: John 3:5
    5. Grace and faith: Ephesians 2:8
    6. Buried through baptism: Roman 6:4-5
    7. Water baptism: 1 Peter 3:20-21
    8. Baptism: Acts 22:16
    9. Baptized into Christ: Galatians 3:27
    10. Believe: Acts 16:30-31
    11. Repentance and baptism: Acts 2:38
    12. God's mercy, water baptism, and the Holy Spirit: Titus 3:5
    13. Water baptism: Colossians 2:12-13
    14. Repentance: Acts 3:19

    IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THESE REQUIREMENTS—THEN YOU HAVE CALLED ON THE NAME OF THE LORD!

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