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"Let's Grow Together"
 is a new blog created by Deacon Ronald Stanley, II.  

June 8, 2020

In the midst of growing up spiritually, we must remain to have childlike faith/belief in God. Think about the faith and belief a child has in their parents for parents to take care and provide for them. Children for the most part do not concern themselves with the everyday concerns. Children continue to put their faith in the person or persons who provide for them. The same type of faith children have in their earthly parents is the same type of childlike faith we should have in our heavenly Father. 

I believe one of the saddest things is when a child loses faith or belief in their parents or provider. The same is true for us when we no longer have this childlike faith in our Provider, Father God. As we grow up naturally we tend to lose our childlike faith for many reasons. Life experiences, day to day pressures, the way we were raised and problems in general causes us to not have faith. If we are not careful, we can let those reasons affect our faith spiritually. 

Our God is BIG enough for all of our experiences, pressures and problems.

* Ephesians 3:20 NKJV - Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

* Matthew 7:11 NKJV If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him. 

One thing I know about kids is that they will ask their parents or providers for just about anything. The thing we must remember is that just because a child asks for something doesn’t mean that they will get it. 

Pastor Johnson says, “God has 3 answers. YES, NO and WAIT."  As children of God we love, "Yes", we really don’t like, "No" and we sometimes "wait" patiently and impatiently.   

Jesus told his disciples when they were concerning themselves with who would be the greatest in heaven, that unless you repent and become like children [trusting,humble,and forgiving (AMP)] you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Being trusting, humble, and forgiving are three characteristics the amplified translation puts in brackets to describe becoming like children. Children whether knowingly and unknowingly display all these characteristics and we must display them before God. 
     In conclusion, think about the times when you were a child displaying the three characteristics. Even though we must grow up naturally (1 Corinthians 13:11) and grow up spiritually, (2 Peter 1:5-8) we must hold on to our childlike Faith in God.                           

                                                  June 22, 2020
                                "PUSH" Introduction
    During a bible study Pastor encouraged us to give each other a, "PUSH." Not  a physical one, but a spiritual one. One definition I found for "push" stated, "something that encourages or assists something else.”  We are going to define PUSH this way  “ A Christian that encourages or assists another Christian to grow in God, to their purpose in God, and to what God has for them. Each letter in PUSH represents an action for us to do.
    P- We must PRAY for one another
    U- We must be UNIFIED with one another
    S- We must be willing to SERVE one another
    H- We must HELP one another
    Paul says this in 1 Thessalonians 5:11(NLT), "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing." That’s exactly what PUSH is designed to do, encourage and build up. There are several ways we can give a PUSH: Face to face, virtually, text, email, through social media and etc. 

    Clause B of 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “just as you are already doing”. If we are not already or have not been giving a PUSH to anyone, there is no better time like the present.
    I believe the ability or "want" to PUSH someone is wrapped up in love. One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 because it describes what love is supposed to be. I like how the Amplified Version lays it out. (Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.  It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].) This type of love would make us PRAY for another. This type of love would make us be UNIFIED with one another. This type of love would make us SERVE one another. This type of love would make us HELP one another.
    In this series over the next couple of weeks we will discuss each action in PUSH,  but we can start today by sending someone a PUSH!

    I Just wanted to send you a PUSH today. Despite what is happening, despite what has happened, I PUSH you to grow in God. I PUSH you to your purpose in God. I PUSH you to what GOD has for you!

    We would love to hear from you!  Please feel free to leave a comment below of how you gave someone a "PUSH!"

                                             August 4, 2020
                            "PUSH" Series: Prayer

    We all know the power of Prayer. We all know what Prayer can do, what Prayer will do and what Prayer has done in our lives. The Prayer in PUSH is designed for us to use the same power we use in our personal lives for another. If we are going to PUSH one another we must be willing to Pray for one another. We must be willing to pray for whatever our brother or sister is Believing In God (B.I.G) for. The first  part of James 5:16(NLT) says “Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed”.   James tells us that if we Pray for another we
    may be healed. I believe that this is healing from any and everything[ whether it be physically, emotionally, medically or spiritually, our prayer has the power to heal another.  The healing process starts with our confession. Confession is powerful because it lets someone know what to pray for. I wouldn't want someone praying for my leg to be healed when my arm is what needs to be healed. How could we expect someone to pray for us if they don't know what to
    pray for? 

    I personally got discouraged over a situation in my life not too long ago where I wanted to stop because I felt I wasn't getting a good response. So I confessed my discouragement to two of my brothers in Christ. They gave me an encouraging word and now they know what to pray for. If I would have not confessed my discouragement I wouldn't have gotten the encouragement I needed . I know some may be thinking that I didn't confess a sin but I think about the fact that Jesus says sin starts in our heart. Matthew 15:19 SAYS (NLT)”For from the
    heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander”.

    That discouragement of people not responding was in my heart and while I was discouraged I wasn’t thinking the best thoughts; so that confession healed me of those thoughts and the discouragement that was in my heart. Also, I believe their continuing prayer for me is giving me power to stay encouraged despite the response from people. The last part of James 5:16(NIV) says “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. No matter what the prayer is
    for, we must know that our Prayer is Powerful and Effective.

    I Pray for your healing today[ whether it be physical, emotional, medical, or spiritual. I Pray that your faith will not fail in the midst of everything that may be going on. I Pray for whatever you are Believing In God (B.I.G) for In Jesus name. Amen.

                                                              September 9, 2020

     PUSH Series: UNITY
    The U in PUSH stands for unity. To be in Unity with our brothers or sisters we must first realize that we are one(unified) in Jesus. Paul tells us this in 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 “ For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. Serving and believing in the same Jesus is the foundation of unity. Unity in Jesus is important and powerful and PUSH is designed for us to unleash this power. AMP Matthew 18:19-20-“Again I say to you, that if two  believers on earth agree [that is, are of one mind, in harmony] about anything that they ask [within the will of God], it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name [meeting together as My followers], I am there among them.
    Secondly, we must have unity in our diversity.
    In being one(unified) whatever my brother and sister bring to the table I should PUSH them to be the best because what we bring individually is a blessing to the body of Christ. Also, what we bring can be a blessing to one another. 1 Corinthians 12:15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where wouldbe the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where wouldbe the smelling? 18But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
    We should be in unity with one another because we need one another. Oftentimes we think that we don't need anyone. We can't have that attitude if we want to PUSH someone and if we want to receive a PUSH. 20But now indeed thereare many members, yet one body. 21And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” The PUSH of others becomes easy and the ability to receive a PUSH becomes when we understand this.
    When we PUSH someone we should be so unified that their  burdens, problems, and sufferings are like our own.(MSG “If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing”) (NKJV “And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it;”) Also when we PUSH someone we should be so unified that we rejoice and celebrate when they receive whatever they have been believing in GOD for as if we was received it.(MSG “If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance”.) (NKJV or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”)
    ***** Scriptures in parenthesis is 1 Corinthians 12:26

    We may bring different things to the table but we are one in Christ. So I PUSH you to be the best because i realize when you are at your best you are a blessing to the rest of the body. We will be so unified that when you are hurting I will be doing everything to PUSH you out of that hurt if it was my own hurt. We will be so unified that when you receive whatever you are Believing in God(B.I.G) for I will rejoice and celebrate as if it was my own B.I.G.

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