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Creating a Spiritual Environment for Growth

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Creating a Spiritual Environment for Growth

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Christianity is not a one year theme or program. It is not about techniques or reports, but about growing the collective body. It is not an exterior show, but a culture of the heart. (Ezekiel 36:26 KJV) A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:27 KJV) And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. (Psalms 104:30 KJV) Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth. (Ephesians 4:1 KJV) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, (Ephesians 4:2 KJV) With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; (Ephesians 4:3 KJV) Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:4 KJV) There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; (Ephesians 4:5 KJV) One Lord, one faith, one baptism, (Ephesians 4:6 KJV) One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. The gift of salvation is a transformed life. At the start of the church many were thinking about position and were not humble. God would call all types of people: Greek, Jew, Roman, slave, free, men, and women from many backgrounds with much diversity. It would be a collision course with "meat and vegetable eaters." Jesus said his church would prevail, but how? It would prevail through a spiritual environment. (1 Corinthians 10:17 KJV) For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Christians hold up what we have in common. The main thing is that the main thing always remains the main thing. We are brought together in oneness through Christ. As people come into contact with us will they see us unifying or breaking apart? If we do not reconcile to each other we are shallow. We need to walk in all lowliness. Humility is having an accurate measure of ourselves. Humility merits the death of self-will. Look to Ephesians 4 and take it to heart and let it be our language.