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Increase

April 30, 2017

Increase

Luke 2:52 (KJV) And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.

Everything with life grows and consequentially becomes stronger. From the very beginning the command of God was Increase- Genesis 1:27–28 (KJV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Our spiritual lives have the same command- John 15:1–2 (KJV) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Increase My Measure

  1. Measure of Faith- Romans 12:3 (KJV)  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

  1. Increase- Luke 17:5 (KJV) And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

Romans 10:17 (KJV)  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

James 2:17 (KJV) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

  1. Measure of Gifting- Ephesians 4:7 (KJV) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

  1. Diversity- Romans 12:5–6 (KJV) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

1 Corinthians 12:11 (KJV) But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

  1. Measure of Money- Matthew 25:14–15 (KJV) For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

  1. Increase- 2 Corinthians 9:10 (KJV) Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)

  1. Measure of Reach- 2 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

  1. Increase- Ephesians 4:15–16 (KJV) But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Close:

Increase is Measured by People:

Bringing People to Christ:

      1. Accept the personal Responsibility

      1. Build a personal Relationship

      1. Share your personal Story

      1. Give a personal Invitation

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