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IT TAKES TIME. We worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow. “Soften Up”. -God gives us problems that we cannot handle - Some open to God but others don’t. “beachhead”. The moment we open ourselves to God, He begins his campaign - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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IT TAKES TIME

IT TAKES TIMEWe worry about how fast we grow,God is concerned about how strong we grow..

Soften UpbeachheadTake over more territory-God gives us problems that we cannot handle- Some open to God but others dontThe moment we open ourselves to God, He begins his campaignWe may think we have surrendered all our life to him, but the truth is, there is a lot to our life that we arent even aware of.We can only give God as much as we understand at that moment

BelievingBelongingbecomingThrough worshipAcknowledging God as our creator-through fellowship-we belong to the church, young adult ministry-through discipleship- Helping the poor, visiting nursing homes, etc.God is more interested in strength and stability than swiftness..

Real maturity is never the result of a single experience, no matter how powerful or moving..The Bible says, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like himWhy Does It Take So Long?

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Slow LearnersHave a lot to unlearn-We need to RELEARN the lesson forty, fifty, sixty times because we always forgetThere is no quick solution to our deep rooted problems and difficulties- REMOVE bad habits and REPLACE with new and better ones

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Afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselvesGrowth is often painful and scaryThe truth will set us free, but it often makes us miserable firstOnly as God is allowed to shine the light of his truth on our faults and failures can we begin to work on them.There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain People often built their identity around their defects-

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Habits take time to develop-Character is the sum total of your habits We cannot say that we are kind if we are not habitually kind No instant habits If we want to have Christ like character, we need to practice that habit and it takes time When we practice something over time, we get good at it Repetition is the mother of character and skillPRACTICE THEM AND THAT TAKES TIME!!

Dont Get in a Hurry..

Ways to cooperate with God In the process1. Believe God is working in your life even when you dont feel itEverything on earth has its own time and season - short intense burst of growth is like springtime - period of stabilizing and testing is like fall and winter- Dont be disappointed if the answer comes through a gradual change

Ways to cooperate with God In the process2. Keep a notebook or journal of lessons learnedNot a diary of events, but a record of what you are learning Record so you could review and remember them and pass them on to the next generationRelearn lesson because we forget them

Ways to cooperate with God In the process3. Be patient with God and with yourselfGods timetable is not the same as oursGod is never in a hurry, he is always on timeDont try to get out of anything prematurely, let it do its work so you become mature and well developed

Ways to cooperate with God In the process4. Dont get discouraged- A delay is not a denial from God

Remember how far youve come, not just how far you have to go.You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.

Please Be Patient, God IsNot Finished With Me Yet

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