John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
SAVED: THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS IN US
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
How do we come to know Awesome God? one day at a time GROWTH in Jesus* is likened to a plant, a tree or a child growth. Night and day and day and night pass without our ability not by our power or might there is growth there is change there is growth and to a child we can say " HAPPY BIRTHDAY"... to the plant or tree perhaps we see a flower or a fruit..
FOR HEALTHY FRUIT BEARING TREES
Baby fruit trees are too young to produce fruit in their first years, they may produce little to no fruit or uneatable fruit.
For richer eatable fruit, branches require pruning throughout the growth life of the tree. Young trees need nurturing and protection until they are large enough to survive.
1. Something that nourishes; sustenance.
2. The act of bringing up.
3. Biology The sum of environmental influences and conditions acting on an organism.
tr.v. nur·tured, nur·tur·ing, nur·tures
1. To nourish; feed.
2. To educate; train.
3. To help grow or develop; cultivate: nurture a student's talent.
1. the act or process of promoting the development, etc., of a child
2. something that nourishes
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Biology the environmental factors that partly
determine the structure of an organism See also nature
1. to feed or support
2. to educate or train
Clearly the human baby needs much attention, much assistance and care, becoming toddlers they fall constantly repeatedly injuring themselves.
We can see a connection in Gods design for growth in trees, plants and newborns.
Like wise we can understand our being BORN AGAIN... is day one, in our new spiritual journey in Jesus*; our precious redeemer.
From there we are expected to GROW IN JESUS*
Does it happen instantaneously!
Reflect back on Gods design in nature; seeds planted... grow, animals give birth to offspring that need to grow, humans grow from infancy to adult and we are mere babes in Christ upon Salvation [newborns- born Again].
1 Cor 3:
2 I have fed you with MILK and NOT with MEAT: for hitherto ye were NOT ABLE TO BEAR IT, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man
shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder,
I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; 22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
Eph 4:15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to GROW UP in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
Our Tie in Jesus*
From the day of our Salvation we grow by His unseen power by His unseen hand we are reared up in Him. That power that opens and closes doors, leading us, guiding us, deeper into and ever upwards in Him.
1 Cor 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
Growing we find a golden nugget here, a pearl there a treasure in the Lord along our pathway in Him. Our treasury increased in Jesus* equates our knowledge and spiritual growth in Him.
Our Treasury Increased over greater length of time; our treasure chest has many many precious gems in the Lord.
We obtain these treasures through Him as He chastises, provides, protects, keeps us from and permits; He teaches us rearing us up in Him.
Seek ye first the KINGDOM OF GOD; look within yourself, for there is a GRAND treasure of God - THE PRECIOUS HOLY SPIRIT the third member of the Holy Trinity is dwelling within us.. The Holy Spirit will reveal and lead us, He will bring us into greater heights in the Kingdom of God. He will aid us in solving mysteries of God. Gaining greater understanding of the Holy Trinity; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; to an intimate personal relationship with the three separate entities, that even so equal one.
Saved we are knitted together in the Body of Christ our Lord and King... The Body of Christ is in the Kingdom of God spiritually NOW. Many youth are unaware.. Many saved still look up and feel so far away from the Kingdom of God... separated from; not realizing the Kingdom of God is not put on hold till they enter via physical death and crossing over.
Its NOW; it begins from the moment of salvation its now... within the saved.
Through growth in Jesus we tap into more of the Kingdom of God.
Tapping into the Holy Spirit within is how to find a closer walk in God
Overlooking Him is overlooking much... it only serves to slow down ones growth in the Lord Jesus. Greater growth comes from knowing what source the LIVING WATER IS FLOWING THROUGH...That's the valve that releases more or less of that precious water.
Want more of the TRUE LIVING WATER; THAT JESUS* BE GLORIFIED..
SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD - Open the valve through The Holy Spirit of God.. He holds the key to our spiritual growth in Jesus Christ ... He holds the key to distribution of greater Spiritual Gifts [recall the greater gifts are of the Holy Spirit].
A journey in the Lord is a fiery education in Him; gaining knowledge, gaining spiritual growth, gaining all even unto entry into eternity with Him. The more our eyes and ears are fixed on Him the more we understand in Him. Hearkening unto His voice readying ourselves to do His will ... learning to hear and follow .... Can you hear? Tune in- tune inward.
Finally if your still not certain that we upon being Born Again are to grow up in Jesus*
But rather believe you are made instantaneously the ALL you could possibly ever be in Jesus.
Consider then as long as you live and breath on earth, your building a house upon a foundation... " According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon".
Your Soul Salvation is the foundation in Jesus* from which you will build your house upon. To build, to expand... to grow.  “We are laborers together with God” We need check with the master builder; see if our carpentry work is up to par. Ask Jesus* We cannot do it without God! Our home should reflect and Glorify Jesus* not ourselves, not the world.
Does your roof have a hole in it? Need a remodeling job or a room addition?
Is it approved by Jesus* the master building inspector?
Keeping it fresh; we are ever growing in Him... ever seeking to Glorify Jesus*.
Luke 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
Matt9:12; They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
Luke 10:9; heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
WHERE ARE YOU?
Child of God are you being attacked, bombarded by the enemy?
Are you oppressed and heavy laden?
Please be aware satan will strive to remind you of your sins of the past and not let you rise above them... When you have sought Jesus* asking forgiveness of your sins against Him ... Know beyond the shadow of doubt He HAS FORGIVEN YOU [Psalm 103:12]
Don't look back upon what once was... IF satan keeps taking you back to the pit;
it will merely aid you to wallowing in muck and mire...Severely HINDERING your spiritual growth in Jesus* KEEP looking FORWARD keep building! Whom the Son sets free is FREE INDEED.
Jesus* Bless your heart and g.r.o.w.t.h in Him.