Sunday, December 10, 2017
2 PETER 3:18 NKJ 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
We can gain understanding of spiritual growth by comparing it to natural growth. There are many similarities.
We do not start out as full-grown adults. It takes time, nurture, and experience to learn and develop.
In the natural realm, physical food is required. In the spiritual realm the food required for strength and growth is the Word of God.
MATTHEW 4:4 NKJ 4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
Spiritual growth is part of the Christian life. God's Word is our spiritual food. Not only do we need to read it, but also to speak it and meditate on it.
EPHESIANS 4:15 NKJ 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head -- Christ --
A new-born Christian has the same authority over the devil and all his forces as any of the Apostles. They also have the same righteousness -- which is a gift from God. In the natural a new-born baby has all the same muscles as a professional athlete, but they cannot accomplish the same things because they are not as developed. Yet they have the same potential, which over time can be developed.
1 PETER 2:2 NKJ 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,
So keep feeding your spirit on the Word of God and act on what you learn. Just like a natural child, you will fall down a few times while learning how to walk. But you must get up and try again. God will watch over you and protect you as any good parent should, so you don't have to be afraid.
SAY THIS: God's plan is for me to grow spiritually.
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