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The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-1

The 4 Essentials To Spiritual Growth-Part I
Reading The Bible Daily

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV)

There are millions of people who are given the Gospel message each and every year.  And as a direct result of them accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior their names are placed in the Book of Life (See Rev 3:5).  This is the Book that God will open on Judgment day, and those whose names are present will spend eternity with Him, verses those whose name is not found in the Book-those who will spend eternity separated from Him in Gehenna (Lake of fire).
Unfortunately for a majority of these people who have made their profession of faith in Christ, this is as far as their walk with God will evolve.  What I mean by this is that they have just been born again of God, and have received the Holy Spirit, and they are usually left without any real help or instruction to foster that relationship with the very God who reached down and delivered them from the grasp of Hell, and the bondage of sin.

Q:    Why is this?

A:    I believe that most people who share the Gospel message and lead someone in a prayer of salvation feel as though they are done, and have completed their job, but this couldn't be further from the truth.  It is imperative that we give these new converts the 4-essentials to spiritual growth at this same time. 

Let us use an analogy of a new baby that has just been delivered at the hospital.  Who would possibly think that it would be in the best interest of this newborn to walk off and leave the baby without providing for it?  How long would that baby last?  How would does a newborn grow without being fed properly?  And so it is with being spiritually born-again.

I believe that there are 4-essential things that each new believer, or the person who has just rededicated their life needs to implement into their lives, to promote spiritual growth.  And today we will start to look at those 4-things.

1.    Read your Bible daily

The first thing we should do once we have made a profession of faith, or rededicated ourselves to follow Christ, is to get into the Word of God, and begin to study it.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

We will see tremendous growth in our spiritual walk as we prayerfully read the Bible.  So important is reading the Word of God for our lives that husbands are commanded to love their wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of the water by the "Word." (See Eph. 5:25-26)
Likewise, we will see significant spiritual atrophy when we abstain from reading our Bibles daily.  I would suggest finding a good study Bible and to develop a reading plan for daily reading (See below for suggestions of bibles for studying).  The key is to pray before you read.  Pray that God will teach you and show you what He would want you to know and learn.

Knowing Scripture prepares us for answering life's tough questions and it gives us the tools for:

*    Teaching us Christian truths
*    Rebuking or convicting us of sin in our lives
*    Training us in how to live both inwardly and outwardly in righteous living.

We need to understand that God is transforming us as a result of an inward regeneration.  This simply means that we are re-growing a portion of our body that has been injured or lost because of the devastating effects of sin in our life.  This transformation process comes by the renewing of our mind (See Rom 12:2).  As we read Gods truth it replaces the lies of the enemy that have been fostered as a result of our worldly upbringing, coupled with our social, cultural, and environmental surroundings.  Without having the Word of God we would not be able to meet the demands of Christian discipleship.

So important is the Word of God that when Jesus was being tempted to turn stones into bread after He had not eaten for 40-days, He said that it (The Word) is what will sustain our life just as bread sustains our bodies.

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.'" Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)

We will continue to look at the 4-essentials to spiritual growth in Part II of this devotional series.

I want to encourage you to start to share these principles with those you lead to the Lord, and with those who may know the Lord, but they aren't doing these things.

STUDY QUESTION: What does Jesus say about the Word of God as outlined in Matthew 4:4?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you reading your Bible daily?  Are you applying what you are learning?

APPLICATION:  Read the Word.  Apply the Word.  Continue process until you see Jesus face to face.

Father, Thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for allowing me to learn and to be guided by it.  Help me to learn all that You would want to teach me today as I continue to read it.  May Your Holy Spirit continue to show me the truth and to understand it as You intended.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Suggestion for Bible:

1.    Life Application Study Bible (NKJV) (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.)
2.    The New King James Version Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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