Spiritual Growth

In 2 Corinthians 13:5, Paul says, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” We need to examine ourselves on a regular basis. We do this by asking ourselves questions. For example, we should ask ourselves, “Am I growing spiritually?”

In 2 Peter 3:18 we’re commanded, “...Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” In 1 Peter 2:2, Peter instructs, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” A growing knowledge of God’s word is essential for spiritual growth.

In 2 Timothy 2:15 we are taught, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” We should search the Scriptures daily as did the Bereans, as recorded in Acts 17:11, in order to see if the things we’re taught are true. We should search the Scriptures because, according to Jesus in John 5:39, they are the writings which testify about Him.

Light is necessary for growth. In Psalms 119:105 we’re told, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” In Psalm 119:130 we read, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” God’s word is light for our spiritual growth, and according to 1 John 1:7, we have fellowship with God when we walk in the light.

Exercise is equally important to proper growth. We must exercise our senses to discern between good and evil. Hebrews 5:14 says, “...But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” We grow when we exercise our senses upon the word of God, the Bible. How about you? Are you growing spiritually?

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