This Week: How The Bible helps us grow.
Our adoption into the Body of Christ (The Church… FOO #4) as a result of salvation in Christ provides secure attachment with our Heavenly Father. We start off as a newborn and we begin the journey of growth in Christ toward a mature believer.
Our growth is to occur as a result of two primary influences:
- The Word of God (Bible) learned and applied in our lives.
- Interaction with other members of the Body of Christ.
So how does the Bible help us grow? Let’s look at some important Bible verses:
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16).”
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:12-13).”
Not only do the Old and New Testaments reveal the historical interaction between God and mankind, but it is also “living” and able to directly speak to our hearts as we read it. When we receive Christ, the Holy Spirit resides within us and He enables us to understand the scriptures.
“Now we have received , not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things freely given to us by God, which things we [Paul] also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. But a natural man [unsaved] does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (I Corinthians 2:12-14).”
As we enter the New Year, all of us need to ask ourselves, “How much time am I spending in God’s word?
Am I spending enough time so that the scriptures can influence my heart?
Kay and I pray that each of us will avail ourselves to the individual growth and power that can only come when we spend time with Him in His Word.
Thanks for listening, and have a wonderful New Year’s celebration.
Love and blessings,
Milan & Kay