Fundamental Building Blocks For Spiritual Growth Part 5

We have been discussing the importance of God’s Word to our spiritual growth. Our struggles and lack in any area of life result from us lacking Scripture knowledge about God’s promises. Peter tells us that God has provided everything we will ever need through the “knowledge of Him that called us” (2 Peter 1:3).

Christians make excuses for their problems. They blame their family, their bosses, or even their socioeconomic status. None of these things are at the root of the issues we deal with in life. The source is a lack of knowledge that has led to wrong thinking.

We nurture our hurts and pains as we limp through life. It is easy to cast blame on others but hard to accept responsibility. God can heal us of anything we may have suffered. Where we came from is not nearly as important as where we are going.

The Word of God will change the way we process information. It will enable us to change our paradigm. God’s Word will give us insight that will build our faith and allow us to walk in the blessings ordained for us through Christ’s redemption.

There is not one person who will read these words which cannot experience victory in every area of life. The key is taking the Word of God and commit to giving time for meditation on its truths every day.

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2 Peter 1:4

It is the knowledge of God that provides us access to His “exceeding great and precious promises.” We find this knowledge in Scripture. The Word of God is the avenue by which we can partake of “the divine nature” and escape the bondages that hinder our spiritual growth.

The word translated “lust” in this verse is not referencing a sexual desire. It is referencing a strong overpowering emotional desire. We see this same word in Galatians 5:16, which tells us that we can escape our lusts by walking in the Spirit.

We can change our desires by spending time meditating on God’s Word.

The Word of God will teach us how to manage our finances.

The Word of God will teach us how to walk in divine health.

The Word of God will teach us how to have good marriages.

We will never experience any problem that cannot be overcome by meditating on Scripture and applying the revealed knowledge to our situations! We will have to exert effort every day to do this. Many Christians are looking for shortcuts, but there are none when it comes to spiritual matters.

I have met many people over the years who would rather have their minister wave their hands over them and impart a “touch” than dig into Scripture for themselves. Our laziness, more than anything else, keeps so many Christians in a state of perpetual bondage.

The key to spiritual maturity is God’s Word.

No person can master God’s Word. It is a living book. There is no end to the revelation that we can pull from within its pages.

1 John 3:2 tells us that we will see Jesus as He is and be like Him when He appears. When we renew our minds, we will be like Him spirit, soul, and body. The key is how much we “see” and “perceive” Him through the written Word.

We can walk in the miraculous by walking in the Word of God.

Each one of us can walk on top of our problems and experience victory over them!

It is possible to stand against persecution, rejection, and the negative ways people may treat us!

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:2

Jesus was able to endure the horrors of the cross is because He knew the result was the redemption of humanity. Most of us are so focused on ourselves that we are unable to endure even the slightest persecution. If Jesus were as self-focused as we are, He would not have allowed them to nail Him to the cross! We are hurt when people do not treat us the way we think they should because our lives are centered entirely on ourselves.

I am disappointed that everyone who attends a meeting, watches a message online, or finds these materials are not entirely set free. There will always be people who are offended by the things that I am sharing. Some churches have stopped preaching the truth of God’s Word to try and make their services much more comfortable for people to attend. If we back away from the “truth,” the people receiving and being delivered would remain in bondage due to our fear of offending people.

Jesus was able to deny Himself because He valued us so much. The reason we get so hurt when people mistreat us is that we love ourselves way too much. It is time for us to let the Holy Spirit help us put nail our fleshly self-focused way to the cross of Christ!

Is a person’s eternal destiny worth being persecuted or dying?

Are there eternal issues that are more important than how our coworkers view us?

In the light of God’s plans and purposes, does it matter if we are the favorite son or daughter?

Spiritual growth will require us to begin living for others and placing a higher value on them than ourselves. Jesus faced the cross without hesitating. He focused on the resulting redemption of humanity more than the pain He would have to experience.  

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