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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Maturity in Christ"

Date published: 05/07/2010

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (NIV)

What kind of spiritual food are you taking into your life? Is your spiritual intake just from occasionally hearing the Word? Does it come from random Bible readings? Does it come from reading Christian books? Is it from hearing and reading the Bible but never studying for deeper understanding? Paul says that solid food leads to maturity and that maturity will help you distinguish between good and evil. As you learn to differentiate more between good and evil, you will experience more of God’s work and power in you. Your growth and relationship with Christ is dependent upon going deeper into His Word. The deeper you go into the Word, the more you will be exposed to God’s transforming power. Hebrews 4:10-12 says, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”   How do you take in solid food: Do not just have a daily devotion with God, but meet with Him to hear from Him. Do not just read the Bible randomly, but develop a Bible reading plan that positions you for spiritual growth. Do not just read the Bible recreationally, but do in-depth studies that take you deeper into the truths of God.   

Joshua 1:8 “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” (NIV)