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BIBLE STUDY - THE REAL PROGRESS

 

 
 

 

Spiritual growth is not a hundred meters dash.

Itís a marathon that spans over an entire life time.

What does it take to win a marathon?

In a similar way, to progress in our spiritual life, we too need to know and practice certain things. We all need the right kind of a spiritual diet and environment to progress in our walk with God.

Today letís focus on some of the important factors that play a vital role in spiritual growth.

Acts 2:42-47

What were some of the things the first century believers were committed to?

Fellowship

Christian fellowship is essential for our growth. Rick Warren says, "The entire Bible is the story of God building a family who will love Him, honor Him, and reign with Him forever."
As a child, you needed your family to help you grow. You needed a mother to nurture you, a dad to show you how to ride your bike without falling down. As a believer, you need mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters in Christ, to teach you how to love as God loves. Those family members may be older Christians who can teach you what it means to be a Christian, or they may be newcomers to the faith, who need a guiding hand from you. Or they may simply be your peers, sailors in the same boat, figuring out life together.

Bible Study

Studying the Bible helps us to listen to God and know Him better. It changes us from the inside out as our hearts and minds are transformed.

The Bible is the very word and will of God, preserved for us so we can get to know who He is and what He wants for our lives. 2 Timothy 3:16. That is why we need to spend time reading the Bible every day

When we read the Bible we learn how loved we are by God (1 John 3:1). We learn that we are entirely new people because weíve invited Jesus to be our Savior and Lord. Read Ephesians 1:3-14 and spend a moment listing all the things that are true of you as a Christian. Amazing, isnít it?


Prayer

We are told over and over again communication is the key to any good relationship. That certainly rings true in our spiritual life. Prayer is an attitude of worship and thanksgiving. It is communication with the One who loves us. The more time we spend in prayer, the more we learn about Him and get to know Him. Then we begin seeing things from His perspective.

Prayer is simply talking to God. Prayer may be accomplished in many ways. The best way is to be natural, just as if you were in the room with Him. He is very anxious to hear every word you say. You can say whatever is on your heart. Heíll even listen to your anger and sadness.

Too often we fail to appreciate that (the) apprehension of God is not only the test of our worship, but also the test of our spiritual growth. A Christian's real development in spiritual life will always be revealed by how he or she thinks about God - how much he thinks about Him, and how highly he thinks about Him.

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