Here are three basic habits every Christian needs to develop in order to help them grow to spiritual maturity, I will share four more on Friday:
1. In order to grow we need to eat—The Bible – Communication FROM God
God is very passionate about our growth. So passionate that He gave us the Word of God so that He could communicate with us. He wants to teach us and guide us in his truth, so that we can have a strong spiritual foundation and can stand against the storms of life. But this tool that He gives us does us no good unless we pick it up and eat it. And not just once or twice a week, but every day. Think of it this way, you eat food between two and three times a day, to give your body the nutrients, strength and energy it needs to survive. The same is with our spiritual, we need to feed it with nutrients from the Word of God, we need to eat the Bible daily. Jeremiah 15:16 says “Your words were found and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, LORD God of Hosts“.
According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17 all Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.
Read Ephesians 6:10-19 on your own and see why the Word of God is so necessary to our lives.Without the Bible life is hard at best, impossible at worst.
2. In order to grow we need to breathe—Prayer – Communication WITH God
I think it’s pretty awesome that God give us the opportunity to speak with Him, but I also think it’s sad that we don’t take the time to do so.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing“, we should have God on our mind all the time, and as much as we can throughout the day communicating with Him through prayer. Find the time, make the time. There are idle moments of your day that you can call out to God. Stop making excuses and do it!
“If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. I have so much business I cannot get on without spending three hours daily in prayer.” Martin Luther
In Matt. 26:31-75 Jesus gives the command to His disciples to “Watch and pray…” (v.41). Why do you think He commanded this? “So that you will not enter into temptation.” Jesus commanded His disciples to “watch and pray.” Peter’s flesh was weak because of his prayerlessness. Apparently he did not feel sufficient need for it. He would rather sleep. When physically exhausted, sleep is undoubtedly more important than prayer, but at the crisis moment Peter should have prayed. Jesus was about to be crucified! What was the most serious result of Peter’s prayerlessness? He ended up denying Jesus three times. Think about your prayer life. What has been the result of your prayerlessness?
3. In order to grow we need good spiritual hygiene—Confession of sin –
The Bible tells us that we are all sinners, we sin daily. Sometimes we know when we sin and sometimes we are blinded to it. God knew this was going to take place, and because He loves us so much He gave us a way to ask for forgiveness to cleanse us of our sin. 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” God wants us to be holy, as He states in 1 Peter 1:16, and for us to do that we need to have good spiritual hygiene. So if you have sin in your life, don’t delay, confess it to Him so He can cleanse you.