Dear Bethel Family,
When a baby is first born vital statistics are taken. For instance weight and length are recorded. Measurements are taken periodically as the child grows. Parents watch with excitement as their children grow and experience the various stages of life. We go through life measuring different things and at different times. Some things are really easy to measure like height, weight, and clothing size. Some things are more difficult to measure. For example, how do you measure spiritual growth? How can you determine how far you have come in your walk with Christ? We know that the Bible tells us that we are to grow spiritually. We can't stay an infant in Christ all our life. We are to grow in our faith and our relationship with Jesus. The Apostle Peter teaches us, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,” (1 Peter 2:2) The Word of God is pure. It's vital for spiritual health. It contains nutrients that will make us strong in our walk with Christ. God works in the lives of His children in different ways and at different times. But as we pray, study the Bible, and fellowship with other believers, we should notice several changes.
-Fast and genuine repentance. When the Holy Spirit convicts us of a specific sin, we go immediately to Jesus to confess and forsake it.
-Rejoicing in trials. As a Christian, spiritual battles will be more intense and frequent, but we will want to thank God for them. Remember what James writes to us, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” (James 1:2)
-Increasing desire to obey. Sin will become less attractive, we will find delight in following the commands of scripture.
-Willingness to share. As we discover the goodness of God and His love, we won't be able to keep it to ourselves. There is joy in a relationship with the Lord. We will want to tell others what He is doing in our life.
Are we becoming more like the Savior each day? Our walk with Jesus should be more precious the longer we live. No matter where you are in your relationship with Him, we can cling to this promise, “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil 1:6)
Have a wonderful week as you grow in the Lord! Thank you for your faithful prayers!
Soli Deo Gloria, For the glory of God alone!
"God still speaks to those who take the time to listen."
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