Growing Up Spiritually (2)

Psalm 92:13 NKJV “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.”

God’s desire is for us to grow up spiritually and reach the full maturity after the likeness of Christ (Eph.4:15). In the previous devotional on spiritual growth, we saw how feeding spiritually by God’s Word will help us grow. Today we examine the role of environment in spiritual growth. Just like a plant needs the right amount of moisture, soil nutrients and sunlight to grow, the environment we find ourselves in goes a long way in determining our ability to grow and reach full maturity. The anchor Scripture reveals that those who are planted in the house of God shall flourish.

The “house of God” typifies the presence of God. Growth thrives in conducive environments, and our ability to grow spiritually happens best in God’s presence. The Psalmist says, “they grow from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion” (Ps.84:7). Each moment we appear before God’s presence we receive spiritual strength from Him. It is in God’s presence we have fullness of joy, and receive pleasures of life (Ps.16:11). In God’s presence, the anointing of God is present, and it is the anointing that lifts burdens and destroys the yokes that try to weigh us down (Isa.10:27).

Jesus in teaching His disciples on spiritual vitality says in John 15:4-6, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered…”” Your life wont mean much if you live it independent of God. If you cut a banana off a vine, it looks good for the first couple of days, then it begins to blight and rot. Likewise our spiritual lives. Each moment spent away from God weakens us. It may appear that things are okay initially, but over time we realize that we fall into sinful practices, and begin to act outside of the love of God.

You can press into God’s presence by spending time in His Word, and in prayer. Acknowledge Him in all you do, at every moment of the day, and spend time in quiet reflection, seeking His voice in response to your prayer. Unwavering confidence in life comes when we know we have heard from God, and this is indicative of our spiritual growth.

Scriptures to Meditate: 2 Thes.3:16, Ps.46:1, Isa.41:10, Gen.28:15, Heb.13:15-16.

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