Reading His Word Daily

Tips on Reading the Bible Daily
1. Start reading the Bible today -- there is no better time, and there's no reason to wait.

2. Set aside a specific time each day. Set your schedule and then stick to it. Mornings are great, but feel free to use any time that works consistently for you.

3. Read the Bible for the sake of learning, not simply to accomplish your next reading. Say a short prayer to God before you begin, asking the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding, then be refreshed by the words you read! 

Spiritual Growth

What is Spiritual Growth? In the September newsletter I started by contemplating the 5W’s. The article was about Who. Since then I have been thinking on the WHAT part of spiritual growth. What is spiritual growth? What does spiritual growth mean?

We hear about growing in our faith, but what exactly does that mean? Does it mean that I believe more or that I trust God more? Just what does Spiritual Growth mean?

This isn’t just a topic I have pondered recently, & it goes right with the “finding who you are” theme of Septembers article. Over the years of Bible study, praying, conversations, & meditation on this topic, I believe we are here to grow in our friendship with Christ.

Relationships don’t just happen in a day or a year. Relationships take a life time. We love to have a “history” with people, to have those people in our lives who have been there for decades. Those people we can say we have known since we were kids.

Jesus is the same way. We need to spend time with him & develop that history. He is there for us in the good times & bad. Spending time with a friend & caring for them & having them care for you in tough times really helps build a friendship. Jesus is the same. If we rely on him through our tough times & go to him, he will be there, & our friendship will grow. This in turn will allow the Holy Spirit more room to help our faith grow & our belief & acceptance of Jesus grow.

Just as physical growth isn’t noticed on a daily basis, & it takes years to reach your full physical height, it will also take years to grow spiritually. There is no age that we will automatically reach our full spiritual growth. But we need to keep growing or we will start shrinking. So, spend some time with Jesus today. Here are some verses to ponder & hold in your heart.

¨ “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:2&3

¨ “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness, & to goodness, knowledge & to knowledge, self-control; & to self-control, perseverance & to perseverance, godliness; & to godliness, brotherly kindness; & to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective & unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8

¨ “But Grow in the grace & knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now & forever! Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18

¨ “Nevertheless, the righteous will hold to their ways, & those with clean hands will grow stronger.” Job 17:9

Jill Nesheim

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