Seek spiritual growth – Part 2
Individuals who grow from bad to worse are treading on slippery ground. They degenerate by becoming less righteous each passing day; they increasingly descend into more evil and sin, carnality and worldliness, injustice and unrighteousness, bribery and corruption, cheating and lying, extortion and stealing, hatred and pride, and backsliding and bondage. As they grow from bad to worse like Pharaoh, Ahab, Absalom, etc., their hearts are hardened. Thus, they become adamant, obstinate, hardened, headstrong, wilful, unrepentant and perpetually sinful. Such people grow wings; they grow in evil and will end in damnation. But God wants every believer to have positive, powerful, practical, purposeful and perpetual growth.
To grow spiritually, we must study and accept the totality of God’s word. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.” The word “grow” is suffixed with ‘ing’ – three letters that end the word ‘growing’. This means that spiritual growth is ongoing.
Believers who are growing are abiding, not absconding; believing, not backsliding; conquering, not compromising; doing, not delaying; enduring, not endorsing evil; following, not forsaking; giving, not withholding; holy, not hypocritical; increasing, not decreasing; judging, not justifying evil; keeping, not kicking at the word of God; loving, not lusting; ministering, not minimising; nurturing, not neglecting; obeying, not obscuring the truth; planting, not playing; quickening, not quenching; responding, not resisting; serving, not scattering; teaching, not tearing; undertaking, not undermining; vitalising, not vandalising; working, not weakening; expanding, not expiring; yearning, not yielding up the ghost; and zooming, not zigzagging. God’s power and promises will effect spiritual growth in our lives, as we remain unwavering in commitment and prayer for more grace to grow and bear fruit in Him.
Further Reading (King James Version): 1 Thessalonians 3:10; 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24; 2 Peter 3:18; 1:3-8; Ephesians 4:13-16; Exodus 9:34,35; 1 Kings 16:25,26,30,31; Psalm 78:12-17; Matthew 12:43-45; 23:15,33; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 2:20; 1 Peter 2:1,2,5,9; Ephesians 4:12,15; 2 Corinthians 7:1.
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