Feasting on God's Word - Encouragement Café - January 13, 2016

Feasting on God’s Word

Café Menu for Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Today’s Special is:  Growth That Glorifies God

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Carolyn Dale Newell

Main Ingredient:

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory both now and forever.  Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV

Entrée:

How is your spiritual appetite?  Are you feasting upon the Word of God, or are you going through a famine?

In the same way our physical bodies require food, we need to be fed spiritually to grow in the grace and knowledge of God.

First, we develop spiritually through preaching.  As we listen, the Holy Spirit works in our hearts, convicting us.  Sadly, many churches are replacing preaching with other activities on a regular basis.

Are you being fed at your church, or are you leaving hungry?

Our bodies would lack the energy we need if we only ate two or three times a week.  The same is true for us spiritually.  That is why we need to read our Bibles daily.  If we depend solely on what we receive at church on Sunday, we will suffer from spiritual anorexia.  

While reading, select one verse to meditate on throughout your day.  Memorize it.  Write it down.  Reflecting upon Scripture in this manner will enhance our spiritual growth more than trying to read through the Bible in one year.

Another way we increase spiritually is through our trials.  Let’s call them growing pains.  I learned to let go of worry when my daughter left home.  Not knowing where she was, I had to trust God with taking care of her, or worry would have driven me insane.  Perhaps you remember a similar time in your life.

The riches of God’s grace are revealed during the roughest times of our life.  Trials put our knowledge to the test.  If we have been starving spiritually, we won’t have much to sustain us through the times of trouble.

Begin today by examining your spiritual diet.  Make plans to grow in a manner that glorifies God.

Take Out:

Select a quiet time and place to read the Bible and pray.  Then stick to it.  Ask God to lead you in which method of Bible study works best for you.

Dessert:

Heavenly Father, set us on a path that will keep us growing.  Guard the precious time that we spend with You.  Thank You for Your holy Word.  Amen.

© 2016 by Carolyn Dale Newell.  All rights reserved.

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