Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Spiritual Maturity

Thursday March 16

Bible Reading:     1 Peter 1: 22; 2: 1 - 3

Topic:         Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Saviour.

He or she is born again and begins a new life in Christ.

In 1 Pet. 1: 23, Peter referred to his audience as being born again. He reminded them of the Gospel preached to them and in 1 Pet 2: 1, he told them 5 things Christians must get rid of if they must reflect this new life.

These things are malice, envy, guile, hypocrisy and evil speaking.

He went further in v. 2 to give them the secret of growth as new born babies in Christ - they must desire the unadulterated milk of the Word of God, the pure doctrines of the Gospel as recorded in the New Covenant.

Apostle Paul also reflected that spiritual growth is an on-going process. "Not that I have already attained or am already perfect, but I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me." (Phil. 3: 12)

Therefore in order for you to mature as a Christian, you must make up your mind today to
1.      get rid of sin in your life (1 Pet. 2: 1)
2.      feed on the Word of God daily
3.      allow God's Word to purify your heart (1 Pet. 1: 22)
4.      be obedient to His Word
5.      pray for wisdom to have inner and deeper understanding of the Word of God

Gracious Lord, keep me growing in You as I lay aside the sins that easily beset me, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

Memory verse:   1 Peter 1: 24
"For all flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth and the flower thereof falleth away"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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