• on February 1, 2017

Spiritual Growth

Prayer & Prayer Life

             Early Morning Prayers:   The Psalms remind us that the early morning hours spent with GOD is vital for our spiritual growth (Psalm 88:13). Each morning we have a fresh opportunity to recall HIS tender mercies and protection (Psalm 59:16; 92:2). Each morning we have a fresh opportunity to find HIS tender direction and guidance for the tasks of the day (Psalm 143:8). Our LORD JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF rose up before daybreak and prayed (St. Mark 1:35). GOD’s people had regular early morning worship (I Samuel 1:19; Psalm 63:1). So, we also must have early morning prayer for our spiritual growth. Every morning HE fills us with new grace and mercies (Lamentations 3:22-23). Stillness, silence, solitude and free from voices and noises are essential for GOD’s holy presence and for a fully concentrated prayer to GOD. Early morning is the quiet and peaceful time for our prayers and supplications. In the early morning, we can pray to GOD without any hindrance. So, this is the most suitable time for our prayers and supplications with GOD. Our GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST satisfies the thirsting soul, longing for spiritual growth. Praise The LORD! Alleluia!

             “O GOD, THOU art my GOD; early will I seek THEE: my soul thirsteth for THEE, my flesh longeth for THEE in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;” 

Psalm 63:1

             For the spiritual growth, in addition to the above prayer life, every man should first drink the pure spiritual milk of the word of GOD, and then eat the pure spiritual meat (food) of the word of GOD, and then eat the pure spiritual strong meat (strong food) of the word of GOD, and then eat the pure wholesome words, the pure sound words, the pure sound doctrines and the pure faithful words of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, our GOD.

             “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in CHRIST. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat (food): for hitherto (until now) ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.”

I Corinthians 3:1-2

            “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, Ithought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

I Corinthians 13:11

             “For when for the time (though by this time) ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of GOD; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”

Hebrews 5:12-14

             “If any man teach otherwise, and consent (agree) not to wholesome words, even the words of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;”

I Timothy 6:3

             “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in CHRIST JESUS.” 

II Timothy 1:13

             “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.”

II Timothy 4:3

             A spiritually newborn baby or a born-again man grows up to the stage of spiritually-young man, by drinking the pure spiritual milk. A spiritually-young man grows up to the stage of man spiritually, by eating the pure spiritual food. A person who is spiritually at the stage of man, further grows into a spiritually matured man, or a spiritually grown-up man, or a spiritually perfect man, by eating the pure spiritual strong food. A spiritually perfect man becomes a mighty man in spiritual life, by eating the pure wholesome words, the pure sound words, the pure sound doctrines and the pure faithful words of the LORD JESUS CHRIST, the ONLY TRUE GOD. A mighty man in spiritual life is a man full of good senses and godliness.

 

– Sadhu. C. Selva Raj (Appa)

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