“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” -2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV
To have a broader or deeper knowledge of a subject or field, one must read books, study materials, and ask questions. In the university or college, we were made to offer certain courses by attending classes, reading textbooks, and studying daily just so we can gain mastery of that course. The same intentionality and more must be applied to our spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth is a lifelong process that is powered by our study and application of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and our walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). It requires being rooted in the word of God. For spiritual growth to occur, we should be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in God’s word.
The word underpins our doctrine, rebukes our wrong choices, points us to truth, and steers us back when we wander astray. Everything that we need to complete God’s will and His work can be found in the scriptures. In Scriptures, we see the Christ-centeredness of all that God did. An understanding of this helps us grow spiritually. This is the right dividing of the word. (Luke 24:25-27, Acts 17:2-3, Hebrews 1:1-4)
When we are lost and confused, His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. His words throw a beam of light to our path, so we do not stumble (Psalm 119:105). When we are surrounded on every side, the Bible tells us that God’s name is a strong tower that we can run to and find a place of protection (Proverbs 18:10). Glory!
As our anchor text implies, knowledge of the Scriptures makes us wise and mature in every way. The Word equips us as believers. Constant study of the word transforms your mind to the way of the Lord and helps in your walk with the Holy Spirit.
As you grow spiritually, you manifest the acts of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21) less and less and produce the fruit of the Spirit more and more (Galatians 5:22-23).
God desires for us to be thoroughly equipped, to grow spiritually. He has given us all we need for life through the knowledge of Christ. Grow spiritually. Grow in the knowledge of Him.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 12:49-59, 2 Thessalonians 3:14-18, Psalms 150, 2 Chronicles 34 – 36