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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Heart for Spiritual Growth

The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.
Proverbs 15:14

What parent is there that would want their child to remain an infant all their life? As cute as our babies are, we rejoice at each step of growth as they mature. In the same way, as we continue on this journey of walking with the Lord, we have learned in our study by Elizabeth George, that we must first have a relationship with God by receiving Christ as our personal Savior. After that, the natural outflow from our spiritual life should be growth.



We all experience dry spells, but for the most part, we should be making progress spiritually. It is aided by purposeful focus. We will purposefully seek knowledge if it is our desire to grow in the Lord more each day.
Elizabeth learned from an older godly woman that in order to go beyond just floating along in our Christian life, we need to dig deeper. The means that she used to do that was:

  1. She never bought a skirt or pair of pants without pockets in it. At the beginning of the week she would write a new memory verse on a 3x5 card and would take it out all day long and read it and work on hiding that verse in her heart. What verse are you currently working on memorizing?


  2. She had "Five Fat Files." She purchased five file folders in order to tuck away information on Biblical subject matters. She was to pick five areas in which she wanted to grow in expertise so that she was filling herself up with knowledge in these areas.
    In order for us to follow this advice we need to ask ourselves (and pray about) what we'd like to be known for. Do you want to be known as a woman of prayer? Mentoring? Soul winning? After you've chosen your five Biblical topics, seek knowledge in these areas. You'll then know what subjects to be studying. We can't read everything, but when we have chosen five areas, we have a better idea of what kind of books we should be looking for. We'll know which workshops to attend when we go to a ladies' retreat. We'll clip articles from magazines on those subjects, or print off information we read on the Internet. We can talk with people who are excelling in those areas and ask them questions.
It really helps to funnel our attention to a much smaller focus, and then to seek knowledge especially in those five areas. How will this aid your spiritual growth? You'll be anxious to get out of bed in the morning to jump up and get in God's Word to learn more what He says about those five subjects.

Along with filling your five fat files, Elizabeth encourages us to code our Bibles. If you're seeking knowledge about prayer, mark a P next to each verse you read about praying, a person who prayed, how to pray, Jesus' prayers, etc. If you make a study of the Women of the Bible, role of women, older women, place a W beside each passage you find about them. Each day as you read your Bible, read it with a pen in hand; that is an act of faith, revealing that you're certain the Lord is going to show you a nugget that you need to mark.

This kind of study is the main stream to ministry. As you fill yourself up in these five areas, you'll be like a teapot jumping on the stove. You'll be so filled with knowledge from God's Word that you'll be pouring out on other people. Like the woman that Elizabeth learned from, women will seek you out to get wisdom from the areas in which you have grown.
So, what kind of ministry will you have from the outflow of your spiritual growth? By His grace, let's each choose those five areas and start growing!



Because of His grace,

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