Spiritual Food: God Wants to See Us Grow!

1 Peter 2: 2-3(NLT)

Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

I recently introduced rice cereal into my baby’s diet.  My initial goal was to follow the recommended guideline of nursing exclusively for the first 6 months (she’s only a couple of weeks shy), but Alexandra was showing all the signs that she was ready for more.  It’s a relatively minor change, and one that’s gradual, but already it’s made a world of difference! She is happy and satisfied with a full belly, and as her mom I want to do all that I can to ensure she is a healthy and strong little girl. 

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This very thought had me reflecting on God’s desire to see us grow.  We begin as babies in our spiritual walk, but He wants to see a steady progression of our knowledge and understanding as we mature in Him.  This progression means that we can’t remain a baby in the Lord forever, and through every phase we need more nourishment to sustain our appetite.  That nourishment is directly found in Jesus Christ and the Word of God:

Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)

But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

He knows when we’re not getting enough spiritual food, and you know what, we know it too.  We feel deprived, on edge and out of tune with our Spirit Man. You can’t put a price on Godly wisdom, and we should never be at a point of thinking we’ve “arrived”.

I simply wrote this post to encourage us all to do some self-evaluating.  Are you studying the Bible on a consistent basis?  Do you feel stagnant in your walk?  What adjustments will help you get back on track?  Are you getting the nourishment you need? 

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I want us all to be encouraged today, as we set our minds on Christ.  As I leave you with these words from the Apostle Paul, never underestimate the power of growth!

Colossians 1:9-10(NLT)

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.

Be Blessed!!

0 thoughts on “Spiritual Food: God Wants to See Us Grow!

  1. This was so what I needed to remind me that I am still a infant in my faith and that’s ok as long as I keep moving forward.

    Thank you…..

  2. Thank you Patricia and very True, we are as Paul said to aim to be perfected in Love, showing maturity in Christ Jesus. To have life changing thoughts and beliefs, we need God’s wisdom, not fleshy understanding, reasoning and logic which can stagnate and become polluted causing error, we need to always be a fresh flowing stream, refreshing others and being refreshed by The Lord, yes as you said Patricia we are to grow up.

    To understand the written word we need the wisdom of The Living Word, 1John1, Jesus Christ our only Teacher by the empowering of The Holy Spirit leads us into all His Truth and understanding but He said that some did not have because they did not ask with faith and we are indeed to ask for God’s wisdom if we lack it, which we all do, none of us were born with it but sadly some believe they know it all and don’t need His wisdom, how good to hear your message.

    Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

    Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

    Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

    Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne.

    1. Yes Anne, you are absolutely right!
      James 1:5 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him
      We are not to get complacent in the Lord. He has so much to give us! Thank you for sharing these additional verses as well. Proverbs 4:7 is attached to my link on wisdom and happens to be one of my favorites. Wisdom, Godly wisdom, IS the principal thing, and I’m grateful to be able to learn more in Him and of Him!!

      God bless,
      Patricia

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