Vol. 8, No. 10
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Question: "I'm ashamed to admit it, but I've stopped growing spiritually... What can I do to start maturing again?" Answer: Spiritual development is important (2 Peter 3:18). Let me commend you for your desire to reinitiate this process. Here are a few suggestions:
1. Eat a steady diet of healthy food. "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby" (1 Peter 2:2). "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4; cf. Hebrews 5:14; Jeremiah 15:16). Set aside a regular time each day to study your Bible. When would be a good time for you to study? In the morning? At your lunch break? In the evening before bed? Devote 15-30 minutes to reading, study and meditation.
2. Develop a regular program of exercise. "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come" (1 Timothy 4:8). Involve yourself in the work of the church (1 Corinthians 15:58; Titus 2:14). Look for opportunities to minister to those who are in need (Galatians 6:10; James 1:27). Attend worship services on a regular basis (Hebrews 10:25). Pray regularly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; Colossians 4:2).
3. Rid your system of disease. "Therefore, laying aside all malice, all guile, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking" (1 Peter 2:1). Repent of the sin in your life (Acts 8:22). Ask for God's forgiveness (1 John 1:9). Reconcile with your brethren (Matthew 5:23-24; 18:15; Luke 17:3-4). Put your past mistakes behind you (Philippians 3:13).