2016 Day 77
Step Eleven: In order to discover God’s purpose for my life, implement it and to improve my relationship with Him, I will spend time daily in prayer, reading the Bible and meditating on it
Acts 3:1 One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting.
Prayer is a means of grace available to people so they can maintain their faith, practice the presence of God and spenD time in communication with Him. It is A means of expreSsing our inward desires and feelings through praise and petition. It is an art to be cultivated, a necessity to be adopted . James Montgomery said ‘Prayer is the Chrsitian’s vital breath and hois native air’
It is wise in the process of recovery to set aside time to pray, read the bible and meditate on God’s Word. It is imperative that as things change in us, in our circumstances and in our lives that we do not forget to take time to spend time alone with God. Step Eleven in the process of recovery is one of, if not the most important steps of continued spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth involves hearing, learning and following. In Deuteronomy 5:1 (msg) it says “Moses called all Israel together. He said to them, Attention, Israel. Listen obediently to the rules and regulations I am delivering to your listening ears today. Learn them. Live them.” Moses new the importance of hearing from God, listening to Him amd learning from Him. He realised they are all important aspects of continued spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth always depends on connection to God. Isaiah 27:11 (nlt) The Bible says “People are like the dead branches of a tree, broken off and used for kindling beneath the cooking pots. Israel is a foolish and stupid nation, for its people have turned away from God. Therefore, the One who made them will show them no pity or mercy.” Isaiah compares the state of Israel’s spiritual life with dead branches, broken off to be used as kindling. Unless we continually set aside time to come into the presence of God and communicate with Him we to are like the dead branches of a tree, withering spiritually. Continued spiritual growth is dependent on us staying connected to God.
Encouraging others is also a vital part of our spiritual growth. Romans 14:1 (msg) tells us to “Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with–even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently”. It is important every day in recovery to take self-inventory on our spiritual growth, and remember ‘where we came from’ Remember how yu reacted to those futher along the road of recovery than you were and how they related to you. Continued spiritual growth is dependent on us sharing our experience, strength and hope with each other so we can all grow and develop our characters through he recovery process together.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH BEGINS WITH PERSONAL REALTIONSHIP WITH JESUS