Our spiritual walk is often described as a journey. It is a great metaphor. A journey is defined as an excursion from one place to another, a passage through to a specific destination.
Time alone never guarantees that personal growth will occur. Growth and maturity are not isolated for those who know Christ or those who do not. Everything living is growing (even if you do not want to). Without any effort on our part, we are daily moving toward toward physical death and leaving the earth. During our years here how we grow and what grows in our life is determined by US!
As believers, we are challenged to grow in our faith and to move from faith to faith and from glory to glory. God has ordained our steps and is ordaining moments that give us the opportunity to seize the day and experience more of God. Every day offers us the chance to turn our experiences into experience and to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1:2-3
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Notice that God has given us His divine power through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. And that these promises are both great and precious and through them (the promises) they lead us to experience God’s divine nature. Let’s also take notice that God’s word is not to be taken lightly and is like no other book ever written.
THE WORD WORKS IF YOU WORK IT
The Word of God has a distinct difference than all other books. The words mixed with faith possess its own life and power.
The word is living and powerful. The word living means active and is defined as energy. It means to operate and to work. God’s word has inherent power. This means when God speaks, what he speaks carries the ability to fulfil what he said. This is the way God’s word saves, heals and delivers. God’s word also pierces.
This means that His word penetrates our soul and has the ability to heal and deliver. The Word of God has the ability to divide our soul from our Spirit. This means it reaches into the soul and apportions truth to the dark areas and enlightens our heart to turn toward Him.
God’s word is destructive to soulish strongholds and constructive to our Spirit man. And the first food we need is milk: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2). We need spiritual milk to grow, and that milk is God’s Word. We exercise the muscles of obedience to God’s Word.
As we choose to obey we find it easier to obey; sin loses its appeal, and our discernment increases. Scripture teaches us, “Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:13-14).
THE WORD IS LIKE A MIRROR
But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
We must not only read the Word of God, but we must allow it to read us.
This passage describes us as a people that have the tendency to forget what kinda person we can be. This is often due to the struggles of our life. Our tendency is to allow our circumstances to define us. The word of God is focused on shaping our identity in Christ. This is why the scripture challenges us to look into the word consistently and often.
When we develop the habit of regularly reading the word we also develop a deep sense of who we are in Christ.
Looking into the Word and using it as a mirror also helps us to gain an adequate measure of how near or far we are from God. When we develop the habit of regularly reading the word we also produce a deep sense of who we are in Christ. We often forget who we are because our Christ image is underdeveloped or morphed. We find and resource our image through what we hear and understand from God’s word. People who regularly look into the mirror understand the mirror has a voice. It speaks back to us!
The best practice of faith is for us to be doers of the Word.
Like a natural mirror the word as a mirror also reflects a spiritual image. The mirror reflects what needs cleaned up, adjusted, and changed. The mirror reflects what should be set aside and what needs to be added. The Mirror or the Word is to be an active part of our daily life. In other words, there must be a point in our life where the Word of God is applied to every area of our life.
As we have stated, a mirror reflects. In the natural a mirror serves us to help us see what others are seeing. It helps us to arrange necessities that help us present ourselves in acceptable social matters. In the Spirit it is identical.
The scripture reads our hearts and minds and reveals to us the changes we need to adjust to achieve the fullness of our spiritual potential.