This Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth explains and list some easy eye opening methods to spiritual maturity
During our first bible lesson on spiritual growth we discussed how absolutely necessary it is to become seekers of the Kingdom of God.
During this bible study we will discuss the second most important aspect, to gaining spiritual growth, which is 'Understanding God's Word' or for better terms, ‘the eyes of your understanding being enlightened’
These few words are as important to our Christian survival as they are to our Spiritual Growth.
Why is it important for God to open the eyes of our understanding?
Let's give the answer through this example:
I was given a food processor as a gift on my wedding day. When the one that I used got broken, I decided to take the new one out of the box, and follow the directions to put it together, so that I can use it. I had such a hard time understanding the directions. Several times I turned areas inside out… It was a disaster. I got so frustrated that I decided to leave it for my husband to put it together. And guess what…. He did it in under 30 seconds!
What does this have to do with this Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth? Simply this ...
If we do not understand what God is saying to us through his Word, whether the written or spoken Word, how will we be able to apply it to our lives, for spiritual growth? Just like that food processor, I did not understand the manual, so I could not get it right. The Bible is our manual to Spiritual Growth, and if the eyes of our understanding are not opened then we will not get it right. Funny but true, we’ll be actually wearing spiritual blindfolds. We will not be able to see and understand clearly, which means, we will have difficulty knowing which path we should take.
God has provided a way out in this Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth. We cannot do this by ourselves; for in ourselves, we cannot understand spiritual things, it takes the Spirit of God, which is the Holy Ghost, to open our understanding.
1 Corinthians 2: 13 - 14
Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they
are spiritually discerned.
Understanding the Word of God is very vital to understanding the way that we should go. Everything we need, for our growth spiritually, can be found in God's word. It's amazing what God can reveal to us through the scriptures. It has happened to me so many times, that a verse, that I have been reading for so long, God suddenly reveals its understanding to me during one of my personal bible study.
The Word of God is our defense and our sword against the enemy. The more we know and understand the Word, the stronger we become and the more we can withstand the plans of the enemy for our lives. And when the enemy comes against us, the Spirit of God will lift up a standard against the enemy.
So how will we get an understanding of the Word of God? By going to the source… of course. By going to the one that gave the Word, he will reveal to you its true meaning.
At a certain time in my life, I was having a very hard time understanding God’s Word and I constantly prayed about it. Then God showed up (He always shows up once we need his help). He revealed to me two scriptures for this purpose. One of these scriptures can be found in my lesson on prayer before bible study, and the other was reserved for this Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth.
The Prayer of Paul
When Paul wrote in Colossians, he told his people that he was praying for them. He not only said that he prayed, but he made special mention on what he prayed for and why he prayed.
Colossians 1: 9,10,11,12
For this cause we also ... donot cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye
might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto
all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the
knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious
power, unto all patience and longsuffering, with joyfulness:
This is where God showed me what we should pray for:
Why Should We Pray for These?
It’s amazing how the answer for everything we seek is found in the Word of God.
Doesn't this prayer sound like it is helping us to become spiritual giants! Yes! And that is what we yearn for in this hour. This is Paul’s prayer, but it has also become my prayer and now that I have shared it with you during this Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth, it should become your prayer as well. I prefer to pray this prayer to God, outlining everything that this scripture has said, for God always honors his Word. God gave me this prayer during a time of personal bible study, and this is what I have been using ever since. It works!
I have used the following eye opening methods, and I have realized that these methods do work. I have listed three of these methods that you can benefit as well.
The first method that is very high on the list is Prayer. It always works. Use this prayer above earnestly, and watch God begin to reveal to you things that he wants you to know.
The second method in this Lesson on Spiritual Growth is using a Handy Study Bible. At times it might be difficult to understand what God is expressing in his Word, but a proper study Bible takes away any difficulty and makes the Word of God jump to life right before our eyes. Using this method will help you tremendously.
The third method is Bible Study. Taking some time away from the cares of this life and engaging in Bible Study Forums like this site, Group Bible Studies at your assembly or with other Believers can help reveal areas in the scriptures that you never understood before. I highly recommend, that in addition to your Personal Bible Study, consideration be made to join other Bible Study Groups. It is amazing the depth of understanding you can receive from any one scripture.
I hope that you enjoyed this Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth and I pray that God will continue to open the eyes on your understanding to his Word.
Today’s Bible Lesson on Spiritual Growth Focused on ‘Opening the eyes of your Understanding