Developing “Spirituality”

Let me be clear at the outset; we do not develop “Spirituality!” The Holy Spirit alone is the only One Who can do that. We do, however, have a responsibility to align with Him in His developing of “Spirituality” in us. How can we do that? The first and foremost responsibility that we have is to come to grips with the Bible. This is the Holy Spirit’s means of accomplishing all God intends for our lives as His children. This doesn’t mean simply reading and agreeing. That is only the first step. We must make generous use of available means of internalizing what we read and agree with in Scripture. Preaching, Bible Studies, Tapes, DVDs, CDs, books, discussions, prayer are to be utilized in order to help us to do that. In other words, disciplining ourselves to get the most that we can from God’s Word. It is vitally important to keep in mind that we are accountable to let the Scriptures shape us. How we listen and how we apply; we are responsible to do it seriously. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus explains, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock and every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it!” “Almighty God, Thy Word is cast like seed into the ground; now let the dew of Heav’n descend and righteous fruits abound. Let not the foe of Christ and man this Holy seed remove, but give it root in ev’ry heart, to bring forth fruits of love. Let not the world’s deceitful cares the rising plant destroy, but let it yield a hundred-fold the fruits of peace and joy. Oft as the precious seed is sown, Thy quickening grace bestow, that all whose souls the Truth receive its saving pow’r may know.” (“Almighty God, Thy Word Is Cast” by John Cawood). Selah! We need to stop half-hearing, determine to give Him full attention, listen carefully and then apply and obey His Word!   Ron

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