There are four essential Christian habits for spiritual growth. Whenever one or more of these is neglected, the result is a Christian who chooses to stunt his or her spiritual growth.
1. BIBLE READING…
a. The Word of God is crucial to growing spiritually – 1 Peter 2:2
b. David described the value of God’s Word – Psalms 19:7 – 11
He also illustrated the blessedness and fortitude of one who meditated daily on the Word of God – Psalms 1:1-3
The Christian who wants to grow spiritually must therefore develop the habit of daily Bible reading…
– Such as reading through the Bible each year (about 3 chapters a day). Or perhaps the New Testament one year, the Old Testament the next.
— By feeding upon God’s Word daily, we receive the spiritual nourishment necessary to grow; have you developed the habit of daily Bible reading?
a. The practice of prayer is also required for spiritual growth
b. Through prayer we find mercy and grace to help – Hebrews 4:16
c. Through prayer we find peace to guard our hearts – Philippians 4:6-7
— Just as we must listen to God daily through His Word, so we must talk to Him daily if we are to grow; have you developed the habit of praying regularly?
a. Assembling together with other Christians is very important Hebrews 10:24-25
b. It is a means of stimulating one another to love and good works
c. We exhort one another in our service to Christ
Therefore Christians should make a strong habit of attending church
a. Attending as often as possible, for worship, Bible study, etc.
b. The more we attend, the stronger the habit becomes; the less we attend, the weaker the habit becomes
— Christians who make it a habit to skip gathering together struggle in their efforts to grow spiritually; no Christian has become stronger by neglecting assembled worship!
a. Praising God in song is also conducive to spiritual growth
c. If we teach one another through songs, do we not also teach ourselves when we sing? Colossians 3:16
The Christian should make singing a habit that is second nature to him or her
a. When happy, we should sing – James 5:13
b. In times of trial, we should sing. Ac 16:25
— As we develop the habits of daily Bible reading and prayer, let us also develop the habit of singing praises to God daily if we seek to grow!