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God's word is necessary for spiritual growth

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POSTED: August 16, 2010 2:38 p.m.
The apostle Peter wrote, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).
The people to whom Peter was writing had been and were suffering from persecution. They needed strength, both from the word of God and from other Christians. Peter serves as a perfect example of a Christian who knew how to encourage and uplift others.
The words that Peter penned still need to be heeded in our day. We need to “desire the sincere milk of the word” that we may grow as children of God. Spiritual food is needed today just as it was in the time of Peter’s writing.
While we may not suffer from persecution as such, we are bombarded with immortality and worldliness almost every day. Without having a steady diet of spiritual food, the possibility of “perishing from hunger” exists.
The desire Peter talked about means “to want for” or “to seek after.” Just as the baby counts feeding time as an important event, so should the child of God count the time when the Bible can be studied as important. As one begins to take in the spiritual nourishment, the appetite for things spiritual should increase.
A steady diet of the word of God will help us to realize our need for God in our lives more each day. It will also help us come to realize our responsibility to “feed” the starving masses with this same word.
We will yearn to fulfill the words of Christ, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19,20a).
It will also better equip us to “…fear God and keep His commandments…” (Ecc.12:13). When we are constantly feeding upon God’s word, we should be filled with the desire to serve God faithfully.
Parents desire that their children have the right food so proper growth occurs. It is also important that children of God feed upon the proper food.
One must be careful when choosing a Bible. Some so-called Bibles of our day are mere paraphrases, which only tell what a man thought the Bible said. The two most reliable translations are still the King James Version and the American Standard Version of 1901.
Desiring the word is something that must last our entire lifetime. Many times, older people simply stop eating, and before long their body gives up for lack of nourishment.
The same can be true in the spiritual sense. We must continue to feast upon God’s word no matter what our age.
Sadly, some Christians forget this fact and in their latter years lose sight of their goal. They fail to partake of the words of life and just as the dying body turns cold, so does their zeal for God.
Study of the word produces faith (Rom. 10:17), repentance (Luke 13:3), leading one to be willing to confess Jesus as the Son of God (Matt. 10:32), and then a desire to have one’s sins washed away by baptism (Acts 2:38).
May we ever heed Peter’s admonition, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby” (I Peter 2:2).
 

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