Spiritual Growth Takes Time

Psalm 119:11 (ESV): “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

You cannot be a spiritually mature Christian unless you are spending much time in the Word and letting it get into you. And that takes time. Plenty of time.

Some would disagree with what I have just said.

They want to believe that spiritual maturity is something that can be gained quickly,

without effort,

without daily, substantial time in the Word.

They want the benefits without the hard work. They want the harvest without the planting. They want the fitness without the exercise.

But life doesn’t work like that.

And neither does our walk with the Lord.

If we are to grow, we have to do the hard work of spending time in God’s Word daily and letting it get into us.

A couple of days ago, I had to take Kim’s van to the shop so she borrowed my car. After getting the van back, I reclaimed the car.

But as I hopped into the car, I noticed something in the center console. Kim had accidentally left her Scripture cards.

If you look back to the top of this post, you’ll see a picture I snapped of Kim a couple of mornings ago. Every single weekday morning around 5:30 AM, I sit on the couch and study God’s Word on my laptop. Soon, Kim joins me in the living room. She sits in the recliner, reads a few chapters in her Bible, and creates a few Scripture cards from her time in God’s Word.

How does she use those cards?

She prays God’s Word back to Him. She reads the Scripture and then allows God’s Word to create the themes and words that she will use in her time with God while on her way to work.

Kim’s life has been hard. Very hard. Probably harder than most if you knew all that I know.

But her time with the Lord is what has kept her strong with her chin up. And in the twenty-one years that we have been married, I’ve seen her grow exponentially in her walk with Jesus.

How has she grown?

Daily, intentional, intense, time in God’s Word as she has let the Lord get that Word into her.

I’ve shared with you what Kim does. You can do this, too. Why not begin today?

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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