Silence and Centering
“But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
Heavenly Father, we come before Your throne of grace to confess our sin.
We have been selfish instead of generous; we have been proud instead of humble;
we have held grudges instead of forgiving; we have proven over and over again that we cannot be good enough on our own.
We need more of You, and less of ourselves. Gracious God, we ask for Your forgiveness and receive it with joyful hearts. Renew our minds so that we may discern what is good.
Fill us with Your Spirit so that we may be Your witnesses in the world.
Comfort our hearts, that we may know that we have complete redemption by Your grace alone.
In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
“You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food” (Hebrews 5:12 NLT, second edition).
Millions of Christians have grown older without ever growing up; they act as though spiritual growth is automatic. They may have a plan to save for retirement. They may have a plan for sending their kids to college. But they don’t have a strategy for enriching their souls. They leave the single most important facet of human existence to chance!
But a soul doesn’t automatically grow to maturity any more than a baby automatically grows to physical maturity. You need to have a plan for feeding, exercise, education — and especially potty training! — if a child is going to grow up healthy, strong, and mature.
A baby left on its own withers and dies. The same thing is true of your soul. Our world is full of people who have grown older but are still babies when it comes to spiritual maturity.
Spiritual growth is not automatic, even for people who have opened their hearts to Christ. The writer of Hebrews sadly noted, “You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong” (Hebrews 5:12-14 NLT, second edition).
Spiritual growth doesn’t just happen. You have to have a plan!
Talk It Over
- Where do you want to be a year from now spiritually?
- What is your plan for reaching that goal?
- What is the next step you need to take in your spiritual growth? How can you start using your gifts to serve the Body of Christ?
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
Devotional By Rick Warren