DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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Being Spiritual
 

We have begun the year with great inspiration. There are always many things to do. With so much of work on our shoulders, if we don't remain spiritual, our work, rather than bringing joy can burden us.

The need of the hour is being spiritual. The following scripture depicts the quality of a spiritual disciple.

Ezra 7:10
For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

A spiritual disciple is one who,
* devotes himself to learning
* determined to put it into practice
* desires to help others to learn

1. LEARNING

a. Psalm 119:73
Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.

b. Matthew 11:29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

c. Hebrews 5:11
We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn.

We need to learn from God's word through life changing Bible studies! He asked us to learn from Him. This means that in every situation we learn to ask what He would do and say .

Many times we feel like Martha running around yet not choosing to sit and learn from Jesus. In the end, we see ourselves frustrated and tense. When we learn from Jesus, He guarantees peace in our hearts. It is all about not how much we read but how much God has spoken to our heart.

2. PRACTICING

a. James 1:25
But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it-- he will be blessed in what he does.

b. 2 Thessalonians 3:13
And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.

c. Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

It is important to listen to what God's word says but it is much more important to obey it. We can measure the effectiveness of our Bible study by the effect it has on our daily lives. Let us make sure we practice what we've heard before the devil takes it away from our hearts. It is by obeying that we understand the truth not by learning alone. As we prepare our hearts for different roles in our lives, let us make sure we remain in the word.

John 8:32
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

3. TEACHING

1 Timothy 4:13
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

b. 2 Timothy 2:24-25
And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to knowledge of the truth.

Teaching can only follow doing. Good teaching never promotes quarrels or foolish arguments. There are many who do not know the truth and many who are confused about it. If we are good teachers we will be able to help them turn from the error of their ways. The best way we can serve others is by teaching God's words in all its truth.

Let us equip our heart with God's word .It is time to go to him to seek his favor ! Because we know that we can do nothing without Him!