1. If spiritual growth is intentional, not accidental. How do we grow?
1 Peter 2:2 says “As new born babies desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow there by.” The word desire also means cry out.
What grows us spiritually? The Word of God.
Jesus says ‘The words that I speak to you are Spirit and they are life.’ He says that man shall not live by bread alone but from the words that come out of the mouth of God. Those words are captured in Scripture! The moment you read Scripture, it will feed you on the inside. And you will spiritually grow.
2. Only when the Word lives in you, will it stick up for you.
In John 2:14 it says "I've written to you young people because you are strong and God's word lives in you. You have won the victory over the evil one."
The Word is alive in you. When we read Scripture it is outside of us but when we memorize scripture now it lives inside of us.
Only when the Word lives in you, will it stick up for you. Only when it’s living on the inside will it speak.
Some of us walk through fear, anxiety, torment, and if the Word is on the outside you’ve got to go find a scripture. But if the Word lives on the inside of you before you even reach the anxiety it begins to say ‘The Lord is on my side.’
3. You will only overcome the enemy when the Word speaks up in you.
You will only overcome the enemy when the Word speaks up in you. You cannot overcome the enemy by saying ‘You will not do this to me’ with your arms crossed and a determined look on your face. With that you have no chance against the enemy.
The Word of God is the standard that speaks up.
4. An encounter that transforms our very existence.
1 John 2:13 'I'm writing to you fathers… (this is an indication of gender but rather of maturity)…because you know Chris who has existed from the beginning.'
The word 'to know' is 'to be resolved and absolute.' In other words he says you know Jesus. You don't have just about Jesus.
Scripture says when you become mature in Christ it’s because you have now come to know Jesus through personal revelation. It’s no longer about Him, it’s knowing Him.
Jesus Christ as the only way, the only truth and the only life - I’m not holding that revelation because of a good argument, I hold that revelation because of an encounter. And that encounter transforms our very existence.