The new year is another year of opportunity
in our youth that we have
to mature and grow in the Lord.
A few ways that are necessary to grow are:
1. Have daily quiet time with the Lord
2. Pray often (all day long)
3. Memorize Scripture
4. Meditate on Scripture
5. Review and study notes
from sermons and personal quiet time
Listing ways are simple,
while applying them can be more of a challenge.
It takes time. OUR time!
When we don't take the time to spend with the Lord,
it is sin, it is selfish.
God has something to say to all of us,
no matter what our age.
We cannot really grow when we aren't in His Word.
Listening to the preaching (although good to do)
isn't enough for our spiritual growth.
God talks to us personally and changes us
through His Holy Word.
We, also, need to be memorizing and meditating
on His Precious Word.
When we are memorizing and meditating,
His thoughts become our thoughts...
We are armed for spiritual battle.
Another way He can grow us through trial and error.
We are always failing somewhere in our life,
making mistakes and bad choices
but the Lord wants us to learn from our mistakes
and we can... if we choose to.
He also gave us parents to help us grow, guide us,
teach and train us while we're still at home.
But there will come a time when
we'll have to make our own decisions.
They are helping to train us now,
so we can be prepared for those times in the future.
We should heed to what they say.
2007 was a year that we can use
as an example and a learning experience.
The trials we went through, decisions we made,
the paths we chose, and our failures and successes...
the Lord wants us to learn from it all.
We need to think back and see where
we were useful for the Lord and praise Him.
And we need to see where we can improve and grow.
How about the new year???
Let's make a goal and decide to be in His Word daily,
memorize it, meditate on it, and use it in our lives to
become changed more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.
"But his delight is in the law of the LORD;
and in his law doth he meditate day and night."