1 Peter 2:2 - Read the Bible Daily.
1 Peter 2:2 (NLT) You must crave pure
spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full
experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment.
1 Peter 2:2 (CWB) Feed on the word of God as
newborn babies feed on milk so you can grow
One characteristic all children share is
that they want to grow up--to be like big brother
or sister or like their parents. When we are
born again, we become spiritual newborn babies.
If we are healthy, we will yearn to grow. How
sad it is that some people never grow up. The
need for milk is a natural instinct for a baby,
and it signals the desire for nourishment that
will lead to growth. Once we see our need for
God's Word and begin to find nourishment in
Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase, and we
will start to mature. How strong is your desire
for God's Word? [Life Application SB]
For one to grow properly, certain rules
must be observed for good spiritual health.
First, read your Bible daily. It is one of your
greatest privileges. Your spiritual life needs food.
What kind of food? Spiritual food. Where do you
find this spiritual food? In the Bible, the Word
of God. The Bible reveals Christ, who is the
Bread of Life for your hungry soul and the Water
of Life for your thirsty heart. Don't starve
yourself. Read it, study it, meditate on it, and
memorize it. Ninety-five percent of the difficulties
you will experience as a Christian can be traced
to a lack of Bible study and reading.
Hide the Word of God in your heart. A
little portion well digested is of greater
spiritual value to your soul than a lengthy portion
scanned hurriedly. Even if you cannot remember all
you have read or understand it all, go on
reading. The very practice in itself will have a
purifying effect upon your mind and heart. Let nothing
take the place of this daily exercise.
What verse of Scripture can you memorize
today? [Peace for Each Day by Billy Graham]
Just as our bodies need food, so our
souls need spiritual food.
Without it we become malnourished and
weak, susceptible to every temptation and unable
to do the work God calls us to do.
Where do we find this spiritual food? In
the Bible, the Word of God. The Bible reveals
Christ, the Bread of Life and the Water of Life. If
we fail to partake of this spiritual
nourishment, we will lose our spiritual vitality.
Some parts of our world do not enjoy the
freedom we have to read the Bible. But most of us
cannot hide behind that excuse. The problem for
most of us is not getting a Bible, but using a
Bible - actually picking it up and reading it.
Don't be content to skim through a
chapter, merely to satisfy your conscience or because
of some long-established habit. Rather, read it
as if your life depended on it. Meditate on it,
memorize it, hide it in your heart so it permeates
your whole being. A small portion well digested
is of far greater spiritual value than a
lengthy passage scanned hurriedly.
There are countless blogs, books,
conferences, and speakers that can give useful knowledge
about Scripture. None of it, though, can ever
take the place of opening the pages of Gods
Word for ourselves. [Hope for Each Day by Billy
Feasting on the Word
Did you ever watch an infant take a
feeding? Hungry little ones clutch the bottle, smack
their lips, and make soft contented noises. They
thoroughly enjoy their nourishment. But there comes a
time when milk isnt enough to satiate babys
appetite anymore. Thats when a whole world of
culinary possibilities opens up.
Comparing new believers to babies, Peter
said that they long for the pure milk of the
word (v. 2). You wouldnt feed a newborn steak
and spinach, would you? Well, baby Christians
must sip scriptural truths that they understand.
Then, like a growing child, they shoot up as they
feast on Bible passages, gradually taking in more
and meatier principles and topics.
Believers are not left alone to make
sense of Scripture any more than babies and young
children are expected to get their own meals. The
Holy Spirit, who indwells Gods followers,
illuminates the Word. That is, He makes the meaning
clear to those who seek to understand. Moreover,
according to Ephesians 4:11-16, God has given gifted
Christians to the church to act as pastors and
teachers. They are charged with equipping the saints
for service (v. 12). These leaders instruct,
clarify, and motivate people to grow in their
personal faith and to fulfill the churchs purpose
of reaching the lost.
Gods Word is a feast for our heart,
mind, and spirit. This is one banquet table where
there is no such thing as taking too much. In
fact, the advice many parents give their children
at the dinner table applies to the Christian
life as well: Eat up! Scriptural food makes
you grow strong." [In Touch Daily Devotional by
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org]
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1 Peter 2:2 - How to Stay Hungry for God.
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