Growing Spiritually

In order to know where you’re going, you have to realize where you are. This is where all spiritual growth begins; with a recognition of who you are and of your place in the Cosmos. What is the meaning and purpose of your existence in the grand scheme of things? Recognizing that there is something greater, more powerful than you in the design and creation of all things is a crucial stepping stone to experiencing spiritual growth. Like a tree not properly planted, you cannot reach your full intended potential if you head down the wrong path due to misguided, misinformed, and misconceived notions of your place in the universe. Like it or not, there is a force and power that exists that is greater than you. It existed before you, it continues to exist today and will still exist after you. Properly identifying who that being is plays a vital role in helping you attain genuine spiritual growth. If not, you will find yourself like the guy climbing the corporate ladder only to find he leaned his ladder up against the wrong wall.

Who is this powerful, majestic, almighty force?

God.

Which God?

According to the Bible, there is but one, true God. He walked in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He revealed himself to Moses as the great “I AM”. He has revealed himself through creation and nature, plain for all to see. He has provided us the ability to know Him through the Scriptures—the Word of God, the Holy Bible.

What do you know about God?

More importantly, what do you believe about Him?

Is your belief founded in Truth?

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Psalm 139

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

    You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

you discern my thoughts from afar.

    You search out my path and my lying down

and are acquainted with all my ways.

    Even before a word is on my tongue,

behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

    You hem me in, behind and before,

and lay your hand upon me.

    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

it is high; I cannot attain it.

    Where shall I go from your Spirit?

Or where shall I flee from your presence?

    If I ascend to heaven, you are there!

If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

    If I take the wings of the morning

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

10    even there your hand shall lead me,

and your right hand shall hold me.

11    If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

and the light about me be night,”

12    even the darkness is not dark to you;

the night is bright as the day,

for darkness is as light with you.

13    For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14    I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

15    My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16    Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

17    How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!

How vast is the sum of them!

18    If I would count them, they are more than the sand.

I awake, and I am still with you.

19    Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!

O men of blood, depart from me!

20    They speak against you with malicious intent;

your enemies take your name in vain.

21    Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?

And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

22    I hate them with complete hatred;

I count them my enemies.

23    Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts!

24    And see if there be any grievous way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting![1]

 

 

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 139:title–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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