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In Touch - Dec. 28, 2009

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December 28 
Your Spiritual Growth 

Psalms 139

The moment of salvation marks the beginning of a relationship with God. Only at that point can a person begin to develop a deeper friendship with the Father, grow in knowledge of His Word, and serve Him. Whether an individual is a child or an adult when receiving Jesus, his or her life should be characterized by ongoing spiritual growth.

Ultimately, God develops the believer's character and Christian walk. But you may wonder, What part does the person play in maturing spiritually?

David's prayer in today's psalm answers this question. He petitioned the Lord to examine his life and help him see it truthfully. David knew the consequences of sinful choices as well as the joy of walking closely with God, and he desired to rid himself of anything that was an obstacle.

We, too, can pray for the Lord to reveal any areas of our lives that are hindering our walk. Our hearts should be humble and honest before God, and courageously willing to look within. Of course, when our Father shows us something that needs work, we should resist rationalizing the behavior, as this stalls growth. What's more, we should have patience; just as it takes decades to become an adult, spiritual maturity also takes time.

Maybe your spiritual growth has slowed or even stopped. Or perhaps you simply want to make sure your heart is clean before the Father. In either case, pray as David did—that God would reveal anything that blocks a close friendship with Him. Let today be the start of a fresh season of growth.

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