OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. MONDAY 22 JUNE 2015. THEME : THE YOUNG MUST GROW.

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MEMORISE : But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. 2 PETER 3 : 18.

READ : 2 PETER 3 : 15 – 18.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our
beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written
unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are
some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable
wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye
also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own
stedfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 15 : 27 – 17 : 23 AND LUKE 10 : 38 – 11 : 13.

There is a privately owned transport outfit in Nigeria which has “The Young
Shall Grow” as its company name. This name suggests optimism concerning the
potentials of the young. However, in the kingdom of God, the expectation that
the young will grow is beyond optimism; it is a matter of compulsion as seen in
our memory verse. I pray that you will grow spiritually in Jesus’ Name.
How can a young Christian grow spiritually? Apostle Peter gives a definitive
answer in 1 Peter 2 : 2 :
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby:”

This is one of the areas where we have issues in the 21st century Church. Some
influential churchmen and women have rejected the accuracy and sufficiency
of the scripture for Christian living. They have settled for the philosophy of
relativism. Incidentally, this development is not new; it was manifested in the
early Church also. This formed the basis of why Peter wrote the words of
today’s Bible reading. Amazingly, Peter in this epistle made mention of the
epistles of Paul, which he described as too hard for the unlearned and unstable.
These ones were not ready to grow; so they twisted the epistles of Paul and
suit their lusts; just like they did with other scriptures. This practice still
goes on today. I learnt with dismay that a senior pastor of a church said to his
congregation that some of those things Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus
and to the Corinthians are not necessarily meant for European or African
Christians! How on earth would the congregation of such a pastor grow
spiritually?

Apostle Peter therefore warns us in 2 Peter 3 : 17 to beware of the error of
the wicked, so that we are not led astray like Eve in Genesis 3 : 4 – 5. The
serpent seemed to be saying to her: “Don’t mind God; you cannot die at all; God
is only being unnecessarily high handed because He does not want you to be as
enlightened as He is”. Apostle Peter followed up this warning with the command
that all Christians must grow and continue to grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ ( 2 Peter 3 : 18 ). If a Christian would
not grow in grace to do according to the word of God, such a Christian will be
tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine and is doomed for perdition.
Therefore, young Christians must grow by being grounded in the true word of
God.

PRAYER POINT :
Father, grant me revelation in the knowledge of You, and feed me with the
bread of Heaven that I may grow to spiritual maturity in Jesus’ Name.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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