Jesus Christ spent forty days in the desert. As we know from the story, he was tempted greatly there by Satan. How did Jesus respond? He spoke the Word of God. Each time Satan tried to lure Jesus into sin, Jesus responded by verbally quoting the Scriptures. Satan eventually gave up.
This is the model that Jesus has illustrated for us.
When we are tempted we can respond by quoting the Word of God. However, in order to do that successfully, we have to know the Word. Bible verses should be memorized that we can quote on a dime. Spending time reading the Bible every day is vital to our success.
How can we show our love and appreciation for God?
For starters, we must spend time with Him daily by immersing ourselves in His Word. Reading the Bible daily has many benefits; one of which is to understand God’s instructions for our lives. If we don’t read it regularly, how can we understand what God expects of us?
We should pray often, and the main focus should be on benefits for others. If we spend most of our time praying for what we “want,” how is that loving our God?
Serve others. We must put our love into action. If we were to see someone in desperate need, and all we said to them was that we hope they receive help and that will be thinking of them, that is not acceptable. Words are cheap. “Faith without works is dead.” ~ James 2:17
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According to theologian Charles W. Stanley, to become spiritually mature we must first acknowledge any detrimental thoughts, and then we must surrender this sin to the Lord. We must embrace God’s word. This is the path that leads to spiritual maturity.
Here are some steps we can take to gain spiritual maturity.
Read the Bible daily. How can we know what God wants for us in our life if we don’t read His Word daily? The book is our instructions for life. The Holy Bible is for following God and for avoiding pitfalls.
Put His Word into action. It’s one thing to gain knowledge. It’s another to actually put that knowledge into action. “Faith with action is lost.” ~ James 2:17
Commune with other believers. When we are around other believers, irons ends up sharpening iron.
Watch what we consume. That includes content on television, smart phones, etc. Garbage in, garbage out. If you wouldn’t watch the content with your grandmother, then think twice (or three times) about consuming it.
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The Lord’s Prayer Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus’ model for prayer, comes from the Book of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 9-13. Charles Stanley broke down the pattern for prayer that Jesus set as an example for all of us. First, we call on the Lord’s name (an invocation) and acknowledge that He is all powerful. Let His will be done.
Secondly, we bring our petitions to the Lord. Give us this day everything we need (our daily bread). We ask for forgiveness. We ask for help in forgiving others, and we ask for protection against temptation. One day at a time.
The final section, according to Stanley, is a doxology. We acknowledge His power over all the earth and our personal lives. He is Lord and Master and no one else.