Our Spiritual Muscles

Know that you are getting spiritually stronger when you see fewer failures in your walk with God

Our Spiritual Muscles
Exercising Knowledge Muscles – Part VI

Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:1-18

Key Verse: 2 Peter 3:18
Rather, you must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All glory to him, both now and forever! Amen.

Since we have been studying the many sources for exercising our knowledge muscles, it is appropriate to ask how we know that our muscles are getting stronger, and that we are, indeed, maturing in our faith and growing in the Lord.

We know that we are maturing in our faith and growing in the Lord when we see fewer and fewer failures in our walk with God.

I say “fewer” because no one can get to a point in this life where there are no failures. Our human nature always prevents us from total freedom from spiritual failure. The best way to think about these failures is to never use our human nature as an excuse for not trying to be perfect for God.

The important question: Will I allow the evil one to condemn me when I do fall short of perfection?

Here are two scriptures that support what we are talking about.

The first scripture is Philippians 4:13:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

If you excuse yourself for any failure, you are saying that this verse is not true for you.

But, when you do fail, never forget this second scripture Romans 8:1:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

This verse helps us to know that after a failure we can and must get back up and keep walking with the Lord.

First John 2:1 is one more verse that undergirds both these ideas about spiritual failure:

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

If we are not able to do all things through Christ who is in us and we had to sin daily, then this scripture would be pointless. However, this scripture reminds us that when we do sin then we have an advocate in Jesus so that our failure is not final.

If we are exercising our knowledge and spiritual muscles regularly, then there is every reason to expect fewer failures in our obedience to the things we know God wants from us.

Remember, exercising does not give immediate results, but consistent routines of exercising do produce strong muscles. Be consistent in exercising your knowledge and spiritual muscles!

Father, with Your help I will daily take time to pray and read Your Word. I will do what I can to be strong in my walk with You. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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