The eighth proof for genuine and true faith is spiritual growth.
What is spiritual growth?
In Wikipedia we find the following word description for the mentally: „Mentally is on the mind (in the Christian sense) based, which is the translation from the Greek pneumatikos and Latin spiritualis. In the Bible and in religious texts is carnally often the opposite from spiritual (carnally means not always just the body, but also sometimes the complete unredeemed people).“ (http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geistlich)
For Growth I found in the Internet, also a beautiful statement: „growth as a human being means, that we are learn, train ourselves and thus expand our capabilities and settings.“
Thereby resulting for spiritual growth that we should base on the spirit learn to and train our capabilities and settings to expand. To can start spiritual growth requires first a good seed, as Jesus Christ tells us in Luke 8, 15: „But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.“
The word of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can hear to best when we read in the Bible. The risk of false teaching is not given. No one needs to fear that he does not understand the words of Jesus Christ, the Lord himself has us even in John 15, 1 – 6 communicated: „I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.“
Thus we see that if we abide in Jesus Christ, we will understand all his words and teachings by him. But if we are not in Jesus Christ and remain, then no one can help us to understand the words and teachings of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately many people in our time for that reason alone in danger Jesus Christ not to be found, because they do not want to take the time, to look in the Bible his fellowship. Much rather they let tell stories and explain the Bible from others.
You disregard the warning of the Apostle Paul, which he in Ephesians 4, 12 – 16 put it: „to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.“
For many centuries, most people are already seduced by deceitful scheming, because they know the word of God from the Bible not or too little. Therefore they sanctify not the Shabbat God’s and celebrate feasts for Jesus Christ which God has not willed. It does not matter to them, that they find not a word in the Bible on the by them practiced rites. It is enough for them, that churches, which accept rules, invented by people, teaching them that this is ok. This rites been seemingly have always been there, therefore they think, this rites must to be right.
I say to you, searches the real Jesus Christ in the Bible and remains in him and if ye shall ask in prayer, he will guide you to recognize the truth. This is exactly what we call spiritual growth!
The truth does not come from humans, from God comes the truth. The truth can only be found, those who seriously looking communion with God and his son. This community but can only be found in prayer and in the Bible. Jesus Christ has nothing that is in the Bible repealed or abolished. He did only away what people who call themselves scribes, had by false interpretations to God’s Word added.
I pray that you wish to accept and love the word of God. God bless you! Shalom
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Honour the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Amen
(Proverbs 3, 1 – 12)