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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Daily Devotional
Today's Eagle's Wings: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Growing Christians

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
I Peter 2:2

The spiritual life of the Christian, once born, is a developing and progressive one. The origin and development of that life are pictured for us by the apostle in this verse. First, it is a life that is generated within us and is manifested through a spiritual birth. We are as newborn babes. The moment a child is born it manifests lifeit cries. So it is with the born again. The first evidence and expression of our spiritual life is that we cry. We pray the sinners prayer. So it was with Paul the apostle. It was said of the transformed and regenerate Saul of Tarsus, Behold, he prayeth (Acts 9:11).

But if the life of Christ has been truly implanted in our soul, it will prove to have a healthy appetite. Its desires and appetites will be a reflection of its own natureholy and pure. It will desire the sincere milk of the Word that it might grow and mature thereby. Feeding on the milk of the Word, we will soon begin to grow, to grow spiritually, to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (II Pet. 3:18). It is a natural growthas natural as for a child to grow. An infant that does not grow is unnatural. So is a Christian who does not grow spiritually.

Growth is gradual. No infant becomes a man at once, but each day sees it coming nearer adulthood and full growth. Let us labour for that gradual but strong and consistent growth that comes with daily nourishing of the soul by the manna of Gods holy Word. This sincere milk of the Word is divine truth understood, believed, and adopted.

There is enough in one of the articles of our faith to hold you in study all your lives and afford you still an increase of knowledge.
Richard Baxter

This daily devotional is updated automatically daily from the Eagles' Wings daily devotional
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