The Growing Heart

II CORINTHIAN S3:18-- But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

In Christ, we start at the finish line.

Justification is an event happening the moment we receive Christ. At that instant, we are forgiven, the accusation against us is torn up, and we can stand forever without condemnation (Colossians 2:14; Romans 8:1–2).

The event of justification launches us into the process of sanctification. This is growth toward what we already have.

Sanctification, to paraphrase Paul, helps us attain that for which we’ve been “apprehended” (Philippians 3:12–13).

Jo Beth prayed that she would hunger and thirst for God’s Word. God answered her prayer by starting to awaken her every morning by 5 a.m.

The first activity of her day is to study the Scripture and pray. The goal of spiritual growth is a heart fully developed with the “glory,” the character of Christ. Spiritual growth is not becoming more religious, but more Christlike.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Ask God to increase your hunger and thirst for His Word, leading to accelerated spiritual growth in your life.

Physical Heart Focus

As often as possible, eat your last meal of the day no later than 7 p.m.