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When a child is born, he or she grows very fast in the first years of life. Next, they will have sets, where growth slows down. They also experience "growth spurts", a period in which the child's appetite will tend to increase, leading them to stretch two to three centimeters in short periods. These outbreaks can be painful caused by the stretching of the muscles which is known as "growing pains". However, the more you stretch, the more you continue to grow. Spiritual growth is similar to this one.
Christians go through the same process after they were born again. The first years of our new spiritual life tend to grow dramatically, and our unique spiritual personality emerges. Then, we usually spend a leveling time. From that moment, spiritual growth buds occur causing a lot of growth in short periods. Just as in the outbreak of natural growth, the outbreak of spiritual growth can also be painful, because he is stretching us. But it is through such stretches that we remain as new bottles, capable of maintaining the new wine that the Lord wants to give us. We must learn to recognize these outbreaks, and appreciate them as necessary, because it is for them that we know that we are still growing.
In nature, once we stop growing we begin the process of dying. Aging is the process of dying. First we noticed that our muscles began to tire more quickly. Then we were a bit painful with the exercise. This makes us weaker as we resist difficult and painful exercises, causing muscle atrophy. Then our eyes begin to darken, and so on. We can fight against this process, but at some point you will win.
Until now I never met someone who wanted to grow old, but it is currently a part of life that most learn to adjust. You can learn to like and prosper in the phases of life. However, spiritually we should never begin this process of dying, but keep growing. We must continue to gain spiritual strength and vision during the time we are on earth, because there are no limits to how much we can grow spiritually. However, if you stop growing, you will begin to die spiritually. If you are not taking a new territory in the spirit, you are losing.
As we read in Exodus 16: 4, "Then the LORD said to Moses: Behold, I will rain the bread from heaven for you, and the people shall go out, and daily take the portion for each day, that I may try it if it walks in my law or "I believe that this continues to be a test for the people of God, which determines whether we will walk in the Lord's instruction or not. This is the test to know if we are going to lift and the first thing to look for daily will be the "manna" of heaven. This new word that comes from heaven daily will help us to stay spiritually new. When we stop collecting every day, we begin to create mold and many times we can spiritually deteriorate.
This daily "manna," or daily word from heaven, can help us sustain and maintain ourselves spiritually, but we need more than that to really grow spiritually. Growth requires more than what is necessary just to sustain. That is why a child's appetite tends to increase dramatically when they are going through a growth spurt. We need the fresh manna of God, but we also need the flesh of the Word. We will not grow unless we look more deeply and comprehensively with an expanded vision. As I Corinthians 2:10 states: "But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, for the Spirit penetrates all things, even the depths of God." The Spirit also wants to move in us to explore the depths of God.
Psalm 103: 7 says: "He made known his ways to Moses, and his deeds to the children of Israel." Many are content to see the Lord's works. They are going to run there and here to observe them. This is not bad, because it will never be a bad thing to want to observe the works of God, but we need more than to see his actions, we should want to know his ways if we are going to grow to reach maturity.
If the knowledge we are seeking does not stretch us a little, then we are not growing as we could. Many seek only knowledge that is already in accordance with their beliefs. This is an old wineskin mentality. This is not the way to grow or the way to the truth. We must seek knowledge for the sake of the truth, either according to our beliefs on an issue or not. What man on the face of the Earth, or who has already walked on this Earth, with the exception of Jesus, already has full knowledge of the ways of God? Therefore, there is always room to grow in knowledge. However, our growth in knowledge, including knowledge of its ways, should not be our ultimate goal. Our goal is to see the glory of his ways so that we are transformed in his likeness.