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LESSON 8: MAINTAINING SPIRITUAL LIFE

 

Just as our physical bodies must be nourished to stay alive, our spiritual lives must be nourished to grow, prosper and be healthy. Death results in either the body or soul that is not fed.

 

Some things that help to maintain spiritual life.

 

I.   Study of the Word of God. This must be daily food.

 

     A.  2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

     B.  2 Timothy 3:16 Ė17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

 

 

II.  Daily prayer. Prayer is listening to God as well as talking with Him.

 

     A. With thanksgiving.

 

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

 

     B. Not to enter into temptation.

 

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

 

     C. Pray always; donít give up.

 

Luke 18:1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.

 

     D. That we might receive what we need.

 

John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 

 

 

III. Obedience to the Word of God.

 

      A. John 15:7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

 

 

IV. Attend worship services.

 

       A. Hebrews 10:25 . . . not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

 

V.  Listen to godly counsel. Godly counsel can come from a godly pastor in the preaching and teaching; from Sunday School and Bible teachers; and from people that have lived godly lives.

 

        A.   Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

 

        B.  Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.

 

 

VI. Walk in all the light as God gives it to us. Knowledge and understanding about what the Word of God requires of us is called light.

 

        A. 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

 

 

Can you list some other things that help to nourish us spiritually?