We all want to grow or at least we should want to grow. This year, 2019, presents another opportunity for such growth. We can read the Bible and grow together spiritually. Jesus prayed to His Father for our growth when He said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
The word “sanctify” has two meanings. First, it means to set aside something or someone for holy use. In other words, Jesus asked His Father to set apart His disciples for holy use or work. God had already commanded His people, “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44). Second, “sanctify” means causing growth and sanctification is the process of spiritual growth.
Take a look at how Jesus says this growth will come about. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” To grow, men, women, boys, and girls must be filled with the truth of the word of God. Jesus has the Scriptures in mind. Today we have the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. The way to spiritual growth is therefore through the reading and the study of the Bible. Next year you have the opportunity for significant spiritual growth through the reading and study of the Bible. Read through the Bible in 2019 and experience the difference it makes.
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