Open Heaven For Teens Monday 2 August 2021 Daily Devotional was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

TOPIC: Grow In The Spirit

MEMORISE: Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou art near in their mouth, and far from their reins. Jeremiah 12:2

READ: Colossians 1:9-10

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 68-69, Romans 3:1-31


Many people erroneously pray that God should give them the fruit of the Spirit forgetting that fruits are not given; rather, they grow over time after a period of planting and germination. A farmer who plants a mango seed will not fold his hands and expect the seed to grow on its own. He has to expose the seed to the needed amount of sunlight, water and keep getting rid of weeds around the crop so that it can grow and bring forth fruits. In the same vein, the spiritual growth of a Christian is a process that begins after he or she accepts Jesus into his or her life. Thereafter, the fellow is expected to nurture his relationship with the Holy Spirit so that He can bear fruit in him or her. The fruit of the Spirit is what distinguishes a child of God from one who is merely practicing Christianity as a religion.

To grow in the Spirit, you also have to study the word of God because it is a mirror that exposes your weaknesses to you. As you work on the weaknesses, you become better. The more you yield yourself to the Holy Spirit, the more you grow in the Spirit and bear more fruit.

PRAYER POINT Father, let me grow daily as I study and do Your word.

HYMN: Breathe On Me Breath Of God

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew,
that I may love what
Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breathe on me, Breath of God;
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.