1 Samuel 3:19 (KJV)
And Samuel grew, and the LORD was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

James and John were twin brothers born into a very poor home. Soon after they were weaned, James was adopted into a wealthy home in the city but John remained with their birth parents. Three years later when James and his foster parents visited the village, the following differences were noticeable between the twin brothers: James was bigger and more attractive, had beautiful clothes on, could read and write, and was smarter and very confident. That wasn’t the case with John who was much smaller than James.

In your own view, what do you think was responsible for the differences? Quality of food, among other things.

For a baby to grow, the baby must eat. Balanced growth, however, is attained by eating a balanced diet. The same is applicable to all forms of growth including spiritual growth. There is the right food for all kinds of growth.

For Samuel, his growth was balanced. 1 Samuel 2:26 (KJV) had this to say about him, ‘And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with the Lord and also with men’. The same was said of Jesus in Luke 2:52 (KJV), ‘And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man’.

If your growth must be balanced you must:

Grow in wisdom and stature spiritual stature through the rich knowledge of the word and will of God.

Grow in favor with God as you grow in favor with men through the application of the word you know.

Notice that it must be ‘wisdom’ and God first.

If the above is not true in your life, your growth is not balanced.

Go into today knowing that, without balanced growth, no real responsibility can be committed to your hands by God. However, if you choose to grow the God way, God will support you in all you do.

Pray this way: Father, I submit to your growth process in Jesus name. Amen.

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—Dr. Emmanuel JamesYearly Plan: Matthew 26-28 (In Devotional Audio)

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