DCLM HIGHER EVERYDAY 19 January 2022 — Desire to grow

DCLM Higher Everyday 19 January 2022 Devotional by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi — Desire to grow


TEXT: 1 PETER 2:1-5

1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

MEMORY VERSE: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 PETER 2:2).


According to John Henry Newman, “Growth is the only evidence of life.” The first verse of our text gives us an insight into what makes those who profess faith in Christ not to grow. To grow, we must lay aside malice, hypocrisy, evil speaking and other sinful habits which act as growth inhibitors. The permanence, capacity and potency of the word of God in achieving commendable earthly pursuits and eternal wellbeing make it absolutely necessary for every youth to show intense and lively interest in the Bible. Job, an Old Testament saint of God, maintained his integrity and overcame temptations under intense sufferings because he esteemed the word of God more than his necessary food (Job 23:12).

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The psalmist meditated on God’s word and became wiser than his teachers (Psalm 119:99). God counseled Joshua, the leader of His people, after the death of Moses, to meditate and act on His Word to have good success and to become prosperous (Joshua 1:8). Just as we need milk to grow physically, we need the truth of God’s word to keep growing spiritually, socially, emotionally and intellectually.

QUOTE: We need the truth of God’s word.

CHALLENGE: No Bible, no breakfast. No Scripture, no sleep.

PRAYER: O God, help me to grow as I study and meditate on Your word.

1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)