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Seven Rules for Growth

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A person who is "born again" starts a new life similar to that of a newborn infant. Seven rules that promote good health in babiescan be adapted and applied to a Christian's spiritual growth.

1. Daily Food. Take in the "pure milk of the word" through study and meditation.

2. Fresh Air. Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul.

3. Regular Exercise. Put into practice what you learn in God's Word.

4. Adequate Rest. Rely on God at all times in simple faith.

5. Clean Surroundings. Avoid evil company and whatever will weaken you spiritually.

6. Loving Care. Be part of a church where you will benefit from a pastor's teaching and Christian fellowship.

7. Periodic Checkups. Regularly examine your spiritual health.