I'm going to keep it real with you.
Being a Christian does not make us super man or woman.
We are still affected by the limitations of time, by loss, by hurts and joys like everyone else. With family obligations, job commitments and other responsibilities, finding time to do this Christianity thing right may seem impossible to say the least.
I wish I could say that Spiritual growth is easy but that will be a lie. It is not an overnight process, it happens gradually. Think of a baby for example; it slowly matures once given the proper care and nourishment, and as time progress he learns how to walk, talk, and behave in different circumstances. Every year is a learning process, and he grows a little bit more than the year before.
This example is similar to our Spiritual Growth. Peter says is wonderfully:
1 Peter 2:1-5(KJV) "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby"
begin also as a babe in Christ, and as time progress, once we allow God
to work on our lives, we grow a little more. So let's look at some tips for spiritual growth. We all need some help along the way right?
Easily said than done right?
When you want something so bad, but there's no clear step by step plan, and everything that you've tried seem to be getting you nowhere, it's easy to become frustrated and just throw in the towel in defeat.
In giving tips for spiritual growth so many people say " you need to do bible study" , "you need to pray" " you need to meditate" ( the list is endless), but not many show us "how to" get these things done.
My gosh the list of questions is supreme!
I've been there, and in some areas of my life, I am still there.
I had to find out how, down on my knees. So, rest assured, you've got help. I've got your back. I will show you 'how'. I will break down what I know, and what I don't know I will go find the answers!
We are more than conquerors through Christ! And my brother and sister I refuse to give up! It will happen, just give it time, put in the work and the results with follow.
That brings me to the next tip for spiritual growth
It goes without saying that giving up comes to my mind quite often when it comes to spiritual advancements. But that's not the Will of God.
Like anything else, it's hard to stick with something when it's not fun, it causes sacrifice, it causes a little pain and effort, and there seems to be no immediate results.
But I am simply not the giving up type! You shouldn't be either. When you want something, go after it! Rest when you are tired, recuperate and continue ...
Hear what Paul says:
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery ( comprehensive knowledge or skill in a subject or accomplishment) is temperate ( disciplined) in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Because I held on; because I prayed; because I cried out before God; because I asked his help and direction, he has been doing just that! So ...
Never give up!
In the beginning stages of spiritual growth, as we begin to learn, practice and apply the Word, it can be easy to go off track with ( what I refer to as) shiny bells and whistle.
Keep your eyes on the prize:
Philippians 3:14 (KJV) I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Our mark and prize is Christ and nothing else should matter.
Let God elevate you in his time and remain humble and thirsty for him and him alone. Seek him for his Will in your life and his guidance will help you to make the right choices.
There is always a pattern, and if you search long and hard enough in the right areas you will find it. To name a few:
The bible leaves many tips for spiritual growth. Study the lives of:
These were men ( there are more) who searched after God; whose lives were living sacrifices before God; who touched the lives of many; and were transformed by the power of the Most High.
If you want what they had, study their lives and what they did. See what worked for them, and begin to adjust your life applying as you go.
You'll find tips for spiritual growth by studying the lives of men and women of God like:
These men and women shook the whole earth with their ministry. They showed the world that nothing is impossible when God uses a willing vessel like us.
Wow, I'm getting a little excited right here!
They went against the laws of physics and death and left men bewildered at the mighty hand of God. Some were called soothsayers and many other names but it was Jesus!(*singing* Oooo it is Jesus. Yes it is Jesus. It's Jesusssss in my soul!)
From the very moment of his birth to his death, burial, resurrection and ascension he left a pattern for us to follow.
Spiritual growth is possible. Never let anyone tell you otherwise. It's what you are willing to do to attain it!
God I am willing! use me!
I hope you've enjoyed these tips for spiritual growth so far. The final is probably one of the most important: studying the Word.
The Word of God is our Food.
If we do not eat of it, we would feel empty and bare and frustrated. We would starve.
That’s why you are on the internet right now, looking for either bible lessons or wanting to have your own personal bible study because your spirit man wants to be fed!
Listen to what Jeremiah says:
Jeremiah 15:16 “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts”
When you feed yourself through the word, you will begin to get stronger. Not only stronger but you will begin to become ‘sensitive’ to the things and direction of God.
Well those were my tips for spiritual growth. I pray that at least one gave you help or at least made you think. If you've enjoyed this lesson, please leave a comment or question below, before you go ( hey, I rhymed :) )