What is Spiritual Growth?

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What is Spiritual maturity and how would we know if we are growing Spiritually? Good question. Let's find the answers, shall we?

what is spiritual growth

Let's face it.

Simply saying yes to Jesus, and becoming a Christian, does not automatically make you spiritually mature. There is yet so much to learn and so much to 'unlearn' in this walk to Spiritual Maturity.

This post will answer some major questions about spiritual maturity.

So what is spiritual growth in the bible? What does spiritual growth mean?

Philippians 3:14 "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus"

Paul refers to Spiritual growth as "a press towards" a "mark" or "the prize" or "high calling" in God that is a place that is reachable by us all but - takes effort to attain.

If I am to simplify, Spiritual growth is maturity in Christ:

  • Transformation from who you are, to be like Jesus Christ
  • You will begin to see awesome changes in your actions and mind.
  • You also learn to not only reverence him as God, but trust and quiet obedience. 
  • You will begin to hunger after Him as he reveal himself to you in new and special ways.
  • You'll realize also that the activities that you take part in also changes and so does your behavior. In other words when this Growth begins it affects every part of your life. I like to refer to our process of Spiritual Growth as Metamorphosis which in the method of developing from immaturity to maturity.

Why is Spiritual Growth Important?

Spiritual Growth is one of the most important, if not, THE MOST important aspect of our Salvation Process. Unfortunately, many people believe that salvation begins and ends by just simply saying ‘yes’ to Jesus Christ. This is so far from the truth.

When we say ‘yes’ to Jesus Christ heaven rejoices, however, our salvation does not end there. It has actually just begun. Saying yes has placed us at the starting point of our spiritual walk and there is still much grounds to cover. Listen to what Peter says:

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:

Where Are You Spiritually?

There are three levels of Spiritual growth:

  1.  The New born babe
  2.  Childhood
  3.  Adulthood

Find out more about each level by clicking the link above.

Spiritual Growth Begins With Our Mind

Philippians 2:5 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus"

So, as we attempt to understand what is spiritual growth, it is important to note that this change first begins in our Mind. Our minds are very power tools.

It is the seat of Control for our whole body. If something goes wrong in the mind the whole body feels it.  It will either make you or break you.

Because our minds are so very powerful, the enemy has devised a cunning plan to fight against the mind of God's people, because he knows that once he can keep our minds off of God's promises, he can keep us from reaching where we should be in God.

Our mind is part of our Soul realm. Man is made up of Body, Soul and Spirit. We are Spirits that lives in a Body and possess a Soul. It is in the realm of the Soul where we experience all these difficulties.

Paul calls it 'warring in our members' because it is the soul that is made up of our emotions, our will, our mind, our motives, intellect and attitudes.

It in our Soul where we experience any hurts and pains. It is our soul that feels distressed and depressed. So then, when our soul is changed we emerge as something beautiful in the eyes of God where men can see the glory of God shining through us.

Putting on the mind of Christ

what is spiritual growth

In order for our mind to change we must daily practice 'putting on the mind of Christ' which includes thinking and behaving like Jesus Christ and living and walking in the Word that we read or hear. >> Read more in this lesson.

It is a good practice, when faced with any situation, to ask yourself, What would Jesus Do? How would he behave? What would he say? When we do so, we will realize, most of the times, that what Jesus would have said or done is completely  different to what we had in our thoughts to do!

As we continue to read the Word of God and apply it to our lives,  we will realize that as situations arises, the word of God will also come to minister to us right at the point of need. Be careful not to ignore when this happens for it is actually God attempting to intervene and give us direction.

While we are understanding what is spiritual growth we must also keep in mind that we cannot achieve this growth without the leading of the Holy Ghost which is the Spirit of God. We cannot grow without God's Spirit teaching us how to become more and more like him.

Many times we might feel like failures, trying so hard to do everything right, and failing every time, but we must realized that we are not in this walk by ourselves, the Holy Ghost is our helper.

We are attempting to do something that was not made for us to do on our own. God realized that we could not gain Spiritual Growth through our own power and our strength, so he sent us assistance.

The First Tool For Spiritual Maturity

The first tool for maturity is The Holy Ghost . Truly, without it every height in God is unattainable.

How Do I Gain Spiritual Growth?

There are several tools biblically that - when applied correctly and continuously in our lives - we'll begin to see spiritual development. I've already spoke about the first, and I've noted the others below. >>> I covered it all in my E-book - The Clear Path to Spiritual Maturity

  • The washing of the Word of God: through Bible reading and Bible study and the Application of the word
  • Personal intentional prayer
  • Fasting
  • Praise and Worship
  • Daily remaining in his Presence ( Daily devotions/Church service)
  • Trials and Testings
  • Obedience
  • Giving yourself over to His Will

Although these are the tools that you and God uses for His children to grow Spiritually, we must remember that everything we want in life comes with Discipline, Consistency and Sacrifice. So to truly begin to see transformations in life - you MUST be Discipline >>> This video explains it best 

The First Step to Spiritual growth

Romans 12: 2

And be not conformed ( to take pattern from) to this world: 

but be ye transformed ( changed )

by the renewing ( to make new again or different) of your mind

that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable 

and perfect will of God.

Let us look at this verse, to learn more about what is spiritual growth:

For us to begin this walk to Spiritual Maturity, we must first change our pattern!

The World must no longer be our Pattern. We must take our pattern straight from the Word of God and the life of Jesus. He is our perfect example.

You will slowly begin to unlearn, the practices that you learned while being in sin, as you continue to be reformed into a vessel prepared for the Master's use.

As you put on the mind of Christ, daily your mind will be made different. Soon the things that used to be a part of your life, that seemed so difficult to overcome, will be reduced to a distant unwanted memory.

How would You know that You're Growing?

Now that you know what is Spiritual Growth how will you know if you have been growing?

How Will You Know You Are Growing Spiritually?

To get this answer we'll go to Galatians 5: 22 - 23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

The following things will occur in your life when you are growing spiritually:

1. You'll begin to bear the fruit of the Spirit which is mentioned in Galatians 5: 22.

  • In place of Hatred you'll have continued Love.
  • In place of Anger and Malice you'll have real Joy.
  • In place of Worry and Fear you'll have Peace.
  • In place of a Impatience you'll have Longsuffering / Endurance.
  • In place of being Hurtful and Harsh you'll be Gentle
  • In place of considering to do evil in retaliation. Your thoughts would only be on doing good
  • In place of doubt, unbelief and insecurity you'll have Faith, Hope and Trust in the Lord
  • In place of Emotional Explosions, Outbursts, or Pride you will have Meekness
  • In place of being Hot Tempered you'll have Temperance

2. The Word of God will be practiced in your life as you increase in Knowledge and Understanding

3. You'll will have less desires for the things of the World and deepened desires for the things of God

4. You will not easily give in to sin or the enemy's cunning devices

5. You'll increase in strength to endure trials and temptations without murmuring and complaining but in Joy.

6. Your thoughts and perception will change.

If  you have seen these evidence in your life, then you have been growing! The more we engulf our life in the things of God, the more we will grow.

I hope you've enjoyed this long winded version of explaining what spiritual growth is.

Conclusion

If you do not take away anything from this bible study on what is spiritual growth, please remember one thing: growth in God is a lifelong Process and everyone grows in spirituality at a different pace.

Our growth is dependent on the time allotted to prayer, the Word of God, Bible Study and surrounding ourselves with the things of God.

Wondering what else you can do to begin the spiritual growth in your lives? >>I've left some tips  the next lesson.

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