“The problem that we have with a victim mentality is that we forget to see the blessings of the day. Because of this, our spirit is poisoned instead of nourished.” Steve Maraboli
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WHAT IS SPIRITUAL GROWTH?
Maybe you are a new Christian or maybe you have been one for awhile, or you might even not be a Christian, no matter where you are at, you should be asking yourself, How can i grow spiritually? Now, before you get there, you might be wondering what spiritual growth even is. So we WILL start by asking, and answering that question.
My definition of spiritual growth:
Spiritual growth is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. the Savior of the world. Because Jesus died and paid the penalty for our sinful lives, we should accept him, and choose to follow His example. When we place our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins the process of making us more like Him, conforming us to His image. Spiritual growth is perhaps best described in 2 Peter 1:3-8, which tells us that by God’s power we have “everything we need” to live lives of godliness, which is the goal of spiritual growth.
2 Peter 1:3-8 (NIV)
3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Notice that what we need comes “through our knowledge of Him,” which is the key to obtaining everything we need. Our knowledge of Him comes from the Word, given to us for our edification and growth.
There are two lists in Galatians 5:19-23. Verses 19-21 list the “acts of the flesh.” These are the things that identified our lives before we came to Christ for salvation. The acts of the flesh are the activities we are to confess, repent of, and, with God’s help, overcome. As we experience spiritual growth, fewer and fewer of the “acts of the flesh” will be evident in our lives. The second list is the “fruit of the Spirit” (verses 22-23). These are what should characterize our lives now that we have experienced salvation in Jesus Christ. Spiritual growth is identified by the fruit of the Spirit becoming increasingly evident in a believer’s life.
When the transformation of salvation takes place, spiritual growth begins. The Holy Spirit indwells us (John 14:16-17). We are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The old nature is replaced with a new one (Romans 6-7). Spiritual growth is a life-long process that depends on our study and application of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and our walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-26). As we seek spiritual growth, we should pray to God and ask for wisdom concerning the areas He desires us to grow in. We can ask God to increase our faith and knowledge of Him. God desires for us to grow spiritually, and He has given us all we need to experience spiritual growth. With the Holy Spirit’s help, we can overcome sin and steadily become more like our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So spiritual growth is accomplished through increasing ones knowledge and understanding of Jesus and the Bible and it helps us avoid sin and be more ‘productive’ Christians.
So in the same way that practicing soccer makes you better at soccer, working on spiritual growth will make you ‘better’ at being a Christian. Now, when I say ‘better’ what I mean is that you will be more knowledgeable, more able to give answers when someone has a question about God, your personal relationship with Jesus will be more real, and you will be more intentional in sharing what Jesus is doing in your life.
So now that you know what spiritual growth is, keep reading to find out why it’s important.
WHY IS SPIRITUAL GROWTH IMPORTANT?
Every Christian needs to continue to become more spiritually mature. Just like a baby that moves from baby food to solid food, so also a Christian must move from the basics to more challenging truths.
God calls us to become more spiritually mature; Paul tells us that we need to become more Christ like. He says in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”
Now, of course we can never become like Jesus, but we must make it our goal to follow His example.
so if you are feeling stagnant or like you are still taking baby food, its time to start becoming more spiritually mature.
So basically Spiritual Growth is important because God calls us to do it. He calls us to continue to grow and learn more about Jesus and the salvation he has given us.
Remember, the goal is not to just become a good, spiritually mature Christian, the goal is to try to become more like Christ every day. There is no finish line here on earth, it is in Heaven. So live your life pursuing Jesus.
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