I John 4:4 (NKJV) You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
The process of spiritual growth and transformation is long term.
The world we live in has become inundated with instant results and quick fixes.
microwave foods, e-mails, online banking, fast food, instant messaging, hair implants, liposuction, and a myriad of options like these have impacted our capacity for waiting and embracing the notion of the process of any kind.
So when it comes to spiritual growth, we tend to expect instant transformation. However, our growth process that we will experience in God will be a long-term, and potentially costly experience if the truth is told.
Learning how to grow spiritually is a life-long journey which occurs as you read and apply God’s Word to your life.
In (II Timothy 3:16-17) teaches us, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the mankind of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
In order for spiritual growth to occur, we must be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained by God’s Word.
Then we will be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This is the essence of spiritual growth.
Preparing to grow in God at your own pace is vitally important.
God works in different people in different ways. Some people grow rapidly, while others grow slowly, but steadily.
Our focus should not be on comparing ourselves with others, but on comparing ourselves with God’s Word.
The Scriptures are the mirror to show us what we are like spiritually and to shine a light on the areas that need to experience and learn spiritual growth.
A life of growing in God often requires us to leave God’s work alone.
Responding to a need out of a desire to help move a vision along can be the greatest challenge for the man/woman of God.
There is a fine line between you growing on your own and the Lord growing you.
Yet I’ve learned an important truth that’s been verified time and again by the testimony of Scripture: It’s not how you start that’s important; it’s how you finish.
Finishing well in a life with the Lord requires purposeful planning and a clear view of reality on your part.
It won’t happen by accident. On the other hand, expecting instant results and quick fixes will result in disappointment, and ultimately, discouragement.
Just as a healthy baby is born with all the parts it needs to grow and develop normally, so we are born spiritually with all we need to grow in God.
Point to ponder
If we continue to press toward the mark, that’s when growth in our spiritual life will come.
And, each day we can rejoice in the confidence that He who has begun this good work in us will carry it through to completion (Philippians 1:6).
Be encouraged going at your own pace and allow the Lord access to your life’s journey. Remember greater is the power of God in you than any other power of this world.
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