Day 5 : Spiritual Growth, 6 January
Day 5: Spiritual Growth, 6 January
It is God’s design for believers to mature Hebrews 6 v 1 “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death and of faith in God.”
We are told to deepen our walk and pursue God.
We are to forsake the things that hinder us from God and run the course laid out for us.
God’s will is that you never stop growing. Apostle Paul wrote many books, he knew the Lord, but he longed for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God Phil 3 v 7-14.
Even Jesus, the sinless son of God, displayed a fervent desire to learn the scriptures, gain wisdom and grow spiritually. Luke 2 v 52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men.”
For us to grow spiritually we need to hunger for God’s word, grow in confidence and obedience with God
1.Hunger for God’s word
Hebrews 5 v 11-14 says that a growing Christian hunger for God’s word. It explains that just as an infant wants milk at first, the infant can not stay on milk. At some point, the infant will need solid food in order to mature.
The same is true in knowing God.
As Christians, we know that Bible reading is essential for our growth, but still, many of us struggle to open and focus on the word.
The word is our daily bread, an indispensable source of life and sustenance.
Growing in God’s word does not just happen, we need to defeat distractions (phones), noise and other activities of the day, we need to open the bible and place ourselves in a humble posture before God.
How can we grow in the word?
- Find a reading plan or simply focus on one book of the bible.
- Cultivate regular habits. Set aside a time of the day to read God’s word, morning, lunch or evening time or a combination.
- Place, go to the same room and sit in the same spot. A spot that you are able to concentrate.
- Create a pattern to follow every day. You can begin by prayer to draw your attention to God’s presence and to open yourself to what he has for you in His word that day. End with a prayer to talk to him about what you read and how you can apply it to your life.
- Meditate and ponder on the word as what we meditate on comes to pass. Joshua 1 v 8 “do not let this book of law depart from your mouth, meditate on it day and night so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.
- God to help us to develop the discipline to commit ourselves to the scriptures daily and to be consistent.
- For us to be hungry for the word and desire to grow in his word
2.Confidence in God
Before you can grow in your relationship with the Lord, you must be confident in your relationship with Him.
Confidence is knowing who God is and knowing who we are in Him. Ephesians 3 v 12 “in him and through faith in him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”
It is desiring His will and plan for our lives (church), it is full trust understanding that He will be with us, He will never leave us or forsake us, Hebrews 13 v 5-6 “
Confidence is the engine that drives achievements; it pushes us towards the mark (the goal).
Our confidence must depend on our unfailing God who shows up in every situation, circumstance and condition in which we find ourselves in.
God desires that we have confidence in Him. He is sufficient for us
Often we struggle to have confidence in God, even though we are aware of his great love for us.
- for God to help us grow confidence in trusting Him to get us through the circumstances and challenges of life.
- God to give us confidence that we can achieve anything only if we put our trust in Him. Building project
3. Obedience is another evidence of Christian growth.
We obey God, not out of restraint but out of willingness. (It is something that should be freely given)
Obedience is to hear God’s word and act accordingly.
It is an act of worship, true Christian obedience flows from the heart of gratitude from the grace we have received from the Lord. Rom 12 v 1
God rewards obedience, Exodus 19 v 5 “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations, you will be my treasured possession.”
Obedience demonstrates our love for God and shows our trust and faith in him. 1 John 2 v 3-6
How do we grow in obedience?
- By paying attention to what God says, and act James 1 v 22 “do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourself. Do what it says”
- By completing tasks on time and avoiding back talk.
- God help us to live a God-directed life, not the self- directed one.
- God to help us hear Him when he speaks, trust, submit and surrender to Him.
Confidence, obedience and hunger for God’s word is key to experience God’s presence and power in our lives and in the circumstances and challenges we face.