8 tips for spiritual growth

Spiritual growth for the Christian is the process by which they become more and more like Jesus
Christ. The fundamentals that foster growth is regular church attendance, bible reading, discipleship, prayer, and serving the Lord. Those are things that should be non-negotiable in your life because they are essential to intimacy with Christ, as well as growth in Christ-likeness. Along with those basic spiritual disciplines, I have 8 tips for spiritual growth.

But first, how do we know if we have grown in godliness?

This blog post was written by Annie McGuire. Annie is the writer behind the blog Daily His Disciple, where she encourages women to walk in the wisdom of God’s word daily. As a Bible teacher, ministry leader, and writer, Annie equips women to know, live, and invest in the word of God. You can connect with Annie on her website, and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Marks of Spiritual Maturity

There are several ways to identify a mature Christian. If you are a new believer, these are the qualities you want to possess. They are attributes of a godly woman that you should also look for in a spiritual mentor.

No one is perfect, of course, but a woman who teaches other women needs character and conduct that proves her devotion to Christ.

This means she:

8 tips for spiritual growth

 

How to measure your own spiritual maturity

“spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of years, but by obedience to the will of God.”  

Oswald Chambers

In other words, it doesn’t matter how long you have been saved, if you don’t obey God’s will, then you are not going to grow into a spiritually mature Christian.

The will of God is found in scripture as salvation, sanctification, sharing the gospel, and service.

It’s tempting to measure our level of spiritual maturity by comparing ourselves with other believers. Or to look at all of our good works, ministry involvement, the title we have, or the position we hold. But a proper gauge for spiritual growth is to look inwardly at your heart and mind.

You can also tell if you have grown in godliness by examining your relationships and responses
to the issues of life.

Check your levels of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. Have you made progress in those areas?

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More questions for some self-examination


 Have you grown in godliness?

 Is there evidence of the Spirit leading your life?
 Are you more discerning and wise than you were a year or two ago?
 Do you pray more than you worry?
 Are you a sober-minded woman, or still ruled by your emotions?
 Do you seek reconciliation in fractured relationships, or let them crumble?
 Is repentance your go-to when confronted about your sin? Or do you blame others, or
sweep it under the rug, and cover and justify it?

Basically, see if you are more like Jesus now than you were before.

8 tips for spiritual growth

1. Abide in Christ

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

John 15:4-5


These verses encourage us to abide in Christ. Stay close to Jesus, connected through prayer, and bible reading, with a clean heart. Flee sin and follow Jesus.

2. Renew your mind with the word of God

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

You can be at church every time the doors are open, serve in all the events, teach all the Sunday School classes, be a prayer warrior, and share the gospel every day. But, you also need to read The Bible for yourself on a regular basis.

The word of God is foundational to your life as a Christian. Without it, your carnal mind and heart won’t be changed, so you won’t have victory over habitual sin.

Your relationship with Jesus will be distant and you’ll be more likely to struggle with doubt, discouragement, and depression because you will be an easy target for the enemy to knock down.
 

3. Put away childish things

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV –

Put away childish things like pride, self-focus, harboring hurts, withholding forgiveness, refusing to repent, stubbornness and rebellion. Ask the Lord for help with letting go of the old ways and the grace to learn His ways.
 

4. Speak the truth in love

but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

Ephesians 4:15 NKJV –

Speak the truth in love, and listen to those who do the same for you.

The context of this verse is the structure of the local church, and the need for the body of Christ to work together for spiritual growth. God gave all believers spiritual gifts to edify, encourage, educate, and equip each other to do the work of the ministry of reconciliation that we have been entrusted with.
 

5. Obey God’s word

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV –


Obey God’s word. It is inspired by a loving God and it is good for you. Allow the scriptures to sink into your heart and convict, cleanse, correct, and change you.

6. Look to the word as your sustenance

as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

1Peter 2:2 NKJV –  

Look at the Bible as your sustenance, instead of feasting on social media or other entertainment. Crave the word more than what this world offers.

If you don’t have a desire to read the bible, then pray for it. But read it anyway, because it is the living, breathing word of the God of all creation, and it is what transforms you.

7. Be diligent to tend to your spiritual growth

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control [a]perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

2 Peter 1:5-7 NKJV –


Be diligent to tend to your spiritual growth, and intentional about investing in it. Do bible studies, get disciplined, and listen to sermons online in addition to your church service.

Spiritual growth takes effort. Put the word in and then work it out in your life. Be a doer of the word and not just a hearer only!
 

8. Seek the Lord

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 KJV –

Seek the Lord. Learn from Him, lean on Him, and love Him.

The more time you spend with Jesus, the more you will be like Him. Focus on living a life that glorifies God, because He is worth it!

Prayer for spiritual growth

As with anything in life, if you want spiritual growth, then you need to pray for it! That prayer
could go something like this:

Father in Heaven, thank you for providing me with all I need for life and godliness. You are so good. I pray, Lord, that you would increase my faith, grow my character, and mature me in ministry. Mold me into the image of Christ. Sand down my rough edges. Give me more love for the lost and boldness to proclaim your truth. Grow my knowledge of you, Lord. Reveal yourself to me and help me to rest in you and not resist you. Remove any rebellion in my heart. Multiply my wisdom and willingness to live for you and your glory. I love you, Lord, and I ask these things in the precious and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Share these tips for spiritual growth

Some say that we only keep about 10% of what we read, but keep nearly 90% of what we learn by teaching others. So if you want to remember what you’ve learned from this article, share these tips for spiritual growth with someone else.  

It is the work of the Spirit of God in combination with the believer’s obedience to the word of
God brings about spiritual growth. God shows the way to mature in Christ. We just have to choose to take His hand in ours and walk with Him.

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