How Does Knowing God Change me?

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I have been really enjoying thinking, reading, and writing about our identity in Christ. To continue with the blogging series, I have another guest blogger who joins us today. Jennifer writes to us all the way from South Africa. To learn more about her, read her bio at the end of this post, or check out her blog here. Today’s topic: How does Knowing God change me?

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How does Knowing God change me?

God has a history of changing and reconstructing people’s lives. It’s part of His nature to take weak, sinful human beings, and turn their lives around, transforming them into a better version of themselves.

The Old Testament holds the story of Moses—a murderer who became a leader, and Aaron – who made the golden calf but was later chosen as chief priest.

In the New Testament, Jesus left behind Him a wake of physically and spiritually transformed people, all bearing witness of what He had done for them: The Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, the thief on the cross, the two madmen at Gennaseret, lepers made whole, blind made to see, dead people raised. The very essence of the gospel is restoration.

Why does knowing God change me?

Someone once gave me an ugly old bookshelf, painted white. I placed little value on it, but one day I eyed it, wondering what lay beneath the white. I scraped away a bit of paint and found multiple layers of paint – green, blue, and yellow. Finally, beneath it all, I found beautiful wood.


Armed with a paint stripper, scraper, and sandpaper, I delegated my kids to clean up the miserable piece of woodwork. After a lot of hard work and a couple of coats of varnish, the transformed bookshelf looked amazing. It now stands proudly in my house, bearing my valuable books.

Why did I clean it up? Because I saw value in it. I saw something beneath all the layers of old paint.

Today it’s an object lesson of what God wants to do for me and you. Total transformation. Restoration. My bookshelf is not a brand new bookshelf, it’s a restored bookshelf. Restored to what its maker intended it to be before someone covered it with ugly paint.

This is what God wants to do for each one of us – restore us to what He intended us to be before sin smothered us in its ugly hues.

But how does He do that?

How does Knowing God change me?

For my bookshelf to be changed it had to submit to being scraped and cleaned. It’s an inanimate object, so it didn’t have a choice. But we have the choice to submit to God or not.

We can choose to allow God to do His work of transformation, or we can resist and stay the same.

While the Bible is full of stories of transformed people, not everyone who came into contact with Christ was changed.

Why some don’t Change

Some of the people that Jesus encountered did not change. Why is that?

Did God lack the power or the will to transform their lives?

No.

God could only change those who wanted to be changed.

Two of Jesus’ disciples are a perfect example of this: John and Judas.
Both spent 3 years with Jesus. Both walked with Him, learned from Him, and watched Him work with people, but only John changed from being a “son of thunder” to the disciple Jesus loved.

Judas ended up betraying Jesus.

They both had the same environment and opportunities, so why the difference?

They yielded to different things.

John yielded to Jesus, accepting His correction, allowing himself to be changed by Him. He yielded his resentful, ambitious temper to the molding power of Christ and was transformed.

Judas refused to humble his heart, yielding to his own inclinations because Christ’s teachings went against his desires and purposes. He cherished wrong thoughts and feelings until Satan had him in bondage.

Jesus could not override Judas’ choice. God needs our permission before He can transform our lives, but how do we give it?

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Surrendering to God

We give God permission to work in us when we surrender ourselves to Him. When we do, we can make an entire change in our lives.

Until you have given up yourself to Him you will not have a real self.

C. S. Lewis

But once we surrender ourselves to God, He gives us back our true selves. In fact, “the more God’s we become, the more ourselves we become—the self He had in mind when He thought of you before the creation of the world.” Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself, 23

I used to be extremely shy, only talking to strangers if they spoke to me first. I could never initiate a conversation with a stranger. I couldn’t make a phone call, never stood up for myself, cowered when someone came over strongly.

Interestingly enough, I covered up my deep shyness and fear of people by being boisterous and cheeky.

Enter God’s love

How did God’s love change me?

You are loved. Right here in this very moment, you are loved and pursued and seen by the One who sees everything. He knows you better than you know yourself, and you have never been a disappointment to Him.

Stasi Eldredge, Becoming Myself, 21

This kind of love has the power to transform. It is the agent of change.

As I knew God more deeply, surrendering my life to Him more fully, He revealed His love for me personally. Not the generic John 3:16 I had memorized since a child, but a personal revelation of my value to Him.

This changed me. (For more on this read What is the Source of Your Value?)

Knowing my value to God empowered me to surrender to Him more.

As I surrendered to Him more and began internalizing my personal worth and value to Him, He set me free of my fear of people.

I began expecting to be treated differently. I could confront someone who had hurt me. I lost my fear of strangers and the focus came off me. I could start a conversation with someone I’d never met before. The shackles of debilitating fear and anxiety fell away.

Sometimes I am tempted to fall back into my old ways but God quickly reminds me to “Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1 KJV).

Does being changed by God mean I lose my personality?

Absolutely not. Surrendering to God, being changed by Him, refines our personality.

He makes it shine, bringing to the forefront of our talents and abilities so that He can use them to reach others.

I’m still an introvert. I still am reticent in the company of strangers, but when God moves on my heart to speak to someone I am not held back by the fear that once kept me in bondage. I can now speak in public without feeling nauseous from fear.

Just like I looked at my bookshelf and wanted more from it, so God looks at us and sees more. He receives us as we are, but He wants to change us, set us free from things that have held us in bondage all our lives.

God is love. And in the steady face of His love, we change, becoming more and more like Him..

Knowing and internalizing God’s love for who we are right now, empowers us to surrender ourselves to Him entirely.

When we do this, God gets to work and transforms us into a new creation.

For more on God’s love read How Our Perception of God’s Love Affects our Relationships.

Going Deeper

The world tells us we base our identity on our work, our talents, our extracurricular activities, and our background. We often introduce ourselves by sharing our names and what we do for a living. We often change parts of who we are to fit into the world’s mold. But none of those things actually define who we are. We are not our jobs, our culture, or even our relationships. We are made in the image of Christ and are called to do so much more than what we can imagine. 

In the comments below, share with us how knowing God Changed you.

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

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The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

Who I am in Christ as a woman

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay at home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often then not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman.

When I introduce myself to others, they always ask what I do. My answer is always the same. I am a stay-at-home mom. I may also add that I am married or that I help coordinate ladies’ bible study. More often than not, I am identified by the words: mom, wife, friend. Today, I want to explore who I am in Christ as a woman. 

Over the next couple of weeks, I will publish blog posts that all relate to the same subject. Who I am in Christ.

I mean this series to help us all understand what God sees when He looks at us and how that should affect the way we live. 

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Who I am in Christ as a woman: 5 things

1. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am beautiful 

When I look at myself in the mirror, my first thought is not: wow, look how beautiful I am today. 

My first thought is probably about how crazy my hair looks, and my brain counting all my new grey hair. 

I am not sure why women are like this, but we are wired to believe we are ugly. 

This judgment we hold about ourselves is a complete double standard. 

When I see other women, I can easily see something about them that is beautiful. But, even if I have the same characteristic, I can never identify it in myself. 

As a woman of God, it’s important that I learn to measure myself by God’s standard and not my own. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse tells us we are God’s handiwork. Meaning He took time to make us and made us exactly how He intended. 

Looking at ourselves and calling ourselves ugly would be the same as walking right up to God and saying: You did a horrible job creating Me! What an ugly piece of work.

We would never dream to do that. 

And yet, every day, we put ourselves down and think of ourselves as less. 

So, next time you look yourself in the mirror, remember who created you and that He made you exactly how He intended to. 

And remember this verse

1 Sam 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

2. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am loved 

Growing up, I knew my parents loved me. But, I don’t think I truly knew what that word could mean until I had kids. 

Love like a mother

There is something about having kids that opens up your heart. You are happy, sad, hurt and so much more for them. 

I was tested in patience, wisdom, grace and so much more. 

And yet, no matter what they do or how crazy my kids make me, I know I would do anything to protect them. 

My love for my children is just a small picture of God’s love for us. 

God’s love for us is bigger than we can understand. It is something that I am learning about every single day. 

The Bible shares with us some verses about God’s love for us. 

  • 1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  • Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Love like a spouse

Before I met the man of my dreams, I believed that no man could love me. I was too loud, not into fashion, hair or any of the “girly” things. So, when I met someone who loved me for who I was, I was a bit surprised. 

Here was this guy who knew how weird I really was and He still wanted to marry me. 

My husband’s love for me is another small picture of what God’s love for me is like. 

God created me and knows every single piece of me. 

Psalm 139:1-3; 13-15 1 You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. 2  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways… 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you

God knows every single part of me and still loves me.

This knowledge blows me away. 

There is no one else who knows me so well or who loves me so completely. 

God’s love for me is what defines me and helps me focus on Him. 

3. Who I am in Christ as a woman: I am precious 

History has not been kind to women. It’s too easy to find instances of people taking advantage of women or hurting them. 

This history may lead some to believe that God does not value women as much as He does men. 

But this is simply not true. 

When I read the gospels, it’s so easy to find story after story about God’s love and care for women. Here are just 3 stories to get you started. 

If these stories don’t convince you that God values and loves women, here are some more verses. 

  • Galatians 3: 26-29 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
  • 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 

When we know that we are valued by God, it gives us the power to say no to being treated badly. It gives us the power to not settle for the love of a man who wants us to change. 

When we know our worth, we have true power and control over our actions and our future. 

4. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God calls me for more

Before I had kids, I was heavily involved in service. Every night of the week was booked with bible study or some type of service opportunity. 

I knew I was created to serve, and I was happy to do so. 

Once I had children, things changed. 

I was tied down at home with less flexibility and the ability to serve. 

I would sit in my apartment, holding my child and think that I was wasting time. I felt guilty that I was not doing more and not serving as much as I was before. 

failed to realize that I was serving God- it wasn’t what I was used to or in a way I was expecting. 

As women, we often link our identity to what we do or how we do it. But because we are saved, we need to remember that we were created to honour and glorify Him. 

We can do this while we serve others, or we can do this in our home and in all the actions we do. 

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5. Who I am in Christ as a woman: God sees me and what I do

When I first became a mother, I felt useless and like a complete failure. All I could see was what I could do before kids vs what I could do with this small baby in my arms. 

As a new mom, I was tired, emotional, confused and so much more. I had expected to serve like I had before I was a mother, but that was not the case. 

I also felt like I was wasting so much time and should be doing so much more. 

Over time, I realized that my thinking was all backward. 

It was never about how much I served or what I did. It was about who I was doing it all for. 

Whether I helped run a youth group or if I was changing diapers– if I was doing it for God then I was obeying Him and doing what He called me to do. 

If I did either of those things for other reasons, then it would not really matter. 

Colossians 3:23 (NKJV) And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

When I choose to serve my family like I would serve God- I am honouring God and He sees that. He sees my obedience in this season of life. He sees my heart and knows my needs. 

As a mother, there are so many thankless things that we do every day. 

Not getting that recognition is so hard. 

But, then I remember God sees everything I do. 

He sees how I treat my husband and He sees how I love my children. 

I can then choose to honour Him with my behaviour and attitude or not. 

Knowing that God sees everything I do has helped me admit that my role as a mother is just as important to Him as my role as a youth group leader, or a camp counsellor or any of the service hats I have worn over the years. 

I know God sees me and my identity is rooted in who I serve, not in how I serve. 

Do you want more?

Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

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How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

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As a Christian, I have a desire to grow in my faith and in spiritual disciplines. One area The Lord has helped me with is praying more throughout my day. But I know many people struggle with prayer, so continue reading to learn how to pray regularly without repeating yourself.

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As a Christian, I’m sure you have heard that the best way to grow in faith is to pray and read The Bible. 

So, since you love The Lord and want to grow, you go about reading The Bible and praying. 

But a few years down the road, your prayers are all starting to sound the same, and you may even feel like you’re just going through the motions. 

Has this happened to you? It has for me. 

There are many times at the dinner table that I’m just spouting off a quick prayer, not even focusing on what I’m saying, just getting the blessing done and over with. 

When our prayers get repetitive, what’s the first thing you do? 

For me, I learn more about prayer and how to pray more or be more meaningful. I start implementing a few things I’ve learned and feel excited about bringing my prayer life back to life. 

But then, it all starts feeling like a chore to do, and a bit overwhelming.

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Turning prayer into a chore

For example: When my oldest daughter started going to school, I googled prayers for going back to school. I found a great post that had a list of verses and even a calendar with specific prayers to pray on specific days. 

I have nothing against these blog posts because I also write them. 

But I looked at the calendar and felt overwhelmed. I tried keeping up the routine but could not do it. 

So, maybe you are like me. You want to pray regularly, but you don’t want the prayers to be repetitive, but you also don’t want to “learn new prayers”, or add more things to your list of things to remember or do. 

So how do we find this balance? 

Before I continue, I want to be 100% honest with you and tell you I’m still trying to figure this out. I’m still learning how to do what I’m suggesting. But, there are a few things that I do to help me in this process.

How to pray regularly without repeating yourself

1. Remember who we are talking to 

When I first started dating my husband, we would go to museums and read all the plaques. Then we would pass a display that was closed to the public, and I always wanted to go over the rope or open the door. This petrified my husband, and he thought I was crazy to want access to these areas. 

I hate feeling like I can’t go somewhere. 

So, for me, anytime I’m feeling down about my prayer life, I remember that I have.

  • Hebrews 4:16, NIV Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

As Christians, we have access to God’s presence. 

This is the same God as we read about in Jeremiah 10:12-13

“But God made the earth by his power, and he preserves it by his wisdom. With his own understanding, he stretched out the heavens. When he speaks in the thunder, the heavens roar with rain. He causes the clouds to rise over the earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.

Jeremiah 10:12-13 

When I remember whose presence I have access to, it humbles me and encourages me to continue being in His presence and take advantage of the access I have. 

Last year, we got a family pass to the science museum, and you better believe we go as often as we can to get every penny’s worth out of our season pass. 

This is the same attitude I want to have about having access to God’s presence. 

2. The Lord hears our prayers

1 John 5:14-15: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

The God we serve is alive and hears our prayers. One perfect example of this is when Elijah had a “competition” with the prophets of Baal to see which god was better. 

I’m not going to read the full story because it’s long, but you can find the story in 1 Kings 18: 20-39

I will give you a quick recap of the story. The prophets of Baal went first and they built an altar and called upon Baal to consume their offering. 

Verse 26 says: and (they) called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, “O Baal, hear us!” But there was no voice; no one answered. 

Then it was Elijah’s turn. He built the altar and then drenched the altar and trench with water until the trench was full and everything was soaked with water. 

Once everything was ready, Elijah cried out to God. 

Verse 37 says: Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that You are the Lord God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.” 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench.

These events teach us that God not only hears us, but He responds. That point brings me to my last point. 

3. The Lord answers our prayers 

The Bible is full of verses that assure us that God answers our prayers. 

Today, I just want to share 2. One from the OT, and one from the NT. 

  • Psalm 34:4 NIV I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

This verse is part of a Psalm that David wrote. Here, he gives us a first-hand account of praying to The Lord and The Lord answering his prayers. The Lord delivered him from his fears. 

If God answers David’s prayers, then it’s logical that God would also answer ours. 

To cement that belief, we move to The New Testament.

  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8

These words were spoken by Jesus Himself during the sermon on The mount. He is teaching his disciples the meaning of things and encouraging them to know it in their minds, but also in the way they live. 

These verses assure us that if we ask, it will be forgiven

This doesn’t mean that we can ask for a large house and get it the next day. It’s an encouragement to ask The Lord for everything. 

Not only do we have evidence of answered prayer from The Bible, but we have people on earth today that follow The Lord, ask Him something in prayer, and their prayers are answered. 

This “cause and effect” is one way I knew 100% Jesus is real. He hears us and responds. We serve a LIVING God. 

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4. You can pray about anything, at any time 

Growing up in the church, I got the perception that there were “better times” in the day to pray, and that prayers had to have a certain format. 

So, I got stuck thinking that prayer looked and sounded a certain way. 

It took me way too long to figure out I could pray anywhere I wanted to about anything I wanted to, in whatever way I could. 

Ephesians 6:18 Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

This verse tells us we can pray at all times with any type of prayer. 

It wasn’t until I started going to other denominations and speaking to other Christians that I realized how many ways there were to express our worship and pray to Him. 

2 years ago, I met someone who receives images when she prays for people. When she gets that image, she will pray it over someone. I had never experienced that type of prayer before, and it was beautiful.  

Too often we get caught up in what to pray for or how to pray. But The Lord just wants you to come to Him. 

One thing that really helped me understand this was watching my son communicate with people. 

The Lord understands our prayers

At 3 years old, my son was diagnosed with a severe speech delay. He didn’t have many words and most people could NOT understand what he was saying. 

But for me, I understood him the most out of my three kids. I don’t know if it was because I was a seasoned mother and learned to anticipate his needs, or that he was very good at using sounds and gestures to communicate his needs. 

Any time my son tried to communicate with me, I was happy to hear the grunts and the sounds he could make. I understood Him, and it didn’t matter that he had a speech delay or communicated in a different way than my other kids. 

It’s the same with The Lord. He already understands what we say because He is our Father. But, He is also happy for us to speak to Him in whatever way we can. There isn’t a certain level we need to reach to talk to Him. 

We can just come and communicate with Him how and when we can, and He loves it. 

Conclusion

I’ve just shared with you a few things I do, but I want to sum it all up into 1 action step. 

Remember, I am talking about how to pray regularly without repeating yourself, even if you don’t know where to start. 

1 action step: Remember that God is always with you, and you can talk to Him throughout your day about anything that is going on. 

You don’t need to wait for a certain time or pray a certain prayer. 

Just start bringing God all the things. When you do that, your prayers are honest. They build relationships, and you may repeat a thing or 2, but it’s not empty. 

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10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a perfect time of year to take some time and thank God for all the things He has done, for who He is, and what He has given us. To help us do that, today I share with you 10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving.

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10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving 

1. Grace causes Thanksgiving

2 Corinthians 4:14-15

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, 14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4: 13-15 

I love these verses because it highlights God’s work in people and the church. When we see good things happening in other people’s lives or churches, it should cause us to give thanks to The Lord.

Seeing God’s work in others is a sure way to increase our thanksgiving and gives us more opportunity to see The Lord work around us.

2. Sing about what The Lord has done

1 Chronicles 16: 8-10

Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! 9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! 10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

1 Chronicles 16: 8-10

I love to sing and love to sing to The Lord even more. When I’m not sure what words to use or how to express myself to God, I know there is a song I can sing that will help me do that.

Singing can be used to help us remember what The lord has done and what His words say. But, singing can also help us worship and praise The Lord. So let’s lift up our hands together as we sing to The Lord.

3. Praise The Lord

Psalm 146:1-2

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 2 While I live I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Psalm 146:1-2

This verse reminds me that it’s always a good time to praise The Lord. Regardless of what is going on around us, we can take time to praise The Lord.

4. Enter The Presence of God

Psalm 100:4-5

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations

Psalm 100:4-5

Even though I’ve been saved for many years, I sometimes forget that when I pray and worship The Lord, I am in His presence.

We have access to The Throne of Grace, we can stand in the presence of The Most High God. Do we take advantage of that? I know I don’t as much as I want to and is an area I can grow in.

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5. Rejoice Always

Philippians 4: 4-6

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Philippians 4: 4-6

I’m a huge fan of psychology and it is well known that stopping a certain behaviour is almost impossible to do. (That’s why the campaign to “just say no” to drugs didn’t work) The best way to stop a behaviour is to replace it with something else.

We see this in scripture. This verse is telling us to replace our worry and anxiety with thanksgiving. This is harder to do than to say.

But, the next time you are feeling anxious, don’t force yourself to stop, just refocus your thoughts on all the things The Lord has done for you.

Over time, you will notice your anxiety is less and you have a heart full of gratitude.

6. Thanking God for others

1 Corinthians 1:4-6

I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you,

1 Corinthians 1:4-6

As I grow in my faith, one of the things that brings me so much joy is watching others grow in faith and walk with The Lord. It’s such a blessing to see others choose to follow The Lord and obey Him.

We have the opportunity to turn to The Lord in thanksgiving- thanking God for the work He has done in other people.

7. The Lord enriches us in everything

2 Corinthians 9:10-12 10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,

2 Corinthians 9:10-12

If you have been saves for a while, you may have heard this saying: you can sow the seed, but it’s The Lord that makes it grow.

Meaning, that we can put the work in serving and obey Him, but He is the one who brings fruit and life from what we do.

The Lord can take our offering and multiply it in ways we may never know.

8. The Lord has heard our voice

Psalm 28:6-7 10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving

Blessed be the Lord, Because He has heard the voice of my supplications! 7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him.

Psalm 28:6-7

This verse is one of many that reminds me God is a living God. One who hears us, knows us, and wants a relationship with us.

What an amazing God we have.

9. A sacrifice of thanksgiving

10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving
Psalm 116:16-17

O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. 17  I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord.

Psalm 116:16-17

When we come before The Lord and give thanks for who He is and what He has done, it’s a form of worship.

We are giving back what The Lord has given us and turning His good work into sacrifice and thanksgiving.

10. We are rooted in Him

10 Best Bible Verses about Thanksgiving Colossians 2: 6-7

As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2: 6-7

Salvation is needed once, but walking with The Lord is choosing to listen to Him and follow Him every step of the way. As we grow in our faith, we can grow in our thanksgiving to Him.

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Your body is the temple of God

One of the most amazing truths of the new testament is the transformation of The Temple. It starts in the Old Testament as a tent, then a building. Ultimately, through the death and resurrection of Christ, our bodies are the temple Continue to read as I share how your body is the temple of God.

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Join me as I go inside one of the Bible study workbooks I’ve created and show you exactly the process I go through to dig deeper into scripture. 

These workbooks were created so that you do one day every day of the week or sometimes five to six days in a seven-day week. But instead, we’re going to take it slow and we’re going to do one day per week for the next couple of weeks.

Following a daily, or weekly bible study workbook is a really good way to dig into God’s word. 

Bible study can be as simple as taking a few minutes every day and answering some questions. 

So the workbook that we’re going to be going through is this one is called. Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. It is free for you right now to use, so if you don’t have your copy, fill out the form below this paragraph. The workbook will go straight to your inbox. You can then print it off and join me as we go through it together. 

Verses to Read Today

Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

Part 1: We bring joy to The Lord

The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Zephaniah 3:17

How to find Zephaniah 

Zephaniah is towards the end of the Old Testament. It’s right before Haggai and after Habakkuk, with the prophets. If you need to use your. Importance at the front of your Bible? That’s totally fine, because sometimes these books like to hide that even if you know where it is in your Bible, it can still be tricky to find. 

I like to start bible study by writing references to the verse I’m studying.  

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Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. What do these verses teach us about God? 

So when we go back to Zephaniah, we say we learn God is in our midst and that He rejoices over us. 

Not only that, but he will quiet us. 

We see the word rejoice twice. Anytime in Scripture something is repeated, it’s to emphasize the point or just to show that it’s important. 

God rejoices

So here in one verse, we see twice the author uses the word rejoices over us. What I love about this is the author giving us an emotion that the Lord feels so. God rejoices. 

So this is a God who sings, who’s happy, and it’s over us and because of us. 

It is so amazing that we impact God and how He feels. 

Something I do or something I do say or something I think has the ability to bring God this feeling of rejoicing. 

To me, that’s amazing that He can feel these things about us, that He’s not a distant God. 

God sees us, He’s in our midst. He sees what we do. He rejoices us. 

The Lord quiets us

And then lastly, The Lord quiets us. To me, it means a decrease in anxiety, and calms my soul.

Have you guys ever felt that you’ve been feeling anxious or tired or worried and you go to the Lord and you don’t even barely have to say anything?  And suddenly you read God’s word and it’s a balm to your heart and you breathe better and the peace just goes over you. 

This is what he’s doing with his spirit quieting us. 

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Part 2: Your body is the temple of God

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16

Bible Study Questions & Answers

And then I look at these questions, and I only want to answer one.

1. How does this verse relate to The Old Testament?

The Temple of God is holy. 

In this post, I talked about God’s presence with us in the New Testament and how we have a Holy Spirit in us. 

In the Old Testament, people were not filled with the Holy Spirit. The spirit would come into The Holies of Holies in the Temple one time per year, and only the high priest was allowed to be in the presence of the Lord. 

And now we are the temple. We house God, and I often think of the number of times a priest didn’t enter the Holies of Holies in the right way. And that they died because they did not obey. 

So we have the honor and the privilege of being with God all the time. 

But the challenge is, are we up keeping the temple? If this was the Old Testament, would God be happy with the way the temple was? Or would we be struck dead because we’re not approaching him properly now? I don’t want you to have this as an anxiety point, striking us dead.

The way we approach God does not happen in the New Testament but is this challenge to remember the importance the Israelites had on the temple to think about the upkeep and the rules and to come into the presence of God to remember that. 

We are in God’s presence all the time with His Holy Spirit. And so how are we up keeping where he sits? Is it clean and holy? 

Are we asking for repentance? What is the condition of our heart? And so this to me is challenging. 

What have you learned today?

I want you to think of one thing that really you either learned or that stuck out to you.

For me, it’s the reminder that we are the Lord’s temple, and so it’s something that we need to remember. That is a privilege. But it’s also a responsibility that it’s up to us to tidy the temple to keep it clean. To keep short accounts with the Lord, because that is where the Lord resumes and he deserves to be in a well-kept temple. 

So in the comments, I would love for you to tell me what stuck out to you today. Maybe you’ve learned something, maybe a verse just got a new perspective for you. Maybe something really just jumped off the page and stuck in your mind. Or maybe a word. It’s just being repeated in your brain and so whatever that is, I’d love for you to share in the group and the comments below.

A quick Bible study tip for you

Always look for ways you can apply scripture to your life. Anytime you’re reading scripture, you want to see are there any thought patterns you can change? Are there sins for you to confess actions to stop or to start every single time you read Scripture? Ask yourself at least one of these questions and then go and do it? I hope this helps.

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It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

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The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

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10 Top Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers

I’m a certified teacher and know a thing or two about being in a classroom full of kids. It’s a hard job. As parents, we can encourage teachers in their work by being kind, thoughtful, and generous. You can also encourage them with a card and include scripture. Continue to read as I share 10 top Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers. 

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The Bible is full of encouraging verses. Not all of them relate to teaching, but some do. So, if you know a teacher in your life, chances are they need some encouragement. Send them a quick email as a thank you and add one of the verses below.

10 top Encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers. 

1. Work for The Lord

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” –

1 Corinthians 15:58

Most Christian teachers I know went into teaching because they wanted to work with kids. Children can inspire us. But it’s important for teachers (including me) to not build my identity around teaching, but on Christ.

It’s easy to get lost in what we do, but it’s important to remember that we don’t work for the school, school board, or students. Everything we do is unto The Lord.

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2. Reap what you sow

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Proverbs 11:25

When I read this verse, one comic comes to mind. The comic shows a person yelling at person A, then person A yells at person B, who then yells at person C. This continues until the last person yells at person A.

This comic and verse remind us we can affect the people around us with the way we speak and treat them. When we speak in kindness, it usually brings kindness.

I remind myself that if I want my students to speak nicely to me, I must be the leader and teach by example by speaking to them nicely first.

3. Be prepared to give an answer

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” –

1 Peter 3:15 

I’m a teacher in Canada, and we are not supposed to talk to our students about our faith. But, sometimes questions come up. Students want to ask about what you believe and it’s important to know how to answer their questions Biblically while not stepping over the line and “preaching” to them.

Teachers need encouragement, wisdom, and support as they balance these things in the classroom.

4. Depend on The Lord

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalms 32:8

As teachers, it’s easy to depend on our years of experience or our knowledge of students, and teaching. But, I’ve learned that every day isn’t the same. Each day brings on a new challenge and we must depend on The Lord for wisdom and guidance.

The Lord is our teacher; we are His students and we must desire to learn from Him.

5 & 6. Look to The Lord for Strength

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

Ephesians 3:16-19 

Teaching can be physically taxing. We must depend on The Lord for strength to face each new day.

When we are tired, we must turn to The Lord and remember His love for us and the fullness we receive from Him. When we depend on Christ, our strength is renewed.

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7. Teach other generations

“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” –

Titus 2:3-5 

I love how The Lord knows to encourage older women to teach younger women. Not only does this apply to our spiritual growth, but it also applies to our careers.

If you are a younger teacher- or one who doesn’t have as much experience, try to find a teacher with more experience. Watch their lessons, as questions, and have a teachable spirit.

If you are an older teacher, look for a younger teacher to support, guide, and encourage. Teaching should be a team sport and not something we should be competing over.

8. Be filled with The Holy Spirit

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Colossians 3:16

I love this verse for 2 reasons. The first is the reminder we need to depend on The Lord to fill us with His Holy Spirit. I can’t go a minute without the support of The spirit- I need to be continually filled.

The other reason I love this verse is for the wisdom it shares about teaching. Teaching can take many forms, and we need to be open to learning more about the ways students learn and be ready to support students in the ways they learn. This will benefit both the teacher and the student.

9. Be an example

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”

Titus 2:7-8

I’m the second child of 4 siblings in my family. My younger sister always looked up to me. A few times, I made choices that disappointed her. She sometimes felt I wasn’t being the best example.

I felt it was a burden to be an example. But over time, I saw that being an example to others helped me be accountable for my words, actions and thoughts.

Knowing people are watching helps me live out the gospel. As teachers, we can’t be perfect. But we can be good examples to our co-workers and our students.

10. Ask the Lord for wisdom

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

James 1:5

Regardless if you are a teacher or not, we all need to seek wisdom from The Lord.

As a teacher, I’ve balanced teaching 25 kids, but also 200. Each of these roles requires me to depend on The Lord for wisdom. To help me in all the areas I’ve mentioned in the section above.

What is your favorite encouraging Bible Verses for Teachers? 

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Do you want to read your bible more consistently? Do you want to know how to study the Bible on your own and know how to apply it to your life? 

You are a Christian woman who is dedicated to living a life for Christ. You want to read your bible every day, but sometimes you get distracted or are too tired to collect all the resources you need. 

It can be hard to figure it out on your own. 

That’s why I’m so excited to tell you about The Christian Growth Hub

The Christian Growth Hub is an online, monthly membership focused on helping Christian women read the Bible, understand it, and apply it to their lives. 

The Christian Growth hub helps you in your faith by: 

  • Providing monthly Bible reading plans so you never have to think about what you’re going to read in the Bible next
  • Giving you on-demand training on how to understand the Bible and new monthly training on how to apply the Bible to a particular area of your life. 
  • Connects you to an online community to give you encouragement, support, and accountability

There are so many more features. Click here to learn more about them, and see what The Christian Growth Hub offers.

How to have a thriving relationship with God

When I was a teenager, I remember telling women all I wanted in a husband was someone who’s a Christian. She looked at me and said something like: that’s not enough. Look for a man who lives for The Lord. It’s one thing to say you are a Christian, it’s another to have a thriving relationship with God. One that compels you to change- not out of duty, but love and desire. Continue to read and find out how you can have a thriving relationship with God as well.

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I grew up in a Christian home and was saved at an early age. When I got to be a teenager, I realized I was 3 different people. Anne at school, Anne at church, and Anne at home. 

I realized I couldn’t keep it up and needed to choose one. The Lord guided me through this period and I chose to be Anne from Church. 

For me, that meant actually living out the life I was telling people I believed. 

From that point on, I wanted to know more about God and grow in my faith. 

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The worst Spiritual Advice I’ve ever gotten

To do this, I was told the same advice repeatedly: Get up early in the morning and give God your first minutes of the day and spend time with Him. 

I’m not sure the exact language, but the speakers made it sound that if I didn’t commit this time to The Lord in the morning, my days would not go right, and I wasn’t giving The Lord my best. 

Since I wanted to grow in my faith and learn more about God, I tried following the advice.

I made a goal to wake up earlier, read my Bible, and pray in the morning. I wanted to give The Lord my first and best minutes of the day. 

But, within a day or so of setting these goals, I would miss a day and then eventually give up. 

My brain believed that if I could not spend this time the way I wanted, then I might as well stop trying. 

After a while, the guilt would set in. 

The Devil had a field day with my thoughts and made me think things such as: 

  • You obviously don’t love God because you can’t even wake up a bit earlier and spend time with Him
  • You’re a fake! You say you love the Lord, but you don’t read His word.

These lies made me feel guilty and made me feel like a complete failure. Here I was, trying so hard to follow all the advice given to me, and failing at every turn. 

The Lord showed me His way

Then, one day, I met my husband. We started dating and eventually got married. 

During that first year, I noticed that my husband (Greg) didn’t connect to God the way I did. 

I loved going to the breaking of bread service. This is a meeting where people are led by the spirit to pray, share a verse, and suggest a song we would all sing. Then, towards the end, we would take communion. 

I loved this service and could usually see how The Spirit worked through different people to share thoughts that would “somehow” all be related. 

Even though I loved this service, my husband really struggled with it. I thought it was because he didn’t grow up in the same denomination, and didn’t think much of it.  

But, over the years, I realized it was because He connected to God in a different way. 

He felt the closest to God through worship songs. 

It was through watching my husband live out his faith that I realized there wasn’t just one way to connect to God. 

There are many ways people connect to God

Since then, I’ve learned there are many ways people connect to God

So I started paying close attention to people’s testimonies. I wanted to know how they came to Know God, how He worked in their lives, and how they worshipped Him. 

Through that exercise, I learned I was placing my relationship with God in a box that didn’t fit my personality, brain, or anything else

No wonder I was failing! 

I was going through this cycle of “renewal” and guilt and struggled with guilt for so long. 

Through that journey, The Lord has taught me certain things that have helped me thrive in my relationship with Him. 

Can you relate to my story? 

You are doing “all the right things” but you still feel disconnected, guilty, or even blah about your faith. 

I want to assure you that these feelings are OK! I’ve had them as well!

But it doesn’t have to stay that way!! 

Do you have a personal and thriving relationship with The Lord? 

You can have a personal and thriving relationship with The Lord! 

The more I open up about my journey and my struggles, the more I see how many people feel the same as I do. 

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How to confess sin, without feeling guilty

Looking at a Bible feels intimidating. We know the truth is in there, but we don’t know how to find it or where to start. That’s why for the next 6 weeks, I’m going to focus on 6 steps to spiritual growth. Today, we are going to learn the first step in spiritual growth: How to confess sin, without feeling guilty, even if you feel like the worst sinner out there!

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How to confess sin without feeling guilty, even if you feel like the worst sinner out there!

One thing I love about the Bible is how it uses everyday things we know about to teach us something about God. 

Throughout scripture, there is a parallel between the world’s justice system and God’s justice system. 

I don’t know much about the Canadian justice system. The only contact I’ve had with it is signing our wedding certificate and then signing the mountain of paperwork when we bought our home.

I know there are laws for just about everything.

 

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The reason we have laws

We create laws so that everyone in society has the same idea of what is ok and what isn’t and those who break the law have to pay the consequences. 

I’ve had a few pricey speed tickets to pay- a consequence of driving too quickly. 

If you’ve ever had to pay for any type of ticket, I want you to say ticket in the comments below. I want to know I’m not alone! 

Just like earth, The Bible lays out God’s law and the consequences for breaking those laws. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death,

In other words, the consequence of sin (breaking the law) is death.

The Bible also tells us in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. 

We have all sinned, and we all deserve to pay for our sins. The payment for sin is death. 

This sounds like bad news, but thankfully, it doesn’t end there. I actually left a part of

Romans 6:23 out, the FULL verse is: 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23

This verse gives us some hope in telling us that there is a gift we can receive from God that would give us eternal life. 

John 3:16-18 makes it more clear for us 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

John 3:16-18

The gift God sent us is Jesus Christ. He came to die in our place. The only thing we have to do is believe we are sinners and ask God for forgiveness. When we do that, we are automatically pardoned for our sin. 

It’s not that the consequence was lifted, but the payment was already paid in full– Jesus Christ died on the cross for us. 

Have any of you read/or seen The Hunger Games?

I’m a huge fan of the Book The Hunger Games. If you haven’t read it, or watched the movie, I don’t want to ruin it too much, but at the start of the movie, this town is holding a lottery. Picking one girl and one boy to play in the hunger games. The girl who is picked is named Pen. No sooner is her name called- than her sister speaks up and volunteers to take her place in the hunger games. 

The one slot had to be filled with one girl, and Katniss takes the place of her sister. 

What Jesus did for us is so much better than the Hunger Games. But, He also took our place. 

We deserve to die. We read why earlier- because we sin and death is the consequence for sin.

But, God loved us so much, He sent His son to take our place. Jesus came to die in my place and in yours. 

Now, you might be sitting there and thinking, Anne, I thought you were going to talk about how to confess your sin without shame or guilt. 

I’m getting there. But before I go into that, it’s important that everyone understands 2 things: 

Jesus WILL forgive our sins

The bible tells us in 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

When we confess our sins, we are no longer guilty. How awesome is that? 

So, if you are sitting there feeling shame or guilt, it’s for 1 of 2 reasons. 

1. You haven’t confessed your sin yet– it’s either you never asked God to forgive your sins, or you have, but there is something you’ve done that you know God is against God’s will and you haven’t confessed it yet. Is there an unconfessed sin in your life? If there is, confess that right now. 

2. You don’t actually believe God has forgiven you and so you still feel guilty even when you have been freed. 

I’m going to repeat that: If you have confessed your sin and still feel shame and guilt, then it’s probably because you don’t actually believe God has forgiven you and so you still feel guilty even when you have been declared sinless. 

You know it in your brain, but not in your heart. 

Don’t worry, the second is very common, and that’s what I’ll focus on for the rest of this session. 

So, if you have confessed your sin and still feel guilty, what should you do??  I’m going to share with you 3 things: Are you Ready? 

3 things you can do if you still feel guilty of sin after you have repented

1. Ask God to examine your heart:

Maybe there is a sin you committed you don’t know about and the Lord is allowing you to feel guilt so you can root it out and repent. 

If you are not sure how to do that, the Bible has some great verses that tell us exactly what to say.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

Psalm 139:23–24

I know these types of prayers can be scary, but The Lord isn’t about playing games. If you feel guilty, then there might be some unknown sin and you can ask God what that is. 

2. Go back to scripture and read about who God is:

One of the ways you can stop feeling guilty is to go back to scripture and read the truth about who God is and what He has done. This helps us remember who God is and what He has promised us.

There are many verses you can go to for this and I’ll share with you 2. 

  • Romans 10:9 Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
  • Jeremiah 33:8 ‘I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon all their iniquities by which they have sinned against Me and by which they have transgressed against Me.

I love that these verses use the word ALL: doesn’t leave any wiggle room for our brains to say: but what about the time……… (I’m sure you can finish the sentence)

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3. Test your feelings:

The Bible tells us we can’t trust our feelings.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9

Just because you feel guilty doesn’t mean you haven’t been forgiven. So, assure yourself of the truth. Focus on what you know of God and let that guide you. 

We also know the Devil is the father of lies. He would love nothing better than to have us sitting in guilt doing nothing. So it’s important to test what you hear, and who you hear it from. 

 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

Recapping: 3 things you can do if you still feel guilty of sin after you have repented

  1. Ask God to examine your heart
  2. Go back to scripture and read about who God is, and what He has done for you
  3. Test your feelings: 

Can you see how these 3 steps can free you from guilt? 

The Bible is clear, we are sinful and we deserve to die. But Jesus came to take our place- He paid for our punishment. 

Once we are saved, we are cleansed and declared righteous. Any voice you hear that continues to make you feel guilty after you have repented of your sin isn’t from God. 

So replace the lies with the truth. Focus on God instead of your sin.

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In this webinar I’ll tell you:

✅ The exact steps I took to change my relationship with God

✅How asking a few questions unlocked the key to a thriving relationship with God

✅ How to discern the best way for you to connect with God

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3 Stages Of Spiritual Growth

Spiritual growth, which, like physical growth, is central to a healthy life, and the essence of our relationship with God. As believers, we go through different stages of spiritual growth.

We learn God loves us and has a plan for our lives. We learn about who he is and his love for us. 

Then, we develop a relationship with God. we can forgive ourselves so that we can begin a stronger relationship with him.

We also learn how to obey God’s word and build a stronger foundation for the future.

As we mature, we continue to grow in our love for God and confidence in our victory over the enemy.  

We develop a solid, mature love of God who is a strong source of self-worth and protector from the enemy.

Join Felicia Livingston as she walks us through 3 Stages of Spiritual Growth.

Felicia is a wife, mom, minister, Blogger, and entrepreneur. It’s difficult juggling everything, but with The Grace Of God, I can do all things! You can find Felicia on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

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What Are The 3 Stages Of Spiritual Growth?

I Am Writing To You, Dear Children, Because Your Sins Have Been Forgiven On Account Of His Name. I Am Writing To You, Fathers, Because You Know Who Is From The Beginning. I Am Writing To You, Young Men, Because You Have Overcome The Evil One. I Write To You, Dear Children, Because You Know The Father. I Write To You, Fathers, Because You Know Who Is From The Beginning. I Write To You, Young Men, Because You Are Strong, And The Word Of God Lives In You, And You Have Overcome The Evil One.

1 John 2:12-14

Before we begin our journey through each stage of spiritual growth, we are forgiven of our sins through the grace of God.

We have been given the gift of grace because of our faith in Jesus. As a result of our faith, we will have eternal life.  

What a glorious promise!  

Although each stage has its own struggles and challenges. we go from one stage to the next, from glory to glory.

Stage 1: Baby Christian

The child of God is the first of the stages of spiritual growth. This is the stage where we are most like infants.  I’m sure you have heard the term “baby Christian”.  

We are in a relationship with God, but we do not have a solid understanding of his word or his will for our lives.  We are beginning to see that God loves us, forgives us, and wants to help us.

We have not yet learned to obey his word, and we are still guided by our emotions. We are still learning how to listen to his voice. 

I would even dare to say that we are still learning to take instruction from the leaders that God has placed in our lives.

This is where we become “followers” of Jesus.  We follow by faith, not knowing where the journey will take us.  

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Stage 2: Young Christian

In this stage of development, we go from follower to disciple. We are still learning, but we begin to see the fruit of obedience.

We are beginning to understand God’s word, and we are learning how to apply the word in our lives. 

He is the perfect father, and we are learning that he is perfect in our lives, too.

This is a great step in our spiritual growth. We are learning to stop trying to control the outcome and simply trust god.

During this stage, it’s time to start serving others. In the same way, Jesus didn’t come to be served, but to serve.

We are to strive to be like Jesus in this area; giving of ourselves selflessly

Stage 3: Mature Believer

As we continue to grow in the Christian faith, we reach the state of a mature believer.

In this stage, we do not have to rely on anyone to minister the word of god to us.  We simply minister to ourselves through the seeds that were planted.  

With those same seeds, we teach others that the lord placed in our care.  

This is where we become leaders and mentors; ushering the baby Christians and the young into his presence. 

We are the watchman, keeping an eye on our spiritual children and making sure no evil infiltrates the kingdom.  

We begin to use the gifts that God gave us to edify the kingdom.  

How do you know you are growing spiritually?

The changes are subtle; you don’t realize they are happening until you are dealing with something. 

Your reaction to the situation or circumstance will determine which stage of growth you are in.  

  • Do you react with your emotions? Are you unreasonable in your approach?  
  • Or are you dealing with the situation based on the principles you learned in the bible? Are you able to go through trials and still function in your calling?

The next time you are confronted with a situation, you should take the time to reflect on how you dealt with it.

This will help you measure which stage you are in and you will know the work that needs to be done within you.  

Don’t be discouraged when you realize you may not be where you thought you were. It’s good to take time to self-examine ourselves. 

This is definitely a sign that you are on your way to becoming a mature believer. 

5 things you can do to get closer to God spiritually

Here are some tips to help you draw closer to the lord so he can draw closer to you.  Each tip will help you navigate to each of the stages of spiritual growth.

1. Start praying for god’s guidance

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (psalm 32:8)

2. Spend time alone with god

Submit yourselves, then, to god. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:7-8)

3. Read your Bible every day

The power of the word of god

for the word of god is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

(Hebrews 4:12)

The benefits of reading your bible every day

All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 timothy 3:16-17)

4. Meditate on scripture

What is meditation?

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to god. (Colossians 3:16)

How to meditate on scripture?

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119-10-11)

5. Journal things God reveals to you

Journaling is necessary for reflection

At the lord’s command, Moses recorded the stages in their journey. This is their journey by stages: (numbers 33:2)

Your journal can be used to teach others

Then the Lord said to Moses, “write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven. (exodus 17:14)

Do you need help?

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✅ The exact steps I took to change my relationship with God

✅How asking a few questions unlocked the key to a thriving relationship with God

✅ How to discern the best way for you to connect with God

And more!

This webinar is focused on YOU, and how you can apply these experiences and ideas towards your walk with God today, in real-time, in order to revive it, and strengthen it.

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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:

 

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.

Do you need more help?

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The exact steps I took to change my relationship with God

✅How asking a few questions unlocked the key to a thriving relationship with God

✅ How to discern the best way for you to connect with God

And more!

This webinar is focused on YOU, and how you can apply these experiences and ideas towards your walk with God today, in real-time, in order to revive it and strengthen it.

Join me, Anne Markey of One Determined life for this webinar called 4 Simple Steps to a thriving relationship with The Lord. 

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What Steps You Can Take to Grow Spiritually

No matter where you are in your walk with Christ, spiritual growth is important for every Christian. It ties into the growth mindset and believes that you should always be learning. The same applies to Biblical studies and our understanding of God’s Word, His purpose for our life, and His plan. Continue to read as I share with you what steps you can take to grow spiritually.

This post is written by Natasha Funderburk. She is a wife, #boymom, NASM-CPT, Nutrition Coach, Behavior Change Specialist, and freelance writer. She’s also the founder of Salt + Sparrow, a Spiritual Growth Christian Blog for women, dedicated to finding big faith in small things. She can on her blog, or on Facebook.

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What is Spiritual Growth?

Spiritual growth is a concept that focuses on learning more and growing in your relationship with God. Being and becoming familiar with the Word, whether you’re just starting your walk or you’ve felt strong in your faith for a while, is a foundation that only gets stronger as you build upon it.

But how can someone grow in their spiritual relationship with God? There are multiple ways a Christian can grow in their faith, but here are some ways you can start if spiritual growth is at the top of your to-do list.

What Steps You Can Take to Grow Spiritually

1. Pray

One of the first steps toward spiritual growth is to get into the habit of talking to God- also known as praying.

A common theme or question among new Christians is, “But how do I pray? What do I say?” The answer: anything and everything. 

Sometimes prayer can be more formal, involving scripture from the Bible, or it can take the form of a request, or it can even just be offering up a silent prayer of thanks for something that happened in your day.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:6-7 NIV

God wants a relationship with every single one of us. Don’t be afraid to tell Him about your day. He doesn’t care if you stumble in your words. He wants to have an intimate role in our lives, so tell Him the silly, tell him the sad, the bad, the good. 

Practice having those conversations and the more you do, the easier it will become.

2. Study the Bible

Learning God’s word is the next step.

Truth: the Bible can be confusing. The language can be difficult to interpret, the names impossible to pronounce, and the concepts can have you debating for hours.

But learn it anyway. Spend time in God’s word every single day; make it part of your daily routine and a commitment to yourself and God. Find Bible studies that will help you comprehend the message in the text that you are reading. This can be done independently, or with a group. There is value in both scenarios.

Find scriptures that resonate with you and commit to memorizing them. Write them on flashcards, put them where you can see them, and keep these close to your spirit and heart.

Tie this into the first step and pray about what you’re reading; that God will open your heart and your mind to understanding His message, and that you’ll be able to apply it in your life moving forward. 

“Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

– Matthew 4:4 NIV

3. Surround Yourself with Other Christians

It’s easy to adopt the mindset or habits of the people we continue to hang around, even when we do it subconsciously or unintentionally. That’s why surrounding yourself with other Christians is so important.

Praying together, worshiping together, and learning together is a great way to grow in your own relationship with Christ. 

These are the people who will help hold you accountable in your walk through faith. 

“Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

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Do you have a personal and thriving relationship with The Lord? 

If you said no, or want to grow in your faith, I have something really special for you. I’ve put together a webinar for you called: 4 Simple Steps to a thriving relationship with The Lord, 

In this webinar I’ll tell you:

✅ The exact steps I took to change my relationship with God

✅How asking a few questions unlocked the key to a thriving relationship with God

✅ How to discern the best way for you to connect with God

✅ And more!

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These four steps are a great way to start growing in your faith. They’re also the gatekeepers for finding ways that faith can be part of more aspects of your life.

As you get more comfortable and confident in what you’re learning, you’ll be able to see how your faith impacts everything you do; from the conversations you have, the way you lead and minister to others, and the way God’s love will show and shine through you.

In the comments below, let me know what steps you can take to grow spiritually.

What is spiritual growth, and why it’s so important?

As a mom, one of my jobs is to make sure my children are reaching specific milestones. When they don’t reach them, it’s a sign there might be something wrong, and it’s time to investigate the cause. Just like children, as Christians, we should grow in our faith. Continue to read and discover what is spiritual growth and why it’s so important.

Dr. Ifeoma Sumuel wrote today’s post. She is a Christian speaker and writer. She has a passion to help women get into the Word and have a consistent in your quiet time. She provides women and children with Bible Study resources including books, courses, and study books. You can find her on her blog, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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What is spiritual growth, and why it’s important?

Our son tapped on my door and said “mummy I’ve got a testimony”. I prayed my heart out the night before. I felt myself being drawn back to the habit I overcame. God heard and answered that call. I see tangible changes.

You see the crux of the matter is, unlike other times I was leading and praying for and along with him. Now, he has taken the lead in praying over his life and challenges.

A while ago he was a babe, now he is the child who knows how to dial heaven and talk to our heavenly Father. That is growth!

My mom heart leaped for joy. That’s my earnest desire that my children have a consistent and growing relationship with God.

We often think growth is when we take large, giant steps. In reality, growth happens in the buds and spurts. In fact, deep growth is slow and many times we don’t notice we are growing until life tests our strength.

What is spiritual growth? Growing spiritually is walking consistently and sincerely with the Lord, growing in our knowledge of Him.

Are you taking notes of places you have grown?

My son’s experience forced me to remember prayers answered that I didn’t realize. We are not called to a stagnant faith.

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God wants us to grow in our faith

Life is going to test us. Flip through the chapters of the Bible we see men and women of faith some thrown into the lion’s den, some in the furnace of fire, into a strange land, others into barrenness, painful losses etc. in all these faithful came out with their testimonies.

It takes men and women who know their God to achieve such a feat, hence the need for spiritual growth.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. 

1 Peter 2: 1-3 NIV

I underlined the keywords in these verses. Take a minute to ponder on the meaning of these words. Can you connect them to your own life?

5 things spiritual growth entails

We all know what it takes to grow physically. If we want to build muscle, we must eat more protein and lift some weights. I’m sure there is more to it, but that’s the basis of every muscle-building program.

Just like there are certain things we can do to grow our physical muscles, there are 5 things that spiritual growth entails.

1. Pruning out the “weeds”

I grow a small garden behind our house. I pull out weeds that are overgrown. This process is necessary for the crops to grow well. 

Just like growing plants need pruning, so do we. Growing spiritually requires we do some pruning.

Pruning involves looking at every aspect of our lives: relationships, habits, choices, lifestyle, thoughts, and more. It requires us to take out the things that are causing us to stumble, or things The Lord isn’t calling us to do.

Pruning starts with our hearts. Notice, malice, guile, hypocrisies, envy, and speaking evil are all products of our thought life.

It is difficult to let go of old habits. As the Word works in our hearts, it transforms us. When people look for the old you, it gave way to the new creature.

You are not the same anymore. That is the power of the Word.

As we grow, through prayers and word, the Holy Spirit works to rid our hearts of beliefs and obstacles contrary to the Gospel.

Ponder
  • What is God stirring your heart to root out?
  • What is the heaviest weight of sin you carry?

Examine your heart today. There are attitudes and lifestyles that hinder us from enjoying growth. Until we rid and purge ourselves of these, spiritual life may remain stagnated.

2. The desire for milk ­

Have you ever longed for something so hard that when you got it, it was really worth the wait?

Growing spiritually requires that we desire the pure milk of the Word.

What our heart desires is what we attract to our lives.

When our heart treasures the Word, we grow in leaps.

Like a suckling babe, who depends on the mother’s milk for survival, our life depends on God’s Word – not half-cooked or pre-chewed Word as we have today. It takes us working out our salvation with fear of God in our hearts (Philippians 2:12).

3. Humility

It takes humility to take in God’s Word. As the word convicts our hearts, it exposes our weaknesses, sin, and troubled areas.

More beautifully, the Word gives us the help we need. God can only work through the humbleness of our hearts (James 4:10).

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

James 4:10

The Word is pure, undiluted, and untainted (Proverbs 30:5). It will find us in the hard places of our lives. It will cause us to go on our knees and pray. The transforming power of God humbles us.

Ponder
  • Do you long for growth?

4. Spiritual growth is a consistent walk 

Growth requires diligence and a consistent walk with God.

When we commit to growing we move up the ladder of faith (2 Peter 1:4-10). It is building one brick of virtue over another. Every walk draws us deeper and closer into communion with our Heavenly Father.

by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. 10 Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

2 Peter 1:4-10

Growth happens when we invest our time in His presence. 2 Peter 3:18

5. The goodness of God

Growth is about the goodness of God.

As we partake of His goodness, we crave for more of Him, we long for more of His presence.

God’s love draws us closer. It keeps us coming back. We know we can’t wander away from His presence (Psalm 34:8).

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!

Psalm 34:8

What happens when we fail to grow spiritually?

Imagine going up the rungs of the ladder. Every virtue listed in 1 Peter 1:5-7 is evidence we should move up in the faith. Like a baby, in a few months, we learn to crawl, and then stand, we walk, and soon begin to run.

Prayer Prompt
  • Pray for a heart that longs for Him
  • Pray for God’s grace as you move up the rungs of the ladder of faith
  • Pray for God to help you have a consistent fellowship with Him

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