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.
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.
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?
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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.
- 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).
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.
- 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, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 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.
- 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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