2018 done and dusted!
It was a full year. Lots of lessons learned. It was a year my faith in God was greatly tested.
Here we are in 2019. What are your plans for the year? I’m sure you already have plans for the year.
Any spiritual growth goals?
Wait, you never thought to include that in your plans for the year? Yes, it as much important as any other goal you may have included in your vision board for the year.
Just as every parent expects his/her child to grow, God expects us to grow too.
Towards the end of last year, God began to speak to me about intentional spiritual growth. Yes. Spiritual growth don’t just happen. We must be intentional about it. It doesn’t just happen because you have been a Christian for 5 years or 10 years or even for 15 years. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Heb 5:12
In order to grow spiritually, you have to first
Desire to grow spiritually
Decide to grow spiritually
and then make deliberate efforts to achieve that.
How do you go about it?
Spend time with God daily : Take out time to talk to God and also listen to Him on a daily basis. When we begin to spend time with God we begin to think like Him and act like Him. Jesus was intentional about spending time with God.
Spend MORE time with God : We need to spend MORE time with God than with anything else.
God shouldn’t fit into our ‘busy’ lives. Our ‘busy’ lives should fit into God.
Invest in your spirit daily / feed your spirit with good food : Recently I wrote on a topic : Eating healthy In order to grow spiritually, we need to feed our spirit man with good food. Make deliberate efforts to listen to music, read books that will edify you!
Journaling. Recently I read a few benefits of journaling and I have decided to start journaling. I recommend you do so too. You can do so daily or weekly. It records your growth in your Christian walk.
Find an accountability partner. Find someone or a group of friends with whom you can grow with. Just as the Bible says As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another (Prov27:17). You can pray and ask God for the right partner or group.
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts]; Col 1:10
I pray you begin to live intentionally