Choose To Grow
Spiritual growth is a journey, not a destination. We are instructed to seek to grow into fully mature Christians, able to speak the truth in love and walk like Christ in our day to day activities. Dr. Godbolt defines spiritual growth as faith based emotional, intellectual, behavioral, personal and relational maturation that happens over time because a person purposefully chooses to apply spiritual principles to their daily lives.
This easy read book is packed with thought provoking and rewarding techniques to help the new or seasoned Christians grow to their fullest potential and maximize all their natural talents to be a blessing to the Body of Christ.
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 Rebirth and Remission of Sin
These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.
7 Water Baptism
This water baptism that now saves you also, not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
9 Holy Ghost and Fire
Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
13 Word of God
Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God.
17 Spiritual Maturity
Speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect, the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.
19 Final Thoughts
Aging is inevitable; maturing is optional. This applies to both our natural and our spiritual maturation.
I define spiritual growth as faith-based emotional, intellectual, behavioral, personal, and relational maturation that happens over time because a person purposefully chooses to apply spiritual principles to their daily lives. Clearly, application of spiritual principles is key and central to spiritual growth and maturation, otherwise, we are just putting in the time. One of the most rewarding things about being a parent of two adult children has been witnessing their personal and spiritual maturation. It is a blessing and reward to see your children age into adulthood; it is doubly so to witness them deliberately attend to their spiritual growth.
My sincere belief is that God finds joy when we attend to our spiritual growth in the same way. From the time we are born again into our faith and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we start a journey to spiritual development and maturation. Just like it is a parent’s desire that their children grow and are productive, moral adults who reach their fullest potential and maximize all their natural talents, God desires that we, his children, grow so that we might experience the fullest joy, peace, and blessedness that comes with growth.
Scripture calls attention to the importance of every believer pursuing spiritual growth and maturation because it empowers us to hold fast to the promises of God during times of doubt, fear, and trouble or when faced with false and corrupting ideas and doctrine. As we mature spiritually, we notice changes in ourselves that are beyond any price that we could pay. For myself, I’ve noticed an increased ability to maintain perspective in troubled times, to soothe and comfort my soul when things seem uncertain, and I have access to otherwise unattainable peace when all around me seems out of control. My experience with God leaves me with no doubt that everything will be okay; that God has a solution much better than I could ever have, so I rest easy in my trust for God. This maturation did not happen overnight, but because I consistently attended to applying the principles of the Word of God to my life and because I persevered through good times and bad. Over time, I grew to trust more and more in God, and to return to and rely upon these principles. This has shaped and guided my journey to spiritual growth.