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Four ways to tell if you're growing deeper with Christ

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This is an awesome and simple, straightforward way to know if you're growing in Christ. Just read it and it all makes sense. Nothing complex, just basic truths.

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God’s desire is that we keep growing in spiritual maturity until the day we die.
By Charles F. Stanley

Nothing brings quite so much joy as the arrival of a newborn baby. The parents marvel at the perfect gift God has given them and watch with both delight and nostalgia as the child passes each new milestone—sleeping through the night, sitting up, crawling, and finally taking that first step. But what would happen if the baby never grew or learned how to do all those things? The parents would quickly grow concerned.

Now imagine how the Lord feels when we fail to grow spiritually. Like a good parent, He is concerned with His children’s development. That’s why He admonishes us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). The Greek tense of the word rendered grow signifies continuing action.

God’s desire is that we keep growing in spiritual maturity until the day we die. None of us ever reach a point when we’ve grown enough and can retire in the Christian life. If we stop maturing, we don’t just stay where we are in our relationship with Christ. We begin to slide backwards into old patterns of sin and doubt. Furthermore, a lack of growth leaves us open to deception (2 Pet. 3:17). Cults and false teachers prey on those who don’t know what they believe. If we’re not grounded in the Scriptures, we may fall for whatever new idea or experience is floating around in our culture.

How do we know whether we’re growing spiritually? Unlike physical growth, spiritual maturity can’t be tangibly measured, nor can it be evaluated by the sins we avoid or how often we go to church. Although these are important and can be evidence of growth, genuine maturity is determined by our relationship with the Lord. To help you gauge where you are in your spiritual life, I’d like to suggest a few qualities that demonstrate growth.
[captionr]Spiritual growth results in greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction.[/captionr][captionr][/captionr]

First of all, we’ll have an increasing awareness of our sins and weaknesses. Spiritual growth results in greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. What we once considered to be acceptable thoughts, attitudes, or practices will be more clearly seen as sinful in the light of Scripture (Eph. 5:8-11). Knowing they grieve the Holy Spirit, we’ll quickly confess our wrongs and turn away from them in genuine repentance. Maturity also brings recognition of our weaknesses and a greater understanding of why we feel, think, or respond a certain way. This self-knowledge helps us shore up our weak areas so we don’t fall into temptation (Heb. 12:12-13).

Second, we will start seeing life from a divine perspective. When God’s Word shapes our thinking, we will view our problems and hurts through God’s eyes (Ps. 119:18). Instead of being mere hardships, our trials and temptations will be seen as opportunities for growth and greater faith (James 1:2-4). Service will become a high honor rather than a burden or inconvenience. God has planned specific works for each of us to do (Eph. 2:10). When we discover what they are and give ourselves wholly to them, the Christian life becomes a wonderful and exciting journey. Since God has called me to preach, I’d never truly be happy doing something else. Each time I prepare a sermon, I discover treasures in God’s Word I’ve never noticed before. My service to the Lord is a delight, and it can be the same for you.

When God’s Word shapes our thinking, we will view our problems and hurts through God’s eyes.



No matter what he calls you to do, it is essential to view everything as coming from the Lord—whether blessing or hardship. That’s one of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned. At one point in my life when I was being rejected and reviled, this principle prevented me from becoming bitter, self-defensive, and hostile. I knew the Lord could stop the situation, but He didn’t. Therefore, if He was allowing it, I could trust that He would use it for my good—to test, train, and sanctify me (Rom. 5:3-5).

Another sign of spiritual growth is changing desires (Ps. 40:8). When we become more like Jesus, we’ll want what He desires. The old temptations, which were once so appealing, no longer have a hold on us because we’ve discovered the blessings of obedience. We’ll also delight in gathering with other believers to worship and praise the Lord. Giving will become a joy, and we’ll eagerly talk to others about the Lord and what He’s doing in our lives.

And finally, maturity brings with it an ever increasing hunger to be with the Lord (Ps. 63:1-5). Prayer and Bible reading will no longer be a duty but a delight. We’ll jealously guard our private time with God because He is the only one who can satisfy our hungry souls. When we’re with Him, we’ll sense His presence and feel His love for us.

So how are you doing? Can you see progress in your Christian life? If you’re feeling disappointed with your rate of growth, remember that maturity takes time. God never gives up on us but promises to complete the good work He’s begun in our lives (Phil. 1:6). Be patient, but also be diligent to feed on the Word rather than the spiritual junk food this world offers. Remain faithful, and in time, you will see results.
 
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Thanks Chad.
I suppose, in using different words, one way for me to know (in retrospect) my spiritual growth is the ever growing quality and quantity of my love for Christ.
 
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This is an awesome and simple, straightforward way to know if you're growing in Christ. Just read it and it all makes sense. Nothing complex, just basic truths.

[HASHTAG]#spiritualgrowth[/HASHTAG]

God’s desire is that we keep growing in spiritual maturity until the day we die.
By Charles F. Stanley

Nothing brings quite so much joy as the arrival of a newborn baby. The parents marvel at the perfect gift God has given them and watch with both delight and nostalgia as the child passes each new milestone—sleeping through the night, sitting up, crawling, and finally taking that first step. But what would happen if the baby never grew or learned how to do all those things? The parents would quickly grow concerned.

Now imagine how the Lord feels when we fail to grow spiritually. Like a good parent, He is concerned with His children’s development. That’s why He admonishes us to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18). The Greek tense of the word rendered grow signifies continuing action.

God’s desire is that we keep growing in spiritual maturity until the day we die. None of us ever reach a point when we’ve grown enough and can retire in the Christian life. If we stop maturing, we don’t just stay where we are in our relationship with Christ. We begin to slide backwards into old patterns of sin and doubt. Furthermore, a lack of growth leaves us open to deception (2 Pet. 3:17). Cults and false teachers prey on those who don’t know what they believe. If we’re not grounded in the Scriptures, we may fall for whatever new idea or experience is floating around in our culture.

How do we know whether we’re growing spiritually? Unlike physical growth, spiritual maturity can’t be tangibly measured, nor can it be evaluated by the sins we avoid or how often we go to church. Although these are important and can be evidence of growth, genuine maturity is determined by our relationship with the Lord. To help you gauge where you are in your spiritual life, I’d like to suggest a few qualities that demonstrate growth.

Spiritual growth results in greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction.

First of all, we’ll have an increasing awareness of our sins and weaknesses. Spiritual growth results in greater sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. What we once considered to be acceptable thoughts, attitudes, or practices will be more clearly seen as sinful in the light of Scripture (Eph. 5:8-11). Knowing they grieve the Holy Spirit, we’ll quickly confess our wrongs and turn away from them in genuine repentance. Maturity also brings recognition of our weaknesses and a greater understanding of why we feel, think, or respond a certain way. This self-knowledge helps us shore up our weak areas so we don’t fall into temptation (Heb. 12:12-13).

Second, we will start seeing life from a divine perspective. When God’s Word shapes our thinking, we will view our problems and hurts through God’s eyes (Ps. 119:18). Instead of being mere hardships, our trials and temptations will be seen as opportunities for growth and greater faith (James 1:2-4). Service will become a high honor rather than a burden or inconvenience. God has planned specific works for each of us to do (Eph. 2:10). When we discover what they are and give ourselves wholly to them, the Christian life becomes a wonderful and exciting journey. Since God has called me to preach, I’d never truly be happy doing something else. Each time I prepare a sermon, I discover treasures in God’s Word I’ve never noticed before. My service to the Lord is a delight, and it can be the same for you.

[caption]When God’s Word shapes our thinking, we will view our problems and hurts through God’s eyes.[/caption]
No matter what he calls you to do, it is essential to view everything as coming from the Lord—whether blessing or hardship. That’s one of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned. At one point in my life when I was being rejected and reviled, this principle prevented me from becoming bitter, self-defensive, and hostile. I knew the Lord could stop the situation, but He didn’t. Therefore, if He was allowing it, I could trust that He would use it for my good—to test, train, and sanctify me (Rom. 5:3-5).

Another sign of spiritual growth is changing desires (Ps. 40:8). When we become more like Jesus, we’ll want what He desires. The old temptations, which were once so appealing, no longer have a hold on us because we’ve discovered the blessings of obedience. We’ll also delight in gathering with other believers to worship and praise the Lord. Giving will become a joy, and we’ll eagerly talk to others about the Lord and what He’s doing in our lives.

And finally, maturity brings with it an ever increasing hunger to be with the Lord (Ps. 63:1-5). Prayer and Bible reading will no longer be a duty but a delight. We’ll jealously guard our private time with God because He is the only one who can satisfy our hungry souls. When we’re with Him, we’ll sense His presence and feel His love for us.

So how are you doing? Can you see progress in your Christian life? If you’re feeling disappointed with your rate of growth, remember that maturity takes time. God never gives up on us but promises to complete the good work He’s begun in our lives (Phil. 1:6). Be patient, but also be diligent to feed on the Word rather than the spiritual junk food this world offers. Remain faithful, and in time, you will see results.
I have heard Dr Stanley speak on spiritual growth several times over the years and it is always life changing. Thank You Brother Chad for posting this.
God Bless
Jim
 
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