Are you looking for spiritual growth in God? Once you repent and become a follower of Jesus Christ do you believe your spiritual growth in God is finished? Absolutely not. Our journey has just begun because you and I are unfinished and in the hands of the potter!
That being said, are you ready to connect with God and experience spiritual growth in your walk with Jesus Christ? Let jump right in, shall we?
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29
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Achieving Spiritual Growth in God: the Hands of the Potter?
Spiritual growth begins the moment you and I accept Jesus Christ in our hearts as Lord and Savior. Our sanctification process (aka spiritual growth) will continue daily until we take our final breath on earth and enter God’s presence in Heaven.
What is the definition of spiritual growth in God?
Spiritual growth in God is the process of becoming more mature in our relationship with Jesus Christ. To put it another way, it’s a born again follower of Jesus who’s growing spiritually becoming more conformed to the image of God’s one and only perfect begotten Son.
In all honesty, however, we will never become close to becoming like Jesus Christ because He is perfect and we are not and never will be this side of Heaven. That being said, it doesn’t mean we should not strive to become more like Jesus though.
What are the steps for spiritual growth?
First and foremost, repenting is the first step. After this is a process of sanctification day after day. This means we should always be looking for spiritual growth in God and not become stagnant in our faith.
Though our salvation is secure and complete, there is a work of Christ in our lives that is not finished. Spiritual growth in God will continue daily as we live our lives for Christ. That being said, the Christian life is not an easy life but it’s a fulfilling one!
Jesus Christ understands the situations we face and He experienced the same challenges that we endure. Even on the Cross Jesus asked the Father why had he forsaken him. But he didn’t.
What Does Spiritual growth in God CONSIST Of?
I will be the first one to admit that I have too many flaws to name but I want to live my life in such a way that people will know that I’m giving it my best shot in imitating my Lord and Savior. Don’t you feel the same way? I sure hope you do.
As Christians, we are a “work in progress” so to speak. Will we make “all” the right choices? No! Will, we mess up? Yes! Over and Over again! Thank you God for grace and mercy is all I can say.
Sometimes I can envision God saying:
“Angie,” “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” Backup and Rewind, and do it “my way!”Jesus
By the way “his way” is much better than “our way!” When we try to go “our way” is when we make a big ole mess of things! It halts our spiritual growth in God.
The difference between Jesus and the rest of the human race is he was tempted in every way but remained Sinless whereas you and I can’t. However, he does understand and can sympathize with our weaknesses.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
What God has started in us he will see it through to completion. He will never tell us that we need to figure it out on our own because God is a good God and will always show us the way we must follow in his word.
How Do You Achieve Spiritual Growth in God?
Connect with God
When you’re a born again disciple of Jesus Christ you have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit inside of you, sweet friends. Cast all your burdens and cares upon Him.
Talk to God as you would a best friend because, in all honesty, God is our Best Friend. God loves us unconditionally! This is our direct doorway for gaining spiritual growth.
Read your Bible
If we want to gain spiritual growth in God we must make it a priority to be in God’s word daily. Not only this, but we must be a doer of the word also.
In this world, we will have trouble and we have to know the truth found in scriptures to ward off the attacks and lies of the devil. You will achieve spiritual growth in God when you study His Word!
Be Consistent in Prayer
When we go before God in prayer we’re asking for guidance and direction more often than not, right? Remember, you and I are the clay in the hands of the potter. God molds and shapes us through prayer.
God is faithful and he always answers. Our prayers may not be answered in the way we want or expect but God makes the path clear for us. Growth in God definitely shines through prayer.
Be spiritually minded
Definition of spiritually-minded: Having the mindset on spiritual things filled with holy desires and purposes.
I will let the scriptures show how we gain spiritual growth in God.
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:17
As we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
Serve others for God
Look for ways to serve others without expecting anything in return. When I think about this I’m reminded of when Jesus humbled himself to wash the disciple’s feet.
JESUS WASHES THE DISCIPLES’ FEET
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. John 13:1
During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him. John 13:2
Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands and that he had come from God and was going back to God. John 13:3
Rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. John 13:4
Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. John 13:5
SCRIPTURES ABOUT SPIRITUAL GROWTH IN GOD: IN THE HANDS OF THE POTTER
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is the truth. John 17:17
So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. Hebrews 13:12
For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. Hebrews 10:14
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Romans 6:2
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
In Closing on Achieving Spiritual Growth in God: The Hands of the Potter?
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
The one takeaway from this post I want you to keep in mind is…You and I are in the hands of the potter being molded and shaped daily to be conformed in the image of God’s one and only perfect begotten Son.
God’s masterpiece to mold and shape into the form of his beloved Son…Jesus Christ. God is the potter, and we are his clay.
He is molding and shaping us daily, until we become finished, on that one glorious day Friends. That is a promise to hold on to tightly.
That means we aren’t “sinless” but we should want to “sin less” and allow God to continue his work in us to completion.
May we stay on the narrow path that he desires for us so when we are standing, before our Savior and King, he will say…Welcome home my good and faithful servant.
That image brings me to tears and leaves a big ole smile on my face!