In the sixth chapter of Hebrews, the author chastises his readers for their lack of spiritual growth. They had been Christians long enough to be teachers. But they had stagnated in immaturity. This admonition is also for believers today.
Only the Holy Spirit can transform us into the image of Christ. But God expects our obedient cooperation. Again and again the Bible encourages us to be purposeful about our spiritual growth. “Train yourself to be godly” (1 Tim 4:7). “Work our your salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil 2:12).
What are you doing to foster your own spiritual growth? What spiritual disciplines do you practice regularly?
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I have found that by having a daily “quiet time” with the Lord, when I read His word and pray, I am brought to a place of more understanding of Him. It also helps me to feel closer to Him which sustains me throughout the day. In addition, as I take Bible studies and discuss God with others, my faith grows. I have even discovered that when I write in my blog, I am learning. Writing “forces” me to think and to focus on what God is saying to me.
Living for Him, Joan
I definitely try to have a time with the Lord every day. Sometimes my prayer life is not as focused as I would like for it to be. I have been trying to practice being quiet before the Lord and it is hard for me to do! I also practice the discipline of fasting.
Tracy, staying focused, sitting still before God and listening is hard for me as well. Journaling does help tremendously. When I take the time to write down my prayers and what God is saying to me through His Word it keeps my thoughts from wandering off. Plus I can always go back and review it!