I received a contact from a person with a struggle familiar to many of us. It speaks to growing up spiritually. Doesn’t matter what it was, but I think the response is the most important part. 🙂 She was basically curious about overcoming a struggle and “growing up” spiritually in Christ. I hope my response encourages you.
As a Christian woman, you know the journey of maturing in faith is a beautiful and evolving process that beckons you to dive deeper into your relationship with God and delve into a richer understanding of His Word.
Here are some key steps I think will guide us all in our effort and endeavor growing up spiritually:
1. Spend Time in Prayer: Cultivate a consistent prayer life and prioritize communicating with God regularly. Prayer is a powerful way to seek guidance, express gratitude, and invite God’s presence into your life.
2. Study the Bible: Dive into Scripture and make it a habit to study and meditate on God’s Word. The Bible is a treasure trove of wisdom, guidance, and encouragement. Consider joining a Bible study group or utilizing helpful resources to deepen your understanding.
3. Worship and Fellowship: Engage in regular worship services and participate in fellowship with other believers. Joining a local church can provide you with a supportive community where you can grow spiritually, receive mentorship, and serve others.
4. Practice Forgiveness: As a Christian, it’s essential to cultivate a heart of forgiveness. Extend grace and mercy to others just as God has extended it to you. Forgive those who have wronged you and release any bitterness or resentment that may hinder your spiritual growth.
5. Serve Others: Jesus set the example of selfless service, and as His followers, we are called to do the same. Look for opportunities to serve and bless others in your church, community, and beyond. Serving not only benefits others but also deepens your own faith.
6. Embrace Spiritual Disciplines: Discipline plays a vital role in spiritual maturity. Engage in practices such as fasting, solitude, simplicity, and stewardship. These disciplines help cultivate a deeper dependence on God and enhance your spiritual growth.
7. Seek Wise Counsel: Surround yourself with mature Christians who can provide guidance, accountability, and support on your journey. Seek out mentors, pastors, or spiritual directors who can offer wisdom and guidance in your walk with Christ.
Here’s how I responded to her email:
“I can totally relate to how you feel.
When I was younger in Christ, I struggled just as you are describing to me now. But, I finally found the right church and good, sound teaching, and the result was liberty. Freedom in Jesus!
Every single has dealt (and deals with) the feelings you are experiencing. Remember, this Christian walk is a process. Hebrews 12:1 tells puts emphasis on “endurance.”
That’s because there will be times you may “feel” like giving up instead of growing up spiritually. But stay on track! During those times, remind yourself that you are not alone and that all you must do is endure – hang in there. People don’t talk enough about enduring temptation. Sometimes, we have to fight. I know it’s just hard.
I often crawl in life’s race, but I’m still in it. Other times, I sprint.
Focus on how you grow…
The running is not as important as the “hanging” in there. Just because you have committed and recommitted your life to Christ doesn’t mean you will be perfect. It’s a process. It’s a growth experience – one we ALL have to go through and, quite frankly, continue to go through our entire lives.
Take the pressure off yourself and allow God to do His perfect work in your life. Stay close to Him through reading His Word and consistent prayer. He will use those two vehicles to change you and conform you to His image.
You gotta get into a good church. That’s an important part of the process. Sometimes, we want to rush that maturation process and try to do it ourselves, and that’s when we [all] fall flat on our faces. 🙂
Allow Him to work in you, through you, and in you. You stay close, and you’ll soon find that the things you used to do don’t seem quite as appealing; that’s when the change begins. Again, the Christian walk is a process.
I have a personal example. For me, it was a particular man. It seemed I couldn’t stay away from him back in my twenties. I knew he was bad for me, but I thought I loved him.
Once I got serious about my walk with Christ, things began to change almost effortlessly. The closer I got to God, the stronger I became in His word. I soon saw my boyfriend for what he was – a doggie (bow wow) in a Mercedes.
Something happens the closer you get to the Lord. You begin to see clearly. You gain power.
God did what I could never do; he made the man (pulling me away from Him) and the sin (sleeping with the man) disgusting to me. Does that make sense?
Feelings are simply stupid when you’re growing up spiritually.
Don’t worry about how you feel. Feeling is a sense that is best kept to earthly things, not spiritual things. As you are growing up spiritually, you’ll find “feelings” being something of a blur in the distance. You’ll focus on what you know!
We live by faith; it’s the cornerstone of the Christian walk (Read 2 Corinthians 5:7):
New International Version
For we live by faith, not by sight.
New Living Translation
For we live by believing and not by seeing.
English Standard Version
for we walk by faith, not by sight.
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Feelings can really get us into trouble, can’t they?
Check your “feelings” at the door.
Those times when you “feel” alone remind yourself of scriptures like Deut. 31:6 and Matthew 28:20.
Honey, feelings are not always true and reliable.
You may feel alone, but the truth is your Heavenly Father is right there with you, ahead of you, alongside you, and behind you – all at the same time. He’s always there, even when you don’t feel Him.
It’s similar to oxygen; you can’t feel it, but it’s keeping you alive. He’s keeping you alive this very moment, Girl! He’s got you!
Hang in there, Christian Woman!
Finally, don’t give up. If you fall, get back up and begin again in grace and forgiveness. Stay in the Christian walk; God will blow your mind with victories and more testimonies than you could imagine. The key is to endure and stay in it. Don’t give up on yourself.
And don’t give up on Jesus because, again, the Christian Walk is a Process. Growing up spiritually takes time. You may bump your head from time to time, and that’s okay.
A person’s struggle is not as important as the method of dealing with it. Do you agree?
Remember, maturing as a Christian is a lifelong journey. Be patient with yourself and trust that God is faithfully working in your life. Through consistent commitment and a desire to grow, you will continue to mature in your faith and experience a deeper relationship with God.
Learn to “fight on!” and not punk out!
That’s the key to growing up spiritually, Sis.
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