Growing Up Spiritually

  • Hebrews 5:12, 14-15, 6:1 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food….But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Therefore let us move on beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity…
  • Romans 8:6-7 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?
  • Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

You are expected to grow up spiritually, just like you do naturally. You are to develop and become stronger in the things of the spirit so that you’ll be able to discern good from evil and to live a successful and victorious Christian life. You are expected to leave envy, strife, division, etc. behind you and walk in the way of love. You are to seek things which are above, that have an eternal value not things that merely satisfy human desires. You are expected to walk by the Spirit instead of by the flesh (see topic Living a Life Led By the Spirit).

How to grow up spiritually:
  1. What you feed your spirit matters. Seek to put much of the Word into your spirit as out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
  2. Spend time in the presence of God through prayer, praise and worship. Listen to His Spirit as He speaks to you and gives you revelation.
  3. Determine to surrender more of your life to God so that He can lead it. This will give Him more opportunity to align you to the plans He has for you.
  4. Live a life committed to Him by obeying His Word (i.e. forgive).
  5. If you’ve not received the baptism in the Holy Spirit yet, learn more about it and ask God for it. It is an empowerment that is key for your spiritual growth. (See topic Baptism in the Holy Spirit)
  6. Crucify your flesh. Don’t give in to emotions when such things as strife, division, anger, gossip, grumbling, and complaining want to rear their ugly head and choose not to be a part of it. Ask God to help you so that you will walk in love and faith. Choose to be led by the Spirit instead of by your flesh.
  7. Imitate Jesus when it comes to love. His Word says to love each other as He loved us (John 15:12). Choosing to walk in love will allow you to rise above circumstances. Love never fails.

Call to action:
Choose one area of your life where you can make a significant change with the help of God and determine to change it. Ask God to help you. Refuse to stay a baby Christian all your life. Christ died for you to live a successful and victorious life in Him.