Day 8 Be Intentional – Growth

“Change is inevitable, Growth is intentional.”

Ephesians 4:14-15 “ Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”

God wants us to grow in our spiritual maturity. He does not want us to remain an infant in our spiritual growth. Changing and growing physically is a natural and automatic process…it is inevitable. Changing and growing spiritually is not automatic…it takes intention.

When we think about our physical growth, it requires us to eat, drink, breathe, exercise and protection. For us to grow spiritually, we need it to be nourished through the Bible; we need to breathe the life of Christ through prayer; we need to be cleansed through the confession of our sin; we need to exercise our faith through discipleship; and we need protection through fellowship with our community.

This spiritual maturity requires us to be intentional. We can be a Christian and never grow spiritually.

Hebrews 5: 12-14 “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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

We must want to grow in spiritual maturity because the process of spiritual maturity can feel like we are trying to swim upstream. The strength of the world can feel like we are going nowhere and even going backward at times. It can feel easier to give up. But, giving up is not an option. We keep going because of our faith and trust in God.

Faith may begin in an infancy stage, but when we are intentional in exercising our faith, it grows. When we nourish it, and it grows.  The Holy Spirit prepares our hearts and our faith is nourished through prayer, studying the Bible, and surrounding ourselves with like-minded Christians. As it grows, we begin to share with others what God has done for us. When we do not give into the temptation to sin, we will spiritually grow and draw closer to the Lord. Then we will experience the fruits of the spirit in our lives that He has designed for us. God brings us a joy and peace in life that defies all circumstances.

As our faith grows, we must begin to share with others what God has done for us. When we do not give in to the temptation of sin, we will spiritually grow and draw closer to the Lord.

God is the only one who can bring us joy and peace in life that defies all circumstances and evil of the world.

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