When it comes to spiritual growth (i.e. growth in the Knowledge of God and His Will which will breed a Life of Strength in the Spirit), I have found that the way to go about it is not at all far from the way we do the physical.
This post is not structured to tell you what to do to grow spiritually seeing that many of you know what to do already the only issue has been consistency- but in case you do not know, then you should sing this with me;
“Read your bible, pray every day
Pray every day, pray every day
Read your bible, pray every day
If you want to grow”
To Grow Spiritually, Simply Exercise; Exercise your Spirit; Subdue your flesh; Let your new passion for God grow; Walk worthy of the Christian Call; Follow Christ; Study God’s word to renew your mind + Pray because spiritual growth is supernatural and God is your able Vine + Exercise yourself in godliness (i.e. practice love, patience, kindness, control that temper even as God works it in You).
So you see, you’ve always known what to do and honestly, as a growing Christian, I get the part about you having an inconsistent season, and taking many guilt trips. Here are a couple of things that I do with physical exercise that can help:
- Press Forward: Be determined to grow. Realize the Christian call is one in which we press forward. Even if no one around you will decide to join, you, do it because it’s right.
- Press Forward Together: Find a community of people interested in growing. Paul says that the sharing of our faith breeds confidence and the Writer of Hebrews tells us not to ignore fellowship in chapter 10 then in chapter three teaches us to encourage brethren, knowing how deceitful sin can be. Growing alone is possible with God but it sucks and can help you lack motivation to grow. Community brings accountability, correction, so much more and extreme fun (if I belong to your community ???)
- Press On against the Odds: The odds in my context are simply the pressures of quick success. Give yourself time, you’ll get there. You’d quote scriptures by heart, stop falling into that sin regularly and spontaneously live God out. In the Physical, as long as you’re doing the right exercises and taking the right diet, in due time, you’d realize how important your exercises have been but if you keep checking the mirror every day, expecting to see a Hulk-type muscle grow overnight, you might kill the good zeal you have started with. Don’t overestimate your growing self. Quit those guilt trips you take when you realize you’ve fallen short. Quit saying you’re sorry and show that you are. Get back on track. The walk will please God, not the talk.
Remember, this post is not to tell you what to do but to encourage you to do what you know you need to do first as a decision and then with a community.
I can’t wait to hear of your progress in the faith. Holla if you need a brother to grow with.
Grace ‘n’ Peace,