What does the Bible say about Spiritual Growth?

2 Peter 3:18

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Colossians 1:9-10

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Philippians 1:6

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

James 1:2

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,

Hebrews 5:12-14

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

James 1:23-25

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

This is one of my favorite topics that I have been very excited to talk about for some time now.  Spiritual Growth is important because Christians should be in a constant state of trying to grow closer to God, and while there will be times where you don’t feel close to Him, you should be actively trying to get closer.  You can never be too close to God.

Studying the Bible is a great way to grow in your faith.  How else are you going to get to know the many things that God reveals to us.  I have friends who have taken up the challenge of reading the entire Bible in a year which is a great way to nourish yourself spiritually by doing intensive study about what the Bible says and seeing how God moves from generation to generation.  Growing in scriptural knowledge benefits us and our relationship with God.  From reading the Word comes applying the Word which means living more like God intends.  The Bible also has a great example of how to live a life like this, and this example was Jesus. (Well, there are a lot of Biblical figures that can accomplish this goal of living a life for God, but no one did it better than Jesus because He is perfect).  From studying just the Gospels, you can get a good idea of what living a life of significance truly means.

If I’ve said it once, I have said it a million times, but trials are a great way to help test and grow your faith.  Trials are not fun, believe me, but they are so worth it.  You learn so much from your struggles, and you grow more than you could ever imagine.  Going through them may feel horrible, but the outcome is better than the struggle.  Trust me when I say that I’ve gone through a lot of trials even in the past year that I especially wish that I wasn’t going through, but would I change it?  Not really because I am not the same person I was a year ago because of the things that have happened.

You need to nourish yourself with spiritual food constantly.  As I had it described to me once, what if you only fed yourself on Sunday, how would you feel on Friday?  I’d imagine pretty horrible.  So why is that so many Christians think that going to church and not having their only daily quiet time is sufficient?  As you become more mature in your faith, you need solid food and not just milk for your soul.  Milk is fed to you if you are not spiritually mature, but as you grow in your faith, you need solid food to nourish you.  If you don’t already, find time each day to do daily quiet time which can come in many forms such as reading the Bible, journaling, praying, and such.

The word of the day is crecer which means to grow.  How have you grown in the past year?  How are you currently growing?  Do you have daily quiet time with God?  Why or why not?  If so, what do you do in your quiet time?  What are some of the trials you have faced?  How did they help you grow?  Share some of these in the comments to help edify others on this online community.


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