Growing Spiritually Podcast
Face Life Growing Spiritually One Day At A Time With God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit
After following Jesus and working on yourself, you should have gained a lot of knowledge about yourself. Such things as the way you think and act, how you treat people and the way you treat them. You should have learned a great deal about sin, like pride, greed, envy, sloth, impatience, jealousy, anger and gluttony. One should have gained a lot of humility as one looked deep within their self and saw what a wretch they really are. We’re not perfect, but we sure can work towards spiritual perfection.
We Have to be Growing Spiritually on a Daily Basis
We can’t learn everything about ourselves overnight, it takes time. We need to take our life and live it one moment at a time. Each moment of thought could lead you in one direction or the other. It’s your choice whether to abandon that thought because it is leading you into darkness or make your thoughts productive in producing good fruits. It takes time to change oneself and we need to do this a little bit at a time, patiently, but not in a way where one would procrastinate.
This is what Jesus says about not keeping constant guard on ones house, ‘When an unclean spirit goes out of a man it wanders through waterless country looking for a place to rest, and cannot find one. Then it says,” I will return to the home I came from”. But on arrival, finding it unoccupied, swept and tidied, it then goes off and collects seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and set up house there, so that the man ends up by being worse than he was before. This is what will happen to this evil generation.’
The Road to Growing Spiritually
The journey is a long, lonely and laborous road. People are going to have a hard time trying to understand the spiritual awakening that took place in you. Your life has changed and it’s not easy to explain what happened. Even if you could, they wouldn’t be able to understand. So don’t let it get you down, have faith, the Lord is in control and He will help you through it.
One has to experience the walk with the Lord, as well as faith in order to be able to see and understand. Don’t ever be too hasty to push your experiences on to others. They may not be ready yet. It is OK to talk to people about the Lord, just don’t be overbearing. Remember always, that you are on your own road and you can’t put others on your road, they have to travel their own road, by themself with Jesus as their guide.
You will experience spiritual dry periods, just hang in there and keep the faith. God is not all about feelings. Don’t get hung up on the good feelings you get, some are spiritual and pure, while others come from pride. Be very, very, very careful of pride, it could lead you in the wrong direction. Welcome suffering and tests and trials, they’ll make you stronger.
Things are not always going to go YOUR way, they’re not supposed to. Why? Because they’re going to go God’s way, the way He has it planned out for you. Remember, you denounced your life and you agreed to do it His way. You can take your will back, God’s not going to stop you, He’s just going to let you see what happens when you want to do it your way.
Help out others whenever you can. Don’t expect even a thank you in return. Give thanks to God for putting you in a position to help your brothers and sisters out. This is how people see a true Christian in action. 2 Corinthians 9:7 ‘ Each one should give what he has decided in his own mind, not grudgingly or because he is made to, for God loves a cheerful giver.’ Some people use this scripture to try to make you feel guilty and extract money from you. This scripture is about giving from the heart, all sorts of giving, not just money.
If you get a little disturbed or riled because someone asks you for help or you feel that you have to help or even have to give money, then it’s not coming from the heart and what you would be doing would be in vain. So when you give, give from the heart and you will be storing up treasures in heaven. Practice everything you’ve learned on a daily basis because growing spiritually takes a lot of effort and work, but it has its rewards. Pray constantly, it’ll help keep your mind from wandering.
God Bless You All