7 Spiritual Growth Tips

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The children’s song says, “Read your Bible. Pray every day and you’ll grow, grow, grow.” Daily prayer and Bible reading are two of the foundations for spiritual growth.

“Read Your Bible”

Get into God’s Word daily. You don’t have to dedicate every waking moment to Bible reading, but you should spend time in God’s Word each day. Find a Bible reading plan that you can stick to. Many people read three chapters a day in their Bible to help them read completely through in one year. Instead of reading for a certain number of chapters each day you can choose to read for a set amount of time.

The last two years I have taken the number of pages and my Bible and divide it by the number 300. For me that works out to just over five pages a day. With that schedule I can read the Bible in a little over 10 months which gives me a few extra days to linger on certain passages or get distracted in studying a topic if I want.

“Pray Every Day”

While reading the Bible is God“Train up a fig-tree in the way it should go, and when you are old sit under the shade of it” ~ H * G * G * T ~’s way of communicating with us, prayer is our way of talking to Him. You should have a prayer list that you pray through. A few suggested items for daily prayer are your spouse, kids, extended family members and missionary families you know. You can also pray as God brings needs and blessings to your mind. Certainly you can pray at any time or place; but having a dedicated prayer time each day will help you stay connected with the Lord.

Attend Church

Fellowshipping with other Christians is one of the things Jesus taught us while he was on the earth. Those who refuse to congregate with other believers are often those who have trouble avoiding temptation in their lives.

God has given His blessing on the organization of the church. It is the authority which God has established in the life of a believer. The church does not exist to tell an individual Christian what he can and cannot do, rather it was founded by Jesus to give Christians a place where they can serve in the body of Christ and get the spiritual help they need.

Baptism

Obedience is a key ingredient to spiritual growth. The first step of obedience after salvation that the Bible teaches is baptism (Matthew 28:19, 20). This announces to others that you have been saved. Baptism does not save the believer, but spiritual growth will be limited if the believer refuses to follow the Lord in baptism.

Baptism is a public identification that the person trusts in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for their salvation. Jesus was baptized as an example for us (Matthew 3:13-17).

Serve Others

Finding a way to be involved in the lives of others is a sure way to grow spiritually. When other people are asking you questions about the Bible you will become more studious of God’s Word.

Witness

You should be active in sharing your Christian testimony with others. In Romans 1:16 Paul states that he is not ashamed of the Gospel. As a child of God you have been given the gift of salvation through the Gospel. This is a gift that is available to others as well, but they need someone to tell them about the love and forgiveness God offers. You can do this by being a witness to them.

Give

As a Christian who is involved in a local church, there are plenty of opportunities to give to the needs of the church and the needs of others. Besides the fact that the Bible teaches us that everything belongs to God, it teaches the principle of the tithe. There are differing opinions on tithing and whether it is necessary still today; however, whatever you believe about the teaching of tithing, the Bible clearly shows that we should support the work of the ministry (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 9:7), and particularly those who teach us God’s Word (1 Timothy 5:17).

I hope these seven spiritual growth tips have been a help. These are just the basics. Any time God teaches you something from His Word you can continue to grow only as you obey.

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Esmeralda Leon August 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thank you for the post it was very helpful as I want to strengthen my relationship with God for me and my family. God Bless

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sane March 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

Hi, thank you for the wonderful site, I’m a born again
Christian who loves God a lot. I really need to understand
On how to memorize the verses.
Thanks

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David Peach March 14, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Sane, thank you for writing. I wrote an article on how to memorize scripture. I think you would find it helpful.

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Dawn Ford March 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Great article Mr. Peach!

My heart warmed when you mentioned baptism. I grew up in a religious home and was baptized as a baby. When I learned the difference between religion and relationship I rededicated my life to Christ, but honestly resisted baptism. I had all kind of excuses, “I’m already baptized, I serve God already, I don’t want to get wet in front of everyone, I’m waiting for my husband to be ready so we can be baptized together, etc.”

Finally a very sweet spiritual mentor said to me, “Dawn it’s an act of obedience. Are you going to bend to God’s will or your own.” It finally clicked and I took the “plunge” almost three years ago.

I can’t tell you and your readers how that one act of obedience catapulted my relationship with Christ to another stratosphere. All that to say, if you’re struggling with an area of obedience to Christ, just quit fighting and submit…He’ll never ask you to do anything that won’t benefit you and His mission!!! Praise God!

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David Peach May 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Dawn, thank you for sharing your story. Yes, when we submit and obey we can have a much more precious relationship with our Savior.

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APOSPLE B.O.IDEHEN April 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

God bless you Sir.
Thanks for your messages.

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C.GARY May 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I like this article but the one question i do have is where in the bible does it say that Baptism is “This announces to others that you have been saved.” or “Baptism is a public identification that the person trusts in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for their salvation.”. Just curious to where that is in scripture.

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David Peach May 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

The Bible does not say that it is an announcement to others. However, baptisms were public events in the Bible (though I can think of one that apparently was only 2 people–Peter and the Ethiopian). By being baptized you are showing others that you believe in Christ. Therefore it is what we call a public profession of faith. The idea of being baptized in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ comes from Romans 6:3-4.

I hope this helps.

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stanley May 16, 2012 at 1:48 am

God bless you sir,this article is great and well understood.

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Elijah Ndanyi May 22, 2012 at 4:43 am

I’m 28yrs old marred with two children. My life has been a mess. I have done so many sins to God and many people. I soul is full of sins. I need somebody to guide me and lead me on what to do to be close to my God. I want to get saved and start a new life. I want to make a better way for my children.
Please find some time and lead me towards the way Im ready and serious to follow your instruction

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David Peach May 24, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Elijah, thank you for your honest questions. Please read our page about salvation and contact us through the contact link at the bottom of the article. We would love to help you personally understand anything we can about salvation.

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April dowsett March 28, 2013 at 9:32 am

Thank you for this artical. I just moved out of my parents home and found myself in a rut as a young lady lost but a good friend of mine talked to me about jesus and ever since then all these miracles have been happening and its made me see i need jesus in my life, so im new to all this and now i know the basics of building faith and trusting in god, i can let my faith grow and grow and as i learn more and do more in the name of jesus it will build my faith, so that i can be recieved by the holy spirit. thanks it realy helped

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Ann-Mary Baird April 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

Well hello and greatings to you in the wonderful name of Jesus. I am so filled in my spirit right now with the few lessons that u tought me about my walk with christ. I am applying what i have been tought and it has really made a difference in my life. I feel such joy in my heart now. I am so greatful to u for building that site. May God continue to bless u and inspire u for the spiritual growth of others.

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blessing September 24, 2013 at 1:06 am

i am giong through a very challenging period in my life. I used to be a very studious and prayerful christian.But for some weeks now i find it difficult to pray and read the way i used to do.I try everyday because i remember how those times where wonderful but it seems like i am not making progress.Therefore i have become so guilty that i believe God no longer hears me when i call.Its like i have not being a christian for eternity.I sometimes do some silly activities that really are not helpful.but reading the bible like before is easy but farfetched.I was trying to encourage myself and stumbled on your site and got to 7 spiritual growth tips it helped abit and i will appreciate more.

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penny johnson October 31, 2015 at 11:19 pm

Hi, my name is penny ..I have been in and out of church mostly out for bout 20 years.. i have alway believed in God and know without him being by my side , I would not be here today.. I am a recovering addict still having a rough time ..I feel like God has closed me out even though I know he has not ..I feel depressed, hopeless and so discouraged and I truly don’t know what to do..I want to feel God in my soul again , I know I have to take steps also but I find it hard to even go outside unless its to work..Please help me ..Thank you

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Jack Wellman November 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Hello Penny. If you are separated from the Body of Christ, the Church, and Jesus is the Head of the Church, you are outside of the sheepfold of the Great Shepherd.

You must seek help by going to seek counsel of a pastor or church elder and surround yourself with other believers who can pray for you and love you. There are over 50 “one another’s” in the New Testament. We need one another. Some say they love God but can’t stand to be around other Christians. I am a father and if someone told me that they love me but can’t stand being around my children, I’d not take very kindly to that! Jesus is the Good Shepherd over His flock (John 10), the church and if you say you don’t believe in church or don’t think we need it, it’s like telling Jesus “I love you my Good Shepherd but I can’t stand being around your sheep.” Yes, we do need the church but the church needs us also as we can contribute to the Body of Christ and the Body of Christ has many members but one head (Christ) and these different parts of the Body serve in different capacities and they seek to grow in grace and to glorify God.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

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sellinah August 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

Thank you so much now I know we’re to start.

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