How to Grow in Your Faith: Be Spiritually Alive

In the last post we looked at what spiritual growth is. Today we’ll shift toward looking at how it happens.

Like most significant things in life, there are no shortcuts to Christlikeness. There are no “magic” ways to grow spiritually. However, many Christians through the ages have found the principles that we’ll talk about to be important components of spiritual growth.

Today’s Spiritual Growth Principle: Make sure that you have spiritual life.

This may seem obvious, but there can be no spiritual growth without spiritual life. Are you confident that you are a Christian? Have you been born again? Do you truly have a relationship with God through Christ? These are important questions that you must wrestle with before you will experience spiritual growth. The book of 1 John was written so that Christians would know they have eternal life (1 John 5:13). Therefore, 1 John would be a good book to read as you try to discern whether you are spiritually alive. If you come to the conclusion that you are not yet spiritually alive, cry out to God and ask him to forgive your sin through Jesus’ death on your behalf and to give you a new heart that treasures him.

What are some indicators that a person truly has a relationship with Jesus?

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  1. #1 by Geoffrey Wilcoxson on February 10, 2010 - 9:42 am

    What are some indicators that a person truly has a relationship with Jesus?

    A hunger for His Word, a need for prayer and a genuine love for people.

  2. #2 by Brian Frahm on February 10, 2010 - 10:34 pm

    My thoughts turn towards Paul’s letter to the Galatians, where at the end of Chapter 5 in verses 22-23, he states: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”

    If I am truly in a relationship with Jesus, then I should expect to see evidences of this fruit being produced in my life.

  3. #3 by lukesimmons on February 11, 2010 - 2:09 pm

    Good points guys. Both an internal desire and external manifestation of change seem to be essential factors.

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