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4 Passages to Spark Your Spiritual Growth

Arrested development isn’t an option for followers of Christ. We have a sacred responsibility to mature continuously in our faith, to become more Christlike, to grow more attuned to God’s will. Maintaining a spiritual status quo does no one any good. The Lord urges us to dive deeply into Scripture so that we can become the disciples He intends us to be.

Here are four passages that will inspire you to grow in Christ or give you an accurate assessment of your spiritual maturity.

Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).

Chronological age has little to do with spiritual maturity. Paul urges his young protégé Timothy to embrace the role of leadership that had presented itself. Instead of looking to others for guidance, Paul encourages Timothy to blaze his own spiritual trail, using what he had learned from the godly examples of his mother and grandmother, from the mentoring he received from Paul, from his understanding of Scripture, and from the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

That same opportunity is available to you, regardless of your age. The more you understand about what it means to be a disciple and live for Christ, the more powerfully you can influence other people’s lives. You can serve as an example to other believers in the things you say and don’t say, the way you conduct your personal and public business, the love you show to friends and enemies alike, the spirit of joy you allow to shine through you regardless of circumstances, the strength of your faith in Christ, and the priority you place on purity.

 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

One of the best ways to gauge your spiritual growth is to look at yourself from the perspective of people who dislike you. Can they see Christ in you? Can they spot the difference He’s made in your life? Can they get a sense of God’s love from the way you treat them? If the answer is no, it’s time to reassess your discipleship and figure out what is preventing the love of Christ from flowing freely through you to others.

“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope” (Romans 5:3–4).

Spiritual growth sharpens your vision. It allows you to see the opportunities that are hidden in the tribulations, challenges, and suffering you face. Without that sharpened vision, you may be tempted to feel discouraged, frustrated, or even defeated by trying circumstances. In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul reveals the positive impact that tribulations can have if you approach them with the right spirit.

Every time you endure a tribulation by turning to God and His Word, not only do you grow spiritually, but you also build a deeper understanding of perseverance. Perseverance gives you confidence when facing your next tribulation. It also builds character within you. You start to think of yourself as someone who can withstand tribulation with God’s help. Once you establish a godly character, you can carry a sense of hope into any situation.

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9–10).

You’re not the only person who has a vested interest in your spiritual growth. Think of the person (or persons) who led you to Christ. Think of your family members and friends who pray for you every day, as Paul prayed for the Colossian believers. Think of the people in your church—your fellow members in the body of Christ—who need you to pull your weight as you accomplish God’s work together.

These people aren’t just rooting for your spiritual growth; they’re also drawing strength from it. They’re eyewitnesses to the Lord’s maturing work in you. They’re finding new reasons to praise and glorify God because of you. Those who are struggling may take hope and inspiration from your spiritual growth. The final takeaway, then, is that your spiritual growth is important for reasons that extend far beyond yourself.


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15 comments on “4 Passages to Spark Your Spiritual Growth

  1. Dominic Mervin says:

    This article has really blessed and encouraged me. It has also given me clarity. May our God continue to grow this ministry as you all reach even the unseen believers and unbelievers. Amen.

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  3. Jessica says:

    Thank you brothers and sisters for this verses , I really need it today. I have my family who is Jehova witness, and is hard to deal with the spirit of religiosity, but thank you Jesus for your words. God Bless you . Amen
    I keep praying that they’ll be deliver and the blind fold falls from their spiritual eyes amen

  4. Martin says:

    It’s so helpful and encourages to understand the bible

  5. Howard Buskirk says:

    Thank You !

  6. Michelle says:

    What an encouragement this was! Talk about perfect timing. Thank you for sharing this. God always knows what we need and is faithful to speak to us if we are willing to seek him and listen.

  7. Bob Bauer says:

    These are excellent passages promoting spiritual growth. My study of Colossians for this year is leading to some insights that will promote growth. Colossians 1:9-14 is a model for learning prayer.

  8. John Baraza says:

    Thank you for the verses i have learnt from Roman 5:3-4 that tribulations produce perservearance and perserverance produces hope ……amen

  9. Irene Rodriguez says:

    I’m in very very deep deep depression n anxiety n PTSD I can’t seem to get of this .. my thoughts n beliefs n racing mind have kept me in bondage.. my clothes addiction for over 30 years that I have made that my idol n my identity… it is so overwhelming n makes me feel unworthy n shameful… I constantly am over taken my this that I want to stop living n I know this horrific horrible state of mind is slowly killing me !! I have no goals or find satisfaction in anything.. I find it extremely sad that I no longer want to smile.. feel like I have any purpose to live!! I sooooo very very much want to heal !!! Desperately need lots of prayer to help me heal n enjoy life.. no longer a registered nurse after 40 years going thru a divorce after 17 .. not even done after 18 months of being alone .. don’t know if I still love him or I m just needy n codependent.. I can make decisions n hate waking up cause I have to face each day alone with all trials!!! Please please please pray for me that God intervenes n heals me completely n that I learn to completely surrender n have the will to trust n faith in my awesome God!!❤️

    1. Nick at Thomas Nelson Bibles says:

      We’re very sorry to hear that and will be praying for you!

    2. Shirley says:

      Irene it says in the Word the enemy comes but to kill, steal and destroy, Jesus says I have come to give life and life more abundant.
      We have authority and Dominion and we can trample on serpents and scorpions.
      The only authority the devil has is what you give him.
      You are a child of God! I will be praying for you, read the Bible, read John. His love for you on display. Use the word to fight the good fight, speak it out loud. Look up knowing who I am in Christ. Very helpful!

      1. Michael says:

        God says that He will never leave us nor forsake us, Irene, God loves you and He doesn’t want you to hurt, you can only control what you do, give the rest to God.
        Please don’t let your circumstances dictate your feelings, how you feel is how you choose to respond to your circumstances, you are of control of being happy in your tribulations or sad. Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, it is a physical imbalance in your brain and there is no shame in going to the doctor to get back on track, you can turn the corner, speak it out load, I am going to be happy today, Satan get behind me in the name of Jesus, I am a child of God! Tomorrow, repeat! Ect.
        Then you will take these times and be able to walk along side of someone who is struggling with the same thing that you “USED” to struggle with. I am praying for you and with you, You are royal priesthood.

  10. Purely Excellent and inspiring. I have prayed to our Father God what can I do for him instead of asking for my needs asking him what is his will for me? Well here it is I stood strong in his unfailing love and I Thanked him and praised and blessed his name and home. God directed me to download your App and now I feel truly blessed and daily feel his presence in me radiating outwardly to all in my walk with God. God bless you all the days of your lives. Shalom Peace be with you all. Hallelujah ➕

  11. Andrea Strange says:

    That really spoke to me

  12. Anthony Ehi ELIMHIAGA says:

    Thanks you ever greatly, and may God continue to mature you in His Glory.

    But how may I stand to receive these kind lecture again?

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