5 Verses to Memorize & Recite – Spiritual Growth
When You Want to Cultivate Growth in Your Walk with the Lord
by J.M. Troppello
Becoming a Christian is not the end of your story in Christ. Yes, when you accept Christ, you will be going to Heaven. However, as you live your life here on earth, it’s important to want to cultivate growth in your walk with the Lord. If you are at the place in your journey with the Lord where you want to grow daily in Him, consider memorizing and studying the following five verses.
1. Filled with Spiritual Understanding
9 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; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; (Col. 1:9-10, NKJV)
That is something that I want and need each day—to be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. That’s how I can be fruitful in every good work. It’s only through God’s grace, peace, and strength that I can make it through each day.
2. Stay Rooted in the Lord
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Col. 2:6-7, NKJV)
To be rooted and established in your faith, you need to “walk in Him.” Imitate Christ and the message of the Word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you walk in the Lord each day. When you mess up, that’s okay. Ask God for forgiveness and help to move on.
3. Diligently Pursue Spiritual Growth
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:5-8, NKJV)
I love how this verse gives the key to not being barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of Christ. That key is that you diligently add to your faith each day. Virtue should be added to faith. Add knowledge to that foundation. Increase your level of self-control. Enhance your perseverance. Cultivate godliness. Show brotherly kindness. All those things can only be truly done with the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through you.
4. Grow Up in Your Christian Faith
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Eph. 4:13-16, NKJV)
It's important to put aside childish things and grow in the knowledge of the Lord in your life. Don’t be swayed by the trickery of wicked people. Be edified in the Lord so that you can edify others as well.
5. Put the Past Behind You
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph. 4:20-24, NKJV)
It's vital that you are renewed in the spirit of your mind each day. Read the Word of God and prayerfully apply the message to your life daily. You are righteous in the Lord through salvation. Put on the new man in Christ.
Grow in the Lord Daily
I am on this same journey of spiritual growth as you are on. I pray that God will continue to open my eyes to see areas where I need to grow as a Christian. I’m so thankful for God’s grace. It’s a daily journey.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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