6 Tips for Getting Yourself in Place –
For the Next Level God Has for Your Life
by J.M. Troppello
I believe that there are levels that you build upon in your spiritual life as a Christian. You should be continually growing as a Christian. When you first get saved, you are only a babe in Christ. As you grow and mature, you become an adult in Christ.
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:1-5, NKJV)
Your journey of personal growth is never over while you are alive and living here on this earth. You should welcome this growth. I know, I’ve gone through various changes in my spiritual life. I’ve been through ups and downs and hills and valleys in my walk with the Lord. Yet, the one thing I am so thankful for is His grace that covers me each day. I mess up, but He is always there waiting with open arms.
If you want to get yourself ready for the next level of spiritual growth in your life, consider implementing the following 6 tips into your daily walk with the Lord.
1. Honest Assessment
You must honestly evaluate your current spiritual state, be prepared for change, and take comprehensive steps to improve your weaknesses through the power of the Holy Spirit.
2. Open Communication
Work with a trusted accountability partner who is not afraid to tell you the truth. You need to be open to their constructive criticism as well. This process will only work if you hear the truth about yourself, receive it, and decide to be productive in cultivating spiritual growth in your life.
3. Open the Word of God
Dive deeper into your personal devotional time. Read, study, and apply God’s Word daily. Use a study Bible. I use the NKJV Thomas Nelson Study Bible. Cross reference the scriptures related to the passage you’re reading and read those other reference verses. This can help you gain a deeper insight into what you're reading. Apply what you’ve learned.
4. Pray More Intensely
Invest more time in prayer each day. Don’t just get comfortable asking God for stuff. Focus on stepping outside your comfort zone and implement the best plan (communicating with God) on how to grow in your spiritual life. Remain open to what God is communicating back to you.
5. Start Journaling
Get a journal and pray over it. Ask God to speak to your heart. Become vulnerable in what you write in it. Free write. Pray that God would open your spiritual eyes. Write down three things each day that you are thankful for. Be completely honest in your self-assessments and in all that you hear God speaking to you.
6. Step Out in Faith
Be obedient to what God has asked you to do. You’ll likely need to step out in faith during this process. Trust God to open the right doors for you. He will provide all the resources you need to step out in faith in His plan for your life.
Getting Ready for the Next Step
God is always working in this world, even if you don’t see it. He has a plan for your life (Jer. 29:11-14) and wants to guide your steps (Prov. 16:9). If you want to get ready for the next step in your spiritual development, practice these 6 steps daily.
Open the Word of God
Pray More Intensely
Step Out in Faith
The choice is always up to you whether you want to grow in your walk with the Lord or to stay stagnant and not grow. I can speak from experience that getting to the next level is always filled with challenges, but also many unexpected blessings. Keep your eyes open and expect great things from God as He moves in your life.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
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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