Keys to spiritual growth
'Until Christ is formed in you.' Galatians 4:19 NKJV
Here are the three scriptural keys to help you grow and mature spiritually: (1) Conception. This results from intimacy between two people who love each other. Now, God's love for you is clear and compelling (see 1 John 3:1); the question is how much do you love him? (See John 21:15.) (2) Forming. Paul writes, 'My little children, for whom I labour in birth again until Christ is formed in you' (Galatians 4:19 NKJV). God knows the tests and trials required to produce in you the character of Christ, and he will do whatever it takes to make it happen. (3) Pushing. When you're fully committed to bringing forth what God's placed within you, you'll have to push against every negative thing people have done to you or said about you. You'll have to push against Satan's attacks in all their debilitating forms: painful memories, feelings of hopelessness, and low self-esteem. The enemy may have spent years pushing you aside, pulling you back, and putting you down, but God will empower you to give birth to what he's placed in you.
And here's something else to think about: When a baby is born, everything in the family changes. And the same is true for you. When you give birth to what God has put inside you, everything in your life will be affected. God's blessing is an 'overflowing' blessing; it will touch every area of your existence.
Just as a mother can tell when she's pregnant, the same is true in the spiritual realm. So don't fail to give birth to what's within you. Now is the time to bring it forth!
Soulfood: Eph 4:17 - 6:24, Matt 24:36-51, Ps 109:1-15, Prov 17:27-28