Growing in Christ
When I was a child, I spoke as a child,
I understood as a child, I thought as a child;
but when I became a man, I put away childish things. - 1 Corinthians 13:11 NKJV
Norman Vincent Peale had the following advice for believers of all ages: “Ask the God who made you to keep remaking you.” That advice, of course, is perfectly sound, but often ignored.
The journey toward spiritual maturity lasts a lifetime. As Christians, we can and should continue to grow in the love and the knowledge of our Savior as long as we live. When we cease to grow, either emotionally or spiritually, we do ourselves a profound disservice. But, if we study God’s Word, if we obey His commandments, and if we live in the center of His will, we will not be “stagnant” believers; we will, instead, be growing Christians . . . and that’s exactly what God wants for our lives.
With God, it isn’t who you were that matters; it’s who you are becoming. - Liz Curtis Higgs, 100 Days of Prayer
Every great company, every great brand, and every great career has been built in exactly the same way: bit by bit, step by step, little by little. - John Maxwell
The instrument of our sanctification is the Word of God. The Spirit of God brings to our minds the precepts and doctrines of truth, and applies them with power. The truth is our sanctifier. If we do not hear or read it, we will not grow in sanctification. - C. H. Spurgeon
The process of growing up is to me valued for what we gain, not for what we lose. - C. S. Lewis
Dear Lord, I know that I still have so many things to learn. I won’t stop learning, I won’t give up, and I won’t stop growing. Every day, I will do my best to become a little bit more like the person You intend for me to be. Amen
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.