Grow With Jesus

Grow With Jesus

 

 

Philip Yancey said in Reaching for the Invisible God: “getting to know God is a lot like getting to know a person. You spend time together, whether happy or sad. You laugh together. You weep together. You fight and argue, then reconcile.”

 

How to Grow in Christdo the basics!

 
1. Pray, and don’t be afraid to be honest with God.  Psalm 139:2 says “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” God already knows your thoughts, fears, and failures, so be honest,  Keep in mind that prayer isn’t like a phone call – we don’t have to hang up and try back later. Consider just never saying “amen” and keep the conversation going all day!
 
2. Spend quiet time with God.  Life is busy and we all have routines. But start your day in prayer even before you get out of bed.  Spend a few moments reading your daily devotion or daily scripture verse.  You will have a much better day overall and more alert to God’s whispers.
 
3. Read your Bible.  If reading the whole thing over a year or so seems overwhelming, commit to digesting it in smaller portions, possibly reading one chapter or one book a week. God speaks through His Word, so if your goal is not only grow closer to God, but to begin hearing from Him with spiritual clarity, spending time reading what He has written will open up doors for spiritual growth. 
 
4. Spend time with other believers. Seek out friends, support groups, or bible studies where conversation will fuel your faith, not squelch it.
 
5. Attend church regularly. Not out of obligation but out of a desire to worship in the Lord’s house and be encouraged. Of course, we don’t have to go to church to be a good Christian, but getting a weekly dose of music, prayer, worship and fellowship is often just we need to stay focused on Christ after a long hard week, or before a hard week ahead. 
 
6. Live out your faith.  Get involved in ministry to others. This might sound like the hard part, yet when we make the first five tips a priority in our life, then living out our faith become a reality. Living out our faith doesn’t mean never messing up, it just means we are better equipped to handle the times when we do. And not only we do benefit in wonderful, blessed ways as we live according to God’s instructions, but our life can become a shining witness to His goodness and power, and other people might long to know Him as well.