We are designed to grow in every area of our lives. If we are not growing, it simply means that we are not living life to the best.
Growth is development or improvement toward a goal called spiritual maturity, excellence & integrity that leads you to your destiny. Here is a verse about Paul’s personal growth :
Philippians 3:12-14 – Even Paul, as mature as he was, did not consider himself to have achieved perfection such that he could cease striving to improve. He forgot past achievements (and failures) and pressed on to greater accomplishments.
Below are some of the key things I believe are necessary to grow continuously (Please note this is only a brief note on these – I did not want to write a long post that nobody reads 🙂 )
1. Sow seeds of faithfulness
I remember asking God to bless 2 things at one point in life :
1. Growth & a promotion at work
2. Take me to a new level in leading worship.
Both were very sincere desires and I intended to bring God glory. The issue was, I was not being faithful with the little I was doing in both these areas. I was spending unnecessary amount of time on the Internet and phone at work, and I was not spending enough time in personal worship at home. Another example is I wanted to gain some weight but I was skipping breakfast almost every alternate day.
“Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
Being faithful with the little is what attracts increase.
2. Dream big is planning big
The idea of ‘dreaming big’ has left a lot of people disappointed and in conditions worse than they were before dreaming big. The reason is this :
Dreaming big is planning big.
The bible talks about having a vision and the most common verse we hear is this : “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)
3. Stay confident
My mentor once told me, “In this world, the ones who achieve the most are people who are the most confident, irrespective of skill levels.”
I’m sure this is very evident in different realms of society. What are you holding back today that you would do if you were the most confident person on earth? Go do that today.
Wake up everyday and speak words of confidence over you. Declare you are strong, confident, secure, righteous, victorious and prosperous.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13 )
So that we may boldly say, The Lord [is] my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (Hebrews 13:6 )
4. Receive correction
Being confident does not mean you are always right. One of the biggest stumbling block I see in a lot of people who have great potential is the inability to receive correction.
Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end you will be wise (Proverbs 19:20)
The simple learn by trials and struggles, but the wise take instruction from others. Simply being able to accept correction can save you from many pitfalls.
5. Never stop learning
The most successful people in the world are ones who never stopped learning. Your biggest asset and strength is not your money, influence or job. Your biggest asset is knowledge, wisdom & understanding.
(By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by His knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. – Provers 3:19,20)
The bible tells us to ask for wisdom and understanding above everything else.
Spend time to grow in knowledge, understanding. God gives us the wisdom and understanding to be a master of what He has called us to do.
6. Flee from sin
God cannot bless you while you are living in sin because if He blessed you, you would bear more fruit of that sin.
You do not have to live afraid of sin. Fear of sin attracts more sin because what we fear dominates us. Fear of God draws us closer to Him and makes us conscious of a better lifestyle available in Him.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
If you are not free from sin, you need to go to God and ask for help or even approach people you trust who can help you out.
7. Letting go
I used to think letting go of the past means to let go of the hurt, disappointments, shame and regrets. Well, that is true but it is only one side. Sometimes, we need to let go of the good memories too.
I have lived in 4 different cities growing up and the first year in every place would be the toughest days ever. I could not let go of the good memories & lifestyles of the previous place.
Letting go of the past is really hard but the winds of change is what brings new breakthroughs and blessings. I had to remind myself that God has promised to bless me in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13) and to receive that I need to let go of the past and embrace the present.
Is there anything that is holding you back from embracing the new thing that God is doing in you?
Which of the above do you think is the most important?
Share if there is something else that has caused you to grow personally.