The Bible has this reoccurring theme: the Spirit versus the flesh. There are many scriptures that tell us if we live by the Spirit, then we will overcome the lusts of the flesh. However, there are still professing Christians who are ruled by the flesh. I want people to conquer their flesh and live a life full of the Holy Spirit and walk in wisdom and close connection with God. In this post, I’ll share ways to grow in the Spirit that you can apply to your own life and reap many rewards.
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.”
– Romans 8:13
All scriptures are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.“
– 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Sure, this may seem like a no-brainer. But how many people exist who know they should pray but don’t? Too many. Prayer is something we have to make a habit or else we will forget to do it. Life has a way of bombarding us with issues that we forget to step outside of ourselves at times.
There are people who only pray when they find themselves in trouble. Sure, God will hear and maybe even answer, but that’s because He’s faithful to us even when we’re not faithful to Him. Also, when we seek God first then problems are not as difficult as they seem. God prepares us when we pray to Him. Therefore, when issues arise we know what to do.
Although prayer may seem like something we can put off until later, I highly urge you to not wait. Prayer is so important! I wouldn’t be offended at all if you stopped reading this to say hi to God right now. He deserves so much more time than we give Him.
Praying is not hard, either. It doesn’t have to be a big, religious thing. The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, which means to pray all the time. It also says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” God wants you to always have open communication at all times.
Another way prayer will benefit you is because it’s very hard to continue in sin when you have a close relationship with God. When God saved me, I had a lot of sins to let go of. Having a close relationship with God helped me to overcome those challenges very quickly. Sinning is not enjoyable when you know the God of the universe, the lover of your soul, is with you wanting you to become better.
Make prayer a high-ranking priority for you and you will notice the difference in your life.
“I will extol You, my God, O King;
And I will bless Your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless You,
And I will praise Your name forever and ever.”
– Psalm 145:1-2
Worshipping God is a very quick way to get connected with God. It’s a wonderful way to get away from reality and have a moment that reminds you life is worth it. It’s worth it because God created you and knows everything that will ever come your way. Therefore, you can live life knowing it won’t be in vain as long as you follow God’s commandments and His plan for your life.
Worship is great too because it refreshes the soul. It directly plugs you into the Spirit of God and can help you hear His voice better. There are no downsides to worshipping.
The human body was created to worship. That’s why many secular people worship all sorts of material objects and people. Yet, that’s not the way God intended things to be. He deserves to be worshipped and it keeps us humble. Pride is extremely dangerous so worship can help keep us in a state to receive God’s help.
Spend Time In The Word
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
– Joshua 1:8
There are innumerable ways God has blessed us. One of those ways is through His Word.
Because of this wonderful blessing, we can get to know Him on a more personal level.
The Bible teaches us that it’s a two-edged sword that separates the soul and flesh. In other words, the Bible helps us to grow in wisdom and self-discipline. It teaches us the will of God and how to make better decisions based on it.
The Word of God gives us life, helps us grow, is health to our flesh, and leads us in the way of prosperity. There’s no doubt: if you want to have a strong relationship with God, you must study your Bible.
If you’re struggling to make reading the Bible a daily discipline, then be assured knowing you’re not alone. Many people have the same issue and there are certainly ways to overcome it.
My strongest advice is to read at least a little bit every day, even if it’s only five minutes. Set a timer for a small amount of time and get to reading. There’s no shame in starting small and you’ll discover that it’ll grow on its own. There are many times I’ve been sucked into the Word without much effort. The key is to get started.
Have Fellowship With Other Believers
“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him.
And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:12
Having healthy relationships with other believers is critical because humans aren’t perfect. There are many flaws in human nature that can be detrimental to our walk with God. No one does what is right all the time even if that’s their intent.
Therefore, friendly believers who genuinely support you can greatly benefit your walk. When you need support and guidance, you can contact them and ask for advice. You’ll have people who will pray for you when you need assistance.
God has done a lot for me and providing me with godly people to call on is one of those things. It’s a wonderful thing to have believers you can trust who can give you another perspective when you need it.
I can’t count all the times my friends and family have positively influenced my walk with God. If you’re missing this vital piece, pray to God and ask Him to send people in your life who will bless you and you can also be a blessing to. I know He’ll do it.
Growing in the Spirit is vital to our walk with God. Four ways to grow in the Spirit include:
- Spend time in the Word
- Have godly relationships
These things are sure to take your walk with God to the next level! I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to leave a comment below. As always, thanks for reading!