Unlike physical growth, spiritual growth does not happen automatically. If you want to grow in your Christian faith, you will have to work for it.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
As we can see from the bible verse above, it is possible to be stuck in our spiritual journey. As I already shared in this post, I like doing some background to bible books so that I can fully understand the context and therefore the content of the book. When I did my research on Hebrews, I realized that one of the distinct features of the audience of this letter was immature Christians who had been in the faith for long. This just shows that it is possible to be in the faith for years but still be a baby in it.
So one needs to be intentional in order to grow spiritually.
These 6 things that I am sharing with you today are things that every Christian must have to encourage spiritual growth in their lives.
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6 Things every Christian must have
The first thing every Christian must have is a bible. I can’t stress the importance of a bible enough.
The bible says in Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
If you want to grow in your faith, you cannot ignore the word of God. You have to be willing to dive and spend time on it. And the thing is, God left His words written for us in the bible.
People call the bible spiritual food and I agree.
If you want your spirit man to grow, you feed it by spending time in the word of God.
So the first thing every Christian must have is a bible.
The second thing every Christian must have is a journal. You can decide to make it a prayer journal or a gratitude journal… just make sure you have a place where you record what God is taking you through.
The enemy will try and make you believe that your life sucks, he will try and take your focus from God and make you focused on the world and all its struggles.
Having a gratitude journal (for instance) will help you to remember just how much you have to be grateful for. It will help you recognize the blessings that God is bestowing on your life. It will help you acknowledge just how much God has done for you.
So by keeping a record of the journey you passing through, a journal help you develop confidence in God’s ability and willingness to be there for you and by so doing building your faith in Him.
So to me, a journal is another thing every Christian must have.
There are Christians in this world who have a bible but they remain the same in their walk with God because they do not study it. All they do it read.
Reading something and studying something are two different things. Studying requires complete devotion of time and energy to understanding the concept at hand. So for one to truly leap the benefits of having a bible, one must study it (and not merely reading it).
That’s where the third must have comes in.
The third thing every Christian must have is a notepad to use when studying the bible.
In your notepad jot down questions, insight, and lessons that you need to take away from a particular passage of scripture.
I personally find that having a notepad close by as am studying my bible helps me focus on the word of God and understand it more than when I am just reading it as I read other publications.
So a notepad is another thing every Christian must have.
4. Highlighter/ Colored pens
Highlighters are something so simple and yet so helpful for someone who wants to grow in their faith.
Elizabeth George, the author of the book ‘A woman after God’s own heart’ shares in her book how used to color every scripture that spoke to her as a woman in pink. So every time she needs inspiration on being a Godly woman, she would just go to her bible and look for pink.
I personally just color passage of scripture in my bible that speaks so much to me that I want to keep track of and come back to them later. Highlighters make it easier to locate those key and very powerful passages of scripture.
So highlighter/ colored pen are another Christian must have for me.
A devotional is another important thing a Christian can have. I shared in this post that having a devotional is just another way one can get the word of God into their lives.
Devotionals help us focus on God by providing us with a passage of scripture for every day of the year.
Also by virtue of being daily, devotionals can build our perseverance and discipline in the things of God (if you stick to it).
Additionally, devotionals tend to be perfect for those days when you are so swamped and do not have enough time to dive deep and do your own bible study. This is because devotionals are sort of ‘ready to eat’ so they can be perfect for those days when time is an issue.
I have to add though, devotionals should never substitute the bible. As a Christian, you still need to find the time to study the bible on your own.
6. Church Home
The last thing every Christian must have is a church home.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching
1 Corinthians 12:12-14
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the, members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also in Christ. For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body_ whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free_ and have all been made into one spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.
In these verses, the bible is talking about the importance of gathering with fellow believers.
By virtue of being a born again Christian, you are a member of the body of Christ. And when you study the bible, you will understand that God has placed different gifts in each one of us but the thing is, no gift is for the one who has it.
So gathering together with fellow believers by being part of a church, we place ourselves in a position to gain from what God has deposited in other Christians, but also for other Christians to gain from us.
Being part of a church allows God to use other people to build, heal, and grow us in our faith.
So a church home is something every Christian must have.
So, guys, these are my top 6 things that every Christian must have in order to encourage spiritual growth in their life.
So much love,