How Do I Grow In Christ

Growing In Christ

How can I grow strong in Christ? Is Spiritual growth a mystery that only a few can figure out? What are the keys to growing in Christ?

Know Jesus Christ! our highest priority in living for Christ is knowing who he is. The more you know and understand Christ, the more effectively you can follow him. Start by reading His word. There are 66 books in the Bible, 27 in the New Testament, and 39 in the Old Testament. The truths of the New Testament are built upon the teaching of the Old Testament, but to start with, your goal is to know Jesus Christ. To learn who he is, what He taught, and begin to follow His teaching. Read the four Gospels. They tell the story of Jesus. You won’t full understand everything for a while, but that’s OK. You will begin adding to your basic knowledge and understanding of God. After reading through the gospels a couple of times, you can get a better picture of who Jesus is.

Matthew presents Jesus as a king to a mostly Jewish audience. Mark Presents Jesus to a Gentile audience. Luke presents Jesus to a Gentile audience as healer. Luke also writes the historical account of the birth of the church, the book of Acts. Finally, John writes of Jesus as God in flesh, savior of the world. Get to know who Jesus is by reading these varied accounts of his life and teaching. Begin to model them in your life.

Pray. Prayer is not just requesting things, like the drive up window at Burger King. It is a conversation between brothers, and friends. God loves us, and wants to spend time with us. Prayer also means worship. Worship is an acknowledging of God’s glory and power. Read the psalms to hear how David worshipped God. Many of the psalms as meant to be sung. They speak of the grandeur that is God. They also show David humbled himself, and asked for God’s help and favor when dealing with disagreements and complications that life throws in our path. Many people do not know how to pray, so here is a simple guide. We have a prayer wheel that breaks prayer up into twelve five minute segments. It makes praying for an hour a simple directed process. Obviously, you do not have to pray for an hour every time you pray, but this guide gives you guidance on things to include in any time you have with God in prayer.
Prayer-Wheel
  1. Worship – Always start your prayer with a time of worshipping Him, acknowledging God’s goodness and mercy. David said in Psalms 100, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 22:3, 63:3; Hebrews 13:15) Begin all prayer with praise. Whatever your ultimate goal my be, first praise God In praise you esteem God for His greatness and virtues.
  2. FORGIVENESS (Matthew 6:14-15) Nothing will block your spiritual progress more fatally than an unforgiving spirit. Forgiving is a complete “pouring out” of any feelings that might have developed against anyone during the day. Even a small “root of bitterness” will grow quickly into a serious problem.
  3. CONFESSION (Psalm 139:23-24, 66:18) Early in the complete prayer clock we deal with sin. Un-confessed sin is the greatest hindrance to prayers. Rid yourself of sin by confessing and seeking forgiveness and you will clear the road for powerful praying.
  4. PETITION (Matthew 6:9-13; James 4:2-3) “Ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask and receive not because ye ask amiss.” This aspect of prayer deals with our personal needs. You may feel confident to pray for your personal needs.
  5. INTERCESSION (Matthew 9:37-38; I Timothy 2:1-2) Intercession is praying for the lost and involves the most intense dimension of prayer. Intercession is God’s love flowing through us.
  6. BIBLE READING (II Timothy 3:16) It may surprise you to hear the suggestion that you should read your Bible during prayer. However, the Word is enlightening to the eyes (Psalm 19:9). When you read the Bible new possibilities are made clear.
  7. MEDITATION (Psalm 1:1-2, 77:12) Take time to “think on these things.” God will open your understanding.
  8. THANKSGIVING (Philippians 4:6) Although thanksgiving should be sprinkled throughout your prayer, spend a special period of thanking God out loud for all the things in your life.
  9. PRAYING THE WORD Personally apply, out loud, the precepts of the Bible.
  10. SINGING (Psalm 100:2; Ephesians 5:19) Singing Refreshes and comforts the soul, and one of the greatest thrills of singing is to sing in the Holy Ghost, “a new song,” during prayer.
  11. LISTENING ( I Kings 19:11-12) Prayer is not all talking to God. It also involves listening. When we listen we receive direct orders from the Holy Spirit.
  12. PRAISE (Matthew 6:13) We conclude every prayer session with praise. Again we exalt the nature of God.

Even if you don’t include everyone of the 12 items every time, everyone of them is a powerful piece of your prayer tool box, and you should learn to use them when you pray.