Growth is change
in a positive direction
we won’t grow if we won’t change.
Change involves continuing to let go of wrongdoing (repentance).
Change involves continuing to let go of hurt and blame (forgiveness).
Change involves continuing to renew our mind with God’s word (learning).
Change involves continuing to enlarge capacity through the Spirit (experiencing).
Change involves continuing to surrender all to the will of God (Lordship).
Change involves continuing to take responsibility for life (self-control).
Obstacles to growth/change include:
- Failure to decide and commit – we must be intentional about growth
- Ongoing criticism and judgement – our critical spirit locks us into forced superiority
- Low self-esteem and pride – they both say, ‘I can’t be better’ but for different reasons
- Laziness – we want the benefit but won’t pay the price; we won’t it now or not at all
- Depression – a loss of the any sense of possibilities. Begin with the small things
- Being ruled by our emotions – our desire to grow may waiver but the need remains
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life. Gal 6:4-5 TMB
The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit—God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. 1 Corinthians 2:14 TMB