Six steps to spiritual growth in 2015by Brian Upshaw
I believe it is important to make some firm commitments about your spiritual growth for 2015.
We are likely to set goals and plans for most areas of our lives including our health, career, and family. Yet, amazingly few people resolve to see anything happen in their lives spiritually. Let me suggest that you make more than just a resolution. Make a plan.
Following are six basic steps necessary for developing a spiritual growth plan for 2015.
Start by asking yourself some questions. A most helpful list of questions for the new year has been compiled by Don Whitney. Another helpful practice is to reflect upon the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. Ask yourself, “Am I more loving? More joyful? More at peace?, etc.” As you reflect on the fruit of the Spirit, ask the Father to direct you to those characteristics where you may need to focus in 2015.
Schedule a daily appointment with the Lord, and honor this appointment as you would any other. Make time with God a priority not to be compromised.
3. Decide how you will study God’s Word.
Apart from intentional intake of the Bible, you will not grow spiritually. There are many different reading plans available online from YouVersion.
4. Decide how you will memorize Scripture.
Making the Word of God a part of your memory will benefit you tremendously for the purposes of avoiding sin (Psalm 119:11), worshiping God moment by moment, and encouraging others by giving biblical counsel.
5. Decide how you will pray.
Prayer aligns our hearts with the heart of God. Read a book like With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray to help you orient yourself rightly toward God. A simple and useful device to remember some components of prayer is the “prayer hand” by the Navigators.
It is a good idea to schedule monthly reviews of how you are doing in your spiritual growth plan. Frequent stops along the journey will prevent you from falling so far behind that you become discouraged and drop out.
Brian Upshaw is Disciple-Making Team leader for the BSCNC. These steps originally appeared as part of a three-part series on his blog. Read the entire series for more practical tips and resources. Part one. Part two. Part three.
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