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Principles for Spiritual Growth

Author: Pastor Taffi L. Dollar



There are spiritual principles necessary for growth, maturity and spiritual development. By identifying certain key areas, you can determine whether you are a spiritual child or if you have matured.


  1. A child is known by his behavior (Proverbs 20: 11, 12).
    1. How he or she speaks and acts.
    2. A child does not exhibit proper self-control.
    3. A child is easily hurt and frustrated.
    4. A hurt child wants a lot of attention.
    5. A child requires a lot of assistance.
    6. A child needs constant affirmation.
    7. A child often complains.

  2. A spiritually mature person also exhibits certain behaviors.
    1. He or she walks in love (1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:15, 16).
    2. He or she learns to be quiet (1 Thessalonians. 4:11, 12, AMP).
      1. Minds his or her own affairs.
    3. He or she learns not to be easily distracted.
    4. He or she commands the respect of the outside world.
    5. He or she is self-supporting.
    6. He or she learns how to be undisturbed and to keep calm.
    7. He or she learns when to speak, and when not to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
    8. He or she learns not to be governed by emotions and how others treat them.
    9. He or she trusts God, and allows Him to deal with the circumstances in his or her life.

  3. When you do your part, God will meet you at your point of need.
    1. You must want to grow and change.
      1. Be consistent in the areas in your life that need change.
      2. You determine your maturity by your willingness to be obedient.

  4. Don't lose your uniqueness (1 Corinthians 4:3, AMP).
    1. Be yourself and don't conform to everybody else and their standard.
      1. Children are always concerned about what people think of them.
      2. There comes a time in your life when you don't care what people think about you.
      3. It is more important to get affirmation and validation from God than from people.
      4. When Jesus ministered to sinners, people thought He was a sinner Himself.
        1. As a servant of God, you cannot worry about always pleasing men (Galatians 1:10).
      5. Live an honest life, and it will put to silence the criticisms of people (1 Peter 2:15, AMP).
        1. Keep doing what is right.
      6. The children of Israel were intimidated by how they appeared in the eyes of others.
        1. As a result, they were prevented from reaching their destiny.
      7. Conform to the Word, and allow it to shape who you are (1 Corinthians 6:17).

Scripture References

  • Proverbs 20:11, 12
  • 1 Corinthians 13
  • Ephesians 4:15, 16
  • 1Thessalonians 4:11, 12, AMP
  • Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • 1 Corinthians 4: 3, AMP
  • Galatians 1:10
  • 1 Peter 2:15, AMP
  • 1 Corinthians 6:1

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