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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.
- A child is known by his behavior (Proverbs 20: 11, 12).
- How he or she speaks and acts.
- A child does not exhibit proper self-control.
- A child is easily hurt and frustrated.
- A hurt child wants a lot of attention.
- A child requires a lot of assistance.
- A child needs constant affirmation.
- A child often complains.
- A spiritually mature person also exhibits certain behaviors.
- He or she walks in love (1 Corinthians 13; Ephesians 4:15, 16).
- He or she learns to be quiet (1 Thessalonians. 4:11, 12, AMP).
- Minds his or her own affairs.
- He or she learns not to be easily distracted.
- He or she commands the respect of the outside world.
- He or she is self-supporting.
- He or she learns how to be undisturbed and to keep calm.
- He or she learns when to speak, and when not to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
- He or she learns not to be governed by emotions and how others treat them.
- He or she trusts God, and allows Him to deal with the circumstances in his or her life.
- When you do your part, God will meet you at your point of need.
- You must want to grow and change.
- Be consistent in the areas in your life that need change.
- You determine your maturity by your willingness to be obedient.
- Don't lose your uniqueness (1 Corinthians 4:3, AMP).
- Be yourself and don't conform to everybody else and their standard.
- Children are always concerned about what people think of them.
- There comes a time in your life when you don't care what people think about you.
- It is more important to get affirmation and validation from God than from people.
- When Jesus ministered to sinners, people thought He was a sinner Himself.
- As a servant of God, you cannot worry about always pleasing men (Galatians 1:10).
- Live an honest life, and it will put to silence the criticisms of people (1 Peter 2:15, AMP).
- Keep doing what is right.
- The children of Israel were intimidated by how they appeared in the eyes of others.
- As a result, they were prevented from reaching their destiny.
- Conform to the Word, and allow it to shape who you are (1 Corinthians 6:17).
- Proverbs 20:11, 12
- 1 Corinthians 13
- Ephesians 4:15, 16
- 1Thessalonians 4:11, 12, AMP
- 1 Corinthians 4: 3, AMP
1 Peter 2:15, AMP
1 Corinthians 6:1
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