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How to Improve your Spiritual health(Part 1)

 How to Improve your Spiritual health(Part 1)

by Toyosi Adegunle


I like to think of growth as a necessity and the foundation of efforts on anything. The reason you invest so much time and energy in anything is that you want to grow. As believers, growth is a very important element on our journey with Christ. It is the will of God that you develop your spiritual stamina beautifully being the best version of yourself - being like Christ. 

5 Pillars of spiritual growth

The word of God

Your Bible is and should be your best friend. This is because it is one of the major ways to grow in the knowledge of God and the truth. The Bible has answers to questions, provides wisdom, knowledge and also serves as a template for your journey as a believer. It is important to learn how to consistently study the Bible and meditate on it regardless of the form you choose to use - Hardcopy or Bible Apps - the most important thing is that you are studying, consistently with the right motive. Your motive for studying the word of God should be that you want to know more about God and the believers’ lifestyle. 
Studying the word is great but studying and doing the word of God is even greater.  Your life is enriched by what you consume.

What the Bible says about the word of God:

“As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby”    ‭‭I Peter‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:22‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Prayer

Simply put, prayer is communication between you and God. Communication is the successful exchange of information between two or more people. In this case, it's you and God simply catching up. Growing up, I had a very complicated definition and perception of prayer - it felt like rocket science. It felt like something hard, felt like I had to shut down/out activities and people because I wanted to pray. I don't know if this makes sense but I concluded that it was born out of my perception of God. I rarely saw him as a Loving Father who just wants to talk to his baby and vice versa.

Prayer is much more easier to do when you:

Don't see it as a burden or hardcore routine.
See it as a part of your lifestyle and routine. 
Think of it as a means to catch up with someone you love and someone that loves you. 

What the word of God says about Prayer:

“pray without ceasing, ” ‭‭I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭11:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:38‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” ‭‭Mark‬ ‭13:33‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

I could go on and on to share what the word of God says about studying, meditating, praying and lots more. The list is endless. However, I've got 3 more pillars to share with you. I'll do so in the next post (Promise✨), but let's be practical with the word and prayer this week, shall we?

Share in the comment section how you would improve your spiritual growth this week with the little I have shared about the word and prayer? What were you doing wrongly (if any)? What can you do better? What are you not sure of? 

Tell us! 🎉

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