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Measuring Our Spiritual Growth

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By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
August 5, 2012|10:51 am

2 Peter 3:17-18

All around the world, people go to church, bow their head to pray, and hear sermons, but many are not growing spiritually. I consider this a great tragedy.

It is all too common for believers to assume these actions fulfill Christian obligations. They may complete a checklist but experience no thriving relationship with Jesus. Do you see evidence in your own life that you're maturing in your walk with Him?

To blossom spiritually, we must be saved. This happens the moment God makes us new, cleansing us of unrighteousness and adopting us as His own. Upon that foundation, we can begin to grow. Yet even with this new life, we can be stagnant.

Eight indicators reveal the quality of our Christian journey. Today, let's explore three of them. First, growing believers should sense a deepening hunger for Christ. As we experience more of Jesus, who is the bread of life (John 6:35), our desire for Him will increase. Second, believers dwelling closely with the Savior will notice that their discernment of sin sharpens. Faulty teaching and thinking become more obvious as we accumulate truth within our spirit. Third, our sphere of love should continuously expand. In time, the Holy Spirit enables us to care for people who previously were either unnoticed or difficult to accept.

Do you have an insatiable hunger for God and an increasing awareness of sin? Is your love available only for those who match your personal standard of performance--or are you caring even for difficult people? These are important questions to ask when determining the quality of your spiritual growth.

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