Requirements for Spiritual Growth

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7 NIV

There are many people, places, and things that we will have to let go of in order to have a viable relationship with God. Our Christian experience should include daily and continual growth when we place our lives in the Master’s hands. God expects and requires total obedience through our trust and faith in him by sacrificial giving.

We read biblical accounts of Abraham, Job, the Apostle Paul, and many others who obeyed God through life-changing experiences; their faithfulness required letting go of the familiarity of the choices that brought comfort in their lives. If you as a Christian believer are happily living in your comfort zone without any trials or tribulations, then you are following self-designed plans for your life. God requires the bumps in the road, the storms, and the turmoils in life so we can fully depend on Him.

In our prayers, we must approach the Throne of Grace and ask God, “What must I do?” Yes, it takes a giant leap of faith for us to sacrifice by totally submitting to God. We must give up and let go of all that seems important.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

God desires that all experience the trust and faith to completely depend on him, by believing His promises and giving up the people, places, and things that have kept us from obtaining true spiritual growth. God has promised that His plans are much better than our own plans. Go with God–He is always great in His faithfulness!

Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask for the strength to place our desires aside and we humbly ask for you to reveal your plans for our lives. Thank you for your love, your faithfulness, and your mercies. This prayer we ask in the worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019

South Knoxville, TN

Author: steps2successwithsolutions

By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.