Each year we should be growing in our faith. There should an indication of a certain level of growth or measurements of the fruit that are produced in our lives. For instance, I was a pew warmer or someone who went to church and did nothing for ten years. I didn’t want to volunteer or serve. I had no clue what the gifts of the spirit were. I barely prayed or read the bible. I was as cold as an ice prick. I wasn’t growing spiritually and my heart was hard towards the things of God. I failed to take steps to grow spiritually. Does this sound like you or someone else you might know?
We are continuing “Becoming A Better You” series. Taking steps to grow spiritually is step number two out of seven. I always tell women that it does no good to have beauty without a brain; beautiful without anointing. This was my case. I was caught up in looks and physical gain but was ignorant of the word of God. I couldn't even heal a headache if I prayed. I recall a time when I was embarrassed because I was asked to pray publicly by married couple in a prayer meeting, I had no clue what to say. When I lost everything in 2014, I finally decided to get serious about my relationship with God.
These are the steps that I took to grow spiritually: Praying, fasting, worshipping, studying the word, and living holy. These steps are mandatory. It’s amazing how much we can grow when we are thrown right into the midst of the fire. This is why some parents throw their babies into the pool so they can learn how to swim. It’s shocking to see, but it works. The baby immediately starts kicking and begins to float. Well this is how I learned to pray, right in the midst of the storm. I was being attack financially, in my relationships, legally, mentally, and the list goes on. I learned how to pray fervently. Prayer became a part of my DNA.
The next step to grow spiritually is fasting. Fasting has worked wonders in my walk. It has totally killed my fleshly lusts and desires. There were so many situations where I could’ve sin but my love for God was so strong. My relationship with Him is top priority. Even when the devil presented temptation before me, I rebuked it and my flesh didn’t budge. This is how Jesus was in the wilderness (Luke 4). He was on a forty day fast. The tempter came to tempt him with various things that many people would’ve succumb. Yet, Jesus combatted the temptation with the word of God and gained strength from fasting. I incorporated fasting into my lifestyle and it has shifted me.
Matthew 6:16 tells us not to be like the hypocrites when we fast by looking sad or looking like you’re fasting. No one knows that I am fasting when I fast except my spouse so we can be on one accord or my mentees when we do corporate fast together. Fasting is scriptural. Ester fasted and got favor with the King. King Jehoshaphat fasted and got victory. Daniel fasted and got breakthrough. The disciples fasted and worked miracles. I have many documented miracles and some that can be witnessed by watching the replay of my periscope, YouTube or Facebook videos. Fasting produces power. In Matthew 17:21, Jesus reveals that some spirits only come out by prayer and fasting. When ever we study Isaiah 58, we can see the benefits of fasting. Don’t be a powerless Christian! If witches, warlocks, and people of other religions fast, why can’t God’s children?
The next step to grow spiritually is worshipping the Lord. I love to worship. I can worship for hours. I even have my husband loving some of my classic worship songs; the songs that usher in the presence of God every time I listen to them. Every time I worship, I feel God’s fire and I receive revelation. When the people of Antioch worshipped in Acts 13, they received their next move. They knew that Paul and Barnabus had to separate. If you want clarity or direction, go worship. Our worship goes beyond listening to music but to our lifestyles. We see this in Romans 12. Live a life that is pleasing to God, it is your reasonable service. Remember, worship brings in the harvest.
The next step to grow spiritually is studying the word. There are so many resources out there. There are study bibles, devotions, websites, classes, and trainings to help you study God’s word effectively. We are told to study unto God in 2 Timothy 2:15. 2 Peter 1:10 tells us to try hard to make your calling and election sure. If you are truly chosen by God to do a great work, then there should be a desire to want to study and learn. When the Holy Spirit told me that I was going to have a healing and deliverance ministry, I read many books about it. When He told me that I was a prophet, I went and started an extensive study on biblical prophets. Studying is for your good. The word of God provides teaching, instructions for righteousness, correction, and reproof (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
The last step in growing spiritually is living holy. Holiness attracts God’s presence. He wants to dwell in a pure place. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit with sin. Holiness is not based on appearances such as long priestly garments, robes, dresses, or no makeup. Holiness is determined if the door to sin is closed in someone’s life. When God called me into prophetic ministry, I got on fire and I slammed the door hard in the devil’s face. I claimed my house for Jesus and His presence dwells there. Whenever I minister, He comes like rushing wind and ready to pour out His spirit. Leviticus 20:7 tells us to consecrate ourselves and live holy. It is a commandment to live holy (1 Peter 1:16). It’s time to say good bye to sin and some people that are hindering your spiritually growth.
Make a decision to apply these steps in your life. We all have room for improvement. Some people are really strong in one area but struggle in another area. Some people were clueless until they read this. I applied all these steps and within three years, God accelerated me in the spirit. Remember, spiritual maturity isn’t based on age. You can be 65 but be immature in the natural. You can be 19 and be spiritually mature. In review, prayer, fasting, worshipping, studying the word, and living holy involves taking steps to grow spiritually. Let’s take some steps!