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A Barometer for Our Spiritual Growth

by Dr. Charles Stanley

2 Pet. 3:18

So you’re a Christian, but time has quickly ticked by since those first weeks following your initial fervent commitment to Christ. Do you ever wonder if you’re growing spiritually? Work demands your attention more than ever. Your old habits fight to break into your new life in Christ. Temptation continues. How can you tell if your faith is continuing to grow?


One of the first indicators that you are maturing in your Christian walk is an increasing hunger to know God. Do you cherish the time you spend alone with Him? Do you linger at the close of your prayer time, wanting to hear just a little more from the Father? Do you seek out opportunities to commune with the Lord and learn more about Him? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, be encouraged—you are experiencing growth in your spiritual life.


Another indicator of spiritual growth is an increasing desire to know God’s Word. Do you find yourself meditating on Scripture, hoping to glean more truth? Have you considered joining a Bible study or enrolling in seminary because you genuinely want to know more about the Bible? If so, God has given you a longing to understand the truths found in His Word.


Besides longing for God’s fellowship and wisdom, a true mark of spiritual development is an awareness of your sinfulness and the extent of God’s grace in your life. The more you learn about God’s nature, the more you will be able to identify His grace. The immensity of the Father’s redeeming grace is humbling. It makes you aware of your own weakness and folly. Only then, when you have become humble, can you fully accept God’s will for your life.


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A Barometer for Our Spiritual Growth

If we are maturing in our Christian walk, then we will certainly have a growing hunger to know God. We will not be satisfied with how much we know Him or understand His ways; instead, we will yearn to know Him more and more. (Listen to A Barometer for Our Spiritual Growth now.)


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  • April 01, 2012 02:18 AM


    I agree that a maturing christian is one growing hunger to know God and seeking his face with a growing intensity. Worship in private devotions and in a sunday service. Corporate praise and worship is important for the God hungry heart. Having freedom in our song service. Song service I mean that part of our sunday service where we sing and praise Jesus with an unrestricted heart. Alot of times we our self conscience when our focus should be on the exaltation of the Lord Jesus. Our prayer life will be growing in seeking the face of God.Period......A time of not asking, not going thru our prayer list,not praying for my family member, which is very important,But with a Holy Spirit birthed hunger for seeking Gods face and his face alone
  • March 08, 2012 09:37 PM


    wonderful wisdom !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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