God has promised to help with our spiritual growth


I am thankful for the promise of Philippians 1:6: “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

If we are willing, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are ready to bring about a spiritual transformation in our lives.

Second Corinthians 3:18 says we are being “transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.” When God is at work in our lives, we will see spiritual progress. Spiritual growth is a byproduct of cooperation with God’s spirit.

Are you making any progress spiritually or are you about the same place you were five to 10 years ago? Spiritual growth is not a task that we undertake on our own. We need each other, and most of all, we need God’s help. And the good news is, he has promised to help us.

Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever — the spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him because it neither sees him nor knows him, but you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NIV)

This is about getting our lives in tune with the spirit of God. This is about aligning our lives in him. We allow the spirit of God to recalibrate our lives and direct our lives and shape our lives in Christ. “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’” (Isaiah 30:21 NIV)

One of the ways the spirit of God is at work in us is through the conviction of sin. When we begin to drift off course, if our heart is in tune with him and if we are listening, God’s spirit will gently nudge us back in the direction he would have us go.

The spirit of God will begin to point out our selfishness. He will expose our arrogance. He will reveal our judgmental attitude. The Holy Spirit will pull back the veil on the sin that can so easily trip us up and that can so quickly cause us to spiral out of control.

And if we are willing to give up our excuses and quit sidestepping the issue, he will continue the transforming work of refining in us the image of God’s son.

God has a vast array of resources that he can use to accomplish his transforming work in our lives. Are you open to his refining process?

You may read Steve Greene’s blog at pastorgreene.wordpress.com or you can email him at [email protected].

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