There are so many resources out there for personal development. And while I think that’s wonderful, I think it’s even better to focus on spiritual development! “But, why?”, one might ask. We are meant for growth. Just as we grow in the natural from babes to elders, so we are meant to grow in the supernatural. Of course, the purest and truest way to develop spiritually is by the Word of God.
as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.- 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NKJV)
God wants us to grow in wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and depth of insight. First and foremost, we ask Him to develop this in and through us. But we can also attain this by witnessing the lives of others. Jesus is our greatest and truest example. I cannot emphasize enough that you, and I, must dig deeper into God’s Word, our bread of life, which nurtures our development.
Then, there are witnessing the lives of others. I have documented accounts of my personal life examples in blog form. It is by my experiences that I am able to help others in their experiences. Two of my favorite lessons that propelled me forward in spiritual development came unexpectedly. In the middle of my ordinary day or a well planned day, God met me in a supernatural way. You can find that here:
There are also authors who’ve documented their spiritual development in books they’ve written. Oh, how I long for the day that I’ll join them! But the reason I believe that these resources are beneficial is best written by the apostle Paul:
I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field.
-1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (NLT)
Those who share their stories in book form are kingdom workers. They are both planting seeds and watering seeds that have already been planted in the reader’s heart. It is by God’s Word that those seeds become grown! At last, I’ll share my favorite resource(s) for spiritual development below.
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|Holy Spirit: The One Who Makes Jesus Real
By Michael Koulianos / Destiny Image
Always Enough, Never Too Much
By Jess Connolly & Hayley Morgan / Zondervan