June 26, 2019 –
Having a personal spiritual plan to guide you through paradigm change increases the chance of success. Begin your planning by answering these questions:
- Where am I spiritually? My current Spiritual Paradigm
- Where am I headed spiritually? My present Goal
- Where should I be headed spiritually? The correct Goal
- Why should I be headed there? The Vision
- How do I get there? The Strategy
- What do I need to do to get there? The Doables
- How will I know when I get there? How is the victory defined?
WHERE AM I SPIRITUALLY?
Answer these two questions and you will know where you are spiritually: What’s happening spiritually in my life? What should be?
- What’s Happening Spiritually In My Life?
For many people, the answer to this question is easy — nothing!
When asked to detail what God is doing in their life, many believers cannot give a definite answer. They know God cares about them; they take part in some church activities and contribute. They recall the time they experienced salvation but, little has happened since Transformation—they are “butterflies but, unable to take flight. They have remained Christian babies, existing on religious milk.
Many believers who have failed to grow spiritually are often bitter and blame their stunted spiritual state on the church. They see the church as working to get people to accept salvation and once accomplished; the new convert is “forgotten.” Too often, the newly baptized Believer is left to fend for him or herself.
Churches caught up in this cycle focus on helping unsaved people undergo a transformation and become saved. They do not challenge and work with new converts to help them continue forward to spiritual maturity.
Isn’t this what the church was commissioned to do? Jesus commands His followers to go into the entire world and baptize people in His name; Jesus commanded His disciples to witness.
But a careful reading of Jesus’ command to “Go” shows that there’s a second part to this commandment. Disciples are to make new disciples. They are also to teach these new converts how to grow as disciples and, walk with God.
Next week: What’s should Be Happening Spiritually In My Life?