How Do We Know if We're Growing? Part 1

Sometimes we continue on in our walk, not knowing if we are making any strides or progress. Let’s ask ourselves if the following are true of us:

1. Growing sensitivity to sin
When we “sin without even flinching,” we have begun to fall backwards.

“The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate” (Proverbs 8:13).

“O you who love the Lord, hate evil!” (Psalm 97:10).

As we grow, we also grow sensitive to what makes God pleased, and what makes Him disappointed. Of course, growing Christians will want to please their Lord.

2. Stronger faith

“Remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you” (1 Thessalonians 1:3-4).

“For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ” (Colossians 2:5).

“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing” (2 Thessalonians 1:3).

These verses reinforce the vital link between faith and growth. As we grow, we trust God more through good times and bad. We lean on Him more, and believe Him more.

3. Increased humility

“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:9).

“To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8).

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3).

“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Peter 3:8).

Paul did not “brag” to prove his credentials. Instead he modeled a humble life and taught us to follow in that path. May we follow his lead with greater victory each day.

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