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Hindrances To Spiritual Growth (5 of 5)
Series: Spiritual Growth
In these messages on spiritual growth, we have established two things.
The first truth we have established is that the Christian life is not a once-for-all event but a continuous process. At conversion, we become a new person in Christ Jesus. Then, for the rest of our lives as Christians, we are "to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ" (Eph. 4:15).
The second truth we have established is that there are some basic disciplines which we can apply to our lives which will enable us to experience that growth. We've looked at six of these disciplines: Bible Study and prayer and service and life management and solitude and worship.
These two truths - that we are supposed to grow as Christians and that by applying some basic disciplines to our lives we will grow - should lead to a third truth: every Christian experiences growth. Unfortunately, this does not happen. Although all Christians should grow and all Christians can grow all Christians do not grow.
What keeps us from growing spiritually? In this final message on developing our spirituality, I want to identify these hindrances to spiritual growth.
Hindrance # 1:
Lack of Knowledge
Sometimes we do not grow because of a lack of knowledge. This is especially true of new Christians.
Someone once suggested that we should lock up new Christians for a year so they won't do much damage to the cause of Christ. Their zeal and enthusiasm often exceed their knowledge and understanding. This was of course a frivolous statement, but the point is valid. New Christians have more enthusiasm than they have knowledge.
Maybe this is a problem for some of you. You really want to grow. You want to experience everything which is coming to you as a follower of Jesus Christ. However, you do not yet have enough knowledge about spiritual things to know what to do to experience those blessings.
What is the solution to this problem? Let me mention three steps which will help.
First, begin a consistent plan of Bible study. Second, decide to read at least one book a month on spiritual things. Third, establish a relationship with a more mature Christian which will include at least once a month getting together for prayer and discussion.
Hindrance # 2:
Lack of Enthusiasm
Sometimes we do not grow because of a lack of enthusiasm. This is ...
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