So far so good! (1)
Are you pushing to become more like Jesus but some days it feels like two steps forward and three back?
Growing up spiritually isn’t easy; that’s why Paul encourages us not to ‘let ourselves lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary’ (Galatians 6:9 NAS).
You don’t notice yourself growing older physically ‘til you look at an earlier photo, then it hits you. It’s the same with spiritual growth; it’s hard to gauge how far you’ve come ‘til you look back and see where you were before Jesus saved you and turned your life around. The Bible says, ‘As the Spirit…works within us, we become more…like him,’ but growing up involves growing pains!
Also, you must never forget that you’re on a spiritual journey, you’re going places and you’re making progress. While ever you’re on the highway of holiness the devil will be looking for ways to distract you and divert you or he’ll try to dishearten you by pointing out how far you still have to go.
Don’t listen to him and don’t give up! Jesus said: ‘…there is no truth in him… he is a liar and the father of lies and all that is false’ (John 8:44 AMP). If you get discouraged and give up, Satan wins. Paul says, ‘lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ’ (See 2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP).
Learn to live beyond your feelings, to dig down inside to where God’s Spirit lives. Take heart! It may not always feel like it but every day you’re maturing and growing stronger in Christ. So don’t even think about throwing in the towel!
‘As the Spirit…works within us, we become…like him.’ 2 Corinthians 3:18 TLB