Evidence of Our Spiritual Growth

Am I spiritually growing, and if so, is there evidence of my spiritual growth?

Evidence of Our Spiritual Growth

Have you ever thought, “Am I spiritually growing, and if so, is there evidence of my spiritual growth?”  I know I’ve had those thoughts run through my mind from time to time.  Recently I was listening to pastor Charles Stanley and he did a sermon exactly on this.  The sermon was entitled, “Evidence of Our Spiritual Growth” which was apart of his Growth series.  If you have time, I recommend watching the 30-minute video, but below I outlined Charles’ 15 signs you are growing in your faith.

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I’m keeping this post short so you have plenty of time to reflect on these signs of growth.  Please comment below on which one you feel you are growing or are lacking in.  If you’d rather reach out to us directly at DailyPS please do so via contact@dailyps.com.  We love coming along those that have needs in their spiritual life and/or earthly life.  We promise one of us will read and respond to your email directly.

15 Signs Showing Evidence of Spiritual Growth

  1. We are increasingly aware of our sinfulness and weakness.
  2. Our response to sin in out life is quick, involving genuine repentance.
  3. Our spiritual battles become more intense, and yet we still rejoice.
  4. We use trials and temptations as opportunities for growth.
  5. We view our service to His as a high honor, not a burden.
  6. We are able to view everything as coming from Him. Nobody can do anything to a child of God without God allowing it.
  7. We sense our faith growing stronger. Things we once said, did, want, no longer matter.
  8. We spend more time in worship and praise.
  9. Our desire to obey Him becomes more intense, and sin is less attractive.
  10. We are eager to share what Christ is doing in our life.
  11. We are experiencing an ever-increasing awareness of His presence.
  12. We love to spend time along with God.
  13. We desire to give more.
  14. We have a growing hunger in our heart for God.
  15. We feel God’s love.

Question from Garrett Thompson, the author.

Which of the 15 signs are you struggling with the most or have seen tremendous growth in?

Written by Garrett Thompson

Joshua 1:9 - I’ve commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go. (CEV)

10 thoughts on “Evidence of Our Spiritual Growth

  1. Great! I’ve struggled a lot with no. 4 “We use trials and temptations as opportunities for growth.” I think the growth has happened despite me and I thank God for that. It’s so easy to get into the “why me? ” way of thinking when things get hard. I try nowadays to follow that thought with “why not me?” And pray I turn that into “how can I grow through this?” Thank you for sharing this.

  2. I struggle alot with #6 because I tend to complain about things because I know they can only happen if God allows it, but God is allowing things that I wish He wouldn’t allow. I definitely need to grow some more because God doesn’t like it when we complain…

    1. Thanks for commenting Mary.

      I’ve been there too, and often times it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel during those times. I always have to remind myself that I don’t have the whole picture and if I truly trust him, then I need to trust him. Especially during times when it doesn’t make sense. Sometimes He will reveal the reason for it this side of heaven and other times He won’t.

      I personally believe it’s a good thing to be open and honest with Jesus about our feelings. If you are feeling frustrated/angry and have been complaining about your circumstances, tell Him. King David did that and he was labeled as “a man after God’s own heart.” Not to mention, you won’t be telling him anything He doesn’t already know. Plus He loves hearing from his dearly beloved children and His grace is more than enough to cover up the sin/mistakes we make, so don’t beat yourself.

      Take care and let us know if we can help in any other way.

    1. Hey Ashley,

      Thanks for reaching out and commenting! Just so I understand correctly, did you mean you can identify only #1 as evidence of your spiritual growth? I’ll form my response below around this assumption so please let me know if I misunderstood.

      As I shared in the post I’ve been where you are and didn’t feel like I was growing or that God was anywhere near me. I came across an article in Christianity Today that helped get me back on the right track. So I want to share the 5 points they laid out in hopes that something will resonate with you too.

      “1) Feelings can be misleading. Just because we don’t feel holy doesn’t mean the Spirit isn’t making us holy. Feelings aren’t an adequate barometer of spiritual growth.

      2) We have trouble seeing incremental growth. If you checked the growth of an orange on a tree each day until it was ripe, you would not perceive its change; however, if you checked it only at its inception and conclusion, the growth would be obvious. You can grow without seeing it. More often than not, the Spirit grows us in increments, not leaps and bounds.

      3) Spiritual growth is relative to each person. Spiritual growth may be fast or slow. We may have deeply ingrained sin patterns that slow down progress. On top of this, we may have emotional, physical, or psychological conditions that make it more difficult to grow or recognize ways in which we are growing.

      4) The church family doesn’t encourage one another enough. As the church, it is important that we point out and celebrate growth in one another’s lives. Making a habit of pointing out growth in others may help us see God’s hand in our own lives.

      5) God is using trials to grow us. Just because growth is hard doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. Trials are often signs of God’s work in our circumstances to draw us away from the fleeting promises of sin into the sweeter promises of his grace.

      If you don’t see spiritual growth, don’t despair. Consider these five factors; pray through them, asking God to encourage or correct your self-perception. And remember that difficulties aren’t obstacles but opportunities to receive God’s appointed grace for our spiritual change.”

      I hope this helps or at least helps give some guidance for some next steps for you. If you are still struggling don’t hesitate to reach back out here in the comment section or shoot us an email @ contact@dailyps.com and we will be happy to dive deeper along side you.

      Garrett

  3. I’d say where I’m not seeing a lot right now is #3. “Our spiritual battles become more intense, and yet we still rejoice“

    I don’t think I’ve had many spiritual battles lately. I’m mostly good at rejoicing in all situations, all though the quarantine we’re in has me a bit frustrated and I’ve probably not handled it completely right.

    These 15 points really stood out to me today. I’m going to spend some real time reflecting on each. Who knows, I may just reach out to you Garrett! Hah

    1. Good stuff Alex, and thanks for being open. You know I’m always available if you need anything man!

      I go through seasons, like most of us, and struggle with the 15 at different times. Right now I would say #5 is hitting hardest for me. I just have to remind myself of everything he’s done for me and that this life on earth is so short that when I get to heaven I will be wishing I had done more to honor Him.

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