Spirit

Spiritual Health – Strengthening our connection and relationship with God.

Supporting Scriptures:

Matthew 6:33 (KJV)But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you

Joshua 1:8 (NLT)Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJ)Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Some activities to help transform your Spirit

  • Reading the Bible
  • Christian podcast/video
  • Reading Daily Devotion
  • Praying
  • Fasting
  • Praise & Worship

Developing your Spiritual Health

What does it mean to develop our spiritual health?  At the most fundamental level it means strengthening our connection and relationship with God.  However, the specific ways we approach this will vary depending on where we are on our respective faith journeys…..our level of spiritual maturity.  Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the first step on the road to spiritual maturity (John 3:3 – 8) and just as we are saved by grace through faith and not our own works (Ephesians 2:8), our spiritual maturity develops through the leading of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit renews our minds as He guides us and reminds us to live according to God’s perspective rather than our own (Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:16, 25).


Activity Level Overview

Beginner

Salvation – This is when the Holy Spirit leads you to realize your need for God and you submit your life to Him.  At this point, you have become a new creation in Christ and have begun a personal relationship with Him (2 Cor. 5:17, 1 Peter 2:2-3).  Spiritual enrichment such as reading the Bible and prayer are new at this stage and should be incorporated in one’s daily activities.

Intermediate

Believing and Belonging – At this phase of spiritual maturity, individuals are learning the fundamental doctrines of Christianity.  Relationships with fellow believers are formed, and disciplines such as church / Bible Study attendance, worship and serving in ministry are embraced.  Although still growing in their understanding of the Christian faith, people at the intermediate level are often energized and passionate about their spiritual growth (Ps. 86:11, 1 Cor. 12:28) and increase their activities to help grow their faith, including pray / fasting.

Advanced

Spiritual Maturity – Believers at this stage have an even deeper desire for God and study His Word intently.  They are actively engaged in ministry and leadership, and are involved in far-reaching initiatives that have greater impact, such as mission projects or pursuing in-depth biblical education toward deepening their relationship with Christ and possibly becoming a minister, deacon or elder in the local church

Overall the specific materials or resources will vary.  For example, when it comes to Bible reading a beginner might start with the Gospel of Mark or John, while a more mature believer might study the Book of Revelation in light of the enormous challenges plaguing the world in 2020.  In terms of devotions, a beginner might focus solely on “The Word for You Today,” while someone on the intermediate or advanced path might also read devotions by Tony Evans or C.S. Lewis.  No matter where you are on your faith adventure, these disciplines will help you strengthen your “spiritual core.”

Resources:

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-spirituality-can-benefit-mental-and-physical-health-3144807

https://www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org/spiritual-maturity.htm

http://www.chriserdman.com/blog/books-and-resources/the-stages-of-spiritual-growth-a-complete-list-and-exposition

https://www.bible.com/