Spiritual Health – Strengthening our connection and relationship with God.
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).
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.
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.
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 /