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Expect God to Help you Grow Spiritually

”Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

When you think about your walk with Jesus, some days you may wonder, “Why is it taking so long to see progress? I’m still struggling with so many problems. When will I finally get it right?”

Spiritual growth is like the growth we see in nature— the best fruit ripens slowly. The problem is we tend to get impatient, so we dig up the seed to check the progress of its growth, and that slows down the process! If you’re not seeing as much fruit as you’d like, don't despair. Growth takes time.

The Bible says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 NIV).

Try these steps toward spiritual growth: Nurture growth with God’s Word. When you read the promises of God again and again, they build your faith and renew your certainty that fruit is coming, even though you may not see it now: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV).

Cooperate with God as He prunes. Praise God for the work He’s doing in your life, remembering that “He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” (John 15:2 NLT).

Pray through the “fruit list.” Pray through the list of fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. The NIV (New International Version) Bible lists the fruit as “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Ask God to help you grow this fruit in your life. Ask Him if there is anything you are doing to hinder growth.

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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