Spiritual Development




Each Christian’s life is a personal journey with God that He uniquely forms and informs in His living will







Seeds do not strain or struggle to grow. All that is required of them is to die as seeds and receive all they need for their new life (John 12:24)











When God’s will is not conforming to our will, it is because He is working in us to conform our will to His











If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please visit the Educational Courses page for information on them and how to register

Spiritual Development


Spiritual development is the maturing of our personal and unique spirit. Although our spirit lives in us in this world, it is nurtured by and responds to resources that are not contained and controlled by the nature of this world. It depends on our chosen faith to grow in the nature and direction of that particular faith. Each faith requires its own conditions to grow and mature in it. The Christian faith can be simply defined as a personal and unique relationship with God through Jesus Christ. A Christian's growth depends entirely on that relationship with God, to become whole and complete by complete dependence on Him. Each Christian’s life is a personal journey with God that He uniquely forms and informs in His living will

Although God is always with us and always sustaining us, we can often be insensitive to His presence and the good He is doing for and through us at any given moment. God wants us to be more constantly aware of Him and to grow in more intimate communion with Him. That is why Jesus tells us to abide in Him as a branch ever abides in its vine (John 15:4); that He sends us His holy Spirit to continually teach and remind us of His words (14:26); to know He is always with us (Matthew 28:20) and will never leave us as orphans (John 14:18). God wants us to live in the truth of His continual involvement in our life so that the faithful blessings of His life can be in us and proceed from us to others. God makes these truths certain by confirming them in Jesus

Our faith in Jesus is the means by which God establishes and grows our life in Him. God’s life in us is compared to a simple, unassuming seed (1 Peter 1:23) that grows solely by the hand of God (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). Seeds on earth have barely any value as seeds. It is in their living potential that their true value is known and realized only as they break open and slough off their seed identity. Once the seed is no longer a seed, certain conditions are needed for it to flourish such as its planting in the ground and exposure to air, sun, water and the earth’s nutrients. Seeds do not strain or struggle to grow. All that is required of them is to die as seeds and receive all they need for their new life (John 12:24)

The earth’s seeds reflect much of the simple nature of God’s life of grace. We are God’s seed, planted in the loins of Jesus (Romans 5:15) so that we can die and live in His death and life. It is in this eternal position in Jesus that God’s life breaks open and grows us. We are exhorted to be firmly grounded in Him (Colossians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 1:24), firm in God’s grace (1 Peter 5:12), standing firm in Him (Galatians 5:1; Romans 11:20; Ephesians 6:14; 1 Peter 5:12) until the end (Matthew 24:13). God grows His life in us by rooting us deeply and establishing us in Jesus. Our grounding in God is His chosen position for us to bear His fruit that blesses others and further establishes us in Him

We live more securely in God’s abundance as we more clearly know and trust His ways that form us. But we must remember that God’s ways are holy and distinctly different from our ways. One of the more extreme examples of the uniqueness of His ways is in suffering. We naturally thank God when He gives what we ask Him but gratitude is difficult when He refuses what we want, when He takes us where we do not want to go. When God’s will is not conforming to our will, it is because He is working in us to conform our will to His In suffering, we can uniquely learn God’s ability to nourish and revive us when nothing or no one else can. As seeds must be planted deep in the ground to protect from the elements and to eventually take root and bear fruit, so God breaks deep ground in His child’s heart to securely plant His living seeds so they can flourish

It is difficult and can sometimes seem impossible to endure the full extent of God’s ways that can so greatly conflict with ours. How do we receive pain and suffering from God’s hand? How do we pull free from the demands of each day and be satisfied with our portion and place now, where God is with us? How do Christians live each day’s complexities in the simplicity of God’s good gospel? These and many other questions can provide opportunities to more deeply learn our rich Christian faith and seek God’s answers. I am offering a few Educational Courses to do just that. These courses will focus on hearing God and practically applying important Christian realities such as love, acceptance, change, freedom and God’s rest. We will integrate psychological strategies to help practice God’s living order for us. If you are interested in taking any of these courses, please visit the Educational Courses page for information on them and how to register

In some ways, it sounds ridiculous to say that God wants to be with us because He already is. If God is sovereign and Creator of all, He already has us and doesn’t need our awareness or cooperation to have us as His own. But God’s love is gracious and He gives His love graciously, which means freely. Such a love can only be received freely because that is the nature of God’s love. We can only know God’s love by freely receiving it, by accepting His holy love. When we agree to belong to God as our Creator and Redeemer, we discover that God enables us to accept the truth of who He has always been and always is. God does not need to change Himself to become more blessed and sovereign in our life, but He does need to make us personally receptive to who He already is to us. That is why He gave us Jesus, to become like Him. Jesus was entirely receptive to His Father, for our sake. He is God’s living Amen (Revelation 3:14)

God wants the eyes of our heart to see who we are and the riches we have in Him (Ephesians 1:18). This blessing of God’s life that is a simple knowing of Him and Jesus (John 17:3) is explained by God’s Sabbath, His holy rest that establishes all He does and is in His holiness, by His holy Spirit. God’s Sabbath in His creation, in the Bible and in Jesus reveals God’s holy ways and the laws by which He makes us His holy children - saints - so that we can fully live with Him. My blog on this website is from a book I'm writing called: GOD’S SABBATH time of rest. It is about God's promised rest and how He keeps His promise to us. I will post new entries on this blog every two weeks. You can link to the blog on the Welcome page to read it

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