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 by our chosen 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 on that relationship with God to become whole and complete by complete dependence on Him

Although God is always with us, we can often be insensitive to His presence. God wants us to be more aware of Him and more continually with Him. That is why Jesus tells us to abide in Him as a branch always abides in its vine (John 15:4). God wants us to live in the truth of His continual involvement with us so that His life can be a blessing in us and through us

God’s life in us is compared to a simple, unassuming seed (1 Peter 1:23) that God grows (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). Seeds have barely any value when they remain seeds. Their true value is in their living potential that is realized when they break open and slough off their seed identity. Certain conditions are needed to grow the seeds' potential, such as being planted in the ground and exposed to air, sun, water and the earth’s nutrients

The earth’s seeds reflect much of the simple nature of God’s life of grace. We are God’s seeds, planted in the loins of Jesus (Romans 5:15) to die and live in His death and life. It is in this eternal position in Jesus that God’s life breaks us 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 and establishing us in Jesus. Our grounding in God is His chosen position for us to bear His fruit 

We live more securely in God when we know and trust His ways. But God’s ways are holy and distinctly different from our ways and it is difficult and 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 provide opportunities to  explore 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

In some ways, it sounds ridiculous to say that God wants to be with us. 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 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. 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. 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)

In 2020 I self-published a book called GOD’S SABBATH time of rest. You can read more about this book on its webpage