I believe that we must be intentional about the way we live our lives. If we simply go with the flow, who knows where that flow could take us, right?

And being that we live in a day and age where there are so many distractions and attempts to pull our attention in so many directions, it is even more important to live with intention.

So today, I will share with you some habits that have helped me in my spiritual growth. Personal spiritual growth is everything. When we grow personally, everything in our lives grows as well—our relationships, our finances, our well-being. Every area of our lives grow when we grow.

Here are five habits that will certainly help you grow in your spiritual walk with God, but please keep in mind that this isn’t a checklist. These are tips on connecting with the Holy Spirit and building a relationship with Jesus. We can do all the right things, but if our hearts aren’t in the right place, then it’s all in vain.

Practice Fasting & Praying
Behold Jesus
Acknowledge the Love Shed in Our Hearts
Ask God to Share Secrets with You
Take Time in Silence to Listen to God

1) Practice Fasting & Praying


Fasting and praying is one of the most relevant spiritual disciplines we can have. Fasting is simply a gesture of sacrificing our human desires. As humans, we obviously desire food. Our bodies need food. When we abstain from it for a certain period of time, we have the opportunity to shift our focus to our spiritual desire to hear the Spirit a little louder.

There are examples of fasting in both the New Testament and the Old Testament to show us the value of this spiritual discipline. In the Bible, fasting is when people have given up food and spent that time in prayer, seeking God’s will.
Notice that before Jesus went into His official ministry, after being baptized, He fasted for 40 days.

Matthew 4:1-4 (NIV)
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’"

Praying is obviously our communication with God, and fasting would be in vain if not accompanied by prayers. (Refer to last week’s discussion about communicating with God)
Many times, Jesus compares the Word of God with bread, because the Word is our spiritual bread, our spiritual food, and it feeds our soul just like food feeds our body.

The goal of fasting is not to starve ourselves, nor to comply with some religious activity. It is to make ourselves more and more aware of the spirit realm in us and around us. It is to tune in and further focus on how God is moving, what He is saying, what He is doing, and how He wants us to respond to it all.


2) Behold Jesus

 
What exactly do I mean by that? What does that look like in our lives?
Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. In this context, it is talking about how the veil has been removed from believers so we can “see” God with our minds and hearts.

 
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (ESV)
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

 
This verse says that as we “see” (or behold) God’s glory by the Spirit, we are changed to be more like Him—transformed into His image—and grow from one degree of glory to another (from glory to glory). I truly believe that this is the idea of us growing to look more like Jesus every day.

 
We change as we “behold” Him. So, what is the “beholding”? Thinking on, meditating on, and enjoying that which is the glory of the Lord. Meditating on Jesus’s character and intentionally imitating Him every day.
In a nutshell, to behold Jesus is simply to imitate Him. And for that, we must get to know Him.


3) Acknowledge the Love Shed in Our Hearts

 
Romans 5:5 (TPT)
“And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!”


Ohhhh! This one point reveals so much truth to me. Acknowledging the love that was shed in our hearts makes us live a life of joy, forgiveness, abundance, and gentleness. We love differently when we have God and acknowledge His love for us.

Because we acknowledge His love in our hearts, we can forgive. We can choose joy even if circumstances don’t seem enjoyable. We can love others for who God created them to be, even if their behavior doesn’t seem to be aligned at times.
Practice this acknowledgment and ask God to show you daily what you can accomplish because of it. This is an amazing practice!

4) Ask God to Share Secrets with You

 
I love doing this. Oftentimes, God will highlight a person to me, and I begin to ask Him to share secrets with me that will enlighten, encourage, and strengthen that person. And He does. He will show me a picture, or I will hear something in my spirit. As I continue to press on and ask Him what He wants to say, He continues to unveil the message. He wants us to hear His heart for others and share His love.

But I also ask Him to share secrets with me that will be a fresh revelation for my life. A fresh revelation from the living Word of God changes everything. It is divine strategies, brilliant ideas, and encouragement for our own souls.
Just try it!

5) Take Time in Silence to Listen to God

 
I believe so many believers walk around feeling miserable about their lives because they don’t take the time to listen to God.

 
Job 33:14 (NKJV)
“For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.”

 
God is always speaking. I mean, He IS THE WORD! How could He not be constantly speaking? But we miss His voice many times for lack of being able to quiet ourselves and simply listen.

 
Other times, we dismiss His voice because we think it’s just our heads making something up. But I guarantee you, the more we listen to Him, the more we are able to recognize His voice.

In Closing...

I hope these practical habits will help you develop a deeper relationship with your creator. And I pray you share them with loved ones that will benefit from it as well.
Share with me any questions you have, or any experiences that one of these habits brings you.

 
Remember, it’s not a checklist or list of “have-tos.” It’s simply tips that will help us grow in our relationship with God. It’s always about our relationship and connection with Him.

Activation Time...

Spend time this week on each or any of these 5 steps that you feel Holy Spirit leading into. 

Reach out to me in the comments or social media for more details or anything you may need!


Tassyane Assis
Tassyane Assis

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