The Bible portrays the Christian life as a walk. It speaks of walking in the Spirit, in God’s ways, in love, and in truth. Our lives, then, shouldn’t be stagnant; they ought to move and develop to be increasingly like the life of Jesus. Scripture calls this sanctification. (See 1 Thess. 4:1-8.)
But what if you feel you’re going backward instead of forward? Turning around can happen only by faith in Christ. Here’s how to correct your course:
• First, have assurance that God keeps every promise. The Bible contains an amazing number of guarantees for believers, including wisdom for the asking, God’s constant presence, and peace when we focus on Him.
• Second, anticipate the Father’s response. In other words, joyfully expect that your confidence in His promises will lead to blessing.
• Third, be aware daily of His involvement in your life. By spending time in the Word and prayer, you will become sensitive to what He is doing.
• Fourth, pray boldly because you are God’s child (Heb. 4:16; Gal. 3:26). Approaching the Father in such a manner isn’t a prideful confidence, but an overflow of your assurance in Him.
• Finally, obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is the true test of your belief. As James 2:17 says, faith without action is dead.
Can you sense that your life is progressing and you are maturing into Christ’s likeness? Or do circumstances and character traits seem to hold you back? God promises to continue making His children beautiful throughout their lives. You can resist Him or cooperate with His gracious work in you.
Dr. Charles Stanley