Just the other day, I was driving to an appointment and taking the same route as always when I was abruptly stopped by a roadblock with a sign that said, “Street Closed”
I was so frustrated and the detour made me late for the appointment. Roadblocks and obstacles can sneak up on you or something worse happens when we just ignore the signs.
Can you relate?
Paying attention and planning for obstacles whether in the day-to-day construction detours or in our every day life . . . it is all a choice in how we handle things. This can be applied to our spiritual lives as well.[easy-tweet tweet=”“Your faith will grow not by chance but by choice.” Neil Andersen” hashtags=”#Faith #Grow”]
I always thought God was for church . . . for Sundays . . . but as I went along in life, I began to realize He was right at the center of it all. My messiness. My dreams. My fears.
Here are 3 Obstacles that stop you and I from Growing Spiritually
Obstacle #1 FEAR
False, Evidence, Appearing, Real
In order to identify the areas we each need to grow in, we must slow down to face our fears and insecurities and listen to God.
Breakthrough #1: Slow down and intentionally seek the Lord. Listen for and read God’s Words of peace and truth. Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death!
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your tight hand and says to you,
Do not fear; I will help you!” Isaiah 41:13
Obstacle #2 PRIDE
In order to grow we need to stop thinking we know it all. Be authentic. Admit that you need help . . . divine guidance. Wisdom only comes to the person who is willing to bow their heads, hearts and knees to the God who created all things and knows all things.
Breakthrough #2: Step away from hiding behind pride and pretending. Be honest. This step forward can actually allow us to invest our energy in changing and growing. And that’s the best place of all to live! It takes a lot of humility to be honest about where we’re at and what we need.
James 4:6 “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Obstacle #3 ISOLATION
This is the key we’ve been missing: growth doesn’t happen well in isolation. We can never become all God intends for us to be only through being alone, quiet times and Bible studies. Some things in life we can only know through experience, because growth always happens in relationship—in connection—in community. Each one of us need to have a Mentor in our life. Mentoring Relationships will change your life!
Breakthrough #3: Seek courage to ask the hard questions and connect with a mentor. Seek a safe person—a mentor—who can help you connect and find God in the messiness of our questions, doubts and confusion.[easy-tweet tweet=”Remember, no matter how hard we try, we can’t flourish in isolation. Seek a #Mentor #Millennials ” hashtags=”#FTFMentoring”]
1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.”
I believe mentoring isn’t just a nice idea. It’s critical for your growth—professionally, emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. Mentoring can make the difference between success and significance. Between performing at work and developing your potential. Between doing and becoming.
Let’s purpose together that when we stand before God one day, we’ll be able to joyously say, “I used everything You gave me, Lord.”
No unused talent. No hidden fears. No pride or isolation. No regrets . . . because, in community with other Christian women, we relentlessly pursued growth.