Fallible, imperfect human beings are always searching for ways to better themselves. They spend their time and resources educating themselves through self-help books. Some turn to their favorite television personalities or even people in their own lives who they admire. While seeking good council is important in living a successful life, as Christians, we should turn to God and His word for the guidance we need when we’re faced with areas in which we want to grow.

If you have surrendered yourself to Jesus and allowed His Holy Spirit to dwell in you, you have the potential to improve and mature in any aspect of your life.

“The battle is rigged as long as you’re fighting in it. All you have to do is show up.” –– Pastor Donnie

For believers, because we have access to the Holy Spirit’s wisdom, and we have God working on our behalf, nothing we do is in and of our own strength. When we show up, the battle is won. Why? We’re not fighting it!

It’s like what the prophet Jahaziel told King Jahoshaphat when he was faced with insurmountable odds, “’Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s (2 Chronicles 20:15).’”

“Fear Forfeits your future.” –– Pastor Donnie

The most significant hindrance to growth is fear. When we surrender to fear, we suppress its op- posite, which is needed to please God –– faith. When apprehension of the unknown keeps you from progressing, you’ve allowed fear to steal the good God has planned for you.

“Our greatest victories are when we allow others to win with us.” –– Pastor Donnie

Because God has designed us to be parts of the same body –– the Body of Christ –– it’s important to know that our own personal journeys are connected to one another. Too many times, Christians have allowed jealousy, envy and competition to enter the Church. Pitting us against one another and creating discord are the enemy’s tactics of derailing what God wants us to do.

Instead of competing with each other, we need to understand that we’re all working toward the same goal –– growing the Kingdom of God. A victory for you is a victory for me.

One sure way to get off course on your journey to your “new you,” is to think the progress you’ve made is your own and not God’s. He’s the one one working in you, so when we get prideful and begin to take credit for advances we’ve made, we won’t be able to sustain that success, because we weren’t really the ones producing that success.

As people of Christ-like character, we acknowledge God and shows Him we’re open and receptive to the next phase of the work he’s doing in our lives.

“Becoming a ‘new you’ and making a mark isn’t going to be in your own strength. It’s not about you, but God inside you.” –– Pastor Donnie

For some people, growth is a scary, laborious process. But it doesn’t have to be. The pressure isn’t on you. It’s on God and His Word that says, “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13).”

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