Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year - #3534 - VIDEO: Where's the Line to See Jesus - (2) Breaking the Complacency Habit: 10 Ways to Grow Spiritually in 2012 - Crosswalk

Where's the Line to See Jesus - This video has been viewed 3,185,311 times, please watch, performed by Becky Kelley.  

Breaking the Complacency Habit: 10 Ways to Grow Spiritually in 2012 - -  How do you plan to grow, spiritually, in the next 12 months?  I had to start asking myself that every January to ensure that I didn't end the year in the same place spiritually as I was when the year started. Year by year, we might not notice a lack of spiritual growth in our lives. But you'd be surprised how quickly ten years can pass without having memorized one more verse of scripture, without confronting a habitual sin in your life, without having shared the gospel with an unbeliever, without having experienced a point in your walk with God that lit a fire under you and caused you to live differently.  I guess what I'm saying is that spiritual complacency isn't ever an intention, but too often it can creep into our lives unnoticed -- a tragic consequence of failing to be intentional in our spiritual growth.  Instead of making "new year's resolutions" each year, I sit down with God and set some spiritual goals for the next year to ensure that during the time I am aging another year, physically, I will also be aging another year, spiritually. I want to make sure, also, that there is fruit developing from my life instead of being a sponge that continues to soak it all in, but gives little out.  Here are some examples of spiritual goals that I've set through the years, many of which repeatedly stay on my list from year to year. Try a couple of these, and maybe even come up with some of your own, so that you are one year closer to Christ -- and more effective for His kingdom -- by the time next January rolls around:
1. Read through the Bible in a year. There are several good resources available to help you do this. If you've already done it, do it again, but in a different translation. (Even better, team up with a friend to do this with you and hold each other accountable).  Read 2-10............

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