6 Signs That You Are Getting Closer To Christ




 

When a person starts to work out, the physical changes that are taking place will not be visible until weeks or months down the line. And more often, it is outsiders who first see them. Consistency, of course, plays a much greater role. But it comes down to the routine or structure, endurance, and then we have consistency. Maturing in the faith is very similar to getting in shape physically. To become a new creature in Christ where the things of old which used to move you and inspire you to go against God no longer work requires a lot of work on our parts. Yes, our Father God is continuously working through us, making us more like Christ every day, but the Christian has a calling to work out his salvation. And that is by following the word and being willing and submitted to the change. Maturing in Christ much like getting fit is very challenging, yes, but the reward always far exceeds the initial challenge.

So how do I know that I am maturing in the faith?




  • Peace




Depending on Christ brings forth a state of tranquility and calmness to the soul where no outside events or storms can disturb that. That is the same state of peace that Apostle Paul spoke of in Philippians 4:7. The type of peace where no matter what is going on around you, you are not troubled. Words can't possibly do justice to how surreal it gets, but there is a "no-worry" mindset that settles in when we know and truly believe that Christ is in Control.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7




  • Your desire to seek him gets stronger every day



There are many ways to fellowship with Christ. We can do so in prayers, reading the word, worship, fasting, and so on. When you are getting closer to God or maturing in the faith, you find yourself doing things that you would be forcing yourself to do.

For example:

You might develop a deeper thirst to read and understand God's word.

You might have a deeper thirst for prayer, where now it becomes a habit instead of a "once in a while" type of situation.

And as hard as the discipline of fasting gets, once you get closer to God fasting gets easier. You will be motivated and strengthened by the spirit when you're fasting. And the desire to get closer to God by fasting will supersede any hunger. You will desire to fast as often as possible, or you will have a set schedule for that.




  • Anger and or irritation



When you start to get closer to God, anger and/or irritation are now part of the past. This ties in well with the peace of God which surpasses all understanding. Once you understand that God is in control and you need not worry, You won't get angry, snap easily, or irritated as often as you used to or even at all.




  • Anxiety 🚫



We all get to feel anxious here and there but truly believing in God is believing in Him even for those things that we don't see how they will come to pass. When you start getting closer to God, you are less anxious about life, the future, and everything else. Yes, troubles will arise, but you will learn to depend on Him more and less on your own abilities.




  • The hook sin once had over you becomes faint



One of the best benefits of getting closer to Christ is sin loses its grip on you. Once you are getting closer to God, you are spending time in Prayer, Worship, Reading of the Word, and Fasting; the desire to sin is barely there. For we are delivered by the blood, and set free by his bruises. We are no longer slave.

Example

Let's say that a is person following a strict diet, either for weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, or personal health reasons. They are working out multiple times a week, and they are doing everyhting they can. That person really would not go out and cheat just because. They have too much invested and too much to lose. So, it is the same for the walk of faith. Not to say that we won't ever sin, but like Paul said "just because we know that we will be forgiven we should not deliberately sin". Instead, we should aim to be dead to sin and alive to God.



Romans 6

Isaiah 53




  • A stronger desire to follow His words.



This one ties in with the previous point perfectly. Once you are truly getting close to God, His words now become First nature, and following it becomes your heart's greatest desire. And nothing else interests you but to lead a life for his worth of His Calling.

Bonus

  • Self-control



One of the greatest benefits of getting close to God is the self-control you suddenly have. I say suddenly because the things that you could not resist, are now not even interesting to you. This is such a great mystery, and it ties in with all the other points.

You become saved, and you start spending time with God and getting close to Him. Now you have a thirst to read more, pray more, fast more. You suddenly develop self-control, which is to read more, pray more, and Fast more and fast you want nothing more but to lead a life that is fulfilling and that is worthy of Jesus' calling.


THANK YOU READING, BE BLESSED !



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