GODLINESS AND SANCTIFICATION THROUGH DISCIPLINE
Practical guide to spiritual growth
There is usually only one difference between Christians who are not making progress in sanctification and those who are, namely lack of perseverance and discipline, the will to really apply themselves to it. Although God chose to work through the Bible and our own efforts, He must get all the credit for our spiritual growth. “… continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” (Phil 2:12,13).
Sanctified Christians repent their sinful conduct and choices, and are disappointed if their prayers to commit fewer sins are not heard. The fact is that we must do more than just pray.
True conversion in respect of our conduct will bring spiritual growth, and this involves three things:
- Renewal of the mind
- Disciplined practice
- Substitution of the wrong with the opposite right