When Spiritual Growth Seems Painful

Often as God increases our ministry and impact it can feel as though we are moving in reverse. Life seemingly become more difficult. Spiritual attack increases, isolation from others becomes more palpable, the life of spiritual freedom begins to feel heavy.

Be assured that this is because God is working deep within, exercising spiritual muscles never before used; transforming areas never before exposed to His light.

At these moments it is essential to recognise what is going on through spiritual rather than earthly eyes. Freedom is found not in walking away from this growth, but into it.

SPURGEON ON SUCCESS 

“Success exposes a man to the pressures of people and thus tempts him to hold on to his gains by means of fleshly methods and practices, and to let himself be ruled wholly by the dictatorial demands of incessant expansion.


Success can go to my head and will unless I remember that it is God who accomplishes the work, that he can continue to do so without my help, and that he will be able to make out with other means whenever he wants to cut me out.”

Charles Spurgeon

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