Hindrances to Spiritual Health
- While we’ve overcome blatant sins and obvious moral weaknesses, attitudes of pride, anger, lust, indifference to the poor, and jealousy can remain.
- We may not be lazy or slothful, but we waste an immense amount of time watching television, shopping, chattering about sports, or surfing the Internet.
- Though deliberate idolatry is all but conquered, we spend inordinate amounts of money on ourselves to bring maximal pleasure and convenience with little or no regard for the poor.
- Lying has all but vanished in our day-to-day interactions with others, yet we find it all too convenient to withhold some truth that might put us in some unfavorable standing or share only that part of the truth that makes us look good.
- We insist that our children obey the laws of the land, yet we mindlessly slip into habits of exceeding speed limits as if no “One” is really watching.
- We find it easy to judge others while we spend little or no time reflecting on our own lives.
Habits toward Spiritual Health
- Maintain a biblical attitude toward the presence of sin in your life by recognizing that moral failure can be a sign of new life in Christ (Ps 51).
- Recognize that Spirit-enabled fruit pertains to character (Gal. 5:22-23) and Spirit-enabled gifts pertain to service (Rom. 12:6-8; 1 Cor. 12:8-11; Eph. 4:11; 1 Pt. 4:11).
- Set up accountability mechanisms (close friends, co-workers) to ensure a measure of progress in Spiritual fruit and gifts.
- Yield to the clear teaching of God’s Word (1 Pt. 2:2-3).
- Allow for God’s discipline to shape you (Heb. 12:5-13).
- Endure hardships as part of God’s means to make you more like Christ (Rom. 8:18; Jm. 1:2-4).
- Because holiness does not happen exclusively in a vacuum, nurture holiness in Christian community (Eph. 4:16; 1 Thess. 5:11; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 Pt. 2:9).
- Pursue contentment in your relationships, possessions, and circumstances (1 Tim. 6:6).