Joyce Meyer – God Helps Us Grow

Let us not become vainglorious and self-conceited, competitive and challenging and provoking and irritating to one another, envying and being jealous of one another.

— Galatians 5:26 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Hearing from God Each Morning – by Joyce Meyer

Every person’s relationship with God and ability to hear His voice is different, so feel free to pursue communication with Him in the way He leads you. A relationship with God is not about laboring or striving or trying to perform; it’s simply about talking to Him and listening to His voice. We do not need to try to be where someone else is or hear God with the clarity and accuracy someone else has because that person may be enjoying a relationship with God that has taken years of practice and we may not be as far along in our walk with God as that person is. It’s all right for us to be “younger” than others spiritually; God still hears and answers us, no matter the extent of our experience. Comparing ourselves with others only makes us miserable. God is happy simply because we are learning and growing.

Comparing yourself with others will hinder your spiritual growth. God knows you intimately and He has a personalized plan for your advancement. He knows your background, what you have experienced, your disappointments, and your pain. He also knows just what it will take to make you completely whole and you can be assured that He is working in you as long as you are seeking Him.

I have four children who are all very different and I don’t expect them to be anything other than what they are. I have learned that God is the same way with us. Be yourself, enjoy yourself, and enjoy the level of spiritual growth you have attained so far.

Prayer Starter: Lord Jesus, help me to seek Your presence and listen for Your voice above everything else. I want to know you more. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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