Spiritual growth includes, increasing in your knowledge and understanding of God's Word, decreasing in your frequency and severity of sin, increasing in your practice of Christ-like qualities, and increasing in your faith and trust in God. Perhaps the best summary of spiritual growth is depicted from Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, Paul says, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of what it truly means to be spiritual. In order for one to have a spiritual growth, you first need to make sure you possess a true spiritual life through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The bible states that; God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life" 1 John 5:11-12. When you believe in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you and you are a new creation in Christ John 14:16-17. 2 Corinthians 5:17says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come." Your old nature, which is dominated by sin, is replaced with a new nature that is under the influence of God's Spirit Romans 6:7. Spiritual growth can only occur in a person who knows the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her Savior. In order for spiritual growth to occur, we must be taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained by God's Word. Then we will be thoroughly equipped for every good work. This is the essence of spiritual growth. Another key to Christian growth is walking in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is allowing Holy Spirit to fill you Ephesians 5:18, control you, and guide you. This is brought about by consciously choosing by faith to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you in thought, word, and deed Romans 6:11-14. Failure to rely on the Holy Spirit's guidance will result in a believer not living up to the calling and standing that salvation provides. Ephesians 4:1says, "I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."
Causes of spiritual growth
Spiritual growth is a life-long process of manifesting the acts of the flesh Galatians 5:19-21less and less and producing the fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23more and more. It is only the Holy Spirit who produces the fruit in us and we must therefore submit ourselves to the Spirit's leading, it is the spirit that enhances spiritual growth in our lives. Galatians 5:22-23 reads, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." If you are becoming more loving, more joyful, more kind, more self-controlled, etc., then you can rest assured that spiritual growth is genuinely occurring in your life. God works in different people in different ways. Our focus should not be on comparing ourselves with others, but should be on comparing ourselves with God's Word. The word of the God is like the mirror to show us what we are like spiritually and to shine light on the areas that need to experience and learn spiritual growth. James 1:23-25declares, "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does."