PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

PERSONAL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT:
The Key to Vision Fulfillment
Text: Galatians 4:1-2 KJV; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 5:12-14.
You cannot fulfill your destiny and purpose without a commitment to personal growth and development. See Luke 1:80. As you grow up spiritually, mentally and emotionally, the more God can put in your hand. God entrusts big things to mature people. See 1 Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 5:12-14.
Personal Growth and Development is the lifelong process of development of one’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical potentialities, abilities and gifting for the purpose of reaching one’s full potential and the fulfillment his or her God given goals and aspirations.
Personal Growth and Development is the foundation of continuous success. It is the foundation of your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing and happiness.
Growth is simply increase. To grow in grace is to increase in grace. Growth in knowledge is increase in knowledge. See 2 Peter 1:2-4; 3:18; Luke 2:40; 2:52.
Development is the process of becoming better. It is simply the process of becoming better, doing better, reaching further and achieving your goals quicker and faster.
Personal growth and development is the key to increased effectiveness. Hebrews 5:13
Personal growth and development is the key to gaining influence and authority. Galatians 4:1-2; Hebrews 5:12-14
Growth doesn’t only come from the accumulation of knowledge but also from the spiritual exercises. 1 Peter 2:2; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 4:6-8; Acts 24:14-16.
PRINCIPLES OF GROWTH
  1. Growth begins with a Dream. Growth requires a Vision. You must have a clear picture of what you want to be, do or have. Luke 6:39-40; Ephesians 4:11-13; Philippians 3:4-13; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Matthew 4:19; Philippians 3:10-11;
  2. Growth begins with Desire. Growth is intentional. You cannot be forced to grow. You have to desire it. You have to want it. See 1 Peter 2:2
  3. Growth requires Self discipline or consistency. Without consistency there can be no growth. See Hebrews 5:13-14; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
  4. Growth requires a Design or a plan. Growth requires a regimen. 1 Timothy 4:14-15; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3. You have to plan your growth.
  5. Growth requires determination. You have to persevere to grow. You have to make up your mind to follow through with the process. See Acts 24:14-16; 1 Timothy 4:7-8
  6. Growth requires right relationships or empowering associations. The company you keep will either encourage or delay your growth process. See Proverbs 13:20; 27:17; 2 Timothy 2:16; 1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV, NLT)
  7. Growth requires Goals and targets. Growth is in stages and in phases. You have to set goals for your growth. See 1 John 2:12-14; Ephesians 4:13-15
  8. Growth requires a commitment to a process. Growth is a process so you have to be patient with the process. 2 Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 1:2; Joshua 1:8
  9. Growth requires the assistance or the involvement of a Coach. Growth may require the involvement of a coach or teach. 2 Chronicles 24:2 NKJV, MSG; 2 Chronicles 26:5 MSG; Philippians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3:14; 1 Corinthians 4:14-17
  10. Growth requires a sincere self assessment. To grow you have to be sincere with yourself. You cannot be in self denial or be unteachable. See Matthew 11:28-30; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Corinthians 3:1-3
  11. Growth is intentional. See 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:2
  12. Growth requires accountability. See Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25
Benefits of Personal Growth and Development:
  1. Greater sense of Fulfillment: Growth brings a sense of fulfillment. See Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:11-15; Romans 8:29
  2. Greater Effectiveness: As we grow in Christ we become more effective in the execution of our assignments. See Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Timothy 3:6
  3. Greater Authority: As you grow and advance spiritually, mentally, emotionally etc, you will be entrusted with more authority. See Ecclesiastes 10:16-17; Galatians 4:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:6; Hebrews 5:12
  4. Better Health: Health is part of our inheritance. The more grow in Christ, the more we should be able to take advantage of our inheritance. See Acts 20:32; Galatians 4:1-3; 3 John 2
  5. Better Character: One sure sign of true growth is character. Immaturity is synonymous with immorality and bad behavior. See Proverbs 20:11; 1 Corinthians 13:11; 14:20; 1 Peter 2:1-2
  6. Greater Quality of life: As you grow your life improves. See 1 Corinthians 14:4a (AMPC); 1 John 2:13-14; 3 John 2;
  7. Greater Income: See 3 John 2; Acts 20:32
  8. Greater Success: Success is becoming all that you were born to be, do and have. Success is the progressive realization of goals and targets that are in line with your God given destiny. See Luke 1:80; 3 John 2; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3;
  9. Faster rate of progress: As you grow, your knowledge increases which leads to a faster rate of progress in our lives. As we grow we will experience breakthrough. Ecclesiastes 10:15; Isaiah 10:27 NIV
  10. Greater Reliability. As we grow we become more reliable. We become rock steady, consistent and faithful. See Ephesians 4:14; 1 Peter 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2; Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 16:18
  11. Greater level of maturity: Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Corinthians 14:20; Psalm 131:2; Ephesians 4:11-13
  12. More knowledge. See 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:2-4
  13. Increased Wisdom: See Proverbs 4:7-9; Proverbs 24:3-5; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1:9.
  14. Better skill. See Hebrews 5:14; 1 Timothy 4:7-8
  15. Greater Productivity and Fruitfulness: See John 15:1-7; Ecclesiastes 10:15
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