Christian Counseling for Spiritual Development
Does your walk with God seem stale? Do you feel as if He is silent or even absent? Are you interested in deepening your relationship with the Lord?
If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then Christian counseling for spiritual development may be for you. Culver City Christian Counseling offers counseling services to help you mature spiritually.
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Here are the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions
If you are serious about growing spiritually, then you need to become familiar with the Christian spiritual disciplines. Although there are more than ten of them, the three main ones can take you far and you can develop additional disciplines as you strengthen your walk with God.
The first discipline that you should incorporate into your life is Bible reading. The Bible, being the very words of God, is “…profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). Daily Bible reading can help you hear God’s voice of wisdom and instruction so that you can grow in grace.
Secondly, you should become a person of prayer.Prayer is vital to the Christian life – as E.M. Bounds wrote,“When faith ceases to pray, it ceases to live.” Prayer is God’s way for us to communicate with Him and it is both a privilege and a discipline.
There are four basic elements of prayer:
- Praise / Adoration: We give to God the recognition and response that His glory demands.
- Confession: We tell God where we have sinned and agree with Him that it is against His law.
- Thanksgiving: We return thanks to God for who He is and what He has done both for us and also in us.
- Petition / Intercession: We ask God to give or do what we desire of Him. This can be on our own behalf (petition) or for the sake of others (intercession).
Not ever prayer has to include every element but they do provide a good starting point for making our prayers fuller and more all-inclusive.
The third discipline is worship – both public and private. Worship is how we show reverence and adoration for God, especially in light of who He is. We are to worship in “Spirit and truth”(John 4:24), indicating that our worship is to be characterized by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and to be done in the way that the Bible prescribes.
The other spiritual disciplines are in a sense subordinate to these three.In other words, without these three, the others are emptied of their meaning. Culver City Christian Counseling can help you develop all of the spiritual disciplines so that you can see true spiritual growth in your life.
Although Donald Whitney lists ten questions you can ask yourself to determine whether you are in a state of spiritual wellness in his book Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, we will examine three.
In Psalm 42:1-2, the psalmist says that “As a deer pants for flowing streams,so pants my soul for you, O God.My soul thirsts for God,for the living God.”
Do you truly thirst for God? Do you desire to know not just more about Him, but to truly know Him? Do you deeply desire to experience more of his presence? If you cannot answer yes to this question, you should consider what that says about your spiritual condition.
1 John 4:20-21 tells us that we must love our fellow Christians. If we do not, then according to 1 John, we cannot claim to love God. Do you love your fellow Christians? Do you love joining with them in public worship? Do you consider them closer family than your own flesh and blood? This is a key question to ask yourself in order to determine if you are living in a state of spiritual wellness.
A third question to ask yourself is whether you are seeking to live more and more according to God’s Word. In John 14:15, Jesus says “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Is this true of you? Do you try to obey Christ’s commands more and more? Does the smile of God mean more to you than the smile of the world?
Of course, we are saved by faith, not by our works, but if our faith does not result in good works then it is evidence that our faith is not genuine, indicating that we are not spiritually well. If this is your situation, contact us at Culver City Christian Counseling. We would love to help you find your way back to God.
The term “spiritual awakening” is hard to define.Every religion has its own version of spiritual awakening and many of them conflict with each other. Further, most of them conflict with how the Bible views spiritual awakening.
Ephesians 2:1 teaches that we were all “dead in [our] trespasses and sins” and that being dead, we are utterly unable to help ourselves or do anything to save ourselves. However, when the Holy Spirit comes, He makes alive that which was dead, and changes our hearts so that rather than hate God as we did when spiritually dead, we now love God because we have spiritual life. In Christianity, we call this spiritual awakening.
A spiritual development plan includes a set of spiritual goals and a plan for accomplishing them.Spiritual development plan scan keep you focused on what is really important, and can help you stay the course to get to where you want to be spiritually.
The counselors at Culver City Christian Counseling can help you set realistic spiritual goals and form a spiritual development plan that will get you where you want to be. They will provide both guidance and accountability to help you reach your spiritual goals.
At Culver City Christian Counseling we help you identify and set realistic, relevant, and achievable goals for your spiritual life. We help you construct a plan of action that fits into your life. Our aim is to assist you in accomplishing the spiritual goals you set by helping you establish milestones and a timetable for measuring progress.
People seek spiritual development counseling for a variety of reasons—from a desire to know God better to wrestling with deep questions of faith and practice. Others merely want to satisfy their curiosity about Christianity.
No matter why you are seeking spiritual development counseling, we have the following goals for you:
- Growth in grace by means of the spiritual disciplines
- Identifying and developing your spiritual gifts
- Learning to know yourself and God
- Developing relationships with other Christians
- Offering answers to questions about the faith, the Bible, and spirituality
At Culver City Christian Counseling, we offer spiritual development counseling for people of all ages and backgrounds to help you grow spiritually and find spiritual wellness in a safe and compassionate environment where you can heal and grow. If you are seeking spiritual growth and wellness, contact us at (949) 386-7179 or visit our online counselor directory to schedule a risk-free initial appointment with a counselor who is right for you.
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