Growing Spells

Growing Spells


My daughter, Rachel, has learned that if she goes through a spell where she is eating a lot and/or sleeping a lot, she is likely going through a growing spell.  She’ll come to me and ask, “Mommy, will you measure me?”  There have been times where we’ve been amazed at the amount of growth in only a short period of time.


We also have growing spells in our walk with God, but we can also stunt our growth.  For instance, if a lady has been raped, she has obviously gone through a very traumatic experience that can change her emotionally.  She may talk about the rape constantly.  When she meets new people, she may be quick to tell them about the rape.  She identifies with it so much that it becomes part of her identity, and it now defines who she is.  In fact, if she is quick to tell strangers about having been raped, when they see her again, they will likely think, “There’s that gal who was raped.”  This scenario could also work for anyone who has been a stripper, a prostitute, a drug addict, or even one who has been physically abused.  There is nothing wrong with remembering where we came from, but when we continually identify ourselves with our past, we stunt our spiritual growth.


One reason that the victim mentality stunts spiritual growth is because a victim won’t embrace God’s work.  They are too caught up in the sympathy and attention they get when they talk about their past.  They also use that victim mentality as an excuse for why they are still struggling with sinful behaviors, addictive behaviors, and the like.


Our salvation experience is the only thing from our past that should define who we are now.  When we came to Christ, we became a NEW creature, and the old things are gone.  (II Cor. 5:17) We need to define ourselves as the righteousness of God.  (II Cor 5:21) As we learn who we are in Christ, we experience a lot of growth because we become confident in our identity.  That, in turn, leads us to work toward obeying God and doing what He desires, leading us to even more growing spells.


Have you noticed in your own life that when you are going through trials, you spend a lot more time in the Word?  You are ‘eating’ more spiritual food to help you in your growing spells.


The apostle Paul had his own growing spell when he was given a thorn in his flesh.  God showed Paul that His grace was more than enough for whatever Paul faced.  (II Cor. 12:7-10) Paul learned through that growing spell that he could delight in being ridiculed, facing persecution and hardships, and in difficulties because it was in Paul’s times of weakness that God’s power was made perfect.  My own paraphrase is that in Paul’s hardships, God’s grace brought tremendous growing spells in Paul’s life.  Paul didn’t take a victim’s mentality where he was defined by those trials.  Rather, he was defined by his reaction to those trials, and the reaction was choosing to let others see Jesus in Paul.


Some days, we need a lot more of God’s mercy than what we needed in previous days.  That is why we are told in Lamentations 3:23 that God’s mercies are new every morning.  On those mornings when the Father knows that His child is getting ready to through a big growing spell, He gives even more mercy to sustain us during that time.


As we go through times of trial, we may end up approaching our Father and saying, “Daddy, will you measure me?”


How about you?  Are you in a growing spell right now?

© 2004, Stacy R Miller


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Rebecca
    Jan 05, 2015 @ 19:23:29

    Great post and such an important message! I know I have been guilty of taking on the victim mentality. It definitely stunts your growth Thanks for sharing! ~blessings~


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