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It Takes Time

It Takes Time

Everything on earth has its own time and its own season.   Ecclesiastes 3:1.

There are no shortcuts to maturity. The development of Christ like character cannot be rushed. While we worry about how fast we grow, God is concerned about how strong we grow.

The bible says,"our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him."

So we often get this question, why does it take so long to become like Christ?

There are many reasons for this .,

Because he prefers to work in incremental steps in our lives.

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Reasons

We are slow learners.

We need repeat exposure.

We have a lot to unlearn.

Because bad habits didn't develop overnight,it's unrealistic to expect them to go away immediately.

It requires the hardwork of removal and replacement. 

The bible calls it "taking off the old self and putting on the new self"

We are afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselves.

Only as God is allowed to shine the light of his truth on our faults, failures and hangups. Can we begin to work on them?

This is why you cannot grow without a humble, teachable attitude.

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Growth Is Painful And Scary

There's no growth without change, No change without fear or loss, and no loss without pain.

You must let go of old ways in order to experience the New.

The unconscious worry is that if I let go of my habit, my hurt,or my hang-up, who will I be ? This fear can definitely slow your growth.

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Habits Take Time To Develop

There's no growth without change, No change without fear or loss, and no loss without pain.

You must let go of old ways in order

Habits take time to develop:

A husband who is faithful to his wife most of the time is not faithful at all.

There is only one way to develop the habits of Christ like character: you must practice them and that takes time.

Repetition is the mother of character and skill.

These character- building habits are often called "spiritual disciplines".

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Don't Get In A Hurry

Believe God is working in your life even when you don't feel it .

Keep a note book or journal the lessons learned.

Review and remember them and pass them onto the next generation.

Reviewing your spiritual journal regularly can spare you a lot of unnecessary pain and heartache.

The Bible says "It's crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off".

Be patient with God and with yourself.

You may feel frustrated with the seemingly slow progress you're making in life.

He will use your entire life time to prepare for your role in eternity.

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Don't Get Discouraged

Don't get discouraged:

"These things I plan won't happen right away.slowly, steadily, surely,the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow do not despair,for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day".

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He will use your entire lifetime to prepare for your role in eternity. Instagram - gracehanny_ Facebook - Hanny Grace

CURATOR'S NOTE

We're often in a hurry when God isn't when it comes to our life. Rick Warren has explained this in his book very clearly that it takes time for everything to happen.

Hanny Grace's ideas are part of this journey:

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