Anita's Devotions


You Can’t Force Spiritual Growth

Written by Anita Carman

Dear Faithful One,

Have you ever worn yourself out trying to force someone to grow spiritually? Is it time to let go and trust God to grow them to be the person He intended?

When Peter told Jesus he would never betray Him, Jesus knew better. He tried to help Peter have an accurate assessment of himself by telling him that before the rooster crowed, Peter will have denied Jesus three times. Then when life unfolded exactly as Jesus predicted, Luke 22:55 tells us, “The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter.” NIV. Jesus didn’t utter a word. He didn’t shout at Peter. He didn’t say “You see, I told you so!” He looked at Peter and then watched Peter run away.

There are times when we must let people live with their own choices. We don’t have to rub in the fact that they have failed because they know they have failed. We don’t have to lecture or say one more word. We can’t force them to grow spiritually any faster. They must live with their own choices and come to repentance in their own timing. Only then will they be able to grow to be who God called them to be. Are you in a place where you need to let go and allow God to work in the heart of someone who has fallen away from His purpose? If so, remember we can’t force spiritual growth. Only God can grow us to become a disciple who is willing to carry a cross.

I pray this devotion encouraged you in a special way. When I pray for you, I hear a victory song. I believe in you because I believe in the power of God’s Word in you as you put His Word into action.

Love, Anita

  • Ericka Jackson

    This is a very timely and encouraging word for my husband and I , Thank you for allow God to use you Anita – Sincerely , Ericka