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My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. – Psalm 73:26

The Christian life is a progressive movement toward spiritual maturity. Your experience of following Jesus should be taking you somewhere. The goal of your growth is to be transformed into the image of the glory of God.

So what do disciples look like when they are spiritually mature or at least moving toward maturity? Well, some of them look like people who once didn’t know how to control their anger, but now they understand how to maintain self-control. Other growing Christians look like people who at one time struggled and lost the battle against any sin that you can imagine, but now in the strength of Christ, they are living lives that are pleasing to God.

Spiritual maturity is not the same thing as sinless perfection. Anybody who tells you that you can go through life and never sin has just sinned because that’s a lie. Rather, mature Christians consistently bring area of their lives under the control of Jesus Christ.

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So what is maturity? Very simply, maturity is thinking about, judging, and reacting to every situation biblically. When applying the Bible to your life is the rule and not the exception, when you place every area of your life under the lordship of Jesus Christ. This is biblical Christlikeness, because Jesus is intent on making you like Him. Who else is worthy for you to pattern your life after?

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About The Author

Dr. Tony Evans

Dr. Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple, yet profound, illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.


At the heart of this vision is the use of church and school partnerships to effect spiritual and social change in communities. Dr. Evans’ church and school outreach philosophy has been attributed as a catalyst for former President George W. Bush’s Faith Based Initiative, which was his first formal act of office. Dr. Evans seeks to train churches, schools and volunteers in this philosophy, as well as in the functional practicalities, through the National Church Adopt-A-School Initiative which is a ministry underneath the umbrella of The Urban Alternative.


Dr. Evans serves as president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to restore hope and transform lives through the proclamation and the application of the Word of God. His daily radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on more than 850 radio outlets throughout the United States and in more than 80 countries.


Dr. Evans has written numerous books and booklets including his legacy work, Oneness Embraced, as well as his vision work, The Kingdom Agenda. Some of his most recent books includes, Kingdom Man, A Moment For Your Soul, Marriage Matters, and Victory in Spiritual Warfare.

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