The following is an excerpt from my newly published book, "Living a Transformed Life."

When we do not allow the Word of God to change us, we are frustrated by our ignorance and lack of maturity. A lot of times this frustration leads people to abandon their church. When they see others as being victors in life while they are constantly struggling, they feel disconnected and too uncomfortable to stay.

Growing in our faith takes time. We can’t allow ourselves to become discouraged. Paul explains the mystery of his victorious life in Galatians 2:20, saying, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” This means that when we get saved we receive the Spirit of God within us and so have

Christ inside of us. Jesus may not yet be fully formed due to our immaturity, but He is in us.

Luke 2:40 describes Jesus as a child maturing and growing stronger. Later in this same chapter it says, He “increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man” (Luke 2:52). When He was about thirty years old the Spirit of God descended upon Him at His baptism. If Jesus went through stages of development, we should also expect a similar pattern of growth.

Paul wrote to the Galatians about Christ forming in them as they mature. This same development must happen for every believer, with Jesus increasing in us and the person we are now decreasing. The wisdom we gain through God is something far different from our normal plotting and planning. It’s not just a clever strategy of solving problems. Heavenly wisdom is breathed from the mouth of God.

We grow when we allow the seed of God’s Word to take root in our hearts. As we meditate upon Scriptures and reflect upon what we’ve received in church, we can be transformed. Then as we encourage one another, our lives will bear fruit and increase the kingdom of heaven.