The Bible has verses that support each area of Holistic Growth. Below the Christian Growth section is a free personal growth plan template, and a professional growth plan template (both are pdf downloads), along with the free pdf of Key Bible Verses.
Guarantees in life include change (Pro 27:1), challenges (Jn 10:10 and 16:33), opportunities (Gal 6:10, Eph 5:15-17 and Lk 8:15), and choices (Gen 1:27-28, Pro 18:21, Ro 12:2, Gal 5:16, and 2 Cor 10:5). Growth is a choice that often rewards us like compound interest, the more we deliberately grow, the rewards don't just add up they multiply.
There are over 200 success principles and at least 10 of these principles claim to be the #1 most important success principle.
The book Opportunity Truth provides these key principles, and the content below shows us the Bible told us about these principles over a thousand years ago. Don't have time to read? There are highlights at the end of each chapter. You can probably read all the chapter highlights in under an hour. There are also sections on leadership and business growth. It is an educational book based on more than 10 years of study and research. Get the book Opportunity Truth.
Foundation of Strength
Be strong and courageous (Joshua1:9)
1. Identity: God created man and woman in His image (Gen 1:26) as a spirit, with a soul, in a body (1 Thess 5:23), with a spirit not of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7). Who has no rule over their spirit is like a city broken down, without walls (Pro 25:28). We have power in our heart (Pro 4:23 and 1 Tim 6:10), our thoughts (Pro 21:5, Php 4:8 and 2 Cor 10:5) our words (Pro 18:21), and our actions (Jn 3:16, Mt 22:37-39, Mk 16:15, Pro 10:4 and 6:16-18). He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 Jn 4:4). Have faith in God ( Mk 11:22).
2. Mind: Let the wise hear and increase in learning (Pro 1:5). Manage your thoughts (2 Corinthians 10:5). Don’t be conformed to the world but be transformed by renewing your mind (Ro 12:2). Whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and praise, think on these things (Php 4:8). Isaac went out to meditate in the field (Gen 24:63). Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger (James 1:19). Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding (Pro 14:29). Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep (Ro 12:15). Words and faith can move mountains with prayer and forgiveness (Mk 11:23-26). Be careful with pleasures (Pro 21:17).
3. Body: Our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 6:19). Bodily training is valuable (1 Tim 4:8). A joyful heart is good medicine (Pro 17:22). Keep the body under control (1 Cor 9:27). Lots of sweets are not good (Pro 25:27). Be careful with alcohol (Pro 20:1, Isa 5:11, Eph 5:18).
Art of Purpose
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for a purpose that God has prepared before hand (Eph2:10)
4. Faith: Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hb 11:1). God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, and whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life (Jn 3:16). When we confess with our mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in our heart God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved (Ro 10:9). By one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience many are made righteous (Ro 5:19). If we have faith of a seed we can move mountains (Mt 17:20). Ask in faith not doubting (James 1:6). Sometimes people ask and don’t receive because they ask for their desires of the flesh (James 4:3), or God has His own reason (Isa 55:9). Bad things happen to good people because of other people’s free will and desires of the flesh, but God can protect us (Gen 37:20-22), show our faith (Job, 2 Cor 12:7-9), and turn it into some future good (Gen 45:5-7, Ro 8:28), or bring us home (Hb 11:16, 2 Cor 5:1). Cast your cares on God and be careful because we have a spiritual adversary (1 Pt 5:7-8). If God called you to something, He is faithful to help you with it (1 Th 5:24).
5. Relations: Love God and love others (Mt 22:37-40). There are many things God hates (Pro 6:16). Whatever you wish others would do to you, do also to them (Mt 7:12) (Golden Rule of virtues). Though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them (1Cor 9:19-22) (Silver Rule of circumstances). Know how to answer each person (Col4:6). Build others up (Ro15:2 and 1 Thess 5:11). The tongue may be small but it has great power (Pro 18:21 and James 3:4-5). Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth (Ps 141:3). Speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15). Don’t be deceived, evil conversations corrupt good manners (1 Cor 15:33). Do nothing from rivalry or deceit, but be humble and esteem others better than yourself (Php 2:3-4). There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Pro 18:24). Families will have challenges (Lk 12:52-53). A child left to themselves brings their mother to shame (Pro 29:15). Honor your father and mother (Ex 20:12). As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Jos 24:15). Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox where hatred is (Pro 15:17). Do not correct one who ridicules or he will hate you. Correct a wise man and he will love you (Pro 9:8). Walk with the wise to becomes wise, the companion of fools will suffer (Pro 13:20). Iron sharpens iron, and we should encourage our friends (Pro 27:17). Beware of dissension, blessed are the peacemakers (Mt 5:9). Walk worthy of your vocation, with humility, commitment, and love, keeping unity of the Spirit and peace (Eph 4:1-3).
6. Strengths (Gifts): There are many members in one body, but they don’t have the same role (Ro 12:4). As every person received a gift, use it to minister to each other as a good steward of God’s grace (1 Ptr 4:10). The gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Ro 11:29). Let people do as God has called them (1 Cor 7:17). Whatever you do, do it well, as for the Lord, not for others (Col 3:23). Our greatest strengths are God (Ps 121, Mk 10:27, 11:22, Jn 3:16), the work of Jesus (Jn 8:36, 10:10), the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:26, 1 Jn 4:4), and angels (Ps 91:11, Mt 1:20). Walk in the Spirit and you will not be so tempted by the flesh, because the desires of the flesh are against the desires of the Spirit (Gal 5:16-17).
Science of Momentum
God’s word is good for doctrine, correction, and training in righteousness, to help us with our work (2 Tim 3:17-18)
7. Goals: The thoughts of the diligent lead to plenty (Pro 21:5). Where no counsel is, people fall (Pro 11:14). Sit down to count the cost of your goals before you start the work (Lk 14:28). The ways of people are pure in their own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established (Pro 16:2-3). Don’t believe every spirit, but test them (1 Jn 4:1). Don’t let the love money set your goals (1 Tim 6:10). Be content (Php 4:11), better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice (Pro 16:8). Forget what is behind and look forward, and press on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Php 3:13-14). Seek first the kingdom of God (Mt 6:33).
8. Productivity: Walk carefully, not as fools, but as the wise, redeeming your time (Eph 5:15-16). A slack hand makes one poor, but the hand of the diligent brings in much money (Pro 10:4). In all work there is profit, but just talk tends to poverty (Pro 14:23). Even if it is lawful or allowed, it doesn’t mean that it is helpful. I will not be enslaved by anything (1 Cor 10:13). Hear God’s word, hold it firm, in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience (Lk 8:15). Who is diligent in their business will stand before royalty, they shall not stand before mean people (Pro 22:29).
9. Investments: In yourself (Pro 1:5, 8:10-12, Mt 6:19-21, Lk 8:15). In relationships (1 Cor 1:10, 1 Pt 3:8). It’s better to have integrity and be poor, than to be unfair and rich (Pro 28:6). The love of money is the root of many evils (1 Tim 6:10). Plan your investing, and gain money fairly (Pro 21:5- 6). Money is a result of diligence (Pro 10:4). Manage your money and beware of borrowing (Pro 22:7). Invest wisely, not fearfully (Mt 25:20-27).
10. Commitment: Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Cor 15:58). Whatever you do, do it heartily as for the Lord and not for people (Col 3:23). Do not grow weary in well doing, we will reap in due season, if we do not give up (Gal 6:9). Welcome trials for they produce perseverance (James 1:2-3). Rejoice in challenges, knowing they build endurance, character, and hope, which does not put us to shame because God’s love is in our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Ro 5:3-5). Help bear other’s burdens (Gal 6:2). Desires of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, humility, and temperance (Gal 5:22). Stay away from all appearance of evil (1 Th 5:22).
Are you interested in learning more? Get my book Opportunity Truth. It seems to me that Christian growth is a never ending process that is meant to be a good thing. The creator of the universe, who created us, wants relationship and fellowship with us, and wants us to walk with Him daily. I believe the Bible and prayer are the primary ways we do this. I confess that I used to feel like this was a chore that I should do. I have come to feel this is an honor.
It seems to me that being a business owner, whether self-employed, or an employer, is a great way to glorify God. I have good business pages to help business owners with information and links to research, planning, and digital marketing at https://AnewTrek.com.
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This is a short book with a two-page Scripture Foundation Guide, Christian Wisdom Guide, Daily Prayer, 10 Key Christian Beliefs, and 20 Key Bible Characters and story highlights.
With grace and truth, the better our lives will be.
Individually and collectively, apply them and see.
With courage and caring, the more we know.
Individually and collectively, employ them and grow.
Through technology comes power.
Through humanity comes love.
Both are needed to rise above.