5 Scriptures to Cultivate a Spiritual Growth Mindset
Are you in a season that seems stagnate? Does it seem that everyone and everything around you are shifting and moving while you sit motionless, uncertain as to what your next step is or how to move forward?
I believe this issue of “stuckness” is a mindset matter, and your mindset has everything to do with your journey.
How does your mindset impact your ability to move forward? This week I want to unpack the meaning of mindset, the types of mindsets, and share how your mindset can hinder your progress. I will also share 5 scriptures that will help you cultivate a spiritual growth mindset to move you out of your “stuckness” and back on the road to progress!
What is a Mindset and Why Does It Matter?
What is a mindset? Basically, it’s an attitude or way of thinking. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines mindset as a mental inclination, tendency, or habit. The Cambridge dictionary defines mindset as a person’s way of thinking and opinions.
Research identifies two types of mindsets – growth and fixed. A fixed mindset, in my opinion, takes on a pessimistic tone. The person with a fixed mindset believes that intelligence or change is nearly impossible and growth is not an option. With this mindset, you place a lid on your growth. So even if you have a deep desire or a set goal you want to achieve, your mindset will tell you, “Who do you think you are? You’re not going anywhere because you don’t have the skills or abilities or background to make this happen.” This is an example of a fixed mindset.
On the brighter side, a growth mindset has an optimistic tone. This mindset believes growth is possible, and through training and development, a person can acquire the skills necessary to achieve the results they are seeking. When there are setbacks, that’s OK because a growth mindset understands there will be obstacles along the way. The setbacks offer them an opportunity for reflection. They evaluate their options and seek a solution. A growth mindset tells you, “You’ve got this. You are capable, intelligent, and you will persevere.” It’s that “stick-to-itiveness” factor.
Having spent my career in private school admissions, I have seen firsthand the positive impact of a growth mindset on the motivation and performance of students and families. I also emphasize the significance of our mindset because our thoughts become our actions and our actions influence our behavior. Are you beginning to see the cycle? A fixed mindset keeps us stuck. A growth mindset keeps us moving forward.
Spiritual Growth Mindset
Let’s take this one step further and take a look at a spiritual growth mindset. The spiritual growth mindset is a growth mindset with God as the foundation. It is God-centered and tells you, “You’ve got this. You are capable and intelligent, and through God, all things are possible.”
We are encouraged in Jeremiah 29 to seek God with all our heart, and Proverbs 3 assures us that He will set our paths straight if we trust in Him. As I reflect on God’s Word, I know that I’ve got this because God’s got me. And, even if I take a misstep, I know God is there to redirect me and set me on the right path that He has chosen for me.
The spiritual growth mindset understands we will face obstacles and challenges along the way, but we can be confident we will overcome the challenges – faith in the process. When you have God-confidence, you are open to learning new things (you are fearless) in order to achieve your goals. Women with God-confidence exhibits perseverance and the “stick-to-itiveness” needed to prevail.
As a Christian Life Coach, I meet with women believers seeking to fine-tune their purpose and calling or simply seeking clarity in their calling. These women have strong faith, and they appreciate and understand the spiritual gifts and natural talents they have been given. However, if their mindset is fixed, they tend to think things are what they are and accept their circumstance as forever.
I am here to encourage YOU to cultivate a spiritual growth mindset. God is with you, and with trust and faith, He will guide you in your journey step by step. So, let’s put on a spiritual growth mindset and trust in Him.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
5 Scriptures to Cultivate a Spiritual Growth Mindset
I’m sharing 5 scriptures to help you cultivate a spiritual growth mindset and move forward in your journey. I encourage you to read through the scriptures, spend time in prayer reflecting on God’s Word, and take a deep dive into the application of the scriptures to uncover how God is calling you to apply His Word to your life. Keep an open mind and heart to what He reveals.
“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.”
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [a]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
“for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]”
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
“I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
A Spiritual Growth Mindset Challenge
This week I challenge you to spend time learning about the importance of mindset from a biblical lens. The Bible has much to say about healthy minds and thoughts. God’s Word teaches us how to take every thought captive to Him. And, in doing so, He sets us free from anything that binds us. As we meditate on God’s Word, we learn to rest in God as we develop God-confidence and adopt a growth mindset anchored in faith.
My dear friends, God desires to work through each of you. I pray these words encourage you in your journey. Matthew 5:13 reminds us that as women of God, we are the salt-seasoning of this world, bringing out the God-flavors of this earth. It is truly life-changing when you step out boldly, trusting and declaring God’s Word.
Keep on shining!
My passion is helping women overcome adversity and gain the confidence to achieve their goals and dreams. With the right mentor and God’s Word, you can gain the confidence and the strength to achieve your goals and aspirations. YOU were created on purpose for His purpose. Are you ready to get started? Schedule a FREE discovery call and get ready to take the next step in your journey!