Connecting With God Is Necessary

This is the third in this teaching series on the Ultimate Guide to Christian personal development.

The last teaching can be found at What Is personal development

Note: You can download the full ebook guide of these teachings, Ultimate Guide To Christian Personal Development and read at your own convenience by subscribing at Bible Short Reports

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Now let us go to today’s teaching…

“I am the Real Vine and My Father is the Farmer… And every branch that is grape-bearing He prunes back so it will bear even more. (John 15:1-2)(emphasis mine)

Jesus showed here the role God, the Father plays in personal development. God prunes every branch that is connected to the Vine (Jesus) to produce more fruits.

Remember our definitions from the experts in the last chapter. Personal development is about improving personal skills, enhancing quality of life and contributing to the realisation of dreams and aspirations.

A connection to Jesus as the “branch” and the “pruning duties” of God the Father are important factors for any meaningful personal development.

We just saw from the story of Moses how God was the main factor that made a carefree, confidence – lacking and palace – trained individual  to become a careful, miracle – working, and one of the most effective and productive leaders the world would ever have.

Paul also had the same experience in the New Testament. The turning point for his positive development was his encounter with Jesus in (Acts 9: 3 – 4), “As he journeyed he came near Damascus and suddenly a light shown around him from heaven.

Then he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me’”.  A once – upon a time persecutor of the Christian faith ended up writing nine books of the New Testament promoting the same course he once hated and persecuted!

His books in the bible are mentoring lots of lives today! Paul recognized the God factor in his personal development and declared, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

Several years ago, I couldn’t have imagined myself doing what I am doing today. Though my parents were moralists but never really got committed to a church. We (the children) were not really trained to go to church or become Christians.

In the higher institution, I never really got committed to a church fellowship. I never studied the bible. My plan was to finish school, get a job, have a family and just enjoy my life doing things my own way.

However, the God factor came in strongly and turned things around. My dramatic personal development as anchored by God since I became a Christian has amazed me. When  I look back, I have always seen the hands of God in my personal development over the years.

You Have a Great Opportunity

If you are reading this and you desire a positive or Godly personal development but you have not become a child of God through the confession of Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you need to say a simple prayer below:

“Father in heaven, forgive my sinful past. I believe Jesus Christ died for my sins and His shed blood has wiped away my sins. I believe He is the Son of the Living God. I accept Him as my Lord and Saviour. I want Him to begin to rule in my life as from now on. I believe I am saved. Thank you God for hearing my prayer”.

Congratulations. The first step in meaningful personal development is a connection to God through Jesus Christ.

You have just achieved that so please move over to the next teaching at A Flow from God is Needed

Note: You can download the full ebook guide of these teachings, Ultimate Guide To Christian Personal Development and read at your own convenience by subscribing at Bible Short Reports

More Resources: Jesus: Our Model of Personal Development – Soul Shepherding


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About Sesan Oguntade

Sesan Ogunotade is a Success Motivator and Christian Personal Development expert. He is the President of Success Christian Home and the Founder of The Success Laboratory Int’l Seminars. Loves to write books and He writes the Bible Short Reports series available free of charge on this website or at You can contact him through the contact page on this blog.

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