5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Grow! with Cadet Michael Raes

5 true things about your spiritual life:

  • At times it has been extraordinarily difficult
  • I have had to follow God’s will and be obedient without knowing where it might lead
  • I had had to tackle many sins in my life even after deciding to follow Jesus
  • Quitting alcohol was the easiest part of my faith walk
  • Coming to CFOT has been great but has also tested my faith in many ways

4 things that have influenced your spiritual development over the years:

  • My first corps officers (Majors Jim and Liz Beardsley) continue to influence my faith walk
  • My experiences at CFOT continue to bless me as I become more and more obedient to God
  • The worship service where I gave my life to Christ was a true turning point for me and I’ve never been the same since
  • The Cost of Discipleship (book by Bonhoeffer) made a great impact on my faith journey

3 things that keep your spiritual life on track:

  • Prayer has kept me on track and keeps me sane even when life gets chaotic
  • Reading the Bible and having a devotional time, no matter how busy I am has fed my soul and kept me faithful even in my darkest times
  • The discipline of studying God’s Word has blessed me, as have other spiritual disciplines

2 good news things you see happening in the Army right now:

  • The changes being made to make the Army more egalitarian is very encouraging to me
  • Our approach to discipling youth is also very encouraging to me

1 final thing you would say to encourage someone else on their spiritual journey:

Just because you might feel God working in your life doesn’t mean He isn’t working. Pray continually for his blessing.

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