True spiritual growth, i.e. sanctification, only occurs with the combination of “taking off” evil and “putting on” Christ (the greatest good).
I’m not sure about you, but this is something that I need to be reminded of every so often. In order to grow in Christ-likeness, it is a dual process of hating what is evil in my life and clinging to what is good (Romans 12:9). God is the absolute good in all of life. If I’m not continually filling myself with Him, I’m left with myself…something that will continually have a bent toward doing what is wrong, i.e. evil before God.
Five daily helps that have greatly helped me toward this end:
1- Time in God’s Word (John 17:17)
2- Prayer and meditation on His Words (Psalm 119:11)
3- Fellowship with other believers (Hebrews 10:24)
4- Reading books that encourage me to take my faith deeper
5- Listening to sermons and Christian music
“But you have not so learned in Christ…and have been taught by Him…that you put off, concerning your former conduct…and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
Ephesians 4:22-24 NKJV