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If we desire to be mature Christians we must also become emotionally mature as well. The two go together. God's Word tells us in Hebrews 5:13-14, Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Growing up spiritually is essential and involves us maturing spiritually as well as emotionally.
Spiritual Immaturity is marked by 3 specific Attitudes:
1. Childish Behavior….Still acting as infants as Paul refers to in Ephesians 4:14. This word refers to minors or the untaught; it could also carry the meaning of infantile or stupid. Paul intends for believers to move toward stability regarding personal, family and church life. Some attain this early, where others never attain it.
2. A Continued Instability….Never becoming solidly grounded or rooted in the spiritual life, still moving from one place to another, never really settling in at one place for very long. Paul recognized this problem even in body of believers. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14
But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:6-8
3. Gullibility…A weakness of mind where a person will easily believe anything said to them without question or known truth of what is being said or shown. They are willing to believe anything that bears the mark of Christianity. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:21
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1
Spiritual Maturity….. Spiritual maturity is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus Christ as Savior. The Apostle Paul said that spiritual growth is an ongoing process. (the key to maturity is in continual growth)
"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14).
How do we identify spiritual maturity in someone?
> learning how to walk in obedience to God…. It is making the choice to live by God's viewpoint rather than our human viewpoint.
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want.
> Spiritual maturity should be a priority…. Discover God's truth by studying God’s Word, then apply what you learn to your own personal life.
Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. James 1:22-24
> We must understand that growth comes by grace and it is God alone who is our resource. His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1
Note: The atmosphere in which ‘Spiritual Maturity” thrives in is “speaking the truth in love’. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16
When you became a child of God, you were given all you need "in Christ" to become a spiritually maturing believer. However, we are responsible to make a choice! The wonderful thing about being in submission to God's maturing process is that you will be changed! You don't have to worry about becoming mature. God does the changing! He will conform you to the image of Jesus Christ as you humbly surrender to His Holy Spirit and learn His Word. Becoming emotionally and Spiritually Mature is a life long journey.
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