Hey hey hey!
Let’s be sincere, spiritual maturity is what every true believer longs for. Sometimes, I count how many years I’ve been saved and beat myself down on the areas I feel spiritually immature.
Before someone can help you in a bad situation, you have to even first admit that you’re in the situation. Not knowing that you lack something isn’t too bad, compared to thinking that you have it- when you actually lack it.
I believe every Christian longs to go and grow deeper in the things of God and in His discernment. I read a verse in Ephesians last week and can’t stop praying it for myself. In fact, it feels like I’ve never read that part of the Bible before.
(I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Ephesians 1:17 NIV)
You see, I have issues that Jesus and I are dealing with. I’m not where I used to be, but there is a place I hunger to be in Christ. Who is truly saved who wouldn’t want to really KNOW God and be ONE with Him in every way.
I’ve been studying on spiritual maturity for a while and I’ll share just one powerful thing I’ve learned. This one thing that enhances spiritual maturity spills into other areas and then enhances other things too.
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11 NIV
Sin…consistent and relentless sin will grieve the Holy Spirit in us and if we’re not engaging the One Spirit God has placed in us, then spiritual maturity can’t happen.
But that’s not even the one thing I’ve learned about spiritual maturity; it’s this- I have hidden your word in my heart.
I have hidden your word in my heart.
I have hidden your word in my heart.
Since I often like to ‘expose’ myself on our blog, I’ll use myself as an example again.
Whenever I consciously and consistently hide the word in my heart, I notice that I act like a new person. Even when I am tempted to sin, the word that I have saved in my heart pops out right when I need it and I’m able to live above sin.
Christian that does not read the Bible or meditate or take constant retreats to be alone with God; is that one Christian?
But wait wait…
This verse that many of us have waka pass very well is what God used to break down this revelation of the Word and it’s connection to spiritual maturity.
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
Don’t rush through that verse. Please, meditate on it.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 ESV
Bishop Oyedepo says when you need help with something, you don’t go searching for something else. I want to be spiritually mature and this is what God is teaching me.
Sigh. I don’t know if I can effectively share how God described that verse to me.
You know we’re spirit, we have souls and we live in human bodies. Our spirit becomes new (2 Corinthians 5:17) when we become born-again, not our bodies. I still had the same body when I accepted Jesus into my life. 😒😥
But having a new spirit does not instantly guarantee spiritual maturity because your soul has been infused with the world for so many years, that it takes your conscious effort for your spirit and soul to pierce and become one.
(I probably need to make a video on this, but my phone!!! Sigh)
Spiritual maturity happens when you feed yourself with the word until your spirit overshadows your soul (where your mind and thoughts are). This means that you’ve gotten to the stage where your soul only exhibits what the spirit wants!
Wow. Do you understand me?
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.
HEBREWS 4:12 AMP
The word of God is so sharp and active that when we continually study/meditate and hide it in our hearts; it helps us to pierce the division of soul and spirit…till they become one.
So, you’re spiritually immature? Or you desire growth and wisdom in Christ; hide the Word in your heart.
Make time for it, because we always make time for what’s important to us. If spiritual maturity is important to you, you will make time for the Word.
Love and light,
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