Friday, March 13, 2009

Are you mature?

Philippians 3:14-16 (NLT) I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

Today this is a word for those of us in Christ that need to realize that we are the mature of the LORD. We don't need other people to always pray for us and encourage us. We don't need to go before the LORD always begging and pleading for HIM to tell us what to do.

I remember when my daughter was a toddler and she would get in a panic whenever I left the room. If she was in her swing or in her playpen she would pitch a fit until I was back in her eyesight. I am sure in her mind if she could not see me then I was not real. For some of us in Christ we want that same "babying" so to speak. We don't want to make any decision on our own. If we get lost or confused for a moment we think God has left us and forsaken us. In our hearts we know that is not the case but we still want to cry and pout until the LORD comes to our rescue.

The truth is even when you can't sense Him or locate HIM the word says God will never leave you nor forsake you. The truth is like any good parent would the LORD wants us to go our own way. Knowing that the HOLY SPIRIT dwells in us to teach, counsel and help us.
We have to trust our roots are deep enough and our wings are strong enough and NOW it is time for us to FLY HIGH.
1 Corinthians 13:11 (NLT) When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

As a mature saint we know what is or isn't to the glory and goodness of God. As a mature saint we have receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and know how to be led into all truth. As mature saints our minds are renewed, our hearts are pure, and our souls have been restored. We should have learned to know what the good, pleasing and perfect will of God is for our lives. And we should know that His plans for us are plans for good and plans to give us a future and a hope. Mature saints don't pout, plead and cry out to God all the time. We understand the decision and responsibility of getting in His word to hear what He has to say to us. We know how to be still and not give into fear and discouragement. You know that every molehill is not a mountain and every detour is not the end of the road. As a mature saint you come to your Father as loving, kind, caring and concerned. He is not living you STUCK where you are. Be Blessed, Manie