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Everyone wishes that they were further along in their spiritual maturity with Christ. Including me!
This is the time for a personal assessment of the levels of christian spiritual maturity.
Before change can begin, we must first know where we are...right? Here
is where we take a look into our personal mirrors and evaluate
ourselves. Before we continue, we should be able to clearly define our
position on the spiritual growth pole, and this e-book can help .
Right at this point, someone may be wondering, ‘Well, Joan, I thought Jesus said that we should be like little children, and except we become as a little child, we cannot enter into the Kingdom’
It is true that Jesus, during his teaching, always made reference to his disciples becoming as children, but it was never in reference to the level of spiritual growth in him.
When Jesus spoke of little children he was often teaching his disciple about developing a character of humility and subjection unto higher Parental Authority, God being our Father.
We've learnt plenty about the first Stage
Now let's take this bible study series to next level ( pun intended ;)
Ephesians 4: 14
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried away with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive
One feature of this second stage of spiritual growth is wavering or unsteadiness. In this area, you have now passed from being fed with milk and you can now handle somewhat ‘strong meat’ or what is otherwise termed, the revelation knowledge of the word of God.
Nevertheless, the second stage of these levels of christian spiritual maturity represents not being fully and completely grounded in what we believe, and can be easily swayed and carried away with ‘every’ wind of doctrine.
Paul, did not say ‘many’ wind of doctrine. He said ‘every’ wind of doctrine. This speaks of instability. This speaks of persons that are swayed by every new trend introduced in Christendom and who accepts anything whole heartedly without any measurement to the context of scriptures.
In this stage, we may desire leave our church to follow the next ‘best thing’ and then when we become unsatisfied, or when we find another ‘next best thing’, we leave once again to follow the teachings of another.
It might be a new and upcoming television preacher.
There are some great preachers out there don’t you think? Their preaching style is not the problem. The problem becomes when we become so hyped that we follow every direction that is given, from someone that is miles and miles away, and neglect to hear or support our local assemblies.
Does this sound familiar? Does this fit the description of anyone that you may know or might have known? This is the stage of Childhood, where we are searching for truth, but we are easily swayed. Boy, does James have a word for us concerning this area of our spirituality:
James 1: 6b - 7
‘ …. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Being in a position like this stops us from receiving anything from the Lord. Any further spiritual growth, any future blessing is sealed with a cap. This area in our spiritual growth can be very dangerous to our spirituality, if we are not careful to stay ‘humble and always in subjection to the will of God for our lives’.
We must be careful to move by God’s divine direction and not by our emotions or feelings. Not by our excitement or because we are being entertained.
This second stage of the levels of spiritual maturity has some key points. Paul has this covered:
1 Corinthians 13 : 11
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
We can identify these levels of christian spiritual maturity by what we:
Proverbs 10: 19 says:
‘In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.’
I am sure you have witnessed this in children.
They often talk about everything to everyone. They talk about what
they know and even what they do not know.
Now, think about this very same stage for Christianity. Persons who are constantly in conversation: talking about things that they know or do not know; debating the scriptures for simple entertainment; and tail bearing may be exhibiting features of the ‘Childhood Stage’ of Christianity.
Here's something great:
I have realized, that in each of the first two levels of christian spiritual maturity, there are good traits and bad traits. When we cling to only the good traits, we will find our self constantly taking another step forward in our spiritual growth in God. When we linger in the bad traits it delays our spiritual advancement.
We have now identified the behaviors
that mark the first levels stages of Christian spiritual maturity and we are about to
speak of the third.
Finish with the lesson?
We have complete two levels of christian spiritual maturity. On to the final lesson - The third Stage of Spiritual Maturity. Then it's time to take the TEST.
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