Before hopping into more lessons, it is important that I point out some of the greatest myths ever created about spiritual maturity and in its place; it is my obligation to tell you the truth. I know of seven such myths about spiritual growth. But I am sure that there are more. You are free to chime in any leave any myths below. But for now, let's jump right in with myth number 1
This is the biggest lie ever created by the deceiver himself:
"It's too hard. It's Unreachable. After all we cannot achieve perfection on earth!"
Have you heard any of these before?
And the most famous of them all...
Well pardon me, but I beg to differ.
Spiritual maturity is most
definitely is reachable. How do I know this? "We are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses!"
Have you ever heard of the man named Job? Let's see what the bible says about him. Job 1: 1
"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil"
Wow! Well according to God's word this man named Job, lived on earth, in the land of Uz, thousands of years ago and he was perfect.
So if Job can be perfect and upright and fear God, why is it that impossible to do in the 21st century?
Yet, not only Job, for Noah was also considered perfect as well:
Genesis 6: 9
"These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God."
Do you see that same word showing up again ... perfect.
The Bible gives accounts of Enoch who was translated and of Elijah who ascended into heaven in a chariot of fire.
My friends, even Jesus himself was perfect.
(Well, right now you might be rolling your eyes at me while saying, 'well, duh Joan, that is expected of Jesus, because he was God in the flesh' ... )
This may be true but what is amazing here is that Jesus said these words in Matthew 5: 48
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
Do you realize the tone of this passage? Jesus was not asking any questions. Neither was he wondering whether it would be possible to be done. He knew perfection was attainable so he commanded us ... 'be ye therefore perfect...’
So if our Lord expects this of us, then this is the mark that we should strive towards, right? And accept nothing less. The mark is PERFECTION! It is attainable!
What Does Perfection Mean?
When we think about perfection in the English understanding we think of being completely free from faults and defects. In other words: sinless.
By examining this word in both the Hebrew and Greek we will see what the word of God really meant to us as Christian. What a whopper of a revelation awaits us ...
The Greek word for perfect is téleios, which means:
The Hebrew word for perfect is tamim, which means:
Wow! Do you see what I am saying? What an eye opener!
The meaning of perfection finally makes sense. Jesus commands to 'be ye therefore perfect' What he was saying was be matured.
To allow yourself to go through the necessary stages so that you can be complete at the end of the process. “Fully developed and functioning at your full strength and capacity.”
As we mature through stages of our natural life, so also we should allow ourselves to mature through stage in our spiritual life. It is only at the end of our spiritual process are we considered perfect in God's eyes.
The myth about spiritual growth is that it's unattainable. The truth is spiritual maturity is not impossible! It is not difficult. It takes time, care, and sacrifice but it is attainable. And we can do it!
Anything that is worth any value comes by work. However, the zeal that you are going to have for the things of God will surpass anything else.
In all my time of living and teaching I have realized that a thing is only considered hard, when either you do not enjoy what you are doing or you do not know or understand the path to take.
But... let’s suppose someone handed you clear directions that you can follow. Will it be hard then? And suppose you actually find joy in what you are doing, will you still consider it to be difficult?
No, I really don't think you would. So why choose to remain where we are, when there is so much more we can attain! Let's go to perfection. ...
People often feel that Spiritual Growth is measured in:
These are all myths about spiritual growth. If these were so, most of us would have grown all the way to the right now.
Right now, you might be left asking, 'well Joan, if Spiritual Growth is not measured in any of these then how is it measured?'
The answer is simple; you will know a man that is spiritually matured, by the fruits that he produces.
It is not measured by man’s standards; it is measured by God’s standards. It is learning how to walk in obedience to God and making a conscious choice to live by God's word and not by man’s theories.
So let’s go on this journey to spiritual maturity. What I can promise, is that if you open your heart and earnestly follow the steps in these lessons, and if you apply these principles to your lives as a Christian, you will begin to see results!
That is what we want to see …Results! You will begin to feel the tug of the Holy Ghost pulling on your heartstrings to draw closer to God, to pray, fast, to be in his presence…
Now let’s go get some more answers and direction!
Do you know of any other myths about spiritual growth that I have not mentioned? Feel free to leave yours below. This should be interesting, lol.
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