Hello there, I just want to share this message with you guys. I shared it before on the Daily Seed devotional, on the 26th April 2014.
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Ephesians 3:14-21 The New Living Translation
When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to Him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen
Psalm 139:23-24 The Voice
Explore me, O God, and know the real me. Dig deeply and discover who I am.
Put me to the test and watch how I handle the strain.
Examine me to see if there is an evil bone in me,
and guide me down Your path forever.
Spiritual maturity is a topic I try to stay away from, the reason being I don’t think I’m in the best position to speak about it. I am still learning and growing every day, not at all perfect, in fact I am far from it. So I tend to stay away from topics like this, but the Holy Spirit prompted me on Thursday to write about this compulsory but yet overlooked part of our lives. So, who am I to say no if God wants to speak to me and you.
Spiritual growth is a MUST in the life of a true believer, although it has levels to it, but at the end of the day we are all individuals and God deals with us individually when it comes to the matter of the heart. From the bible texts, you can tell from each perspectives, Paul and David were both talking as a person, although Paul went further by praying and advising us, this is exactly what Spiritual maturity is all about. A believer must come to a point in his or her life when all you’ve got to do is talk to God about your heart, the part that no one sees but God. Pastor Andy Economides mentioned in his book – True, that just like Doctors are helped by the use of X-ray machines to search and make a correct diagnosis and then to suggest suitable treatment, God also takes a look at the condition of our hearts. He searches and sees our innermost being. But it takes a true believer, a sold out for Jesus person, someone that wants more, a constant growth (change) to allow God to truly X-ray and search their heart, motives and desires. David’s prayer in Psalm 139:23-24 should be our example, He was very much worried about the state of his heart; as you walk closely with God, God himself will reveal the state of your heart if you ask Him to, yes He will reveal the good, the bad and the ugly trust me! Asking God to search/explore/investigate your heart shows enormous spirituality and humility. David didn’t want to deceive himself, He knew that to make Heaven, He needed God’s help to X-ray his heart. He did not know if there was any offensive way in his heart. You see, as Christians we can easily assume that all is well with the condition of our heart but the fact is there is no perfect heart. We sometimes do things God doesn’t necessarily agree with but because He’s not saying anything does not mean it is right.
Spiritual growth is not always easy.
After asking God to search and try your heart, the hardest and the most difficult part is God pointing out our sins to us. This is not a pleasant experience (let me tell you that for sure) because we tend to resist whenever we can, preferring to think we have come further than we have. BUT we must simply get to the core of the matter, you see, this is spiritual maturity. This is when we push past our flesh, our feelings and say God I’m ready to grow. This is the kind of change, growth, maturity God delights in because we are not only focusing on the sin of behaviour- sins that are obvious, the clear-cut but we are now focusing on the sins of the heart- sins that aren’t so obvious, the hidden desires..Sin of the heart is when we compromise an opportunity to love or do something, in order to stay safe. Exposing sin of the heart is no easy matter, an example of a sin of the heart might be when you’ve sacrificed someone’s feelings in order to build your own self-image. Sin of the heart often goes unnoticed but be sure that God sees all. He is all knowing.
God can help me and you change, Let us allow the searching, illuminating light of God in our lives and be ready to change. This is the spiritual maturity I am talking about today.
Pray + Change = Spiritual Maturity
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Thank you, Love Dami Elegbede