True spiritual growth
The nursery is overflowing.
It is time to grow up!
A baby requires someone to do everything for them. That is natural and expected. What is also expected is that the baby will grow and develop, able to do those very things for themselves. We expect them to grow into full mature adulthood. If this does not happen, certainly something is wrong.
As believers, we are expected to grow from babyhood into maturity. This requires that we come into spiritual revelation of truth. For this to happen, God must bring us into the experiential revelation of the work of Christ and the truth of His word.
Thus, God will bring us into difficulties where ultimately only He can give us the answer. Others can point the way and encourage, but the conclusion of the matter is with His revelation. If we press on, we come into spiritual growth and spiritual enlargement. All who have gone on in God surely have experienced this.
T. Austin Sparks states it this way:
We have to be brought ourselves to a position, not to a mental solution; and if you are all the time trying to get intellectual solutions to your spiritual problems, you are still in the nursery.i
God's desire is for sons not infants. He places us in many difficult situations (if we are serious about going on in God) to bring us into experiential revelation.
Think about this. What does it mean to have experiential revelation? It is apparent that you must come through difficulties and witness the unseen at work on your behalf. It is a personal experience of the power of the living God, a personal encounter with God’s provision. This is the place where the proverbial rubber meets the road.
It is obvious that we cannot come into spiritual knowledge by way of our intellect. If spiritual knowledge could be attained through the intellect, we would no longer see all the arguing, confusion, contention and division among Christians.
It is time to acknowledge your present state. Where are you? Are you still in a dependent state, or are you growing into maturity? There is no condemnation in Christ, but this is not an excuse for a lack of growth. It is not an excuse for not taking hold of all you have in Christ.
It is time to arise! It is time to take personally your responsibility for growth. Are you still regularly dependent, looking to others to support you? If so, determine now to seek God and take hold of His promises. Determine to pursue Him and allow Him to move you, in thought and perhaps even physically, to the place where He can reveal His provision.
It is a stand of mind and heart. It is a determination to be unrelenting in prayer. It is a decision to align the words of your mouth with the Word of God. A decision to allow His light to shine in your heart and bring any needed correction.
You willingly choose to take every step that He directs. You recognize you cannot have faith without knowing what God has provided. You choose to study to show yourself approved unto God.
Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing – rightly handling and skillfully teaching – the Word of Truth.iii
Every step forward is a part of your growth. Each step brings you closer to all the plans and purposes God has for you, individually and corporately.
Remember, we are a body, connected to one another. Others are counting on you to succeed.
It is time to come into true spiritual growth!
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