Friday, October 13, 2023
1 CORINTHIANS 14:20 NIV 20 Brothers, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in your thinking be adults.
It's fine to be a baby -- for awhile. But we expect babies to grow and mature. If anyone still acts like a baby when they are past that age -- something is wrong.
It's the same in the spiritual as in the physical realm -- we're supposed to grow up. But too many Christians seem content to remain babies.
Babies focus only on themselves and their needs. God desires for us to learn to love others and help them.
God wants His children to mature and be trained -- not be a bunch of babies for ever.
EPHESIANS 4:15 THE MESSAGE 15 God wants us to grow up ....
Sometimes we wonder why our prayers have not yet been answered. We sit in our corner and whine and complain about God not doing what He should. We throw fits and complain to everyone we see. We think God has failed us. But it is never true!
God is just expecting us to act on His Word, and continue walking in faith and love. God would not do anyone a favor by allowing them to never grow up.
God wants us to have good things, but He also wants us to grow up, to learn His ways, and to trust Him. So, instead of just instantly giving us everything, He encourages us to draw closer to Him, learn to walk in faith, and learn how to receive all He has provided for us.
So while you may not always like God's timing, it is the best for you, even though you may not think so now. Later you will rejoice, because you will more clearly understand what God has done.
EPHESIANS 4:15 NASB 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ,
Facing new things as a baby is likely very intimidating. For example, learning to walk is no doubt scary for a child. But they can do it, and after learning they would certainly never wish to go back.
It is the same with us now in our Christian life. God is urging us on: to use our faith, to act on His Word, to trust Him. It seems scary, but God knows we can do it. Once we learn how to walk with God by faith, it is a real joy and we would never wish to go back.
God desires for you to leave your little restricted world and step out into His world of unlimited possibilities where you can fellowship with Him.
SAY THIS: I will feed on God's Word and let Him mature me, so I won't act like a baby.
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