Daily Spirit & Word: 592: MATURITY: Yes You Can Do It!
Umami = The NEW tastes sensation.
There are now FIVE identified senses of taste: Sweet, Salty, Sour, Bitter and Umami.
Last night at Discipleship Fellowship Group, we are still on No2 “Discipleship: The Importance and The Cost” previously we’d studied the Key Scriptures about it’s importance and cost, but last night we focused on ‘Maturity’. There are certain signs that we are growing in Christ or becoming ‘mature’ followers. We then read through the following verses and discussed each one along the way. All I can say is WOWzer! Praise the LORD!
C) Seven Signs Of Spiritual Maturity:
i) Fruitfulness in our service for God (Matthew 25:14-30).
ii) A humble attitude and a willingness to serve others (John 13:12-17).
iii) A standard of excellence in our lives in general (2 Corinthians 13:11).
iv) A close and growing relationship with Jesus (Galatians 2:20).
v) The fruit of the Holy Spirit manifesting in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23).
vi) A stable, consistent and holy walk before God and man (Ephesians 4:11-16).
vii) A solid knowledge of God’s Word and discernment as a result (Hebrews 5:13-6:2).
After discussing each portion I asked the question; “If I were to hold up a ladder with ten rungs, how far up the ladder of Maturity would you say you are right now? How’s your fruitful service? How’s your humility and desire to serve others? How are you focused on being an EXCELLENT (Perfect) follower of the LORD? Are you growing closer to Jesus daily? Can you see the fruit of the Holy Spirit growing in your own life?
It’s so easy to FEEL A FAILURE when we compare ourselves to Christ’s very HIGH Expectations: But God’s not in that kind of guilt trip relationship, He wants to set us all free from failure and empower us to grow towards Christ likeness. Putting the past behind us and pressing onwards daily.
Also: When we do a regular Spiritual Health Check: It’s not comfortable (Just like going to the Dentist), but we know it’s ESSENTIAL. When we KNOW the truth about ourselves; it keeps us humble, dependent upon the Lord and usable in His Service.
NO MORE EXCUSES:
We can see the foolishness of our regular excuses for SIN in our life. How we hold onto our weaknesses instead of letting go. We say things like; “I’m only Human”… As a Christian this is a LIE of Satan. You are NOT only human now that you have received Christ as Lord and the Holy Spirit as dynamite of Heaven. He empowers you and enables you and guides you. No my friends, we can’t make that old excuse any-longer. Don’t ever say it again, “I’m only human” because it’s a LIE. Stop believing lies and live in the TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH will set you FREE.
You ARE NOT “Only Human” in Christ you are a “SAINT”.
Live as the saint you are.
What has all that got to do with “Umami”?
Umami is a secret taste sensation: A sense of taste that’s been around forever, but it’s only recently been identified by scientists. It that sense of mmmmmm you get when you eat something that you just love; Like a bacon-double-cheese-burger 🙂 LOL. Or Parmesan Cheese on Spaghetti.
Maturity in Christ is like umami for the Christian… It’s that secret, unidentifiable sense of deep joy in all circumstances, it’s what make the Christian feel good, smell good, taste good and be good for Jesus. 🙂 Maturity is a sense that others get a feeling of in the presence of a Saint who’s very close to Jesus. They can’t put it into words, but they know there’s something different about that follower of Jesus. Praise the Lord and press onto maturity in Christ. Umami…
KEEP TELLING YOURSELF THE TRUTH:
Philippians 4:13 (NIV) “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Have a Wonderful Wednesday With Worship in the Spirit. Amen!
P.S. If you are FREE tonight, why not come out and share the Good News with us on the streets of West Norwood? Meeting up at the usual time of 7.00pm for training and prayer @ St Luke’s Church.