Tuesday, October 1, 2019

From the Kitchen Table

Victorious Living Day 6

But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.  ​ Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 5:14-6:12

We can’t hide maturity, it shows up in everything we see, say and show.  It gets things done.  Victory is found in maturity because maturity brings victory with it.  We can grow old and never really grow up and therein lies the problem.  Maturity happens in those who hear the word of God and honor it in their lives.  The mature hear not just the petitions, but the promises and they let those things motivate the way they think and talk and travel through life.  The Bible says that they are able to discern between good and evil.  The mature know what’s good and choose it.  They know what is good and plant it.  The mature are full of hope to the end.  Immaturity comes across as being slow spiritually, mentally and relationally and sluggish physically, socially and emotionally.  If we can’t keep up, maybe it’s because we need to grow up.  Today is our day because we have God’s promises and God’s permission to live in those promises.

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