God’s desire is for us to grow. This is clearly indicated through the Bible. Some scriptures that reflect this are:
But grow in grace and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To him be all glory (honor, majesty and splendor) both now to the day of eternity. (II Peter 3:18)
. . . the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)
Strong meat are principles that are beyond the foundational principles of the doctrine of Christ. (Hebrews 5:13-14 )
Hebrews 6:1-2 outlines these principles.
Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of Eternal judgment.
The Greek word for “perfection” is telesphoreo, which means to be a hearer to completion; maturity.
God wants us to strive for maturity in the knowledge of Him.
How Do We Strive for Maturity?
By reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God. II Timothy 2:15 admonishes us to study. It says: Work hard so God can say to you, “Well done.” Be a good workman, one who does not need to be ashamed when God examines your work. Know what his Word says and means.The Greek word for “spoudazo” means to make effort, be earnest, be diligent, labour. So we must seek to make time to read the word with understanding, on a consistent basis. We must be consistently consistent, not consistently inconsistsent. It is not only important to read and study the Word of God, but to meditate on the Word of God.
Joshua 1:8 reads: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shall meditate on it day and night, then thou shall have good success, and thou shalt make thy way prosperous.
The Hebrew word for meditate is “haw-gaq” which means to ponder; to think about carefully; deliberate.
After using the R=reading, S=studying, M=meditating method, we must obey the Word of God. This requires:
- Walking by Faith – Habbakuk 2:4; Hebrews 11:6
- Fulfilling our God-given obligation – Ecclesiastes 12:13; I Samuel 15:22
- Walking in God’s footsteps – Jeremiah 7:23-24 and II Thessalonians 2:15
When you attach yourself to God, you follow (obey) where he leads. God becomes the leader, instead of you. However, you can detach yourself from God by disobeying his Word. Disobedience causes one to digress (go backward). As long as you are going backward, you cannot walk forward. The two directions are diametrically opposed.
Once you start going backwards, you open the door for Satan to wreak havoc in your life through deception and confusion. James 3:16 says: For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. However, there is a way to turn and go forward and get back on the straight and narrow path that leads to life – eternal life. That way is REPENTANCE.
Benefits of Maturing in Christ Are:
- Discernment between things of God and the things of the Devil. I once heard a pastor say this on the radio, “Once you know the truth, you can recognize a lie.”
- Greater Revelation
Definition of Wisdom
Wisdom is knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 and Proverbs 1:5 and 7)
The purpose of wisdom is to be able to walk uprightly in honor to God. God is pleased and greatful when you follow His commandments (Proverbs 4:5-6 and 7-9)a
Benefits of Wisdom are:
- Avoid a lot of problems and negativity in your life by making right choices.
- Bless other people through the wisdom you have gained through counseling and praying with others.
- Help others to change their lives.
Continue to Seek Wisdom
- Stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to righteousness and peace. If you don’t you’ll veer off the path, and on to the path of darkness, that leads to much trouble and total destruction. (Matthew 7:13-14)
- Seek wisdom like you would a hidden treasure. Keep searching until you find it, and once you do, apply it in your life daily. (Proverbs 8:10-11 and Proverbs 4:7)
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a network of Christian women. Our endeavor is to create an atmosphere and forum where women can realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches and their communities and the world.
WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We seek to encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment & boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’
She has produced ministry resources that are designed to equip and encourage women to grow in their spiritual walk with Jesus Christ, and discover and fulfill their God-given purpose for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.