Friday, 9 May 2014

Spiritual Maturity

Scripture:  1 John 2 v 13:  "I write unto you fathers, because you have known Him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because you have known the Father."

The Apostle John is dividing believers into 3 groups viz Little Children ie new converts; Young Men ie Overcomers; Fathers ie those who know Jesus by revelation of God.

Little children in spiritual growth have had their sins forgiven and been reconciled with their Heavenly Father. They have no serious spiritual experience or growth factors. Just the wonder of salvation and the hunger to learn.

Little children need guidance and help to put the world behind them and experience the newness of their changed lives. The time is still ahead for them to start overcoming the wicked one.

John says of those who have matured to become Young Men that they are overcomers. It is a long path of life events that challenge all who are in Christ Jesus. It is the enemy of our souls, the wicked one, the Devil, who tries to frighten, entice or discourage us to abandon Christianity for easier options.

Those who believe his lies and fall into his traps are known as Backsliders. The main spirit in evidence in backsliders is Unbelief. You are convinced by Unbelief to reject Jesus and His salvation and turn back into the world and its seeming safety. 

Those who survive this onslaught are starting to overcome the wicked one. There are still many things to learn and battles to be won. Bad habits must go, anger must be controlled, fears and doubts must be defeated. 

Thankfully we have the Holy Spirit producing fruit within us. Jesus is in our hearts and we must allow His nature to replace our fallen nature which is now crucified with Him.  The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and is also known as the Paraclete - One who comes alongside to help.

There comes a day when your heart and mind are completely settled. You have entered into your rest. You have arrived at spiritual maturity with an unconquerable and unswerving faith. It does not mean that there is not much to do in reaching the lost but you now KNOW Him, Jesus Christ, in a way that cannot be reversed.

John calls such people "fathers" because a father has weathered all the storms and can use his experience to guide and build disciples. Fathers have the heart of God towards His children and possess the mind of Christ.

Fathers live a holy, pure and spotless life to be examples to the flock of the Lord. When we speak of Fathers, Young Men and Little Children it applies to both male and female believers.

Jesus died to give us life when we were dead in our sins. We who follow Him should give our utmost for His glory. We must surrender all to our King and be a vessel of honour that He can use to pour out His love, grace and mercy to draw sinners out of the world into His Kingdom.

Are you ready to do your part? You need to grow in your faith and overcome evil to become spiritually mature in these last days.

Prayer: Father God, we stand for Jesus and the Kingdom of God on Earth. We must grow in grace and be ready to help others come to know You. Help us to avoid the pitfalls and overcome evil so we are good examples to those still in darkness. In Jesus' name. Amen.