Growing Up

Allow a day, week, quarter, month or year go by and sooner or later you will notice some change. My youngest son who is now 4, had an extreme infatuation with Thomas the Train. He owned a pair of Thomas the Train rain boots, he wore no matter if it was winter, summer or fall. As the seasons began to change, so did his foot size and before long Darius had out grew his beloved Thomas the Train rain boots. Whether it was because of the veggies he ate, milk he drank or his body following the natural course of growth, I had to face the fact that Darius was growing up.

I couldn’t help but to take personal inventory and ask myself, “Am I growing up? Spiritually, emotionally, psychologically?” Am I still overtaken by the urge to be selfish, when God has presented me an opportunity to be selfless? Have I grown to the point that I desire His will over mine? Just like when you have braids or wear a relaxer, the new growth has exposes that a change is necessary.

Hebrews 5:12 says it likes this, “By this time you ought to be teachers yourselves, yet here I find you need someone to sit down with you and go over the basics on God again, starting from square one—baby’s milk, when you should have been on solid food long ago! Milk is for beginners, inexperienced in God’s ways; solid food is for the mature, who have some practice in telling right from wrong.

Ouch!!! Right?? We should make it our business, a priority and intentional to grow up in God. Just like many things, it all begins with you making your mind up to do it! To live for God, to no longer make excuses for your need to drink whenever there is alcohol available, but to practice self-control and pass on the Patron. Become the one who silences poor discussions and begin to speak life (Ephesians 4:29). Grow to a place where you exercise the strength (because the temptation is real and strong) to remain celibate until marriage.

Last week, my husband challenged the leaders of New Life to devise a plan for their spiritual growth. I want to share with you a few ways you can grow up in the Lord:

#1 Carve Out A Consistent Devotional Time (Psalm 145:18)

If you are consistently in HIS face, you can face whatever comes your way. Just like we make time to eat, we have to take time to eat at the feet of Jesus. This appointment should be like clockwork. Currently, I am using “New Morning Mercies” by Paul Tripp as daily devotional. It helps in guiding my prayers, digging into the word and learn practical application of God’s word.

#2 Find a spiritual mentor (Titus 2:3-4)

This person can be someone you know who chews on the meat of God’s word, a teacher or elder in your local church. I would suggest you communicate with this trusted person your spiritual goals and areas of struggle so they can pray for you, encourage you and hold you accountable.

#3 Remove the Carnal (Romans 8:6)

Carnal minded people keep silent while you dance with sin. They overlook and even root you on towards unrighteousness behavior. You know you were dead wrong for talking to the bank teller crazy like that. A carnal friend would cosign with your behavior and say, “she deserved it”. Remove the people, places, and things that do not feed your spirit. Certain TV shows infuse jealously, hatred, murder and seep into your mental, which cause you to now be ungrateful for what you do have, cause you to lust after certain things and people. In order to guard yourself from these emotions, you will need to turn it off.

So I encourage you to grow out of those rain boots you’ve been holding on to since you first said yes to God. Allow a divine exchange to happen when you hand over your cotton candy pink jelly sandals in exchange for a pair or red bottom pumps. Someone is waiting for you to #growingup.

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