Fresh Manna December 2015- 2

Mature and not Childish

We are made for growth.  God has created us for progressive growth: physically from a baby to an adult; in our soul, maturity of character and in our spirit, divine God likeness.  Our physical growth is a gift from God that we do not have to do anything ourselves but the growth of our soul and spirit is very much our responsibility, it does not come automatically.  We have been created and designed for growth but we have to choose and assert ourselves for that to happen.  
Isa_9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given
December is the month that we celebrate the birth of Jesus as a baby, this child was born for us, to carry our sin, to save our souls.  The maturity of Jesus as a son was given to us by His own choice and sacrifice!  Jesus chose to grow up for us. He chose to mature in His manhood, in His spiritual submission to the will of the Father for us.  Maturity is a choice, a goal and a direction that we must take.  Maturity will promote and carry you in the right direction of your God given destiny.  
Gal_4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
What is maturity?  It means not childish: not controlled, bound, intimidated, dictated and moulded by what is around you but being able to form a sound judgment, act wisely and go through the process with integrity and fortitude.  
1Co 13:11  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
We have to purposefully put off childish thoughts, emotions, self-will and behaviour.  Growth is a choice!
Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
A child is subject to the lies of the devil, a victim if without protection; an adult is a judge, a defender, a conqueror, a winner!  The difference between the two: maturity!
Without maturity, no one can be trusted with the authority and power of Jesus Christ!  
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God bless you!
Pastor Dora

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