Promise Keeper-Day 4
Only babies have desires that must become quenched immediately. Their life literally depends on timely assessment and handling of their needs. If they’re hungry they cry until fulfilled. When they need a diaper change they will scream until they feel clean. A sign of maturity in a sweet baby is when they are able to wait. When nap and feeding time can be scheduled and they learn how to accept no as an answer, there lies a major milestone.
Now, imagine this. One day at work your boss ask you to lead an important meeting during your lunch break. Instead of adjusting you begin to cry and scream; “ I’m so hungry…I don’t want to lead a meeting , I need to eat now!” As you complain you have a temper tantrum, throwing everything off of your desk until the boss say’s never mind. Would you seem like a mature, responsible employee? You’d look dumb and lose your job. Everyone would see this behavior as immature and child-like.
Why am I sharing this?
Spiritual maturity is as important (if not more so) as physical maturity. When we call ourselves Christians but; act out all the time , are never happy, always complain, and live in struggle we’re like the adult-baby spiritually . We are to grow in knowledge of God and become disciplined adults in our walk with Him. Part of that growth is the ability to tell ourselves no. The strength to put our flesh to subjection to the will of God. We can’t forever be babes in Christ who never change, make excuses for our faults, and blame repeated bad decisions on having fun or being young and dumb. The understanding that any sacrifice for God big or small reaps great rewards is life changing. The Holy Spirit gives us self-control and the power to remove ourselves from people and things that weigh us down. He knows what is best and what keeps us from being our best selves. The bible says; Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1
This is a supernatural work, that happens within us.. are you willing to walk in this assurance?!
I love the verse; “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
The hardest part has been solved already. The Lord is working in you and around you. He is working in ways that you can’t even see right now but its happening!
Our time of consecration, fasting, intentional prayer, and meditation is a chance to show God we are no longer babies but we are maturing in Him. We show Him and ourselves, that we don’t have to give into sin just because it easier to do wrong. We can give up things that don’t progress us. We are wise enough to know being young isn't an excuse to act like a fool. Life is short and no one knows how much time they’ll have to get it right. When we fast and give up things for God we practice discipline that could be life changing. Obedience isn’t just for God, it is or you! It protects, blesses, and covers you.
Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. John 14:24
..If you obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this book of the law, if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart and soul. Deuteronomy 30:10