I used to think that when you grow up you suddenly mature. Maybe I wouldn’t say it out loud, but as a child that’s what you think. Of course if you’re reading this post chances are you aren’t a child.
Moreover, chances are you know that I was wrong.
We all know that you don’t simply “grow up” as time progresses, and yet we don’t often apply that same principle to spiritual maturity.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”James 1:22 KJV
Don’t become FAT spiritually
I grew up in a Christian home raise by parents who knew the Bible really well. When I was a teenager I started to read books from Kenneth Hagin about being led by my spirit and started to learn how to hear Gods voice better.
Somewhere along the way though I got lazy. I was hearing a LOT of the Word of God preached but I wasn’t doing anything with what I knew.
I became spiritually fat.
In the natural, if you try to eat a lot to bulk up but don’t also exercise you end up gaining the wrong kind of weight. You get fat.
You have an excess of stored energy and no application.
Same thing applies spiritually.
If you don’t both hear the word and do something with what you hear, you become spiritually fat and lethargic.
Pretty soon you’ll think you’re all that and really pride will have deceived you.
It did me!
I learned that 9/10 times if I’m criticizing others I’m standing from a lower position trying to raise myself up.
Very rarely do people who operate on a higher plane turn around and criticize people below. They only operate in that spirit when their pride is threatened.
Do something with the Word you Know
I would encourage you to do something with the Word you know to remove any opportunities for pride to creep in.
For more posts like this one check out our post from last week here.