Archive for the ‘Maturity’ Category


Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Day 286

“For the Kingdom of God is . . .
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
Romans 14:7

Imagine if you had the opportunity to work and practice your future career while you were growing up. Then one day you stepped into your position as an accomplished person achieving everything that is expected of you. You would then reap the fruits of your work the rest of your life. In a sense, this is already true for you as a Christian.

The kingdom of God is a present day reality for those who yield their lives to the rule of the Spirit. We have been transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13) and given the opportunity be a co-worker bringing the kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. We can reap peace and joy as the fruit.

“Thy kingdom come” of the Lord’s Prayer is the Father’s will to be done on earth, as it is heaven. It is a prayer for God to reign and to manifest His sovereignty and power through us. The kingdom of God is also a future event when there, “will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). It is a day when, “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

“What is the kingdom of God like? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew, became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches” Luke 13:18-19


Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Day 283

“They entered the desert . . .”
Deuteronomy 19:2

The desert is a place of testing and eventually the Lord will lead us to it. These periods in our life often lead us to believe that the Lord has ‘turned His back’ on us, or even abandoned us, making them spiritual droughts. However, there is a purpose to these times and it is to reveal what is in our hearts. Since the Lord is all knowing, the purpose isn’t for Him, it’s for you.

Maturity does not come by knowledge. We must live what we know. Our works and actions (and reactions) reveal the heart. For instance, to know we love our brethren does not make it a reality in our lives. We first must lay down our life and serve in humility holding others in higher regard than ourselves. When that becomes our way of life, we know we are expressing the very love of our Father that was given to us. The desert will tell us if we are there yet.

God is in the desert. Although He may let us be hungry, He will feed us with His manna and when He let us thirst, He will give us drink from His water. In the midst of our dryness, we find a new way to live – by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord (Deuteronomy 8). He is a good Father, training us to know what is in our hearts and then learning how to live leaning upon Him and not our flesh.

“Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover”
Song of Songs 8:5


Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Day 122

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”
Hosea 4:6a

Paul tells us that we have put off the old man with his deeds and put on the new man which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created us [Colossians 3:9-10]. We are being renewed “for full knowledge” [Ephesians 4:24] to “righteousness and holiness.” This is life-transforming knowledge, not head knowledge.

When the scriptures refer to knowledge, it refers to knowing oneself and knowing God, both objectively (doctrine) and subjectively (relationship). It’s the latter that Hosea is talking about. He is saying that we will be ruined for what we do not know about God. Think of it this way; if you are married and do not know your spouse, what kind of a marriage do you have? Certainly not one where there is any growth! And that is why many of God’s people are in bondage and misery – ignorance of God.

We spend anywhere from 12 to 29 years of our first years being educated – learning. Then we begin a career where we spend more years learning to be skilled. And this is all temporal – it will pass away. How much time do we spend learning about our Father and Savior? If we don’t, we suffer loss and do not grow. If we do, we grow and mature to fullness where we partake of God’s glorious salvation in a richer measure. Peter says we will grow in grace and peace.

“Knowledge of the Holy One is understanding”
Proverbs 9:10


Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Day 20

“and become mature, attaining to the
whole measure of the fullness of Christ”
Ephesians 4:13

God has shown us ten patterns of fatherhood. These patterns should be familiar to us as, we have been the recipients of His fatherly grace, mercy, compassion, and patience. When you read these ten patterns, place yourself in the role of the father.

1. Pleasure: The Father expresses pleasure in is son. He praises Him (Matt: 3:16-17.
2. Setting an example: The Father sets an example for the son as we should to others (John 5:19).
3. Example: The Father’s example is expressed because he loves his son (John 5:20).
4. Teaching: The Father invests his time in his son to teach him (John 5:20).
5. Excellence: The Father helps his son to excel to greater heights than those he has achieved through excellence (John 5:20).
6. Delegation: the Father delegates responsibility to the son (John 5:22).
7. Honored: The Father see that his son is honored.
8. The Father communicates to the son so that they may share. He leaves an inheritance: all the Father possesses belongs to the son. The son’s life is more important than the father’s.
9. The Father communicates the oneness of their spirit (John 17:21).
10. The Father blesses the son. This is seen throughout the word.

God has changed you. Consider now how you could change others by living according the pattern of fatherhood, and give glory to God.

“That you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything”
James 1:4


Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Day 19

“. . . and become mature, attaining to the
whole measure of the fullness of Christ”
Ephesians 4:13

Our purpose on this earth is to reach maturity in obtaining the fullness of Christ. We are encouraged to grow in Him, and take our place as co-laborers in His work. However, what is this maturity and fullness of Christ?

It is nothing less then having the pattern of Fatherhood in our lives as it was in Christ’s life. It is the ultimate goal of our walk in Christ. It reflects the natural order of growth as seen in the progression of childhood to sonship, then to husband and fatherhood. The child develops a relationship with God the Father that is Christ-centered and cultivates the attitude of Christ. The son puts away childish things and takes on the attitude of Christ, developing a greater concern for others. The husband demonstrates maturity in relationships, bringing his house into order through love. Moreover, the father is the faithful one who builds God’s character in other people.

This is the Father’s desire; that we become like Him in all things. Jesus’ walk here on the earth reflected His Father. He was the first man to give perfect obedience to the Father, and now He has many sons who may do the same. Moreover, fathers are those who, as Christ, give glory to Him by establishing the pattern of His Fatherhood in others.

“That you may be mature and complete,
not lacking anything”
James 1:4