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I would like to remind my readers that I am a regular column contributor to the Word of Truth Ministry’s Bulletin. This last Bulletin, my article was on “Passion in the Life of a Believer,” discussing the enthusiasm we should all have as believers in the Bible and in the Lord Jesus Christ. I consider passion for our fellow believers, for our families, for the truth, and for God Himself. Read this article at:

http://seedandbread.org/images/stories/bulletins/Oct14Bulletin.pdf

ann01I would like to remind my readers that I am a regular column contributor to the “Word of Truth Ministry” Bulletin. This last Bulletin, my article was on “Love and the Truth,” discussing the fact that the progress that the truth makes in our lives should result in us having and displaying a greater and greater love for our Lord and Savior, Who is the truth. Read this article at:

http://www.seedandbread.org/images/stories/bulletins/Dec13Bulletin.pdf

As believers, we should all be seeking to reach a godly maturity. We know this is what our Lord desires of us. Yet how exactly to reach this place of maturity is something that few will agree upon. Others are just not willing to do the work necessary to reach a place of maturity in their walks with the Lord. Yet I think, if we strive towards maturity, the results will be greatly beneficial to us. At the very least, we will build our relationship with God and get to know our Lord better, and what could be better than that?

In our last study, I expressed my opinion that the steps to maturity are not so much things we do as attitudes we have. Thus, I began to set forth the attitudes I believe we need to have in our hearts in order to reach a place of maturity. The first attitude was that, in a believer’s walk with God, it is not a religion. It is a relationship. Now, let us go on to the second attitude I believe is crucial for spiritual maturity.

II.  It’s not about you.  It’s about God.

Sometimes, I think we view our relationship with God as if He was like an employee at Wal-Mart.  Read the rest of this entry »

The struggle to reach spiritual maturity is not easy for us as believers.  We strive to reach the place in our walks with God where He would have us to be, and yet many factors seem to get in the way of what we know our potential for Him could be.  I believe that many of the roadblocks that we face on our way to coming to a place of maturity have not so much to do with our circumstances, or even with our outward behavior, but rather with our attitudes.

Think, for a moment, of a child commanded by his parents to take out the trash. Now, all that is really necessary physically for him to be able to do this is the proper strength and coordination to accomplish the task. Yet just because he is able to do this, does not mean that he is mature about it. If he must be told a hundred times to do it, and if he grumbles and complains the whole time, then he can hardly be said to be mature when it comes to taking out the trash. Thus, maturity has not so much to do with his age or ability, but much more to do with his attitude.

Thus, I believe that it is attitude more than anything that signals a true maturity when it comes to our relationships with the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »