'..For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. and if anyone does not offend in speech[ never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature..'
James 3: 2 [Amplified Version]
Our Man of God , Pastor Chris, has often said that if you pray for someone, you would not be able to criticise or speak ill of the person. How true! In our lives, there are issues that border on maturity, namely-
What is Christian Maturity? Who is the Mature Christian? What are his/her conduct in the above-mentioned issues?
In this year 2012, the year of the Lordship and Dominion of the Word of God in our lives, as per maturity, what is God's expectation of us? Does God have an expectation concerning the maturity of his children? What is the mind of the Spirit concerning maturity?
I trust the Lord that as we journey in this discussion, the Love of God would be so lavishly shed abroad in our hearts like never before and a solid front would be presented against the enemy in our love walk, relationships, families, jobs, finances and in any and every circumstance concerning us.
Please contribute because- YOU OWN THE WORLD![ YOOKOS]
God Bless You!
For further studies-
The Word- James 3; Hebrews 10:19-25; Romans 12:1-3[AMP]; Galatians 5:13-26, 6:1-10; Ephesians 4, 5 and 6: 1-4; Philipians 2: 1- 16 [AMP]; Romans 13: 8-14 [AMP]; 1 Corinthians 13 [AMP], etc
Ministry materials by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD- For this Cause; Christ Consciousness; Three Kinds of Knowledge; Love Dimensions; etc
Of Issue One on Maturity -
WHAT IS THE PERCEPTION WE HAVE OF OURSELVES?
Romans 12: 1-3 is on point as per this issue.
Individually, we sometimes think of ourselves either short of what the word says we are or we go overboard with what the word has said concerning us by having an exaggerated opinion of our own importance.
In our own perceptions, what do we think inwardly of ourselves? Do we think we are no good oftentimes? Remember, as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he! Do we think we are average as we have heard often of the expression ' an average christian'.? Did God make a new creation who is average? Or pompous? What manner of men ought we so to be?
Please lets throw more light on these issues!
God Bless You!!!
As christian we are all ment to come to mautrity, thats why god has provided us with his word, and we have not only been taught to read and obey the word we must do it also. The more we left the word have dominion and manifest in our lifes the more mature we will become. As Pastor Chris says God is coming for a church without spots and Wrinkles and i feel mautrity is the key to this. God has given us his word and churches to fellowship in to perfect us for his coming. I Thank God everyday for christ embassy slough and Pastor Chris because they have impacted my life so much, and christ embassy slough has been catapulted to a higher level!
PART 1: I agree the message Growing unto maturity by Pastor Chris is a master piece on this topic. As a child of God you ought to grow when you yield to the Word of God because it changes our mindset and our way of doing things.
You measure the maturity of a person by the way you talk a nd interact with others, the way you see others.
The bible says in 1CORINTHIANS13:11 " when I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as : BUT WHEN I BECAME A MAN , I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS"
Its not the number of years that person has been a christian or how old is that person, maturity is measured by the amount of the word of God you have put into your spirit and asa we look at the glory of God the mirror of God we are metamophosed, changed transfigured to the same image of God.
Above all we copy Jesus, what kind of person was Jesus, what was his character thats what we ought to have. He looked at everyone with love, so LOVE is the strong pivot, strong foundation.
In 1CORITHIANS 13 :13 SAYS " and now abide eth FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY(LOVE), these three, but the greatest of these is charity (love)
How true , love is a reflection of ones ' growth spiritually, you love everyone like jesus did and layed his life for us all.
Remember in all those things you say off guard not those things you say when prepared, that reveals who you are and the level of maturity
THE way you see and look others is very important in the body of Christ, why the bible says God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble, so humility is key and is a cornerstone of maturity. This explains the way we look at the body of christ , our leaders in church and evry one you meet. Look at them with love , the God kind of love. Are you quick to critisize your leaders or even your Pastor?. The bible says touch not my anointed !!!!!! thats maturity.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 SUMS IT ALL, if any man be in Christ , he is a new creation, he is now the very best of God , new species , Holy, and the Holy Ghost has chosen that person to be His house.
God expects us to be like Him because He is love. As He is so I we in this world.
Attitude also is a measure of a person's maturity, what is your attitude ????? towards , others.
Those leaders in church even Pastors are gift from God for the edification of the church.
EPHESIANS 4: 11-12 " and he gave some , apostles . and some , prophets;amd some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers ; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."
So we should have one mind. We honour the office they carry and we are blessed to have them for my edification praise God !!!
We are not ordinary !!! We are from above , the chosen breed, the holy nation and the royal preisthood !!!!!!
With out walking in the consciuosness of who you are in Christ Jesus, that is that important commandment the master gave us LOVE, the devil will creep into your job , family , finances, marriage, relationships only to mention a few without knowing though you will be praying !!!!!!!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
23And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
As Brother Richard added one will be walking in love and you can measure the maturity by what one says in the church building and outside the church building!
As out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks! Luke 6:45
I remember one Wednesday when sister Tsungi was sharing the word of God, she used an example of a lady who experienced something bad, either someone had physically stepped on her toes or cursed her, well her first reaction was an outburst of tongues!
I was like wow, in some cases most people will kiss their teeth, give those eyes! Haaa!
Well this lady had surely arrived to maturity!
Also the scripture below has been quoted in one of Pastor Chris’s teaching broadcasted this week via the cell leader’s forum.
Transformation by the Word.
Amplified Bible (AMP)
2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].
How do we come to maturity?
By feeding our Spirit with the word of God indeed.
As Solomon so wisely observed in Ecclesiastes: “We work to feed our appetites. Meanwhile our souls go hungry” (Eccl. 6:7 MSG).
I will invest in that DVD Growing unto Maturity!