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Archive for April, 2014

Who Keeps You?

There are levels of maturity in the Spirit. When first born again, when first made aware of the reality of the realm of the Spirit and spiritual things, there is truly the attentive, insatiable inquisitiveness of infancy – so much joyful wonder, so much to learn and to experience. Gradually, the need for obedience to what we are learning {taking in Holy Spirit counsel and teaching, and the admonitions from the Word} becomes a plumb line for us. The resolve to “get it right” according to God’s ways of doing and being right transforms our action and thoughts, and purposeful practice in that obedience ushers in the full and complete manifestation of the promises of God. We learn that God means what He says and says only what He means (Psalm 138:2), that His Word is True – alive and active- (Hebrews 4:12), and that all of His promises to us are “YES” in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).

Full maturity in the Spirit is quite contrary to the world’s concept of maturity. According to the world’s standards, one is considered a fully mature person when standing on our own, taking full responsibility in life, and being in charge of our own choices and destiny. We are in our own keeping. We pursue our own agenda. Success is marked by individual accomplishment, personal achievement, self-reliance.

But spiritual maturity is quite the opposite. It is the recognition of His Lordship, the willing transfer of authority to the rightful Owner, the relinquishing of personal domain into the care of the One Who truly knows and loves you, and Who has a plan for your life so much more enhanced than anything you could imagine.

Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the {action of His} power that is at work within us, is able to {carry out His purpose and} do superabundantly far over and above all that we {dare} ask or think {infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires,
thoughts, or dreams}….

Spiritual maturity is the determined realization that we are not our own! We have been “bought with a price {purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own}” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

And how freeing that realization is! Placing yourself daily into His care, leaning the entire weight of you – your personality, your future, your purpose – over on to the One Who knows you best, loves you most, and wants only to do you good and to bless you abundantly – what a paradox! Relinquishing control is the full demonstration of spiritual maturity. There is no better choice to make, no better place to be, than in the loving care of your Abba.

Believe in the Lord, Jesus Christ {give yourself up to Him; take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping}… (Acts 16:31)