Last week we addressed the growth dynamic of LEARN, CHANGE and GROW as seen in 2 Timothy 3:16.
This week, I want to focus om how to recognize a recurrence of spiritual defeat in the midst of spiritual victories.
When progressing on the road to spiritual maturity, there come those moments that might be described as a 'dark cloud', at which time there is a significant awareness of a loss of that perfect peace God promises His children in Isaiah 26:3.
What precipitates that change? If we look again at that passage, the conditional promise for perfect peace is two old - salvation and a mind stayed on the Lord. Therefore, when there is a violation of Scripture, the very heart of God, it is predictable that the sweet intimacy is short-circuited, and peace is absent. What a blessed instrument for making practical assessment!! The external symptom might be fear, or discouragement, or discontent....but the internal cause is that of losing sight of the character and nature of our wonderful God. Peter reminds us in 2 Peter 1:9 that when we 'forget that we have been purged from our sins', we are blind, and cannot see afar off.
What are the biblical steps for resolution of that conflict?
Without question, we must recognize our violation of the heart of God and seek immediate REPENTANCE.
Thereafter, as indicated, RESTITUTION must be employed, thus satisfying God' s plan of loving God and loving our neighbor. Then comes the follow-through of RESTRUCTURE - a specific plan for walking in the Spirit,and thus not fulfilling the lust of the flesh, seen in Galatians 5:16. Having accomplished biblical change, as described, we again move forward on the road to spiritual maturity as we LEARN, CHANGE and GROW.
May God help you today on your spiritual growth road!
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