God’s Spiritual Maturity in us

 

 

            While effort has nothing to do with your salvation, it has much to do with your spiritual growth. We are told to “make every effort” in our growth toward becoming like Jesus. You don’t just sit around and wait for it to happen. Paul explains in Ephesians 4:22-24Ephesians 4:22-24
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22 En cuanto a la pasada manera de vivir, despojaos del viejo hombre,p que está corrompido por los deseos engañosos, 23 renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente,q 24 y vestíos del nuevo hombre, creado según Diosr en la justicia y santidad de la verdad.

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our responsibilities in becoming like Christ. We must choose to let go of old ways of acting. “Everything…. Connected with that old ways of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it!”  We must change the way we think.“Let the Spirit change your way of thinking.” Ephesians 4:23Ephesians 4:23
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23 renovaos en el espíritu de vuestra mente,q

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             The Bibles says we are “transformed “ by the renewing of our minds Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 No os conforméis a este mundo,f sino transformaos por medio de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento, para que comprobéis cuál es la buena voluntad de Dios, agradable y perfecta.g

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. The Greek word for transformed, metamorphosis Romans 12:2Romans 12:2
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2 No os conforméis a este mundo,f sino transformaos por medio de la renovación de vuestro entendimiento, para que comprobéis cuál es la buena voluntad de Dios, agradable y perfecta.g

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, 2 Corinthians 3:182 Corinthians 3:18
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18 Por tanto, nosotros todos, mirando con el rostro descubierto y reflejando como en un espejo la gloria del Señor,o somos transformados de gloria en gloria en su misma imagen,p por la acción del Espíritu del Señor.q

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, is used today to describe the amazing change a caterpillar goes through in becoming a butterfly. It is a beautiful picture of what happens to us spiritually when we allow God to direct our thoughts, we are changed from the inside out, we become more beautiful, and we are set free to soar to new heights.  We must “put on” the character of Christ by developing new, godly habits. Your character is essentially the sum of your habits, it is how you habitually act. “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24Ephesians 4:24
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24 y vestíos del nuevo hombre, creado según Diosr en la justicia y santidad de la verdad.

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           God uses His Word, people, and circumstances to mold us. All three are indispensable for character development. God’s Word provides the truth we need to grow, God’s people provide the support we need to grow, and circumstance provide the environment we need to practice Christlikeness.

 

 

            Many people assume all that is needed for spiritual growth is Bible study and prayer. But some issues in life will never be change by Bible study or prayer alone. In many religions, the people considered to be the most spiritually mature and holy are those who isolate themselves from others in mountaintop monasteries, uninfected by contact with other people. Spiritual maturity is not a solitary, individual pursuit! You cannot grow to Christlikeness in isolation. You must be around other people and interact with them. You need to be a part of a church and community. Because true spiritual maturity is all about learning to love Jesus, and you can’t practice being like Jesus without being in relationship with other people. It’s all about love, loving God and loving others.

 

 

             Becoming like Christ is a long, slow process of growth. Spiritual maturity is neither instant nor automatic; it is a gradual, progressive development that will take the rest of your life. “This will continue until we are mature, just as Christ is, and we will be completely like Him.” Ephesians 4:13Ephesians 4:13
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13 hasta que todos lleguemos a la unidad de la fe y del conocimiento del Hijo de Dios, al hombre perfecto, a la medida de la estatura de la plenitud de Cristo.

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. Our focus should not be on comparing ourselves with others, but on comparing ourselves with Jesus and God’s Word. The Scriptures are the mirror to show us what we are like spiritually and to shine light on the areas that need to experience and learn spiritual growth. James 1:23-25James 1:23-25
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23 Si alguno es oidor de la palabra pero no hacedor de ella, ese es semejante al hombre que considera en un espejo su rostro natural; 24 él se considera a sí mismo y se va, y pronto olvida cómo era. 25 Pero el que mira atentamente en la perfecta ley, la de la libertad,z y persevera en ella, no siendo oidor olvidadizo sino hacedor de la obra, este será bienaventurado en lo que hace.

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 declares, “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it he will be blessed in what he does.”