But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.Hebrews 5:14(NASB)
Once we are saved by grace through faith we are to live by faith; to walk by faith; to mature in the faith and to grow in grace. We are to progress from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity and to become disciples of Christ.. students of the scriptures and skilled in the word of righteousness.
As believers who have trusted Christ for our salvation we are to develop in our Christian walk and advance from simply taking-in the pure milk of the Word to feeding on the strong meat of everything that proceeds from the mouth of God. We are to walk each day in spirit and truth as we regularly read, mark, learn, study, inwardly digest and practice the truth that we have been taught from the Word of God.. so that our senses are trained to discern good and evil.
How sad when a Christian does not mature in their faith but remains a spiritual babe in Christ. How important that we grow in grace and increase in wisdom, understanding and a knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Such a man or woman has not been instructed in righteousness, and is unskilled in the normal Christian life which is so vital for spiritual growth and Christian maturity. Such a person is unable to form sound spiritual judgements.. and are not capable of distinguishing between good and evil or differentiating between sound scriptural teaching and dangerous false doctrine. Such a Christian is often manipulated by false teachers, ensnared by legalism, shipwrecked by Satan, unstable in his ways and tossed about by every wind of doctrine.
Today huge numbers of alternative dogmas and ideologies, are being offered in place of sound biblical teaching.. Today there are also an increasing number of self-appointed prophets and apostles who dish out their own brand of extra-biblical revelation in preference to standing on the plain teaching of Scripture and there are an increasing number of diverse cults, creeds and false teachers that distort the character of God, dethrone the Person Christ and dismiss His Work on the cross as irrelevant or unimportant.
But we are to be nourished on the Word of God.. and to practice biblical precepts and scriptural principles if we are to become spiritually disciplined mature believers, who have their senses trained to discern good and evil. To do so means that we are to die to self and look to Christ alone.. It requires that God's Word dwells in us richly, day by day and that we are quick to eschew evil and do that which is good. We are to walk in spirit and truth, abide in Christ and He in us so that in the power of the Holy Spirit we may bring forth much spiritual fruit to the glory of God.
As maturing Christians we should desire an increasingly intimate relationship with our Lord and set our hearts on things above and not on the things of this earth. We are to remember that we are in Christ and that in Him, we died to our old sinful past, and our life is now hidden with Christ in God. We are to rejoice that Christ, is our life. We are to pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks - and we are to remember that He is coming one day to take us to be with Himself and that the day is fast approaching when we also will appear with Him in glory- praise His holy name..
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may grow in grace and become spiritually mature. I pray that as I submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life I may become increasingly like the Lord Jesus and that as I live and work to Your praise and glory.. I may have my senses trained to discern what is good and what is evil - so that I may discern those teachings and teachers that distort the word of truth and stand fast on the unchanging and unchangable Word of God, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN
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