ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Religion and Philosophy»
  • Christianity, the Bible & Jesus

Are you Growing or Dying inside? 21 truths about Spiritual Maturity.

Updated on September 23, 2016
The Fruit of the Vine, a powerful parable to study to see if you are really maturing or dying inside.
The Fruit of the Vine, a powerful parable to study to see if you are really maturing or dying inside. | Source
The World offers a way that seems right, but the false hope it gives ends in dead end hopes and dreams.
The World offers a way that seems right, but the false hope it gives ends in dead end hopes and dreams. | Source
Studying and researching God's word, when applied to your life, yields vast knowledge and understanding of everything.
Studying and researching God's word, when applied to your life, yields vast knowledge and understanding of everything. | Source
God's path is straightforward and simple.
God's path is straightforward and simple. | Source
God's word is a truth filled blessing, when you apply it to your daily life, because it opens your eyes to the world around you.
God's word is a truth filled blessing, when you apply it to your daily life, because it opens your eyes to the world around you. | Source
The world will tell you so many things, but only God can lead and direct your paths in life to true happiness
The world will tell you so many things, but only God can lead and direct your paths in life to true happiness | Source
When you apply the Principles of the Parable of the Sower, God increases your knowledge.
When you apply the Principles of the Parable of the Sower, God increases your knowledge. | Source

A parable revealed

When I was a child, there was always one scripture in the Bible that always left me confused. As the years went on, I had felt drawn to do my own in depth study of these scriptures and apply them to my life. Though I faltered many times one truth still remained deep within me.

There is a huge controversy over the word of God today. If you really study the Bible, you will see a striking resemblance between our inner selves and the scriptures God displayed throughout his word.

First of all, the seed is the word of God. (Luke 8:11).

"Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. (Luke 8:12). In other words, they have heard but fail to apply truth to their daily lives. Let me break this scripture down and make it easier to understand.

The path on the way side

-a path/road, the way instructed and approved of God, access to the Father, a highway, a journey, to go forth, a great way off, a passage, to go on ones way

Hear

-to hear a voice but no listen to it, to hear without taking heed, to neglect what has been heard, disobedience

Take

-lay hold of, a corrupt action, temptation or the power of

-to catch, take up or away

Everyday, we see people who see a truth. They may even experience God's blessings, mercy and provision. But they refuse to acknowledge him in their lives, and they are the type that cram spiritual corn cobs in their ears so they do not hear what God is saying.

"They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy, and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away." Luke 8:13. In other words, these are people who let hard times keep them from serving Christ.

Rock

-a stone that might be thrown early or moved, "spots", or conduct dangerous to others, shallow soil, rough places

Hear

-Again, they have heard the truth but will not listen

Receive

-In contrast to giving, to take, to accept, being impartial


Joy

-gladness, delight, object of Christ's joy, connected with falling into trials, persecution, christian sympathy

Root

-evil things, love of money, bitterness, offspring, to root out or up

Temptation

-trials with a beneficial purpose and effect, divinely permitted or sent

-believers are commanded to pray not to be led into such forces beyond their own control (Matthew 26:41, Mark 14:38, Luke 22:40,46).

-carelessness, disobedience, a trial that leads to wrong doing

Fall

-a false step, a blunder, a trespass, to stumble, to sin, apostasy from the faith, falling morally or spiritually

-a ship not under control, believer who is warned lest he fall away from the course (responsibility) in which he has been confirmed by the word of God

-a snare, defraud, destitute

As Christians, it is a fight to live holy in a wicked world. We will fight the war until we take our last dying breath. Sometimes we fall. Sometimes we never get up again. But God is greater, and it is important to know that he does have a purpose divinely instituted for each and every life, so long as we chose to accept his purpose.

"And they which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection." Luke 8:14. In other words, these are people who allow worldly lusts and pleasure to seduce them. They are luke warm.

Thorns

-a divine curse on the ground, a twig that is flexible, physical, painful, humiliating, a divinely permitted satanic antagonism

-a constantly repeated attack, and the acuteness of the suffering and its effects

Choke

-to perish by drowning, crowding out to prevent growth, to suffocate to death!

Cares

-to be anxious about, having anxiety, to distract or draw in different directions

-without carefulness, seriously misses the point, having affection for something other than what is most important

Riches

-material riches used evily, false sense of enlightenment

Pleasure

-gratification of the sinful and natural desires, enjoyment, to please, lovers of pleasure

No fruit, unfruitfulness

-a conduct unto death, activities resulting in a state of alienation from God

This is not a good place to be. If you fall for a sin and keep indulging in it, never forsaking your fleshly desires and giving your life to Christ, eventually you will die. Your choices and lifestyle will consume you and you will never have seen the glory of God's mighty purpose for your life.

"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." Luke 8:15. This is where we should be in life, regardless of what hardships and desires come pecking at our doors.

Good

-being good in its character or constitution, beneficial in its effect

-a moral sense, morally honorable, pleasing to God; Christians are to prove it, work it, follow it, be zealous of it, overcome evil with it, imitate it

-that which is well adapted to its circumstances or ends, right, noble, honorable, not to be weary in well doing

-easy, beautiful, good desire, kindly disposition towards others, to bestow a benefit, to do good

Hear

-a thing perceived, to obey, listen attentively; intimate fellowship of the Son with the father, receiving of a message

-making a decision to obey

Honest

-a mans entire mental and moral activity, hidden springs of the personal life which represents the true character

-the understanding, faith, the heart as the sphere of divine influence (Romans 2:15, Acts 15:9).

Keep

-to watch over, preserve, keeping the faith; protection, keeping guard, to be strong

Patience

-to abide under, grows only in trials; patience perfects christian character to endure

"My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it." Luke 8:21.

Trials, circumstances and hardships will refine you to the glory of Christ. They will teach you to trust God. They will prove your faith, and if you have none, they will strengthen it. It develops Godly character that encourages, strengthens, honors and glorifies. It builds you up so you can be a light to others and the world.

We have to die first, so we can live.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Virtuous1 profile image

      Virtuous1 5 years ago from United States, Maryland

      that we do my sister

    • april holland profile image
      Author

      April Savage 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you Virtuous1 and Wendell Patterson! We so have to watch our seeds, nurture them and stay close to God!

    • Wendell Patterson profile image

      Wendell Patterson 5 years ago from Alabama

      Thats was great very insight full

    • Virtuous1 profile image

      Virtuous1 5 years ago from United States, Maryland

      Excellent teaching you did a great job on those parables. We always want the word to fall on good soil,but when we don't receive it when we hear it the enemy comes and snatches it away from us and it falls on everything but good soil. We want the word to take root and grow on the inside of us so when things come up we know how to bring that word out of our bellies and speak it..AMEN