We are in the flesh, and we don’t always act the way we wish we would (Romans 7:15-26). God knew we would mess up royally. We are royalty after all. 😉 He doesn’t stay mad at us when we mess up because we are His children. Psalm 30:5 says His anger only lasts for a moment.
How are we supposed to respond when we do mess up? When we mess up, we don’t shrug our shoulders indifferently, or sulk into depression, but rather take notice of what we did wrong. We dig into the Word and discover what truths, promises or commands to apply in that situation. When a similar instance arrises, then the Holy Spirit brings the Word we put in us back to our remembrance for us to apply (John 14:26). This process is walking in the Spirit, and then we will react incorrectly less frequently with each new opportunity.
When we are walking in the Spirit, we are intentionally learning, applying what we have learned, and then growing by it.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 1Peter 2:2
We need to be intentional with continually growing up in Him.
If there’s not progress in anything there is stagnancy and eventually death. We are likened to a tree in Psalm 1:3, and we know that if a tree stops growing it dies. God wants us to grow spiritually, yet roadblocks exist that hinder us from obeying that or even wanting to obey it.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:48
We look at the above scripture and think, “I can’t be perfect. That’s just not happening.” We sometimes have a mental block that is simply overcome by understanding.
He doesn’t mean for us to be perfect in the sense of being entirely without flaws.
The word perfect in the Greek means with a goal of becoming completely mature in regard to mental and moral character. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect in the sense of perfection, but He expects us to grow. It should be our continual goal to become increasingly spiritually mature. How? Grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18).
If we aren’t growing intentionally then we can delay or miss our destiny. If we stay an immature Christian forever then we are like the blind leading the blind, and both will fall into the ditch (Luke 6:39).
For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:13-14 NKJV
God has a crafted lesson for us to learn in the season we are in right now that is going to bring us one step closer to maturity. The focus should not be we “messed up…again,” but are we being teachable?
Are we willing to be taught by His hands?
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