I have been a Christian for 30 years and have seen many ups and downs and inconsistencies in my own life. With every awakening or revelation in my heart, I have felt like I was born anew. I can't tell you the number of times that I have told myself that "I wish I knew then what I know now". All the mistakes I may have avoided, the constant stream of misjudgment, and the poor esteem issues I faced along the way.
Even now after 30 years, I am careful not to cling to any doctrinal belief (outside of the core knowing of Jesus as my Lord), too tightly in case it may keep me from growing in Truth and Spirit. Nevertheless, some tidbits have formed in me that I can be confident in saying are spiritual principles for living.
One of these are:
Parroting is Powerless
When you are just repeating what other people tell you, whether it be your pastor, your best friend, your spiritual mentor, your spiritual parent, your favorite TV evangelist or book.... You are NOT really GROWING UP in Christ.
Frankly people, if you are not taking the time to hear DIRECTLY from the Spirit of God within your OWN heart and developing a relationship with Jesus through active day to day engagement and CONVERSATION with Him; then life will go south on your REALLY fast.
Thank GOD that some day your bluff will be called and what you truly believe in your heart will be revealed. It's much better to know the truth about yourself than to walk around thinking you can cast out devils, heal the sick, or overcome addictions... only to be discouraged and offended with God because somehow you equate these disappointments to HIS lack and not your own. Do you know how many people are offended with God because he didn't "show up" when they expected Him to? Just keep in mind, it's really easy to misunderstand someone you don't know. This includes God. This is what happened in Acts 19.
After reading Acts 19, it's easy to conclude that there is no room for Power and Parroting together. Just saying the right words at the right time is not enough. Looking to another man/woman for your growth will lead you nowhere either. There is ONLY ONE true shepherd and only ONE true spiritual Father, give this place in your heart to anyone else and you will lose the power to live the abundant life you were designed for.
Take a walk, sit at the park, or go some place quiet. Do this on a regular basis. LOOK at everything you can see and ask God to show you how to see more. BELIEVE He will grant you what you ask and wait for the MORE to come. Each day, more and more. The word says the Holy Spirit will show you things to come (John 16:13). EXPECT Him to do exactly that. Develop a strong relationship with God. Jesus made this possible! Take advantage of what He has given to you. Having eyes to see and ears to hear is one of the BEST PARTS of being a believer. Unless you practice seeing and hearing for yourself, you will not be able to process the meatier things in life.
GROW UP and get FAT :)
In that day their burden will be lifted from your shoulders, their yoke from your neck; the yoke will be broken because you have grown so fat. - Isaiah 10:27
Be Free and Blessed Today!