Mark Affleck

3 Words DERAILED My Faith Walk: “I’ve Got This.”

June 17, 2021
Spiritual Growth

Spiritual maturity is all about Jesus.
We should NEVER stop reminding ourselves of that truth. That’s why I have been mentioning it every day in this series on spiritual growth. It should be part of our DAILY prayers. It should be ever-present in our thoughts that spiritual maturity is about glorifying God, not elevating ourselves.  That spiritual maturity is about being an OBEDIENT follower, not just an observer.
When we look at our spiritual maturity and think, “I’VE GOT THIS,” the caution signs for a derailment of our faith walk need to go up immediately. THAT is when we need to seal the truth—that spiritual maturity is all about Jesus–into our soul and stitch it to our heart because it is then when we are the most vulnerable.
I learned this the hard way early in my faith walk when I tried to turn a superficial understanding of spiritual maturity into my “permanent” relationship with Christ. My spiritual growth train derailed immediately and the results were ugly. That’s when I turned to my success and money to soothe the pain of living without God in the hub position of my life’s wheel. And, of course, that failed.
The FIRST course of action is a daily reminder that spiritual maturity is all about Jesus. But that’s only the beginning of the process. We cannot grow our faith without intention and action. That’s why the Bible tells us to SEEK God.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6
SEEKING GOD is a continual process that must never stop. It is a matter of “setting our minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:2).
This is a CHOICE we must make! Fixing our mind on Jesus is not coasting along with the thought that “I’ve got this.” It is the opposite. As mentioned above, it is a deliberate and intentional commitment to seal the truth—that spiritual maturity is all about Jesus–into our soul and stitch it to our heart.
Here’s how the Apostle Paul approached it in Thessalonica: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
I ask God to gird me for the battle against thinking “I’ve got this” when it comes to my relationship and walk with him. To help me stay focused on the truth that spiritual maturity is ALL ABOUT JESUS.
Are you thinking “I’ve got this” about any part of your faith walk?
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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