Friday, June 1, 2018

MATURITY AND DISCERNMENT

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1 Corinthians 2:15 (NET)
The one who is spiritual discerns all things, yet he himself is understood by no one.

Even though Ugochukwu had deleted all the inappropriate and unwholesome videos and music on his smartphone after he believed, he still watched many movies and didn't see anything wrong with them since there was no outright pornography on them. But as he grew spiritually, he started observing that each time he watched certain movies, they made him become weaker, or make him bring down his guard. As he continued to grow, he started seeing that certain movies were not harmless as he previously thought, but were dangerous for his spirit. He stopped watching such movies.

When he was still a baby in the faith, he knew that pornography was bad for his soul and he now avoided it like a plague. But his discernment was not strong enough to see that many of the other movies he used to watch were also not good for his soul. But as he grew, he saw it and obeyed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to stop watching them.

Many believers have not grown spiritually because they do not obey such promptings, but wish to continue to please the flesh at the expense of the spirit’s growth.

One of the signs of spiritual maturity is the ability to discern. As you grow in the Spirit, you grow in your ability to discern right from wrong; good from evil. See Hebrews 5:14.

When a believer is carnal or fleshly, he is still a spiritual baby. But when the believer becomes spiritual and no more carnal, it is a product of spiritual maturity.

As you grow spiritually, you will become more discerning and spiritually sensitive. Many things you considered as benign will become clear to you as either good for you or bad for you.
—SD Abraham Arigi

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