Just How Mature Are You?

Y'all ready for this one? I'm gonna step on some toes the way I had mine stepped on- and it's gonna hurt so good! This is a topic that many Christians think they are doing well in, but may not actually be... MATURITY. Not the "I never act silly" or "I'm always the serious one/the one in control" type of maturity. Rather, I'm referring to spiritual¬†maturity, the whole: meat vs. milk thing. Don't get that reference? Here it is... "We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand.¬†In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths¬†of God‚Äôs word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!¬†Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant,¬†is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.¬†But solid food is for the mature,¬†who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.¬† (Hebrews 5:11-14) Honest Cassie tidbit- while I always thought I was really mature spiritually, I now realize that I'm still treading water in adolescence. I say that not to be pitiful, but to be completely transparent. I used to think that being a mature Christian was … [Read more...]

Rules of Engagement

Rules of Engagement: a directive/s issued by a military authority specifying the circumstances and limitations under which forces will engage in combat with the enemy. I want to apply this to the spiritual battle all born-anew, followers of Christ engage in on a daily basis. Let's answer several¬†FAQ's! Why is this battle raging? When will it end? What is my defense? What are my weapons? Because your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.¬†1 Peter 5.8 Truthfully? When we die and go to heaven!¬†No more curse! The Word. The Word. The Word. After Jesus' baptism and before He began His earthly ministry, He went into the mountainous desert places surrounding the city and there He was tempted by the devil for forty days. His defense? He quoted scripture. You can read exactly what Jesus said to Satan¬†here. Here's where we can get excited because our God has armed us well! Every morning after we brush our teeth and comb our hair we get dressed, right? The best-dressed believer adds these items every day to their outfit! The belt of Truth -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The breastplate of Righteousness -¬†Ephesians 6.14 The shoes of … [Read more...]