15. LEARNING TO MATURE TO MEAT
The pablum version of much of what I have been showing, is that ... we have but ONE LORD, JESUS, and we have ONE TEACHER, THE HOLY SPIRIT and His Written Word to guide us to be pleasing to our ONE GOD, THE FATHER.
There is much sin in the camp, and we still have a world to win to this camp. We need to preach that sin is still sin, and yet, God is a loving, forgiving God, and He wants to put in us that same kind of love and forgiveness.
Our lives and words will reflect what is truly within us, and our lives should become examples of Jesus, so we are truly Christ-like.
So, for those who do not want to have meat lessons, filled with Scriptures and explanations, this is the pablum version explaining what the Lord wants from us in consuming a spiritual diet.
A PABLUM LESSON ON HOW TO BE A PERFECT, A MATURE ONE IN THE FAITH
Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father Who is in heaven: for He maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father Who is in heaven is perfect.
So, we are told to be ‘perfect’, and that would include to being perfect in our spiritual diet, not limited to only pablum and milk. We should be able to chew on spiritual steaks.
HOW DID PAUL KNOW THE CORINTHIANS NEEDED MILK NOT MEAT?
Their behavior was a dead give-away.
Our behavior, as Christians, shows if we have matured or not. If we are mature, we are craving a good steak for spiritual dinner, if we are choking on the truths of milk and pablum, we are still babes.
1 Corinthians 3:3 (KJV)
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
Our lives are illustrated lessons to the world, to the church, and to even the angels who behold. Do we love our Christian brothers and sisters, even if we do not agree with all their doctrines? Do we treat each other with respect, or are we like the Corinthians, fighting over who is the best or worst minister?
Our lives are illustrated lessons. This pablum thread has been criticized as being unnecessary in this forum. However, I believe that the Lord illustrates the need for some things, as we watch. There is a need to get our Christian brothers and sisters to mature beyond pablum, and get onto meat.
The work of the church is not to be name calling, attacking, denigrating those who are only to be judged by the Lord. Cannot we love those who dislike us? Cannot we find some good in even the worst of Christians to speak of?
Surely, we can disagree on doctrines, and we had better have Scriptures to back up what we feel is incorrect, or keep quiet about 'I feel' kind of arguments. Yet, to attack the person who has not come to the 'doctrines' we feel are right, is wrong. We can pray for them, we can do good for them, we can defend their Christianity, and still disagree with some of their doctrines.
When we can't, we are choking on the meat of the gospel... and need to go back to pablum.
True babes in Christ need milk and pablum, and that is great to have them growing on such. If they are still on milk and pablum after a couple decades of claiming to be saved, they have no excuse... surely a little milk with the steak is fine anytime, but some are still on just milk, and there is no growth to the steak at all.
Those ones upset Paul... and they should have been 'teachers' but were still needing the simplest of messages..
The 'dull of hearing' never can mature past milk to meat. Refusing to let the Word of God go into the mind, past the ears and eyes, into the soul, will keep one a baby in the Lord.
We learn to know the Lord, we learn to grow in Him, we find out what He wants of us to please Him, we learn to obey His voice,... by allowing His words to enter.
The 'dull of hearing' cannot be healed, matured, nor grow...
Proverbs 3:1-2 (KJV)
1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (KJV)
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Health comes by obedience to the Words of God.
Getting our minds cleansed from all rebellion to His Word is vital to receiving the cathartic release from inner wrongs.
To have inner rebellion to God’s Word, and then to stand in a healing line, hoping for healing, is not going to work.
To have inner rebellion to God's voice keeps one then on pablum at best, and starvation if one rejects even the pablum.
If the pablum is rejected, that rebellion to God's Word brings starvation.