Becoming a Mature Christian

Becoming a mature Christian takes time. For new Christians who are just learning, this website is to help equip you with information to start from. Start by making time to read the Bible, which is to abide in God's word, plus having a prayer life. Reading the Bible along with a prayer life is the combination you will start with and will continue with always. To read the Bible, start with the gospel of John. Then include Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Phillipians and Collosians, in the New Testament, then branch out as time goes on. Pray either before or after your time with the Lord.

Let’s talk about reading the Bible. Do it manageable segments; don’t think you have to read it all immediately. Think about quality vs. quantity. Again, this will take time, don’t pressure yourself but start being consistant with it. As you read the Bible, write down specific scriptures, keep them handy and read over them frequently. I have suggested scriptures in this site, on a heading entitled Core Scriptures. You can use those as your core scriptures, however you can also use your own core scriptures as they speak to your heart. As time goes on and you stick with it on a daily basis with disciplined time with the Lord, think about the Word then when apply the Word to your life. Become familiar with the fruits of the spirit which are found in Galatians 5:22 & 23. This is the type of behavior you want to display in becoming a more mature Christian.

As you read and take God’s word seriously and apply it to your life, you will become more seasoned with knowledge of God’s Word and God’s love. You become better trained and better equipped. To be a Christian is a constant learning process of getting trained and equipped. Let the new scriptures you are just learning start to imprint themselves on your heart by repetition. Memorize them. Stick with a core few for awhile then add on new ones while exercising constant repetition and reinforcement of the ones you have already learned. Incorporate your core scriptures into your prayers. Speak scriptures out loud with conviction so your ears can hear. Keep it simple and go from there. This is the way you begin to in-dwell in God’s word.

As time goes on and you learn more, you will begin to notice changes in your behavior and in your heart. The worldly things you wanted so much before don’t seem so important anymore. You will begin to live your life for an audience of one, Jesus Christ. All you will want to do is please the Lord, desiring the Lord’s will and pleasing Him will be your benchmark in every situation. You will begin to notice changes in the way you talk, the way you think, you will become even more deliberate, seasoned, experienced, loving and mature. You will display more fruits of the Spirit which are; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. You can tell a tree by the fruit it bears, a mature tree will bear good fruit! (see below, oranges from our one tree!) You will still have challenges and issues in your life but now you will be equipped with the tools to address them appropriately, by confessing scriptures over situations and with prayer, belief and faith. You will develop your faith, trusting in the Lord no matter what your circumstances. Your joy will increase, the joy of the Lord will become your strength. You will begin to feel freedom. You will stop trying to impress the world because it doesn’t matter what the world thinks of you, all that matters is what God thinks of you. You have the Spirit of the Lord and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! If you follow what God wants of you, the world will all eventually fall into place.

                                                                       

As you mature many things will start happening. You might have to leave some things behind, some old behaviors, influences or habits that your Holy Spirit inside is telling you to let go. This can happen quickly or sometimes things take more time. You will put-off your old self and come into a new self. Keep praying to the Lord for forgiveness and strength. You will come into more awareness and sensitivity of the difference between right and wrong, letting Holy Spirit be your compass. This is called discernment. You will begin to read and listen to Christian materials and music that strengthen you, that agree with your inner man or woman. You will want to be with people that build up your inner spirit, that you can share your passion and your walks with the Lord, through it all holding onto the Bible as your precious guidebook of more learning and more joy. Day by day, you will begin to fall more in love with the Lord.

One of the most important things I can say about becoming a more mature Christian is discipline and consistency. It is good to stay at it, day by day, as much as you can. When you think about it in order to become successful at anything you have to stick it with discipline and consistency. The same is true about being a Christian. For example, you might have to discipline yourself to get up a half-hour earlier in the morning to have time to spend with God as you start your day. Remember God is a good God, He is not going to force you to do it, you have to want to do it. God is not a have-to God, He is a want-to God. If you are doing something and committing your precious time and energy to it, don’t you want to do it well and strive for success? God is an understanding God. He understands things take time, so be good to yourself, start out and keep at it and enjoy the opportunity to learn more. Be consistant with God. Become rooted and grounded in the word. 2 Timothy 2:12 says “If we endure, we will also reign with him.” In Ephesians 3: 16-17, Apostle Paul writes: “I pray that according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you be strengthened in your inner being with power through his spirit and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love."