The fourth indicator of spiritual immaturity that I wand to discuss is:
"The Inability to Discern."
Normal spiritual growth exercises the senses, Even the milk of the word is designed to train ones faculties by exposing us to the difference between right and wrong. In this way our spiritual senses are exercised.
Next, by reason of use, we learn to discern both good and evil. With clear examples set before us in the Scriotures, we learn right from wrong, good from evil. We become able to apply general principles to specific situations. mature Christians can discern when something is more like the good, or more like the bad.
Spiritual Immaturity lacks this ability to discern. A "Babe" in Christ often has difficulty discerning the difference between good teaching (truth) and bad teaching (error); good conduct (righteousness) and bad conduct (wickedness). "Let the church say, Amen."
The inability to discern leaves us open to being...tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine." Like the waves of the sea we are driven and tossed by the wind. James describes this behavior as: "a doubled minded man, unstable in all his ways," (James 1;6-8).
Do you have the ability discern? Can you apply general principles to a specific situation or do you require a clear, "thou shalt not" to determine if something is wrong?
Are you dependent uipon someone else to "spoon feed you?" Do you need somebody to take you by the hand and lead you; to tell you what is right and wrong, what is truth and what is error/false doctrine?
There are certainly other indicastors of spiritual immaturity for example: Many Baby Christians exhibit spiritual immaturity by behaving in a carnal/ fleshy way. They possess spirits of jealousy, envy, strife, gossip, and offense. They get angry and want to leave church, quit their ministry, abandon their gift and purpose in God.However, in this particular text, I am focusing on the four indicators that the writer of Hebrews elaborates on in chapter 5. Once again here they are:
Dullness of hearing,
The inability to teach others,
A diet of milk and
The inability to discern
All of these factors should serve as warning signs that something is amiss in our lives as Christians, for they are truly marks of spiritual immaturity. As Peter warned in (2Peter 3:18), growth is the antidote to falling away, back to false doctrine. This is what he says:
"Ye therefore beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led awayu with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever Amen."
Are you growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? If not, I declare and decree today that it is : "Time to Grow UP!"
And as is my custom , when I sign off:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers!"