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A Greater Level Of Maturity
by Joyce Bright
09/29/08
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Eph 6:14-18 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

This is the time and the season where I am teaching My children to stand on their own two feet. That means that I am not holding their hands as much as they have been used to.

In past times, I was quick to meet My own with words of encouragement, and I was quick to give them tangible confirmations of My great love for them. But now I am calling My own to a greater level of maturity. That means that I am asking them to believe what I have said in My word,and to walk in faith with less tangible evidences of My great care for them. I have not stopped caring, I have just stopped giving them as many immediate confirmations and encouragements, so that they have an opportunity to stand in faith.

The times and seasons ahead will be difficult for many, and I want My ownto have an absolute assuredness down deep within their spirits that I will continue to care for them; that I will provide for them and that I will be their protection and their shield. I am the God that does not change. I have been faithful in the past and I will continue to do so in the present and also in the future.

I am interacting with many of My own a bit differently. Do not be surprised at this, for this a natural outcome of growth and maturity. As a child grows and matures in the natural, their parents treat them differently at different levels of maturity. In the early days, they constantly watch the child and do not allow them to wander off on their own for even a few minutes. They are very quick to comfort and to encourage, but they are also very quick to limit what their little one may or may not do, and the child is not permitted to make decisions on their own. Likewise when a child first starts to walk, the parents hold its hand constantly. But as the child matures, it is allowed to take steps on its own. Good earthly parents change how they
interact with their child as it grows and matures. They do not treat a seven year old the same way they treat a toddler, nor do they treat a teen the same way that they treat a seven year old.

Dear one, you are growing and maturing spiritually. So do not think it strange that My interactions with you change as well. I ask you to stand in faith with less immediate assurances that I am here for you--but I donot leave your side, nor do I stop taking care of you.

A difficult season is coming on the face of this earth, where uncertainty rules and men's hearts will fail them for fear. But you are not to be ruled by this season. You are to stand in faith and in the assuredness that I am faithful to take care of My own. I may not give you as many little encouragements as I used to each time that you face a trial. But that is not because I have distanced myself from you, it is because you are growing up and I expect you to stand more often in faith.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Patricia Bankhead 30 Sep 2008
Amen, we must mature and grow in our faith. We must be strong and ready to face all that is to come. Very powerful! Thanks for sharing.




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