Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 18)
Without Maturity
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's 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 5:12-14 (NIV)
If a spiritual war is more dangerous than a physical war, our faith leaders can't send baby Christians to battle in treacherous fields. In the physical, a wise general would commission special forces. Like Navy Seal Team 6: brave, strong, skilled, gifted, practiced and proven soldiers.

In the spiritual, a wise leader would also commission top troops. Like prayer warriors: brave, strong, skilled, gifted, practiced and proven soldiers. But as Paul said then, we can surely say now: seasoned saints are hard to find. Why? *

I think they don't get enough of the Word: God's perfectly hard Tool of refinement, the Teachings that transform us to His Shape, the Solid Food that grows us tall and strong. We become closer and tighter with God.

But as we become closer to God, we become less dependent on men. I'm not sure that pleases all pastors. I fear some prefer nurturing babes, so we're fed sweet and tasty tidbits. We're cuddled and amused on Sundays, because full houses bring benefits.

If we want to grow up into soldiers, then we must find and follow good leaders: men who walk and talk the tough Words of Christ; men called to shape us into disciples.

To Be Continued...

* Previous AMTC Devotion, Soldier's Orders:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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