What Are You Leaving Behind? {Leave}

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Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.  And God permitting, we will do so.”  Hebrews 6:1-3

Maturity…that’s one of the goals right? This verse clearly tells us that there is to be a moving beyond in order to be drawn toward maturity. I began thinking about what this maturity looks like. It looks like Christ. It is the very thoughts, words and ways of Christ lived out through us, His children. In order to accomplish this maturity, many aspects of our lives need to be laid aside and new patterns need to be established.

How do we get from here to there?

We Need To Be Rooted In His Word

Reading a verse a two every few days or so is good but it’s not the best. Establishing daily time digging deep in scripture is what will bring us toward maturity. It’s what will conform us to the image of Christ. No one likes the word discipline, do they? I sure don’t. But, discipline is how we grow and get stronger. I go through seasons when I read my Bible more than others. Those seasons when I am not in the word, there is a notable difference. Sometimes, I have to go through the motions knowing that my feelings will eventually catch up with the rest of me. God’s Himself tells us that His Word is alive and active. He tells us that it lays out the story of redemption. He lays bare His heart toward His children. In these pages we come face to face with our sin and shows us our need for Him.

We Need To Be Rooted In His Presence

Along with finding deep truths in the scriptures, just spending time in The Lord’s presence matures us. It is in this space where we soak in His Spirit. We speak to Him and He speaks to us. We learn to cultivate a sensitive ear to His still small voice. Our hearts are changed. Our lives are changed. We learn to be still and to wait on Him. In His presence He asks us to acknowledge our sin and stirs up a desire within us for change.

We Need To Be Rooted In Community

Here is the place, I fear, we take for granted. Many people have a heart for getting in God’s Word and getting in His presence or at least they can develop a desire for those disciplines. But being a consistent part of a body of believers is a whole other story. Community can be hard and awkward and down right exhausting. But it is here that we are built up, challenged, stretched and encouraged. This is not necessarily fun but most needed. We come clean with our sin and are urged to live holy.

Let’s become a people who leave behind the old,

Acknowledge Our Sin,

Desire Change and

Live Holy

So that we can move in the direction of maturity.

Which of these areas do you struggle with the most? What is God calling you to leave behind in order to step into maturity?

An Anchored Book Review And A Giveaway!

Anchored

 

Now, I’m not a mother and I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of delivering a premature baby. I would like to think that I would walk through that trial with grace and complete trust in God. But, let’s be honest, you never know how you will respond to a situation until you are smack dab in the middle of it.

That is just what Kayla Aimee did in her new book Anchored: Finding Hope In The Unexpected. With moving scripture, gut wrenching honesty and loads of humor, Kayla walks us through her new journey of motherhood with the premature birth of her daughter, Scarlette. She reconsidered her faith, her husband and her identity. She leads us to that place where God desires for all of us to be…alone with Him and His truth. She maneuvers through months and months of living a new normal while standing vigilant over her tiny daughter.

Our faith comes from God and is strengthened by Him. His heart is for us to have unwavering and unshakable faith. It’s only by walking with Him and finding Him all together faithful that He develops this faith in us. The moments when our faith may falter, God can handle it. He won’t let us fall. He won’t let the world crash in around us. He is there with us, guiding us and working on our behalf.

 

To celebrate the release of Kayla’s book B&H Publishing is giving away a copy of Anchored!

 

 

Leave a comment below and share with me a time when your hope in the Lord was transformed and you found it in the most unexpected place.

The winner will be chosen this Saturday, July 18th at 9pm Central Time.

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