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Signs of Spiritual Immaturity
Posted On 01/05/2011 11:16:13 by DrKathy_DreamDoctor


1. Those who lack Spiritual Maturity Cannot "Stomach" Meat (Truth).

1 Corinthians 3:2 says - "I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able."


2. They Still Act Foolishly

Proverbs 9:6 says - "Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding."

These are persons who have not yet broken off from all "bad company." They still fellowship with the "unfruitful works of the unrighteous or deeds of darkness." They converse with them, adhere to their counsel, and conform to their ways, they live for pleasure. They have no spiritual goals. They don't choose the Path of Wisdom. They resist any government laws, breaking the law without conviction. What they set their heart on doing, they do selfishly without regret.


3. They act like Children

Ephesians 4:14 says - "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro..."

What are some characteristics of "children"?

Is it not so that they are usually unsteady, unstable, changeable, ignorant, weak, gullible, compliant -easily influenced by others, given to temptation, led astray, and inconstant in judgment?

Does this describe you who should be strong, stable, and firm in your convictions? Are you likened unto the waves or billows of the sea in that you are one person one day and a totally different person another day? Do you change your personality or mannerisms to fit the crowd with whom you're associating?


4. They Are Without A Vision

Ephesians 4:14 says - "...and carried about with every wind of doctrine..."

Because they have no settled course for their lives, these believers bounce around from one place to another. They can't seem to find their place in this world. Their "ship" seems to be without a helm.

They are too lazy to take the time to search the Scriptures for themselves. Hence, they are always looking for a "word" from someone who may appear spiritual at the time. Their lives are filled with utter confusion and unrest.

5. They Are Stinkin Thinkers, causing acts of impurity. (Sex, drugs, other selfish acts).

Ephesians 4:17-32 says - "... you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for moreā€¦ (The addicted self)   22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness.

    25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body, ( we are all alike in many ways, suffering from the same struggles in life). 26"In your anger do not sin"  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

    29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. . 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

6. They Are Carnal

1 Corinthians 3:3 says - "For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal...?"

What does it mean to be "carnal"? It simply means to be yet under the influence of the principles governing the people of the world.

How can we detect if we are "yet carnal" or "worldly"? This condition is evidenced by three main features - "envying," "strife," and "divisions." If you have any of these in your life, you are "yet carnal" and walking after the ways of this world and not after Christ.

Do you feel that you are better than others because of some spiritual advancement, position, or gift?
Do you look down on others, feeling that you are superior due to your age, intelligence, talent, abilities, wealth, anointing, etc.?
Then you are envious - yet a "babe" when you should be a "Giant."

Are you always quarreling and contending with others who disagree with your viewpoint?
Does it bother you when others don't agree with you? Do you feel that you have to always be right? Then you are full of "strife" - yet a "babe" when you should be a "Giant."


Do you seek to have a "following" who see things your way?
Do you reject and separate yourself from those who disagree with you?
Then you are divisive - yet a "babe" when you should be a "Giant."


7. They Are Just Like The World

1 Corinthians 3:3 says - "...walk as men."

Instead of following the dictates as outlined in God's Word, these "Christians" follow after the philosophies and trends of this world. They base their concept of success and prosperity, for example, on worldly ideals rather than godly principles. They strive after the same goals and aims as the heathen.

8. They Lack Understanding

1 Corinthians 14:20 says - "Brethren, be not children in understanding..."

Children are fascinated with that which is new, playful, amusing, of no real purpose, loud, and showy. "Understanding" in a person's life causes one to choose those things which have quality, purpose, substance, meaning, and value.

A person with "understanding" would never be found wasting time or exhausting his strength on "frivolous nonsense."

9. They Lack Experience

Hebrews 5:13 says - "For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe."

"Babes" are inexperienced and unqualified. Their spiritual diet deprives them of reaching further for more of God and His Holy Word. They remain on the same spiritual plateau - smug and satisfied. They fail to realize that with advanced revelation and knowledge of His Word and Ways come more opportunities to be used by Him.

10. They Lack Discernment

Hebrews 5:14 says - "But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."

"Babes" can't make decisions on their own. They need someone more "exercised" to lead and guide them in the right direction.

Because of their limited spiritual diet of "milk," they lack expertise in knowing the difference between that which is pleasing and provoking to God or that which is helpful or harmful to their souls.



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01/05/2011 13:55:12

Good blog.  Am still digesting it.  There is always room for improvement!

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