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What Affects Spiritual Maturity

Do you think issues in the past can affect a persons spiritual maturity.

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Siritual maturity is based on past experience and how we dealt/are dealing with them.
---Bruce5656 on 9/19/07


Yes....if they try to handle the issues by themselves. They need to give these issues to the Lord, as He(Jesus) tells us and we can overcome by the blood of the Lamb(Jesus Christ). This is what Jesus does for us in our lives, if we let Him.He fights for us , he lead and guides us down the right paths and so on.. Get out of the way and let God have His way.
---robyn on 3/30/07


Yes. God provides experiences, and allows trials to help us grow to another experience He is preparing for us. When we learn the lessons from these life tests, we grow spiritually. When we do not, sometimes we have to go through more experiences of the like until we do.
---Kathy3336 on 3/30/07


How do you forget? By knowing this, that the old man is dead and reckoning yourself to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. In other words, feeding on the bread and wine (his broken body and his blood) until He appears.
---Linda_Smith on 8/21/05


"Forgetting those things which are behind and pressing on to the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

In the OT, there were two half tribes of Joseph. One was Ephraim and the other was Manasseh. Manasseh means "to forget". Ephraim means "excellence". Those two halves make a whole and the signifigance there is that you will never move in the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord until you forget those things that are behind.
---Linda_Smith on 8/21/05




The only way things in your past can affect your spiritual maturity, would be if you allow it to keep you from studying God's word, prayer, church attendance and witnessing. If you have repented of any wrong, turn from it and submit yourself to God's will and do your best to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, this is what "spiritual maturity" is all about.
---tommy3007 on 8/20/05


Not nearly as much as the compromise of your faith in the here and now.
Bruce made a good point about dealing with past issues. Dealing with yourself in total honesty is essential to righting the wrongs and failings of days gone by.

God wants us to take moral responsibility for the things that we do on a momentary basis, and part of non-compromise is dealing with the issues that need straightening.
Unresolved issues carry guilt into the presant, and that steal your joy.
---Pharisee on 8/19/05


Jane, it has been my experience that we just recycle our problems until we "get it" as God wants. Our heavenly Father does not want us to remain ignorant of His Truth. This life walk with Jesus on earth is a continuous spiritual journey to the Celestial City. It is a joyous one but tempered by the refining fire to form our crowns of gold to wear before our Father in heaven.
---Elsie on 8/19/05


Yes it can hinder your walk with God and others around you. The past is the past, they only thing one can do is repent over it, and forget it. Easier said than done I know. Sometimes we go through things that will help someone else later in life. A person's past can control them if they let it.
---Rebecca_D on 8/18/05


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