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Mature Mentoring Relationship

Has anyone been involved in a mentoring relationship with a mature Christian who guided you in your walk with the Lord? I have been blessed by such a relationship, and learned many things. What have you learned from yours?

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 ---Trish9863 on 8/30/08
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Donna: During my divorce, my mentor kept reminding me that God would never leave me nor forsake me. I suffered so much trauma in my childhood, I had serious abandonment issues most of my life. She gave me Jeremiah 29:11. I mediatated on those two verses multiple times a day, for over a year, and was able to heal from my divorce, and the abandonment fears.

She taught me about God's unconditional love by allowing me share my heart with her, and the things I struggled with, and reminding me that God's forgiveness is unconditional, and showing me scriptures.

We also do Bible studies long distance together. She and I share what we learn in our studies in our e-mails to each other.
---Trish9863 on 9/2/08

Mostly everything I learned, I learned by the Holy Spirit leading me and guiding me each and every day, every trial, and by filling myself up with the Word of God and standing on God's promises when things were rough for me.

I had to learn early in life to obey the word and listen for that still, small voice within, the Holy Spirit. There's a scripture that says, "I will counsel you with my eye upon you." I guess I believed that for 25 years and here I am today still walking with the Lord.

Trish, care to share some of your many things you learned? The most fascinating revelation I learned was the story of the Woman at the Well.
---donna8365 on 9/2/08

No specific person > every real Christian has God's ability to give me what can make me more real in Jesus. It is written, "teaching and admonishing one another" (in Colossians 3:16), "we are members of one another" (Romans 12:5, 4:25), and Jesus prayed we "may be made perfect in one" (John 17:23). So, getting really right involves all of us together helping each other, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit demonstrates this by *doing* this with us as one, how no man CAN teach us (o: We cannot be sound unless we obey God in His peace (Colossians 3:15) . . . no time out, or we will be out of it. And obeying Him brings us to leaders WORTH obeying (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 9/2/08

My dearest mentor passed away this year at the age of 92. She had been born blind and had ALS which attacked her body, yet excelled as a musician and singer in churches throughout this country all her life. When she was younger, she had been an evangelist back when people scoffed at women preachers. She was a pentecostal back when people threw tomatoes at their churches and the people as they left their churches. When she passed, she was helping a younger woman start a church. What did I learn from her? Everything about serving the Lord with your whole heart, body and mind.
---SusieB on 9/1/08

You can have a "more excellent" devotion (1 Corinthians 12:31) based on LOVE and know God as "Abba Father" (dear Father, Romans 8:15, Galatians 4:6) instead of master/taskmaster, and be a "FRIEND" of God (James 2:23) instead of slave/servant.

We have to REST in The Lord being confident that He did all that is necessary for us to enter the city of God (Revelation 3:12, 21:23). This is how we do the "works" of God (John 6:28 and 9:3). We should have the PRESENT heaven in our heart AND MIND (Romans 12:2).

If you choose God's spirit to be your only teacher, He will give you eyes to see and ears to hear so you can learn "the depths of God" (1 Corinthians 2:10).
---more_excellent_way on 9/1/08

Because the old type of devotion (based on law and faith) was insufficient to truly purify us for the city of God, Jesus abolished those laws (Ephesians 2:15) so we could live under the law of liberty (the perfect law, James 1:25 and 2:12) and have our conscience purified also (Hebrews 9:14) by receiving "living water" baptism of His spirit (John 7:38, Revelation 7:16, Acts 1:5).

Jesus is our foundation/cornerstone, we should not set another/different foundation with 'self effort works' or scholarly accomplishment. Repentance in Jesus would then no longer be possible (Hebrews 6:4). Jesus's judgement is always just, He is not going to be unjust and overlook this apostasy (Hebrews 6:10).

All verses are from the RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 9/1/08


You said...
"then we need not sit and listen to sermons"

If you think that that is what I'm saying, you are CORRECT.

MOST (if not ALL) people in the world will disagree, especially people who make money preaching, and people who enjoy being students and followers/scholars/teachers (it's good for their puffed up vain ego/vanity). REMINDER,...The Lord did say "many are called, but few are chosen".

Jesus did not just die on the cross when He was on earth, He also left the Holy Spirit to be our teacher of GODLINESS, but we were taught to believe that God's spirit needs our assistance, this is why Christianity has had the strong delusion all throughout history.
---more_excellent_way on 9/1/08

if moreexllentway learn God is everywhere\in everything\in everyway, even in mentoring, if trish learn mentoring is not a idol or relationship to sb., but from God('s grace), then we are on the same way.
---dsda on 8/31/08

More Excellent: What started out as a mentoring relationship has developed into an accountability relationship, and has blessed me, especially through a very painful time in my life where I was fed scriptures that helped me heal from a very emotionally painful time.

I do not believe that there is anything wrong in maintaining such a relationship even if I consider myself mature. There is always something I can learn from someone who loves the Lord.

To take your statement literally, then we need not sit and listen to sermons, as the Lord is the one who should teach us solely.
---Trish9863 on 8/31/08

If you are a young/"baby" Christian that is still in training with the introductory doctrine of Jesus (Hebrews 6:1), then you will still have use of a mentor/teacher, but in order to have a more mature relationship with Jesus (assuming you want one), you have to let The Lord be your only mentor (we were all given annointing, we just have to put it to use).

1 John 2:27
"but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you, as his anointing teaches you about everything..."

The Lord is a jealous God. He wants you to choose Him only as your teacher in order to avoid the strong delusion (and so He can have a personal relationship with you also).
---more_excellent_way on 8/30/08

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