There are NO shortcuts to spiritual maturity -
Spiritual maturity embraces pain and joy, suffering and happiness,
Sanctification means death as well as life, the cross before the throne,
Growing in grace requires failure as well as success, inactivity as well as service
How vital that we understand and accept that God takes his TIME in our training.
How wonderful to know that God will finish His work in the life if each believer,
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work in you
will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Phi..1:6
And, dear believer, it will take that long!
God is working in each life for eternity,
We must grasp hold of the scriptural fact that maturity in the faith takes TIME.
There are no shortcuts to spiritual growth – is a lifetime learning to trust God
Sanctification is a process which starts at rebirth and terminates at His appearing.
One dear saints gives encouragement to all that desire to live godly in Christ Jesus:
“Spiritual renewal is a gradual process.
All growth is progressive…
and the finer the organism, the longer the process.
It is from Measure to Measure:
Thirtyfold, Sixtyfold, an Hundredfold.
It is from Stage to Stage:
‘First the blade, then the ear,
and After That, the full corn in the ear.’ Mark 4:28
And it is from Day to Day.
How varied these are!
There are great days, days of decisive battles,
Days of crisis in spiritual history,
Days of triumph in Christian service,
Days of the right hand of God upon us.
But there are also idle days,
Seasons apparently useless,
- when even prayer and holy service seem a burden.
Are we, in any sense, renewed in these days?
for any experience which makes us more aware of our need of God must contribute to spiritual progress, unless we deny the Lord who bought us.”
There are no shortcuts to sanctification, which is a lifetime growth in trusting God,
Blessed is the saint that recognizes this principle of God, which He applies to life.
For whether it takes 20 years… or 95 years like Jacob to understand God’s process..
- you can be sure that He who started a good work in you WILL be faithful,
He WILL complete it in the day of Christ Jesus.
Like many saint before you – you will press towards to mark in unity with the Spirit.
One enlightened saint who understands God principle of time, gave this edifying comment:-
We might consider some familiar names of believers whom
God obviously brought to maturity and used for His glory –
such as Pierson, Chapman, Tauler, Moody, Goforth, Mueller,
Taylor, Watt, Trumbull, Meyer, Murray, Havergal, Guyon,
Mabie, Gordon, Hyde, Mantle, McCheyne, McConkey,
Deck, Paxson, Stoney, Saphir, Carmichael, and Hopkins.
Then he that that….
The average for these was fifteen years (longer in some cases)
- after they entered their life work before …..
- before they began to KNOW The Lord Jesus As Their Life,
- before they Ceased Trying To Work For Him
- and Began Allowing Him To Be Their All in all
- and do His work through them.
This is not to discourage us in any way,
but to help us to settle down with our sights on eternity, by faith…
“apprehending that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God. Phil.3:12
in Christ Jesus.
There are no shortcuts to sanctification,
which is a lifetime growth in trusting God,