Jocelyn recently had a birthday. Over the course of the day, she would say to me, “Mimi, I so proud to be four!” With her cheeks smiling from ear to ear and her eyes glistening, I could see the joy turning four had brought to her heart.
She informed me of certain things which would no longer be a part of what she would do because, “I a big girl now”. Gone were walks with the stroller, her booster seat at the table, and help in the bathroom.
We are to keep consistently growing in our spiritual lives as well. What are to be a few of the signs of our growth?
“Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of the his body, the church.”
(Ephesians 4:14-16, NLT)
- We will be grounded. We won’t be tossed around by every wind of new teaching. We will have a good knowledge and understanding of Scripture so as to be able to discern what is false and contrary to Scripture.
- Lies will have no influence in our lives. We will not be swayed by people trying to trick us with their clever lies that sound like the truth. Lies often sound close to the truth as they bear just enough truth in them to be convincing. Paul calls these people “clever”. ‘Clever’ actually came from an old word usage stemming from being dexterous or having a claw hand. It was an old Norse term meaning “easy to split”. Lies can be so close to the truth, they are able to split a person from the truth.
But as we grow up in Christ, our knowledge and understanding of His Word rooted in our hearts and minds, we will grow more and more like Christ.
Christ knew Scripture and refuted the enemy’s lies with the use of Scripture. In so doing, He lived victoriously, fulfilling the Father’s will for His being on this earth. May we be “growing more and more like Christ” each and every day.
Let’s share a Scripture we have used in refuting a lie and help each other to build up an arsenal.