10/12 Before the Next Growth Step in Hearing God for Maturity in Christ

 So how did you go in allowing the Holy Spirit to convict you of anything He wanted to deal with?  hearing shell1abWhere you able to open your Heart enough for Him to show you something?  Remember we all start out needed this kind of personal growth when we become a Jesus Follower.

Because this is a process, please do not move onto the next step unless you can honestly answer “yes’ to that question.  We do want to make this as workable for you as possible.  We live at a time in history when there are more versions of the Bible available in our western countries, more books written on the subject of Christian life —- and yet we live in a time when there is more brokenness in the church than ever!  Why?

James 1:24-25 gives us a big clue:

23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.…”

So what is James telling his readers?  Seeing, hearing or saying you understand is not good enough.  It is the doer of the truth, the ‘aha rhema’ that the Holy Spirit convicts you about that gets the blessing.  This is what it means to live by “…the perfect law of Liberty….”!  You have stepped from the guilt of wrong doing with others and with God when you work through these steps.  To recognize is to be held accountable for dealing with that issue to the best of your ability.  That is where true freedom is!

In working through this series, stop long enough to actual let your soul be confronted with Truth.  Hold onto that ‘seed of Truth’ long enough that it can be planted deep within.  Allow your Mind to think on the Truth.  We tend to read and not see, listen but not hear.  Determine to give yourself the most precious gift —- the space to stop and allow Truth to soak into your Heart.

Remember this is how the Lord Jesus wants to help you identify the major sins that keep you from being free of that guilt and fear.   He may reveal other things to you in the next steps but allow Him to touch on those areas He considers as major blocks to your growth.

So just now, before we begin this next step, is there anything you have been convicted of but not dealt with?  Write out any He wishes to deal with.  Yes, this is the second time we are asking you to do this but be honest with yourself and open your Heart for conviction.

Try not to just write the major titles, such as ‘fear’ but write down ‘Fear of what….?’  If you know something is there, try to put the best name to it you can.  Remember you have the Holy Spirit’s help.

This should take 15 to 20 minutes.  Stop and do this NOW!

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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