The Path to Spiritual Maturity
By Clay Sikes
Curtis Crews wrote this: “TRUTH! It opens my heart and deeply seeds truth that supersedes
personal rights or claims.”
“Then Jesus called the crowd to himself along with his disciples and told them, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me continuously,”” Mark
The path to spiritual maturity (the cross) means that if I am pursuing Him with all my heart, He will see to it through a personalized cross that I am constantly brought up against new needs and challenges.
will always be immerging threats on the spiritual horizon that require me to ascend to ever greater levels of commitment and communion.
Don’t think it strange if you find yourself up against a situation for which you have no answer!
The LORD allows in His sovereignty what He could prevent so that our roots are forced to grow ever deeper into Him. The principal of growth is based on need and hunger.
I must encounter new situations that require
me to put on and learn to use the whole armor of God.
I must learn to displace the enemy by growing and maturing into a place of Spiritual Authority.
I must pay the price to acquire and learn to use the whole armor
of God. Only my spiritual weapons are mighty enough to prevail in the dimension of gross darkness that has enveloped this world.
Jesus said, “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!
But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed!
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.
From now on there will be
five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.
They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law,” Luke 12:49-53.
This fire that Jesus came to bring is meant to consume wood, hay and stubble.
It divides the soul from the spirit and discerns the thoughts
and intentions of every heart.
This judgment begins with me but it doesn’t end there. It shines into my family, on my street, at my job and while I’m shopping.
“[Jesus] shall baptize you
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire,” Matthew 3:11.
Nothing can hide from this fire. It reveals, it heals and it delivers.
It comes in love but requires something from everyone that encounters
It offers repentance and the necessary grace for change or judgment.
Every man’s work will be tried by it. It shines into the dark places and causes evil spirits to manifest and flee.
It will burn until the kingdoms of this world become the Kingdoms of Our LORD and His Christ.
By Clay Sikes