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UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL MATURITY

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Sermon shared by Dr. Stanley Vasu

November 2009
Summary: This sermon describes the evidences of spiritual maturiy and emphasises the following areas of spiritual growth namely 1. THOUGHTS 2. WORDS 3. ACTIONS 4. ATTITUDES 5. REACTIONS 6. DESIRES 7. RELATIONSHIPS
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL MATURITY
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OUTLINE


1. THOUGHTS

2. WORDS

3. ACTIONS

4. ATTITUDES

5. REACTIONS

6. DESIRES

7. RELATIONSHIPS


THE MESSAGE


UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL MATURITY
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1.THOUGHTS

Spiritual Maturity begins with our thoughts . When our thinking process is in line with God’s word we begin to grow into spiritual maturity. We must discipline our minds to think those things which are true , pure , just , lovely , of good report , virtuous and praiseworthy . As our minds are renewed we find that our life is getting transformed . We can never experience transformation in our lives as long as our minds are still unrenewed and unregenerate. We must meditate on the word of God and fill our minds with divine revelation .This would cause a deep transformation in our lives and enable us to be successful and fruitful in our lives.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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Philippians 4 : 8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.



Romans 12:2

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.



Psalms 1:2-3

But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.



JOHN 21:3-6

"I’m going out to fish," Simon Peter told them, and they said, "We’ll go with you." So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, "Friends, haven’t you any fish?" "No," they answered.

He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.




2.WORDS

Spiritual Maturity is revealed by the words that we speak. If we do not control our words and continue to speak words of evil and carelessness then all our spirituality becomes vain . Death and life are in the power of the tongue .Therefore a spiritually mature person will be careful to speak only life giving words . Our words are powerful and can control the direction and the destiny of our life . Our words can either bless others or cause pain and suffering to them. We must avoid speaking vain and idle words as we would have to give an account of our words on the Day of Judgement . Our prayer should be that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our hearts are found acceptable in the sight of God.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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James 1:26

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.



James 3:2-10

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check.

When we put bits into the mouths of horses
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