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Summary: Let us address spiritual maturity. Survey the differences of expectations on a cruise ship and a battle ship. What makes people great? David's dying words hold some powerful secrets.

CRUISE SHIP VS BATTLE SHIP?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I HAVE A BAG OF LENTILES WE ME… what is the value of this bag? Ask Esau?

CAN WE ACKNOWLEDGE THERE CAN GROW A TENDANCY TOWARD PERPETUAL BABYHOOD?

1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

**MATURITY, ARE WE SHOWING MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL SIGNS OR QUALITIES OF GROWING UP, BECOMING AN ADULT? ARE WE GROWING, DEVELOPING OR STAYING THE SAME… IF WE MATURE WE MUST LEARN TO TELL THE TIME/SEASONS.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

WE HAVE DEVELOPED A MENTALITY IN OUR SOCIETY THAT SAYS TICKLE MY EARS? ENTERTAIN ME?

I DESERVE THIS NOW…

I heard there was a discussion between a college professor and a smart young student about socialism. She was defending taking money from the upper class of people and equally giving their money to all people. The professor said: DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT? Of course, she said. The teacher said: Ok, I have a job for you, it is a dirty, hard job and you will get blisters digging that ditch. But I will pay you well. The young student works 4 hours, sweating, getting dirty, and doing hard labor. When the student returned to the office, the teacher gave the student $3.00. Then he took $97.00 and gave it to THAT LAZY PERSON LAYING UNDER A SHADE TREE SMOKING DOPE THAT WAS DOING NOTHING? The student was very angry. I earned that money, that was my money. The teacher said: I REST MY CASE.

2 Thessalonians 3:1O For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

MATURITY KNOWS A GOOD LIFE REQUIRES EFFORT. THE MORE EFFORT THE GREATER THE REWARD AND SATISFACTION AND JOY IN LIFE.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

MATURITY TEACHES LIFE IS 10% WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU, AND 90% YOUR ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS OF HOW YOU ACT.

Immaturity is a life that REACTS TO SITUATIONS. Maturity knows you must refuse to react and LEARN TO ACT BY FAITH.

YOU WILL EAT THE FRUIT OF YOUR ACTIONS.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose.

There is a direct CORRELATION between your mouth, deeds and your attitudes. Satisfaction in maturity knows: I build this house on the sand or I BUILD on the rock. My choices decide.

** WHAT DOES PHYSICAL MATURITY LOOK LIKE?

** WHAT DOES EMOTIONAL MATURITY LOOK LIKE? MENTAL MATURITY ?

** WHAT DOES SPIRITUAL MATURITY LOOK LIKE?

LET US COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT GOD’S DESIGN AND PURPOSE?

CRUISE: to travel without destination or purpose,

**CRUISE SHIP: A passenger ship built for luxury or used for pleasure to carry passengers to entertaining places.

Vacation, cruise, to travel to a number of places as on a vacation.

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