Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Development 101

Development doesn't only apply to our physical growth but our spiritual growth as well. Development is progressive. I cannot remain in the infant stage because I like being feed from a bottle. Nor can I remain an adolescent just because, that would be consider developmentally delayed.  No, each stage progresses naturally into the next. The same is true with our spiritual development.

Each stage has its own set of skills that must be mastered. Mastering the skills may prove to be difficult or viewed as an obstacle during the attempt to master them. A healthy development does not allow the difficulty or obstacle to deter progress. We were intelligently design by God to progress. Our development leads to our capabilities.

So as we face obstacles in life, view it as yet another opportunity to further develop our Faith.
Yes, it is challenging. You may make mistakes along the way. It may even seem impossible. It is all apart of development.

Mark 9:23 (NIV)
“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.

Mark 10:27 (KJV)
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

The development of my faith is necessary for it determines my capability. If my faith is as a mustard seed, able to move mountains imagine what it can do as a plant. The truth is many of us have not even reached "mustard seed" faith.  We are developmental delayed. We have allowed the difficulties and obstacles that are attached to the next stage of Faith to deter us from progressing.

Believe; put your Faith in GOD. Seek his guidance as you go through the stages of development. Keep your focus on the fact that He wants the best for you.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

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