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maturity

March 24, 2013

From The Message: “And then this happened: Elijah the Tishbite, from among the settlers of Gilead, confronted Ahab: ‘As surely as God lives, the God of Israel before whom I stand in obedient service, the next years are going to see a total drought–not a drop of dew or rain unless I say otherwise.’ ” (I Kings 17:1)

What we read that Elijah did is not a result of eating too much pizza the night before. This is the result of a man who walked with God; he knew God’s voice. It not only took courage, it took maturity. To get to that place in relationship with the Lord is no different than getting good at any task. You keep trying during the “everyday-ness” of life. You put your head on His chest so you can hear His heartbeat. When He directs you, you act. Lean, listen, obey. Will you always get it right? No. When you botch it up, you admit it to Him and ask Him to forgive you. (Don’t forget to forgive yourself.) Then you go back to leaning on Him to listen, then obey. It’s not a formula, it’s a relationship. Maturity doesn’t come from an overnight success, it takes sticking to it, committing to Him for life, day in and day out, through the exciting times and the mundane. And it is so worth it! 🙂

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