Growth – know what to refuse

Growth – know what to refuse

Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)

Children can be given anything. Ever wondered why children under 2 put almost anything in their mouth? They learn the world through the sense of taste at that age. Their other faculties of sense are not yet as developed so at least they can tell how to navigate the world by taste.

Essentially, at that age, their ability to turn something down is minimal. They don’t know what to refuse. Well, after a while they can discover that something is not to their fancy, but this is after a good while of just popping it in their mouth.

The Word of God is spiritual food. There are numerous texts that apply the food and drink metaphor to the Word of God.

The Word as water.

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, (Ephesians 5:26)

The Word as milk.

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2)

The Word as bread.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4)

The Word as meat.

For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. (Hebrews 5:12)

Just like infants and physical food, the spiritually immature or children have not developed the skills to distinguish between sound and evil doctrine. They are not always able to tell between that which is good for them and that which is bad.

You are not like that. You must reach for the heights of development in Christ and attain unto higher levels of faith. As someone who is mature or grown up in the Word of God, you know what to accept, what to turn down & refuse.

Open your eyes wide and know the spiritual meals to choose. Deceivers and false prophets flourish on the basis of the ignorance amongst God’s people.