“When I was a child, I spoke like a child. I thought like a child. I understood like a child. Now I am a man. I do not act like a child anymore.”
1 Corinthians 13:11 NLV
If you’ve been following our 4 Points Broadcast, you’ll know we’ve been journeying through the 8 Stages of Spiritual Maturation.
Last week we explored the 4th stage called nepios, which has to do with how you speak, think, and understand the things of God.
Your speech, thinking, and understanding will expose your level of spiritual maturity.
If a person is mature and refined, their speech will be different than a person who is immature and unrefined.
It is at this stage of maturation that you will need to be instructed and disciplined, and therefore submitted to both tutors and governors.
“The heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.”
Galatians 4:1-4 KJV
Ultimately, it is God who determines your level of maturity and readiness to walk in the fullness of your inheritance.
Until that time, this “nepios” stage requires great supervision—where there is clear structure, rules, and consequences for disobedience. It is a time when you may feel confined or restricted.
Yet nepios is where character is formed.
When we talk about discipline, we’re talking about structuring an environment, atmosphere, and course of action that brings the best out of a person.
This requires tutors who instruct and governors that guide.
During this stage, God will place people in your life that will help you discern between what is lawful and what is expedient for you in any given season.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.”
1 Corinthians 10:23 NKJV
There will be times when you see others playing, but you’ll have the sense to know you should be praying
There will be times when those around you are feasting, yet you’ll have the fortitude to know you should be fasting.
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