Rock-Solid Orthodox Christianity

Often the way in which we perceive truth is determined by our spiritual state - whether we are babes, children or mature men and women of God. Sometimes we can be mature in God in most areas but be influenced by shepherds in certain areas, resulting in superficial views in certain areas.

For example, the Scripture says:

MATTHEW 18: 3 - 4
Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Some, including pastors, take this to mean that we need to be childish and do the things of a child. They are under the impression that adults are full of inhibitions and need to be free like a child. They attempt - unsuccessfully in most cases I might add - to be childish and to do childish things for God. This is seen as being humble and spiritual.

As one grows in the things of God and, especially, those that have been through the wilderness of God, see things in a different light. They see the 'becoming as little children' as the shift from soulishness or carnality where the soul - mind, will and emotions - predominate to becoming spiritual.

For example, young believers strive in reading many Christian books, do much studying with their mind, focus on memorising large portions of Scripture and are soulish to a large extent. As one grows, one reads less and studies less and is more concerned with the Spirit's revelation to their spirit. There may be less knowledge but that which is revealed is of God.

As bee draws nectar from a flower, so too one learns to hear the Spirit's rhema. One stays with the verse and passage as long as the fragrance and sense of His manifest Presence remains. Only when His Presence wanes do we move on. Often only a few verses are dealt with. This is vastly different from an intellectual study of the word of God where the mind - soul - predominates and often much Scripture is read and little revelation comes forth.