Our Gang On Maturity

1 Corinthians 1:25-27
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh,
not many mighty, not many noble, are called.
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise,
and God has chosen the weak things of the world
to put to shame the things which are mighty;

1 Corinthians 3:1-3
1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal,
as to babes in Christ.
2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food;
for until now you were not able to receive it,
and even now you are still not able;
3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy,
strife, and divisions among you,
are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

Philippians 3:12-14(NKJV)
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on,
that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended;
but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind
and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God

Proverbs 1 (NKJV)
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;
4 To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion—
5 A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
6 To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Judges 2:1-3(NKJV)
1 Then the Angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said:
“I led you up from Egypt and brought you to the land of which I swore to your fathers;
and I said, ‘I will never break My covenant with you.
2 And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land;
you shall tear down their altars.’
But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?
3 Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you;
but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’ ”

Hebrews 12 (NKJV)
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“My son, do not despise the [c]chastening of the Lord,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present,
but painful; nevertheless,
afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.

Psalm 139
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,”
Even the night shall be light about me;
12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You,
But the night shines as the day;
The darkness and the light are both alike to You.

Hebrews 12:2 (NASB1995)
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,
who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Matthew 7
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’
shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name,
cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me
, you who practice lawlessness!’

Author: C.O.R.T. Editor

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