16 Spiritual stagnation. Part II. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator

Advancing step by step to understanding the problem.

Step 1: Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis of this situation because we are living Word gives Hebrews Hebrews 5.11 to 6.6:

Comment 1

Hebrews 5. New International Version
11 On this topic we have much to say though is hard to explain because you what goes in one ear you met them on the other. 12 Actually, at this point ought to be teachers, yet you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. In other words, they need milk instead of solid food. 13 Whoever eats only milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness; It's like a baby. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, because they have exercised their power of spiritual perception.


Comment 2

Hebrews 6. New International Version
6 Therefore leaving the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity. Not laying again the foundation, such as repentance from acts that lead to death (Sanctity), faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 Thus we proceed, God willing.

We study part by these two passages:
            Hebrews 5. New International Version
                 11 On this topic we have much to say though is hard to explain because you what goes in one ear you met them on the other. 12 Actually, at this point ought to be teachers, yet you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. In other words, they need milk instead of solid food. 13 Whoever eats only milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness; It's like a baby.
           We have fallen into a "habituation" with regard to Church activities, such as worship or study meetings or reading. Sing praise songs as if they were common, paying little or no attention to the lyrics, when in reality what we are saying something we sing to God and He takes it seriously.
          The same goes for reading: many times take the life stories of Bible characters and stories only when in reality God is showing us something so that we serve in our lives. The stories do not relate to our reality detracts to the biblical text, not "taking root in the heart"; because of this the majority of the congregation Monday not remember what was preached on Sunday. As the congregation does not assimilate the messages, there is no alternative but to talk again and again of the same basic principles. There are many who do not take the AT because they believe that they should only read the NT, which undoubtedly should be compared with what the Scripture itself says:



Comment 3

Psalm 119 (New International Version)
160 All your words are true; Your righteous judgments endures forever.

Being inexperienced does not have experience. The experience gives practice. The inexperienced knows something only theoretically. Today most people are stuck in this situation, for a simple reason: The practice takes work, time and effort. Anyone who has practiced a sport, artistic or academic (a university degree, a Masters or a PhD) knows that it is necessary to overcome the frustration of practicing something that "will not come out" and yet keep trying, correcting, straining or plainly sit long hours to study. Take time to leisure or rest time to devote to training or study.
Anyone who wants to reach a goal, you must first be able to distinguish the stages that must pass through the cost of each. You must know how to plan their way into partial goals, each chained to the next in a logical and intelligent order, fruit of meditation, consultation and study. In a group in which I teach, four men showed me his desire to be preachers and asked what steps should follow in their training from the educational standpoint. They hoped to tell them to be recorded in the Biblical Institute of the Church, but what they needed was first:

1. Learn to read fluently and pronounce and write well know the words.
2. Secondly learn to do a comprehensive reading (reading comprehension).
3. Third learn to work with dictionaries and encyclopedias.
4. And fourthly newly recorded in the Bible Institute.

Two of them understood and suggested finished high school for adults, and the other two continued to do business as usual. Today, a year and a half after that conversation, the first two are averaging their studies and their comprehension, reading, memorizing, making summaries, read maps and find information in books and dictionaries it has been expanded greatly. They are using these new capabilities to the glory of God, helping leaders of their cells, preparing and giving group classes. They are happy and know that in a year and a half may register at the Institute, taking as a method and a discipline of study.
The other two brothers who chose to make no changes continue at the same level as before.

Another notable point is that from this moment the efforts and achievements are exclusively the result of the effort that the individual makes "solo" is not only hard work but also put aside everything that is an obstacle to the achievement of objective.
It's like 1.16 and 17 Isaiah says: We must learn to do good and stop doing evil.
In the former case, the four brothers left to do evil and two of them also began to try to form to do things better, and are taking off.


Comment 4

This can be seen well in high-performance athletes: not only practice, but also study their movements to perfect. Amen to that they leave all that is an obstacle to achieving his goal: to protect themselves during meals, do not drink, do not smoke, take drugs, not stay up late, fail to attend to people who influence them wrong. In short they turn away, they are saved to make it to your goal.
The practice of virtue involves discipline, belief, work and commitment.

Intuitively, many understand the tremendous effort that means and prefer to take refuge in the routine of going around in Hebrews 5, where the always talking about the same gives security and peace of mind to your soul.



Commentary 5

The basics are like a recipe for chocolate cake. No no cake recipe. But the recipe itself is not cake.
Knowing the Word is fundamental, without this knowledge it is impossible to please God by putting work. Basic (holiness, faith, prayer, fear and knowledge of God) is the means to reach the Kingdom.

Step 2: Practice as a "leg" of power.

Elementary, basic things once understood, we must implement, ie when them in everyday situations so warrant.
The basic things never cease to be practiced: it's like running or gymnastics Boxer, are activities practiced for life. For the Christian forgiveness, praying, staying in holiness, faith, etc. they are everyday. The condition to pass the "barrier of religiosity YE ENTER THE POWER OF THE KINGDOM" is just that justly (HOLINESS, STUDY THE WORD, love, forgiveness, mercy, etc.) is giving us the passport to cross in the other side.



Comment 6

Practice involves a process in which the person tested again and again a process, learning from mistakes and growing stronger. One can say that the process of sanctification is the practice of virtue as taught by the Word. In practice it is taking power to overcome their weaknesses. Because to forgive, to live in peace, to make ends meet, in short to have to get power of God. If you have no power to smaller, how are we going to have for the greatest?
When we live out of the way we practiced SIN
Within the path should be practiced virtue.
The practice is improving our "Spiritual Performance" and every time we will better.


Step 3: Moving to cross and reach Hebrews 5 Hebrews 6:


1. To grow you need to live in holiness - The result is able to take the next steps
2. To grow communion with God is needed - The result is receiving revelation and authority
3. To grow you need to learn to cook to eat and feed.
14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, because they have exercised their power of spiritual perception.

Because in the same way that our physical body needs to eat well every day to stay strong and healthy, our mind also.
If the body needs to eat snack, we "the faithful and prudent steward" need to know to prepare their own rations and our fellow servants to serve their food on time (Luke 12.42) need to know "cook" spiritual food. This wisdom of the Word of God is a gift from Heaven (Gift of Prophecy).

At the time I am preparing this workshop, I had to give a lecture to a small group of people, formed mostly by ordinary people, but among them was a medical specialist, who had the same problems the rest of the group to understand the Word. I studied the situation carefully, understanding that intellectual ability is (obviously this man had) but by the grace of God's Spirit on the human spirit that we men understand Scripture (1 Corinthians 2:14)

Who he received him, to know that, like every gift, is to build up the Body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 14.12.


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