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A Saturation of Maturation

August 7

"... in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men."  1 Corinthians 14:20

"The ripening of a soul reaches into every crevice of our existence ..."


Growing up is simultaneously, one of the most natural, and one of the most difficult things to do.  While developing is as incidental as sunset; maturing taxes the gamut of body, mind, and spirit.  The ripening of a soul reaches into every crevice of our existence, demanding each thought and intent be prayerful.  Under the tutelage of an inexhaustible Word of DIVINITY, and enveloped in an ever expanding world of discovery, this can prove to be elusive.  Mark it down: manhood and maturity may be juxtaposed, but a semantical relationship must not be assumed.  The humble will readily accept this maxim; while the egotist insists on his spiritual autism, bench pressing his way into eternal stillbirth.  With all this said, there is a sanctified immaturity and ignorance endorsed throughout the pages of Scripture.  "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: ..."  From the opening verses of creation, It was our FATHER'S intent to shield HIS children from harmful influence and ungodly science.  Centuries later, the LORD is still at work in those HE redeems, reclaiming the practical innocence lost in Eden's forest. 

"For MY people ... are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge."  The natural child is conceived in malice; but when we are "born again", the mind is quickened with the seed of Holy intellect.  "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"  Malice is a malignity of premeditated hurt toward others.  GOD'S counsel is that we be 'binkie' in the thought and capacity of that; and doctorate in our understanding and execution of Christian maturity.  "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven."  Only then can that  nipple of nativity in CHRIST be taken, and the Word of Life ingested to the last dreg; so that Biblical manhood might be realized in the course of maturation.            

"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect
(mature), be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, GOD shall reveal even this unto you."

For Love of Country
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson  (1824-1863)
(Confederate General, Professor of philosophy and tactics at VMI)
"... could always tell when a battle was near at hand, by seeing the general get up a great many times in the night to pray."

(testimony of General Jackson's old servant)

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