Spiritual stagnation. Part II. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish -  english by Google Translate English.

Advancing step by step to understanding the problem.




Step 1: Diagnosis and treatment

The diagnosis of why we are experiencing this situation gives Word Hebrews Hebrews 5.11 to 6.6:Comment 1

Hebrews 5. New International Version
11 On this topic we have much to say but difficult to explain, because you what they will go in one ear out the other. 12 In fact, by this time you ought to be teachers, yet you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. In other words, need milk, not solid food. 13 He who eats only milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness, is 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 (Holiness), faith in God, 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment. 3 So proceed, if God permits.

Part by us study these two passages:


Hebrews 5. New International Version

11 On this topic we have much to say but difficult to explain, because you what they will go in one ear out the other. 12 In fact, by this time you ought to be teachers, yet you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's word. In other words, need milk, not solid food. 13 He who eats only milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness, is like a baby.

We have fallen into a "habituation" regarding the activities of the Church, such as worship or study meetings or reading. We sing praise songs like Common, paying little or no attention to the letter, when in reality what we are saying something we sing to God and he takes it seriously.


Same with reading: many times we take the life stories of biblical characters only as stories, when in fact God is showing us something to help us in our lives. The stories do not relate to our reality takes away weight to the biblical text, not "taking root in the heart", because of this most of the congregation on Monday not remember what was preached on Sunday. As the congregation does not assimilate the messages, there is no choice but to speak again and again of the same basic principles. There are many who do not take the OT because they believe that they should only read the NT, which undoubtedly should be compared with what Scripture itself says:

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


Comment 3

Being inexperienced is not practiced. Experience gives practice. The novice knows something only theoretically. Today most people are stuck in this situation, for a simple reason: The practice involves work, time and effort. Anyone who has practiced a sport, artistic or academic (a university degree, a Masters or a PhD) know that it is necessary to overcome the frustration of practicing something that "does not want to leave" and yet we keep trying, correcting, straining or plainly sit long hours studying. Take time to leisure or rest to devote to training or study.
Anyone who wants to achieve a goal, you must first know how to distinguish the stages to be traversed, 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, fruit of meditation, consultation and study. In a group in which I teach, four of the men told me about their desire to be preachers and asked what steps should continue in their training from the educational standpoint. They expected me to tell them to be recorded in the Bible Institute of the Church, but they needed first was:


1. Learning to read fluently and write well and know how to pronounce the words.


2. Secondly learn to do a comprehensive reading (reading comprehension).


3. Thirdly learn to work with dictionaries and encyclopedias.


4. And only fourth recorded in the Bible Institute.

Two of them understood and proposed finish high school for adults, and the other two continued doing business as usual. Today, a year and a half after that conversation, the first two are averaging their studies and their comprehension, reading, memorization, to abstracts, to read maps and find information in books and dictionaries has 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 enroll in the Institute, already having a method and a discipline of study.
The other two brothers who chose not to make any changes, and continue at the same level as before.


Another notable point is that from the moment the efforts and achievements are exclusively the result of the effort made by the individual "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 Isaiah 17: We must learn to do good and stop doing evil.
In the previous case, the four brothers left to do evil, and two of them also began trying to form to make things better, and they are taking off.



Comment 4

This can be seen well in high-performance athletes: Do not only practice, but also study their movements to perfect. Amen to that leave everything that is an obstacle to achieving their goal: They look out at meals, do not drink, do not smoke, do drugs, not trasnochan, stop hanging out with people that influence them poorly. In short they turn away, saved to help reach your goal.


The practice of virtue involves discipline, conviction, hard work and commitment.


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


Comment 5

The basic thing is like a chocolate cake recipe. No cake recipe no. But the recipe itself is not the cake.


Knowing the Word is essential, without this knowledge it is impossible to please God by putting work. Basics (holiness, faith, prayer, fear and knowledge of God) is the means to reach the Kingdom.




Step 2: Practice as a "leg" of power.
Things elementary basic once understood, we must implement them, ie make time everyday situations so warrant.


Basic things never cease to be practiced: it's like running or gymnastics Boxer are activities that practice activity for life. For the Christian, forgiveness, prayer, staying in holiness, faith, etc.. are everyday. The condition to pass the "religiosity YE BARRIER TO ENTER THE KINGDOM POWER" is just that: practice righteousness (holiness, WORD STUDY, love, forgiveness, mercy, etc.) is what gives us a passport to cross 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 is taking power to overcome their weaknesses. Because in order to forgive, to live in peace, to make ends meet, in short order we must receive God's Power. If we are not able to as boy, how are we going to have for the greatest?


When we live out of the way we practiced the SIN


Within the path must be practiced VIRTUE.


The practice is improving our "Performance Spiritual" and we will get better each time.




Step 3: Advancing 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 you need communion with God - The result is 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 "faithful and wise stewards' rations need to know to prepare themselves and those of our fellow servants, in order 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).
By the time I'm preparing this workshop, I had to give a lecture to a small group of people, consisting mainly of common people, but among them was a doctor, I had the same problems the rest of the group to understand the Word. I studied the situation carefully, understanding that it is not by intellectual ability (obviously this man had) but for the grace of God's Spirit upon the human spirit that the latter understand the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:14)
Who received him, to know that the gifts are for the edification of the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 14.12.

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