God’s Spiritual Life Cycle–Babes in Christ and What Stunts Their Growth

To fully understand the profundity of the Creator’s eternal purpose in “bringing many sons [and daughters] unto glory,” we must learn of the spiritual life cycle of God’s Spirit in us–how it grows unto full maturity.

This is a great mystery that has been “kept secret from the foundation of the world” (1).  This mystery of the growth of the Spirit within us has been carefully guarded, couched in the criptic words of the parables of the kingdom.  These are the very secrets of the kingdom of God, how He rules and reigns both in His children’s hearts and throughout the earth and universe. 

These parables are not nice little stories to make it easier for all to understand what the Master is teaching us, but to prevent interlopers from receiving it.  They are secrets, after all, and are hidden in plain sight.

Why Parables?

The disciples asked Christ why He spoke to the crowds in parables.  “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables, so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand” (2).  They may hear the words, but they won’t understand what they mean.  Those who do not have “ears to hear” will just not get it.

The Seed Is the Word

In the parables, Christ likened this spiritual growth unto a seed that grows.  He refers to a natural seed.  And He explains that this seed in His parables represents the word of God.  He said, “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God” (3).  A seed must die in the ground; it must lose its original identity as a lonely grain of wheat, for instance.  It takes in moisture, which corresponds to the “water of the Word,” and then, as it dies, new life springs out of it, and a blade of grass rises “from the dead” and vaults out into the sunlight.

First Stage of Growth–Babes in Christ

This answers to newborn “babes in Christ,” spiritual infants, who have not matured or grown.  They are like natural children–mostly alive  for what they can receive from their parents.  A little child receives nourishment from their parents and grows.  There is nothing wrong with this, for all new children of God must receive spiritual food from God’s word in order to grow.    Truth plus study and prayer is the recipe for spiritual growth. 

The problem lies in the fact that most Christians stay in this growth as babes and children.  They do not mature, for they are fed with teachings tainted with error.  Even with much study in false doctrines, the child of God cannot grow.  “We are not meant to remain as children at the mercy of every chance wind of teaching and the jockeying of men who are expert in the crafty presentation of lies” (4).  The truth is that “certain men have crept in unnoticed,” (5) and they are teaching lies to the new Christians who are desiring to have their lives changed from darkness to light.

For we are warned of this very thing.  “There will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies”.  “Many will follow their shameful ways…and in their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up” (6).

Thus we see that a newborn babe in Christ is in peril because of false teachers and preachers.  As disease and malnutrition stalks natural babies, false teachings and lies stunt and threaten the lives of the children of God.

So Which Are the Lies About God That Stunt the Growth of Babes in Christ?

How can we tell the false teachings from the true teachings?  Christ gave us the answer.  “By their fruits you shall know them” (7).  Look around and observe the fruits of the various ministries and denominations.  Are the people growing?  Are the flocks changing, or are they still trapped in sin and sinning?   Are the people still mostly alive for what they can receive of God, or are they unselfish?  If they are not changing and growing “up into Him,” if they are remaining selfish, desiring to be blessed and not yearning to be a channel of blessings unto others, then it is safe to say that the teachings they are fed with are tainted.    KWH  

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  1. Matt. 13: 35
  2. Mark 4: 11-12
  3. Luke 8: 11
  4. Eph. 4: 14 (Phillips)
  5. Jude 1: 4 (NKJV)
  6. II Peter 2: 1-3
  7. Matt. 7: 20
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5 responses to “God’s Spiritual Life Cycle–Babes in Christ and What Stunts Their Growth

  1. Ezekiel 34 clearly illustrates those shepherds who have not fed the flock, but have rather preyed on them.

    One of the great lies and false teachings is that we can’t live above sin. This is a crippling heresy that has killed the spiritual lives of many “babes in Christ.”

  2. daughter of yah

    “One of the great lies and false teachings is that we can’t live above sin. This is a crippling heresy..”

    Exactly. He is our righteousness, and we are saved by grace… nevertheless, we are to be growing in Him… Messiah is to be being formed in us.
    Yahushua says in John chapter 15:
    “I am the true vine and my Father is the Husbandman. every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away”
    If we get something wrong, He doesn’t just abandon us obviously. 🙂
    I know for me that it’s a matter of having my heart utterly open to Him and open to the Spirit’s leading and correction:
    “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yahushua Messiah his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 john 1:7

    But we are also not saved by just saying the right words and then going on as we were before, as the rest of the world does.

    “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in his steps:
    Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
    Who his ownself bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:21-25

    Scripture is clear: those that are following Him are even as he was in the world, shining the same light, being the salt that preserves and adds flavor.

    Even if we could keep the letter of the law perfectly, it would be in vain to try to go back and fulfill our own righteousness. Yahuwah is our righteousness! 🙂

    “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper… This is the heritage of the servants of YHWH, and their righteousness is of me, saith YHWH.” Isaiah 54:16,17

    Our righteousness comes from Him dwelling within us until that day when He returns and we are like unto him right?

    And yet,
    “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” romans 6:1

    Faith in His ability to do the work that only He can do, transforming us and writing the laws of His kingdom upon our hearts…

    But, to obey as best we can and asking for His spirit to lead us in all things, and being so quick to repent when he shows us something out of alignment- it is He alone who has the power to keep us from falling, not even our own will can do this, but surrendering our will to His.

    He LOVES us so much!!!! And will never forsake us, but there are some maybe who haven’t really come to Him yet, who only think they have, but will indeed hear Him calling in truth and open the door one day?
    When that truly happens, one cannot even think of loving the ways of the world anymore for they grieve the Spirit to such a degree.

    HE GIVES US A NEW HEART, A NEW SPIRIT!
    HALLELUYAH 🙂

    None of us get everything but:

    “Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
    Know ye not that to whom ye yeild yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
    Whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness.” romans 6:15,16

    Yahushua said it best and can only be done by his Spirit living in us, not by our own effort at keeping the law:

    “If any will come after me, let him deny himself, … and follow me.”

    What a love beyond comprehension that whether we are following along at a seemingly good pace, or whether we are barely able to hold ourselves upright, even in our darkest hour He is carrying all of us.

    Let us lay down our lives for Him, and to cling to Him through all the storms of this life, knowing that “He is faithful that promised”

    May we have His heart of mercy and compassion and patience after all we’ve been forgiven for.

    p.s. Thank you for your wonderful blog and your life-changing books, which I read this summer and which… changed my life.

    • My statement was that the teaching that one can’t live above sin was false.

      I have no idea where all the other spawned from that, but you quoted enough scripture to realize that God forbids us to sin and makes us new creatures who are sin free. Therefore you know enough truth to realize that being new is being free from sin.

      Great confirmation. As far as if it’s our effort or His effort or the law, that has nothing to do with it. The point is that everyone have a true relationship with Christ, truly have a new birth experience and you won’t have a desire to sin… why? Because He’ll give you a new heart…
      Now if God gives you a new heart and you still want to sin you’re saying God gave you sinful desires…
      I pray no one would allege that.

      p.s. Jesus was more compassionate than you or me, but He always told people the truth and He never excused or covered for sin.

  3. Daughter of Yah, you have made my day. For you to say that the books I’ve written “changed my life”–that means so much to me. Never give up the search; spread the word, princess of Yah. KWH

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