Daily SOAP: Mature Believers Have Discernment

SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Hebrews 5.

Scripture

“But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” –Hebrews 5:14

Observation

Mature Christians need solid food. Unfortunately, many believers are stuck and can only handle milk.

A mature person is someone who has “practiced” the Christian life. He has some time and experience in being a Christian. Therefore, he can discern between good and evil.

An immature person has difficulty discerning between the two.

Application

Be careful not to choke spiritual infants on solid food. Be patient with them. Without becoming arrogant, never forget that my decades of following Christ have taught me things that spiritually young believers don’t know. They still lack discernment but will gain it over time as they practice righteous living.

Prayer

Father, there is so much to learn and grow in to become mature in Christ. Thank You for all You’ve taught me through the years. Help me stand firm in discernment and teach Your ways to younger believers. Please continue to feed me with solid food.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen

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