(Ephesians 4:14) “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”
God intends for your life to have meaning, purpose and stability. Your life in Christ is meant to be anchored. The walk of faith is the walk of a spiritual adult. As an adult, you acknowledge there are people who want to use you for personal gain. You understand there are people who want to gain personal power at your expense. But truth protects you from these deceivers. As an adult, you measure what you hear and experience against what you know to be true. You have a Person who is a Perfect Standard and you have truth recorded in His Word. As an adult you don’t believe everything you see until you measure it against His Word. As an adult, you don’t believe every voice that sounds spiritual until you measure it against His Word. As an adult, you don’t follow your emotions but rather let your emotions follow your faith.
Your stability depends on the body of doctrine residing within you. Sound doctrine is the anchor protecting you from going after a man, a doctrine or a church that would lead you away from Christ. When the sea of religion is tossing and turning around you, know Who you believe and why you believe it. You have stability and adulthood because you are able to measure everything against what you know to be true. The goal of pastors and teachers should be to bring you into knowledge of the truth that gives you this capacity to have stability in your walk of faith. If you want to have a sense of meaning and purpose in your life, you must surround yourself with those who pave the road for your spiritual stability.
[box]Renewed Thought – Spiritual stability isn’t demonstrated in church membership, positions or titles, or time. Spiritual stability is demonstrated in Christ living His life through the willing submission of self, based on truth residing in the soul.[/box]