Are You Ready for Solid Food?

Growing in Faith & Character IS the Christian Life

New Christians are often called “Baby” Christians. Frankly, it’s not the length of time a person has been a Christian that defines being a “baby” but rather their maturity. As a child’s food changes as they grow, so does the spiritual food a Christian eats as they grow in the faith.

Are You Ready for Solid Food

Baby Christians Are to THIRST for Spiritual Milk

  • To Grow in grace/understanding of our Master/Savior, Jesus Christ.
  • The glory belongs to him both now & to eternity. (2 Peter 3:18).
  • This is not an option, it is a command: grow up in spiritual faith.

In a Moment, Christ took over as Savior & Adopted You in God’s Family by the Spirit

A newborn baby needs milk to grow & develop; a baby Christian needs “spiritual food for growth.” (1 Peter 2:2-3

We have much to say, but it is hard to make it clear to you becauseyou no longer try to understand.In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching of righteousness.Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.Hebrews 5:11

Meat, the Solid Food of the Word

Solid food requires we be mature to digest it. The Christian must be teachable & grow to discern between right/wrong or good/evil.

Newborn Infants Long for Mother’s Pure Milk

A baby latches to his mother’s breast, very dependent for all that’s needed to grow up. YOU too need to latch on to God’s milk & honey (the Word)to grow. Like newborn infants, we are long for pure spiritual milk, that we may grow up into our salvation. If indeed we have tasted that the Lord is good. By spending time reading the Word, our soul connects deeply with the God of the New Testament; this is a what the Christian life is all about. Walking and growing in God everyday.

As a baby grows, He Begins to Include Solid Foods.

Paul saw problems with the Corinthian believers; they hadn’t grown in faith. Because of that, he could only give them “milk” because they were not ready to eat and digest solid food. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more. As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a baby at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way? When one of you says, “I’m on Paul’s side,” and another says, “I’m for Apollos,” aren’t you being totally infantile?”

Human & Spiritual Babies Mature in the Same Way – With Food.

Parents feed their babies and growth is natural. But thing is, a baby Christian will only grow as much as he purposefully reads, obeys and applies the Word of God.  

A Christian’s diet consists of the Word of God! A Christian’s diet consists of the Word of God! 

So many Christians are still babies & can’t understand the richness of Word of God. God gave us everything we need to grow in knowledge of Him. Based on the deeper teachings of Christ, we see that the “solid food” mentioned pertains to our growth in Him. 

We are to live a life that is not worldly or carnal.

1 Corinthians 3:1-3 tells us,“Brothers, I could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to worldly, babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk and not with solid food. For to this day you were not able to endure it. Nor are you able now, for you are still worldly. Since there is envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not worldly and behaving as mere men?”

Peter says the unlearned & unstable twist Paul’s teachings to their own destruction, and unless we are grounded on the right foundations in Christ, we might end up the same. (2 Peter 3:17-18) 

Character Traits We Need for Maturity to Happen – Confirming One’s Calling and Election

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling & election. If you do these things, you will never stumble and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  2 Peter 1:3-11

Many Reference Proverbs 31 For Good ReasonIn Proverbs 31, we see an all-out illustration of the godly wife and mother. She’s this virtuous woman worth far more than rubies. Who can beat that? Her husband trusts in her completely, she does him good all the days of her life. She knits, sews their own clothing, makes tapestry, she is never idle and her hands are always moving. She rises early in the morning and goes to bed late at night. She clothes her children well and they are never cold. She works the fields with her hands growing crop, then brings her stuff to the market to sell, and feeds her household well. She is a strong honorable woman, very generous to the poor and needy. Her husband is a well-respected man where they live and when she opens her mouth, out pours wisdom. Her children look up to her and call her blessed. So does her husband. She is not caught up in outward beauty; her beauty comes from her fear of the Lord.WOW!!!! Quite a standard to live up to, right?Many other proverbs give insight into how a woman of God is to walk, what kind of womanly influence she is to have in her household.

Follow me as we take a look and glean a few takeaways! These are more pieces of advice that address our hearts, tongues, and priorities – some specifically aimed at wives and mothers.

WOMANHOOD SPEAKS LOUDLY

  • Compared to Wisdom, the Lady Folly is rowdy, loud, naive and ignorant. Proverbs 9:13
  • A wise woman builds her house, but a foolish one picks it to splinters with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
  • The man who finds a wife finds something good, and the favor of the Eternal is indeed his. Proverbs 18:22
  • Much like a gold ring in the snout of a pig, so is a beautiful woman who lacks good judgmentProverbs 11:22
  • Houses and riches may be inherited from parents, but a sensible wife is a gift from the Eternal. Proverbs 19:14
  • You would be better off living in the middle of the desert than with an angry and argumentative wife. Proverbs 21:19
  • A dignified wife brings honor to her husband; a shameful wife is decay eating at his bones. Proverbs 12:4
  • It is better to dwell outside on the corner of your roof than to live inside your house with a badgering wife. Proverbs 21:9
  • The alluring words of a seductive woman are a deep hole; the Eternal is incensed toward those who fall in. Proverbs 22:14
  • Foolish children bring misery to their fathers, and a wife’s bickering is a like constant dripping from a leaky roof. Proverbs 19:13

YOUR WORDS, DO THEY STRESS OR REFRESH?

  • When we speak brashly, folly is upon us seeking attention for ourselves.
  • Words of grace, discernment, and purity are pleasing in the sight of God and man.
  • Be fueled in God’s Word of hope! Stay away from worldly lust, keep your heart pure. 
  • Do you exercise wisdom or folly? Godly ladies build up others, lifting spirits that flourish. 
  • A woman’s behavior reveals her relationship with the Lord, and the value of her character

GOD SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT FOR WIVES OUT THERE

  • We have potential to be a direct blessing from Him, worth far more than any riches.
  • An upright wife brings glory and honor to her husband, she is excellence in her ways.
  • Her prudence—or thoughtfulness over others is a lovely fruit of her faith in the Lord.

A WIFE CAN MAKE OR BREAK HER HOUSEHOLD

Scripture’s Language Is Strong – Due to discontent, a nagging wife is a sorrowful thing in her household. Wow! Once she loses sight of Christ, the dangers of becoming quarrelsome and generating unnecessary friction increase dramatically.  The godly wife is to seek loving God and her husband wholeheartedly, for this leads to peace and prosperity.


MOTHERHOOD

  • 12. My son, keep your father’s commandment, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 6:20
  • 13. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother. Proverbs 10:1
  • 14. A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother. Proverbs 15:20
  • 15. The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. Proverbs 29:15

Takeaways:

You may be thinking: these are about sons, not women! Yet the son reflects the mother, the one who teaches him.

These proverbs reinforce the powerful reality that our mothering has a long-term impact on the attitude of our children…and that we should be so deeply tied to the nurturing of our children that their disobedience or disrespect is heartbreaking.

The last proverb gives us a solution. It tells us moms that we have to be willing to love our children through discipline, correcting their wrongs with devoted discipleship, for it reaps godliness rather than shame.

While touching aspects of womanhood a little differently than Proverbs 31, these proverbs provide wisdom that remind us to speak sweet words, serve our husbands joyfully, and impact our children for good.