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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Evaluate Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit and the Bible (the Word of God)
Hebrews 4:12-13 (Message Bible) says, “God means what He says. What He says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.”
Many people say they love the Lord and they know Him, but they don’t know His Word.  How can we love God if we don’t get to know Him?   Knowing Him means hiding His Word in our hearts.  The more Word we have in our hearts, the more we are like Him.  Your Bible is more than a decorative fixture on the coffee table; it’s a living thing that is active and powerful.  You will activate the power of the Word in your life when you apply it.  The Lord hides good things in His Word, and only the people that want Him will find them.
Benefits of the Word of God
We are going to be accountable for all of the Word that we hear.  The Bible is one of the essential tools that we need to be successful in the earth.  No devil in Hell has power over the Word of God (Isaiah 55:8). That’s what makes It so precious because he has to obey It.  However, the Word can only be used by those to whom it is revealed (Luke 10:24).  You will experience the power of the Word when you have an appetite for It (Matthew 5:6).  When we ignore the Word and disobey Its message, we become dull, and calluses grow on our hearts.  When people don’t have an appetite for the Word of the Lord, they will never get the treasures that are hidden inside of it.  Below is a list of attributes about the Bible.
·        It’s an anchor for us when crisis comes.
·        Like a spiritual scalpel, the Word operates on us and cuts out anything that shouldn’t be there.
·        It removes darkness from our lives and reveals hidden things
·        It discerns and divides evil from good.
·        It rids bad habits in our lives.
·        It reveals things in our lives that can be harmful (John 1:14).
·        It contains secrets of the kingdom of Heaven.
Understanding Holy Spirit
As stated in John 14:25-26 (Message Bible), Jesus said, “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.
The Lord sent His Holy Spirit on earth as an asset for our spiritual success.  Below are some attributes of Holy Spirit.
·        He should be honored at all times.
·        He should not be ignored.
·        He should be acknowledged in every decision that we make.
·        He is a person and not a thing (John 16:17).
·        He is an invisible spirit person who is with God and who is designated to guide us.
·        He is here inside of you.
·        He is required to be in our lives if we are going to be spiritually mature.
·        He tells us where our provision is.
·        He corrects our limited thinking.
If you want to live a full and rich life, if you want to live with no limits, make a conscious decision to maintain a solid relationship with the Word of the Lord and Holy Spirit.
Love,
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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