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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Walking in Godly Authority
As Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God (Galatians 3:26 and 4:6). As His children, we are entitled to all kingdom rights and privileges. The Lord is our Daddy; we have rights to everything He owns and—just for the record—He is not poor. One of the most important things we inherited from Him is authority.
Change Your Vision
Your duty as a child of God is to destroy the works of the devil in the earth. This power is a part of the total salvation package that Jesus died for you to have. You need to get a clear picture of yourself and understand that you are a royal ruler. See yourself as the leader that you are; the Lord has graced you to do so. Remember that mature children of God walk are not doormats; they graciously walk in their authority because they are authorized by divine power (1 John 4:4).
Exert Your Power in a Godly Way
Start commanding challenges in your life to line up with the Word of God. Do not tolerate foolishness from the enemy. You have to exercise your authority because it is preparation for Heaven (Genesis 1:26, John 5:19). Through salvation, we have been positioned to rule over darkness and demons. God expects us to be firm with the devil because his agenda is to destroy us. However, we must have a balance and be sure to display the love of God to those around us. Our authority should not be used to humiliate or belittle people. We are trying to draw people to Christ not push them away.

As a mature Christian, use your leadership to inspire by example. In Ephesians 2:1-6 of the Message Bible, says that:

1 -6It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ. He did all this on his own, with no help from us! Then he picked us up and set us down in highest heaven in company with Jesus, our Messiah.
Dominion Belongs to God
When you come across the spirits of drama and adversity, let your godly authority rise up in you. That’s why it is important to stay steeped in the Word so that your flesh won’t get in the way. Your authority is limitless and has the ability to move mountains in your life. Your job is to secure the land with your confession and faith and to not succumb to the devil’s attacks (Mark 11:22, Hebrews 11:6, Psalms 8:3).
You should never want for anything in Christ because He has already given you everything you need for life and godliness. The challenges are coming, so you have to be ready. Your power to rule is inside of you so begin to develop it. Your power grows when you refuse to give in t emotions and pain. Make your choices up on the Word of God—not how you feel. Remember that you reign as a believer and that you have the victory in every situation. Keep your thoughts in line with the Word!
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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21 Question Test of Spiritual Maturity
Love has levels of intensity and is always moving forward or backwards.
Ephesians 3:14-19–The Message Bible
   14 -19My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit—not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength—that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God.
The beautiful thing about the love of God is that it accepts us just the way we are.  The love of God is pure, all-inviting, warm and forgiving.  As believers, we have the privilege of living this extravagant love.  It takes faith in God to receive this kind of love, and it takes faith to display it to those around us.  Humans have a habit of walking in conditional love because we judge people based on their faults and shortcomings.
Put on the Rose Colored Glasses of Love
Love is a feeling that can be guided by our choices (Matthew 22:37).  So, before you cast the stones, remember that Jesus Christ set the ultimate example of pure love.  He gave His life so we could have all of the privileges of son ship and access to God’s kingdom.  It is so like God to look past a person’s faults and love them.
Relationships: The Best Place to Practice Love Skills
No one can live successfully on earth without healthy relationships.  It was God’s design for people to know how to interact with one another.  Establishing the right love foundation is possible yet takes a lot of practice because relationships are planned, delivered and change with time.  Below is a grid that shows different levels of love.
It’s the foundation for love; it accepts the differences and appreciates.
A crush or tender care.
Love Love
Strong affection for a person or being attached to them.  This is where soul mates are formed.
To hold dear and value highly; to treat tenderly.  Unfortunately most relationships don’t get here.
Involves spending time together and putting energy into a relationship.  It aims to please.  We cannot be devoted to more than one thing at a time.
Common Contact (apathy)
To be civil—not treating a person badly, but not going out of your way either.
When we show the love of God to people, we draw them in.  Judgment hinders love.  When we find faults in others, it actually points out our weaknesses.  The world is filled with many people who have all types of backgrounds and life experiences that have shaped who they are.  Sometimes they may seem difficult and rough around the edges, but it’s our job as Christians to walk in grace and show them the love of God.
Instead of labeling them, try to encourage them by finding something good.
Accept people so you can move on and do something great for God.  Many times, the very qualities that we pray for in a person is found in the one that we don’t want anything to do with.  The love of God will help you look a little deeper and find the beauty that He placed inside of them.
Walk in love so you can get your blessing.
Dr. Joyce Oliver

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