However, brothers and sisters, I could not talk to you as to spiritual people, but [only] as to worldly people [dominated by human nature], mere infants [in the new life] in Christ! I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Even now you are still not ready. You are still worldly [controlled by ordinary impulses, the sinful capacity]. For as long as there is jealousy and strife and discord among you, are you not unspiritual, and are you not walking like ordinary men [unchanged by faith]? -1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (AMP)
When I read verses in scripture such as those above, I cannot help but be convicted of the fact that we so often live as though we never knew Jesus. The people who judge the most, gossip the most and often resent the most can be professing Christians! How sad that fact is. For the record, I do not write this from the perspective of one who is “above all that.”
As time goes on in our walk with Christ, we should be growing and getting better; that is, closer to God (not farther away). For me, the key to growing spiritually is study of the Word and close, frequent fellowship with other believers. It has been a study of God’s word (the Bible) that has brought me to a closer relationship with Him through yielding to the Holy Spirit in my life and claiming the power I have already been given to live a victorious Christ-centered life.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. -Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
The church I fellowship with has been studying the book of Romans — in particular right now, the 12th chapter. The chapter of transformation. How does transformation take place in carnal-minded Christians? Through the renewing of the mind. And how does the renewing of the mind happen? There is much in life we have little or no control over; however, one thing we do have control over is our thought process. As Joyce Meyer once put it, you can decide what to play on the screen in your mind. The Holy Spirit can help direct your thinking — if you ask Him. I know it works, I have done this in my own life and I am seeing the difference. You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Let the Spirit change your way of thinking -Ephesians 4:22-23 (CEV)