These hazards are I carnality or fleshly, (ii) instability, and (iii) insecurity (iii). (iv) Unawareness of his or her spiritual identity; (v) Inability to contribute meaningfully to the Spiritual Body of Christ—Church.
How does one become mature in spirit? Through growing in knowledge of God and others, so that one's spirit is set free to dwell among spirits. The more one knows Jesus Christ, the more one will want to serve Him. His call to service is not limited to those who hold religious offices within the church but is also a call for every Christian to give their lives to Christ through serving others.
Mature Christians possess these qualities:
They are rational animals with a spiritual nature which has been freed from sin and enslaved to God. As a result, they can think and act like God's children.
They are known by their love for others, especially those who live next door or across the world. Mature Christians care about other people as much as themselves because their heart is filled with God's love.
They are stable individuals who face the world with courage and confidence. They aren't affected greatly by what people say or do. Rather, they react emotionally to certain situations while maintaining an unshakable faith in God.
14 Indicators of Spiritual Abuse The values of dignity, respect, and authority have been twisted. When spiritual abuse occurs, this is the most important component. When it comes to dealing with challenges, dangerous places exist. In a very religious performance-driven world, a church is secure when it learns how to deal with crises efficiently with love, grace, and truth. When this essential aspect of healthy relationships is absent, then spiritual abuse exists.
Spiritual abuse can also be defined as the misuse of power for personal gain or to create discomfort. It can occur in any relationship, but it is especially common in those involving faith, such as pastors/priests, counselors, gurus, etc.
There are several indicators that you may be experiencing spiritual abuse:
Feeling powerless Over time, spiritual abuse can leave its victims feeling powerless. If someone feels like they cannot fight back against their oppressor, then they are at risk of being abused. In order to protect themselves, they will often comply with their abuser's demands. This can include giving up their own needs in order to avoid conflict, submitting to sexual advances even if they do not want to, and obeying their pastor/guru even if they disagree with them. However, if they feel like they can stand up for themselves, they will be less likely to suffer emotional abuse.
Experience negative effects on the psyche Of course, one of the main goals of an abuser is to make their victim feel bad about themselves.
Here are seven disadvantages of being discouraged: When discouragement takes up residence in our hearts, it momentarily blinds us to many of God's realities. We forget about his compassion, kindness, generosity, sovereignty, and love. We begin to mistrust the same things that we would have confidently spoken about the day before. When we give up, he never gives up on us.
Discouraged people tend to move toward self-destruction. They may turn to alcohol or drugs as a way to escape their pain. Or they may fall into a depression that seems impossible to climb out of. The list goes on and on. The point is this: Disheartenment is a dangerous thing. It can take its toll on your body, your mind, and your spirit. If you aren't careful, it can even lead to suicide.
So what can you do to avoid falling into a state of discouragement? First of all, don't allow life to bring you down! No matter how difficult your situation may seem, there is always hope. Talk to people who have been through similar things. Ask for help if you need it. Find ways to relieve stress and pain.
Secondly, don't make commitments you cannot keep. Do not sign contracts you cannot fulfill. Avoid making decisions when you are exhausted or under pressure. Otherwise, you will most likely make a mistake that will cause you much heartache.
It is perilous to lack spiritual commitment in order to proclaim that one is saved and guaranteed of salvation. A lukewarm Christian would find salvation not just in the church of Christ, but in any church or group of people calling on the name of God. Such a person could never truly claim faith in Jesus Christ because he or she could be swept away at any moment by the next popular trend or idea that comes along.
The danger of spiritual lukewarmness is that one might profess to be a Christian but actually live like someone who isn't saved. They go to church, they may even tell others that they are Christians, but inside they feel nothing for God or his people. This kind of person may say that they love God, but if he were to ask them tomorrow if they still loved him, they wouldn't be able to answer yes. Such people are spiritually dead
Because they have no interest in following Jesus closely, the Holy Spirit cannot dwell within them. They may know what Christianity is about, but they cannot practice it because they aren't born-again believers.
To avoid this danger, we must keep ourselves strong in our faith and resist worldly influences that would draw us away from God.