Based in Northern California, the fourth watch is a blog written by Tiffany filbert. Her posts are shared in the hope of heLping others to break the chains of shame, sickness and sorrow that keep them from confidently coming into the calling of the life god has waiting for them. there is freedom on the other side of sharing your story. There is restoration waiting in the surrendering.

Mature

To mature is to become fully developed. It requires patience, time and effort. Maturing requires diligence and consistency.It is a commitment and understanding that fruit does not blossom the moment you plant a seed. It must grow and develop over time. When undisturbed, a seed does not stay a seed - it transforms into something bigger. Like a seed, we as humans are designed to transform over time from something small to something big. As Christians we are called to the strive to transform over time, maturing into the image of Christ. 

This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children.
— Ephesians 4:13


Growing and developing throughout our life is a choice. We all have the option to remain where we are and continue to feed off simple food. We also have the option of challenging our current thoughts and actions to change so we are able to consistently take in food that helps us grow. The potential growth we have is limitless but it does not happen without effort. When we make the decision to do nothing with a seed eventually it becomes waste - easily swept up in the wind. Do nothing and experience nothing. Do something and in it’s appropriate time your seed will break open taking root in a foundation that will hold it in securely in place.

We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
— Ephesians 4: 14-15

God is good and His word is an endless source of secrets and knowledge on how to mature into a mighty Christian. He provides us with everything we need to become more in all areas of our life. His Word is the way - it is the game plan, the step by step process, the cheat code. His word promises us in Ephesians 4 that once we commit to the maturation process we will go forward in our life standing firm. Are you tired dear friend of constantly going back and forth in your mind? Do you constantly find yourself saying, “I don’t know” or “I am confused” or “I just wish I knew what to do”. There is a way available to put these constant struggles to rest but it requires YOU to take ownership of your current root system, the soil in which you try to grow in.

God is not careless in how He has designed His strategy. His Word requires our effort, our patience, our time. It requires us to come into agreement with Him and enter into partnership. It’s in this partnership, we learn we cannot do it (whatever it may be) alone. We become dependent on our partner to help us get to the end goal. 

To mature in Christ is to draw close to God - He delights in this process because He knows that to fully understand His Word we must be diligent, consistent and committed to spending time with Him. He will test our patience and observe the effort we put forth. Just like with all things in our life, the more you commit, the more you show up - the more you will receive. The process soon becomes your lifestyle. Things start to click and revelations lead you to another level. 

It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.
— 1 Corinthians 3: 7-8 (NLT)

Are you stuck in a place where you are not transforming into the person He has called you to be? Are you walking around in your adult body which the mind and attitude of an infant? Are you ready to start taking in whole, nutrient dense foods to help your mind and heart grow into a mature Christian? The great news is God is ready for you and is already cheering you on! If you don’t know where to start or how to begin - don’t worry my dear friend because I am here to cheer you along right with God. We believe in you. We want you to win. We want you to grow. We want you to mature into the mighty Christian and the peaceful, joy-filled person you were destined to be.

Below are three key things that really made the difference in my own journey. I hope these can help you as you make the commitment to grow. We believe in you!

  1. Warm Up for the Workout: It is common for a lot of people to get extreme in the start of a new venture whatever it may be. If you start with a sprint, you will burn out if you have not been trained properly. The best way to begin a workout is with a warm up. It is no different with the Word of God. It can be extremely exhausting and difficult to understand and study what His word says so don’t skip warming up your mind and heart before you begin His training sessions:

    • Step 1: Day 1 -7 simply say “Good Morning” to God each day when you awake - it really can be that easy to start

    • Step 2: Day 8-14 add onto Step 1 by saying “Good Night” to God each evening before you drift off for rest

    • Step 3: Day 15 - 21 continue on with Step 1 and Step 2 and add God to help you guard your heart as you go throughout the day

  2. Study the Game Plan: All the “How Tos” are found within His word (annoying as that can be for some). Our life comes with a step by step guide that shows us how to enjoy our time on earth in peace and love. We won’t know these steps unless we read the instructions! Athletes don’t know how to execute a play called by their coach unless they study before the game. When you have warmed up, it’s time to start training the muscles by putting them under tension and getting into situations to break down the muscles so they can be built back up bigger and stronger than before. Our strategy, game plan, workout routine is found in His word. The Bible can be confusing, overwhelming and extremely hard for a lot of people to focus on. Again - start small here and get creative if you have to.

    • Children’s Books - no one said you had to be a certain age to read and enjoy them. This is a great way to start exposing yourself to the Word of God that will allow you to stay engaged as you set out!

    • Children’s Movies - another simple and easy way to expose yourself to who some mighty warriors that God uses through out the Bible for an example on how to live and who He is

    • Online Study Guides

    • You Tube Sermons

    • Podcasts

  3. Participate in Partnership: Once you have spent time warming up getting familiar with your Coach/Trainer/Team and have spent time getting familiar with the game plan/strategy/instructions - it’s time to practice. It’s time to get out into your world and actually implement what you learned no matter how “small” you feel that action may be. You get stronger in all areas of life with time not in the snap of your fingers. It’s through repetition of what you learn that you begin to develop habits. These habits add up over time to transform your lifestyle. In the same exact way, God changes us little by little, glory by glory. It takes time dear friend. Day by day, action by action, thought by thought!

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