I listened to a sermon on TBN that really helped me to better understand 1 Corinthians 13:1, 'When I was a child; I spake as a child, I understood as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things'. We all have an inner child in us, our own system and way of doing things, perceiving things and interpreting things. Unless we have already taken the journey to inner maturity and adulthood we are dealing with an adult life with the understanding of a child. Just because that's the way your mama and daddy always done things doesn't mean that it is right.
The more we study the word of God and apply it to our lives and let go of the past and mindsets from the past that are against God's will and desire for us we are going to be trying to do eleventh grade English with the understanding of a third grader so to speak. We can't see or understand because we haven't learned or matured enough yet. The definition of being mature (having attained a final or desired state) is the quality or state of being mature:full development. Often we see adults with the behavior of a child because even though they developed and matured physically they didn't mentally or emotionally. We have to mature spiritually too but we will get to that in a minute.
In order for us to mature emotionally and mentally we have to learn the right mindset, the Christlike mind. That doesn't happen over night. It is a process of learning God's word and applying it to our life. To accept his word and apply it to our life we have to let go of the old way of doing things and reach for his way of doing things. Often, we have to do this by continually bringing our mind back to Christlike thoughts.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Where do we find things that are true, just, pure, lovely, good report, virtuous and praiseworthy? In the word of God. Jesus spoke to God in John 17:17 "Sanctify them (believers) through thy truth: thy word is truth." Galatians 3:11 'Now it is evident that no one is justified through the law (the 10 commandments), for "The righteous (believers) shall live by faith."' Matthew 5:8 'Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.' Psalm 84:1 'How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty!' Hebrews 11:2 'For by it the elders obtained a good report.' Proverbs 31:10 'Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.' Ephesians 5:20 'always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ:' These are just a few verses that we can think on. God's word also says to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. I find it easier to pray continually throughout the day by speaking in tongues. This is available to you. Mark 16:17 'And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;'.
None of us has it all together. As long as we remain in this world we will not be perfect. We will make mistakes. We will sin unintentionally. But we can control how hard or easy it is for us to live a life that we think is appropriate as a child of God considering that Jesus gave his life for us and we are made new in him; read God's word often. Try to start and end your days by reading a verse or more and praying every morning and night asking for guidance. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are filled with the holy ghost. The holy ghost is our teacher and teaches us God's ways. We are just supposed to live one day at a time and that is today not yesterday or tomorrow.
When we do these things we mature spiritually naturally. God watches over us and knows us and he will shape and mold us if we let him. The more you saturate your mind and life with God's word the easier and faster you will grow and develop into a confident man or woman of God. If I can help you with any scriptural guidance contact me at email@example.com. God Bless YOU!