When Believers are new in Christ i.e Baby Christians, things work out easily them. Whatever they ask God for is done sharply. They have various encounters with God that make them love God even more.
As they begin to grow in Christ, things begin to change. God still answers them but more is needed to get the same results you were getting before. This is because God needs us to grow. He is a loving father and has wonderful things install for us. Only those who are mature in Christ can access such things.
In order for us to be part of this, He teaches us the more matured way of getting things done rather than giving it to us on a platter of gold. If we keep receiving things from God without making efforts on our part, we are not likely to grow and access the perfect gifts God has for us.
Bible Reading for Believers
Hebrew 5: 13- 14 says:
13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
The next time you see a new convert who is struggling in one area or the other, feeling discouraged that God is not responding to them the way He normally does, the answer is, they need to do more, they need to grow.
There are things we must do to bring God’s hand into our situation. It is important that we play our part. This is done together with faith in God and His Word and patience. We are also to obey every instruction He gives us either in His Word or our personal encounter.
New believers should start with the Word of God. This opens their eyes to the truth of who they are in Christ. They can also follow men/ women of God who have proves in their lives by reading their books, listening to tapes, etc. These men and women have sometimes had to pay for the revelations at work in their lives (through prayer and fasting) which we now access on a platter of gold. We could also be imparted by reading anointed books.
On a final note
That one has been born again for 40 years does not equal the reward he or she receives in Heaven. Receiving rewards in Heaven is not about how many years you know God. It is how many years you’ve worked actively with Him in promoting His kingdom on earth.
May God help us as we put this to practice.