I recently found myself thinking about spiritual maturity and how my understanding of it was once a far cry from what the Bible says about this topic.

Coming from a hyper-charismatic, background with its emphasis on sensationalism and the pursuit of spiritual “highs”, my perspective on spiritual maturity was very distorted. Glossy visions, ecstatic utterances, and supernatural manifestations seemed to be the yardstick by which spiritual growth was measured. 

However, as I delved into the scriptures, I couldn’t help but notice the glaring inconsistencies between the lofty, often mystical nature of spiritual growth touted in hyper-charismatic circles and the humble, transformative nature laid out in God’s Word. Recognizing these inconsistencies, I feel compelled to address them in a blog post.

So join me as I draw comparisons between the false hyper-charismatic worldview and the scriptural perspective. My aim is not to condemn, but to shed light on what the Bible says a spiritually mature Christian should look like.

False Hyper-Charismatic Views on Spiritual Maturity

If you’ve been in a hyper-charismatic church environment long enough, then you’re more than likely to believe that the following are the characteristics of a spiritually mature Christian or one in close communion with God:

  1. Possessing spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues and prophecy.
  2. Having intense emotional experiences that are perceived to be from the Holy Spirit such as drunkenness, euphoria, ‘holy’ laughter, or falling under the anointing (slain in the Spirit).
  3. Receiving direct personal revelations from God usually in the form of dreams, and visions, hearing God’s audible voice, encounters with angels or Jesus. going to heaven or hell etc.
  4. Demonstrating the ability to perform signs, wonders, and miracles, including healing and casting out demons.
  5. Being emotionally expressive during worship e.g. crying, wailing, kneeling, etc. 
  6. Having financial success, material blessings, and perfect health; this is usually seen as evidence of great faith and a sign of God’s favor.
  7. Having a close relationship with a spiritual “daddy” or “mummy” and being subject to their authority.
  8. Engaging in intercession and spiritual warfare, which often involves binding and rebuking demons, as well as making authoritative decrees and declarations through prolonged prayer sessions.
  9. Being perceived as one who carries a special anointing or grace.

The Biblical View on Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual maturity, as outlined in the Bible, encompasses several characteristics and behaviors that reflect a transformative relationship with God. Here are some key markers of a spiritually mature Christian according to the Scriptures:

  1. Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23):

The fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is a clear indicator of spiritual maturity. These virtues manifest as a person grows in their relationship with God.

  1. Knowledge and Application of God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17):

A mature believer is grounded in the Word of God, using it for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness. He or she seeks wisdom from God’s Word and allows it to shape their thoughts, actions, and decisions.

  1. Prayer and Communication with God (Philippians 4:6-7):

Mature Christians maintain a consistent and fervent prayer life. They rely on God for guidance, express gratitude, and present their needs through prayer. They value it as a means of communing with God.

  1. Love for Others (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; 1 John 4:7-8):

Love is a hallmark of spiritual maturity according to the Bible. The selfless and sacrificial love described in 1 Corinthians 13, the famous “love chapter”, goes beyond mere actions and reflects the heart of a mature believer.

  1. Humility (Philippians 2:3-4; James 4:10):

Spiritual maturity involves having an attitude of humility where you consider others more significant than yourself. A mature believer has a genuine willingness to serve and uplift others rather than seeking personal recognition or gain, reflecting the example set by Jesus Christ.

  1. Obedience to God’s Commands (John 14:15; 1 John 5:3):

Spiritual maturity is reflected in a consistent effort to obey God’s commands. This obedience is not driven by legalism but out of love. It acknowledges His authority and seeks to align one’s life with His will. 

  1. Endurance and Perseverance in Trials (James 1:2-4; Romans 5:3-5):

Spiritual maturity is tested and refined through trials. The ability to endure with patience and trust in God’s sovereignty is a sign of maturity. Mature believers also recognize that suffering contributes to spiritual growth and produces perseverance in the faith.

  1. Forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13):

Spiritual maturity is evidenced by the ability to forgive others and pursue reconciliation. Christ’s teachings emphasize the importance of forgiveness as a central aspect of the Christian walk and a mature Christian embraces this in obedience.

  1. Generosity and Stewardship (2 Corinthians 9:6-7; Luke 6:38):

A mature believer is characterized by a heart that gives generously and cheerfully. They recognize that all they have is a gift from God to be used for His glory and the well-being of others.

  1. Unity and Love for the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:2-3; 1 John 4:11):

Spiritual maturity is reflected in a Christian who actively seeks to maintain the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace within the body of Christ. Maturity involves working towards living in harmony and promoting the mutual edification of all believers.

  1. Discernment (Hebrews 5:14):

Mature believers are able to discern between good and evil, demonstrating a keen understanding of God’s will. They are also able to distinguish false teachings from sound doctrine. This discernment is developed through a growing knowledge of Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

As you reflect on these biblical markers of spiritual maturity, it’s essential to recognize that spiritual growth is not about achieving perfection. Instead, it’s a lifelong process guided by the transformative power of the Holy Spirit and an earnest commitment to follow Christ’s example.


As we’ve contrasted the false hyper-charismatic views with the biblical perspective on spiritual maturity, I hope a clear picture has emerged. That true spiritual maturity is not marked by outward displays of supernatural gifts or ecstatic emotions. Rather, it’s by the inward transformation of our character and a deep, abiding relationship with God.

The biblical markers of spiritual maturity, such as the fruit of the Spirit, love for others, humility, obedience, and endurance in trials, are what it truly means to grow in Christ-likeness.

In light of this, let our pursuit of maturity go beyond mere outward displays of spirituality. Instead, let’s focus on ensuring our hearts, character, and actions align with the teachings of Christ. May we be a people who pursue genuine transformation and reflect the true nature of a mature Christian as defined by God’s Word.


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  1. avatar
    Muthoni Kibata says:

    Wow! So refreshing and thought provoking. I am fresh out of hyper charismatic spirituality. It’s sad to wake up to the deception of it but a joy to grow and desire to please our Father, God.

    1. avatar
      Wanjiru Ng'ang'a says:

      Hi Muthoni,
      Thank you so much for your kind reply. I praise God for opening your eyes to the deception within the hyper charismatic movement. This blog exists for women like you, so feel very welcome.

  2. avatar
    Bylon says:

    So enlightening. Thanks

    1. avatar
      Wanjiru Ng'ang'a says:

      Hi Bylon, I’m glad you you found it enlightening.

  3. avatar

    I love this

    1. avatar
      Wanjiru Ng'ang'a says:

      Thanks Charity.

  4. avatar
    kevin simiyu says:

    Great 👌💯

    1. avatar
      Wanjiru Ng'ang'a says:

      Thank you Kevin 🙏.

  5. avatar

    Great teaching…

    1. avatar
      Wanjiru Ng'ang'a says:

      Thank you for letting me know your thoughts Kut.

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