6 January: Spiritual Growth and Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual growth and spiritual warfare are two very important aspects of a believer’s life.
They are also interrelated for it is the spiritually mature believer who is likely to be more effective and victorious in the spiritual battles. Failure to grow will lead to constant failures in the battle arena. As a church and as individuals we must aspire to grow.
Philippians 2:12-13. “Therefore my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.”
The verse shows two parts of spiritual growth, Work out which is your responsibility, and Work in which is the Holy Spirit which dwells in you ‘s role. Spiritual growth is collaborative work between you and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works with us, not just in us. Romans 6:4 states that God has given us a new life, now it is our responsibility to keep growing as we continue to walk in the newness
- Recommit yourself to the Lord so that you may be sensitive and responsive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that you may grow and bear fruits.
- Ask God to give you the will to obey his word and the desire to serve him as you work out your salvation and grow spiritually.
- Refuse to remain a spiritual infant so you move from positional holiness to progressive holiness with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you guard your heart against ungodly things, desires and habits that seek to conform you to the world.
We are at war.
Salvation enlisted us in the army of the Lord. The quicker we realise this the more alert we will become.
The word of God in 1Peter 5Vs 8 teaches us to “be sober-minded and alert because your adversary, the devil like a roaring lion is roaming around seeking whom he may devour.”
He (the enemy) came to kill, steal and destroy. He is determined to destroy everything and everyone important to you. We are in a real war (spiritually) and the stakes are high and the enemy is armed and determined. But the good news is Jesus came that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10vs 10.)
The war is spiritual and the weapons are not carnal.
Ephesians 6: 12, For we wrestle not against flesh and blood.
2 Corinthians 10:3 -5, For though we walk in the flesh we do not war after the flesh: For the weapons of warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. We do not wage war as the world does. It is impossible to win a spiritual battle with fleshly/carnal weapons
Over and above let us put the whole armour of God and do battle with the principalities and powers of this world. The spiritual battles we face daily require us to be clothed for battle. We can’t afford to take it off, armour is to be fully worn daily in all life’s situations, one missing piece can be a disaster.
We all have personal battles but there are battle arenas that are not personal, they come directed to the body of Christ and for these, we fight co - operantly.
1.Thank God for the privilege of having the Holy Spirit abide in you and the opportunity to walk in his power daily.
2. Cast out in the name of Jesus every spirit of fear, defeat, barrenness and uncertainty in your life. Declare that you are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus.
3: Ask the help of God that you may be able to fight with an attitude of faith. To fully depend on him and be able to stand strong and conquer. Being strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Ephesians 6: 10.
4. Declare war against every spiritual force that comes against you and your family, ask God for divine covering against sickness and disease.
1. Let us lift up the president and family in prayer, ask the Lord to anoint, equip and empower them to excel in their calling.
2. Declare war against every spiritual force that comes against the body of Christ. Cast out the spirit of complacency, and apathy among believers.
3. Pray that the Lord may raise in our midst a group of intercessors that are vigilant and fervent in prayer, standing in the gap for the work of the kingdom.Back to posts