Growth – When living things feed they gain energy. Some of this energy is used in growth. Living things become larger and more complicated.
This is pretty self-explanatory. God doesn’t want spiritual babies to stay spiritual babies. At some point in my walk with God, there was an expectation for me to have the ability to digest the deeper things of God, period. I can talk to you about the oneness of God, or baptism in Jesus name, or the Holy Ghost, but at some point God wanted me to understand the very nature of God. So we understand: it is not the will of God for you to be stunted in your walk with God. We need to be growing.
When I first came to God, life was pretty simple and I loved it. I praised and worshipped, didn’t always know why, but I did it. I came to the service and just ate up the things of God. I never had to really do anything with them. It wasn’t required of me. Then you start to go through things, and God takes you through a battle and you have victory and then another battle and another victory, and all of a sudden the battles get a little harder, and victory doesn’t come as easy. And then, if you are like me, you are suddenly in Chicago Land and the Pastor puts you in a position you’ve never been before. You feel yourself getting stretched, with no job, but all the bills are paid, somehow months in advance, you are doing well and growing spiritually in ways you never really imagined. Life just got complicated. I want to be a good saint. In fact, I will strive to the best saint that ever existed. That is my goal, but if I do that and things never get complicated for me, then I may stop growing, and that means I am no longer alive.
To whom much is given, much is required.
1 Peter 4:12 – Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.
James 1:2-4 – Count it all joy when we fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
The reality is this, if your life isn’t getting more complicated, then…growth may not be happening. Newborns lives are simple. Mature adults’ lives are complicated.
‘My children’ – You see this in the natural. They don’t have an understanding of the reality of the situation that faces us each and every day. They can’t wrap their minds around it. It is the same in the spirit.
Sensitivity – Living things react to changes around them. We react to touch, light, heat, cold and sound, as do other living things.
We need to learn to hear and respond to the voice and callings of God. James says to be doers of the word and not hearers only. The Bible admonishes us to ‘Quench not the Spirit of God.’ We need to be able to walk into the sanctuary and be plugged into the service and plugged into the Spirit of God. When we, as a church body, begin to plug into the Spirit of God and be more sensitive to the Spirit and respond accordingly, that is when we will have the awesome manifestations of the Holy Ghost. Then the gifts of the Spirit will be prevalent in the church. It was never God’s intention for him to not move in the church.
‘Where two are more are gathered together in My name, there I shall be in the midst of them.’ Jesus is here. That means His healing power, His delivering power, the peace that passes all understanding, is all here in this place. We just need to tap into the Spirit of God and begin to MOVE in faith.
Matthew 11:15 – He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
We need to hear God. We need to recognize the voice of God.
John 10:27 – My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me:
This is where a prayer life is so vitally important. We need to learn to pray so that we can hear and recognize the voice of God.
Reproduction –All living things produce young. Humans make babies, cats produce kittens, and pigeons lay eggs.
We need to have spiritual babies. We need to sow seeds, and then water those seeds with our tears. Plants can’t grow without water and the spiritual seeds we sow can’t grow without our tears.
John 4:35 – Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
The latter rain is going to be so much greater than the former rain and like Elijah, I hear the sound of an abundance of rain. We just need to go and harvest the field that is ready to be harvested.
The victory is ours, we just have to claim it.
This is from an Inspiration preached by: Vernon McCoy.
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