The Power of Prayer
through the Word of God (12)
Growing Up Spiritually
Includes Growing in Prayer
Some Christians never think about growing spiritually. But the Bible teaches us that there is a similarity between physical growth and spiritual growth. The Word of God says that as new-born spiritual babies, we are to desire the sincere milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2).
In the natural, no one is born a full-grown human being. People are born as babies and then they grow up. In much the same way, no one is born a full-grown Christian. The Bible says Christians are born as new-born babes and then they are to grow up (Eph. 4:13).
Therefore, we ought to be able to improve on our praying. You’ve improved in many things physically since you were a baby, haven’t you? For example, you’re not still on the bottle. You’ve matured since babyhood, both physically and mentally. Some might mature more mentally than others; but at least we can say we’ve matured physically.
When I was child, I used to pray, "Now I lay me down to sleep …" But I don’t pray that was anymore. I’ve grown beyond that. When we were spiritual babes we might have prayed certain ways, but God wants us to grow spiritually. So God may have met us and helped us, but it makes a lot of difference when we can meet God on His level – according to His Word.
Actually, God will require more of the Body of Christ in these present days than He did even a few years ago. When light comes and teaching is given, God requires us to walk in the light of what we know. Then we become responsible for what we know.
The Right To Use Jesus’ Name
We found out that Jesus gave us the power of attorney, or the right to use His Name. We have a right to use that Name, not only in prayer but in every area of our lives.
We need to witness to people in that Name. The Word of God teaches witnessing. But sometimes in dealing with one’s own family, it is most difficult.
Sometimes family members don’t want to listen to us because then they’ll have to admit that we know more than they do. Sometimes there’s a little family pride involved also. So sometimes it is better to let someone else witness to your own family than for you to try to do it, although, you understand, I certainly believe in witnessing.
I was saved at a time when all was going wrong for me and I became a and as I became more and more involved with the church then I received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. My folks and friends felt I had disgraced the whole family because I was fellowshipping with those "tongue-talkers."
A long time ago there was more reproach connected with speaking in tongues than there is today, although in some quarters even today religious prejudices still exist. People become proud of their name, and my family felt that I had disgraced our name.
When I was filled with the Holy Spirit I didn’t say one word to my family; I didn’t even invite them to got to church with me. I felt in my spirit that if I would just live right and not try to push anything off on them, the reality of being a different person and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit would become obvious to them and they would follow me in this New Testament experience.
And in the course of time, most of my family members did receive the Lord Jesus as their Saviour.
Later the folks beyond my immediate family followed me in that experience, too, because they could see the difference in my life.
Once a friend of mine told me how different I was from the past and how my life seemed to always be together, and how comfortable I was financially.
When he said that, I thought of the scripture in First Timothy 4:8: " For bodily exercise profiteth little: but GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE UNTO ALL THINGS, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come."
If something is profitable, it pays off, doesn’t if? Godliness pays off. It is profitable unto all things, paying off in this life and in the life which is to come.
1 TIMOTHY 4:15
You see, the thing that influenced some of my friends and familyt and made them begin attending a Full Gospel church (which some had vowed never to do) was the profiting that they saw in my life.
Dealing With the devil
in Jesus’ Name
We discussed the right we have in Jesus’ Name to be a witness. We also have a right to use Jesus’ Name to exercise authority over the devil and all his work. In Mark 16:17, Jesus said, "…In my name shall they cast devils. …"
Thank God, we have power and authority over the devil in the Name of Jesus.
Jesus did not say in this passage of Scripture that this sign would only follow preachers. It is not just ministers, but all
believers, who have authority over demons in the Name of Jesus. Jesus has given every believer "… power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over ALL the power of the enemy …"
Evil spirits have
to bow to the Name of Jesus, for it is the Name above every other name.
Demons have to go at the mention of that Name. It is the Name that does it. What a treasure we have in the Name of Jesus
– and yet how we have failed to utilise what belongs to us. No work of the enemy need ever have dominion in our lives, if we will only exercise the authority we have in the Name of Jesus!
Try to understand and practise these principles in your life. As I continue every week here on the Net www.sachristian.co.za
to put them into prospective for you. If you do, you will surely grow in your fellowship with the Heavenly Father. You can also learn to allow the Word of God to abide in you so you can pray according to God’s will, and your prayers will be answered. Then Jesus’ words in (John 16:24) will be fulfilled in your life: Your Joy will become full!
Best Greetings to all of you, brothers in Christ, may God bless you much as you continue to walk, the walk of faith in Jesus' Name. Praise and Glory be to God.
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