From the Pastor

 

Becoming Spiritually Strong

 

In II Peter 1:4 we read;

            Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

In Ephesians 2:1-6 we read;

            And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience, among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lust of our flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith He loved us, even when were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ,(by grace are ye saved); and hath raised us up together , and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

II Corinthians 5:17 we read;

            Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.

 

Nature-the inherit character or basic constitution of a person or thing.

           

            Now that we have been born-again, our nature has changed (I Peter 1:23). Our spirit has been made alive unto God and we have His nature living on the inside of us (Galatians 5:22-23). The fruit of the spirit are the inherit characteristics of God that have been placed in every believer. Now, we must understand that just because we have these characteristics, it does not automatically mean they will be evident in our lives. You might ask; why not? The answer is simple, just as inherit characteristics in the natural have to be exercised and developed, so do the spiritual inherit characteristics of the believer. A person may have musical ability in their nature,  but if they don’t develop or exercise it, it won’t flourish. It is the same way with the fruit of the spirit. They have to be developed and exercised in order for them to flourish in our lives.

In James 1:22 we read;

            But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves.

            A person can sign up and join a gym because they want to become stronger. But if all they do is go to the gym and watch people workout and think that they will become stronger, they are deceived. In order to become stronger they are going to have to go to the gym and workout. It is the same way in our spiritual life. We are going to have to workout (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Matthew 7:24-27). We are going to have to spend time in the Word of God and meditate on it.

In Romans 12:2 we read;

            And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

            In order for us to develop our new nature we are going to have to change the way we think (Isaiah 55:8-9). It is impossible to develop a strong spiritual life with a carnal mind (Romans 8:5-10, Galatians 2:20). The Apostle Paul exercised his spiritual life daily, which allowed him to fight a good fight, keep the faith and finish his course (II Timothy 4:7,  

 l Corinthians 9:23-27).

            As we close, we must realize who we are and what we have. Let’s quit making excuses for the flesh and let us develop the characteristics of our new nature and be what God created us to be (Galatians 5:13-14, Ephesians 2:10). Amen!!

 

                                                                                    Pastor Jimmy Brackeen