Topic: Spiritual Stamina
Phil. 1:27 – Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
We started looking at this devotional topic yesterday. Some of the points Apostle Paul emphasized in the ﬁre scripture is that whatever happens, we should stand ﬁrm in one spirit. He observed that the trials facing the Philippians could cause them to give up ground to the enemy. They were being persecuted for their faith (Phil 1:29). People in the church were arguing and complaining (Phil 2:14), and false teachers were attacking the congregation (Phil 3:2).
These difﬁculties could shake their faith in Christ. Still, Paul encouraged them to stand ﬁrm. The phrase “stand ﬁrm” means to persist or preserve. In other words, it means to develop spiritual stamina. How do we develop spiritual stamina? First, it is by pursuing intimacy with Christ and Christ likeness. Apostle Paul said, “That I may know Him…” The second step is by fostering harmony in the body of Christ or among fellow believers.
Another step is by maintaining your joy in the Lord. Satan is always seeking to attack our joy. He knows that a discouraged Christian is a vulnerable Christian.
Other steps are by practising gentleness to all, maintaining a constant awareness of the Lord and by having deep love for God. Jesus is our great example of spiritual stamina. Other examples in the Scripture and in Church history who persevered and pressed on to victory include: Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David and Daniel, Peter, Paul, and so on.
We need to free ourselves from this short-term, self-centred, instant, disposable, materialistic mentality. God has called us to long-distance mountain marathons. We need spiritual stamina. We need to stretch our minds and muscles, deepen our faith, widen our vision, press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14).
Finally, Phil. 2:16 enjoins us to “hold fast the word of life, so that we may rejoice in the day of Christ that we have not run in vain or laboured in vain.
Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint.
I decree that you will run and not faint, in the name of Jesus.
Take my life and let it be
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.
Take my voice and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect and use
Ev’ry pow’r as Thou shalt choose.
Take my will and make it Thine
It shall be no longer mine;
Take my heart it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.
1. Father, I thank You for helping me to serve You with Your divine strength, in the name of Jesus.
2. I cover myself with the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
3. I hold the blood of Jesus as a shield against any power that is already poised to resist me, in the name of Jesus.
4. By the blood of Jesus, I stand against every device of distractions, in the name of Jesus.
5. I stand upon the word of God and I declare myself unmovable, in the name of Jesus.
6. Father Lord, inject me with Your spiritual vitamins that will make me spiritually healthy, in the name of Jesus.
7. Arrow of spiritual compromise, I reject you, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
MFM Daily Devotional 15th July 2021. The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal denomination founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several countries. It was founded by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya