Topic: Spiritual Growth (1)
John 15: 1-10
2 Pet. 3:18 -But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Growth is a constant phenomenon to survival in life. There is a time to be born and a time time to die, a time to plant and a time of harvest (Eccl.3: 1-11). In between these periods is the growth of every living thing, even man himself.
Without growth, there is no old age; without growth, farmers need not be hopeful of harvest. Any life that fails to grow will deﬁnitely be stagnant, stunted, decay and the ﬁnal result is death.
No growth, no life! Jesus Christ used many true life situations to teach us the truth about the gospel, and what is required of us as Christians. It is not enough to get born again; you are required to grow in grace and into the full stature of Christ.
This simply implies that, following your salvation experience, you must seek to grow like a child. Jesus calls on every believer to come to Him with a childlike spirit, an innocent, submissive and non-offensive spirit.
If then you come to Him like a child, automatically you are expected to experience a gradual growth into full adult in the things of the Spirit. These include your faith. Even if it is as small as mustard seed, when you put it into action, it will bring forth mighty miracles.
Also your level of love matters. You will move from the human kind of love to God kind of love, that is Agape love, the selﬂess and unconditional love. Your faith provokes hope even when the situation is hopeless.
But the truth is that all these are not possible within your human capabilities. You need grace, that divine enabling power. This is determined by how much of God that is in you, His word, and how intimate you are with Jesus.
According to our ﬁre scripture, we are branches of the Vine. Jesus is the Vine. Our heavenly Father is the Husbandman. As a branch, you are expected to bring forth fruits. Failure to do so will bring the judgement of being cut off and cast into ﬁre. May this not be your portion, in Jesus’ name.
Not only that, even the fruitful ones shall be divinely pruned so that they can be more productive. Note, dearly beloved, you cannot produce fruits except there is a healthy growth. My candid questions are as follows: are you really growing since you gave your life to Christ? Have you been bringing forth fruits?
Or you are like that ﬁg tree that Jesus cursed for looking so good but fruitless? Do your fruits abide in the Lord? These are questions you alone can answer, but I pray that wherever you are falling short of divine expectations, the mercy of God shall speak for you, in Jesus’ name.
Where there is no growth, death is imminent.
I prophesy that the divine investment in your life shall not be a waste, in the name of Jesus.
Awaked from sleep we fall
Awaked from sleep we fall
Before thee, God of love,
And chant the praise the angels raise,
O God of might, above:
Holy, Holy, Holy! Thou art God adored!
In thy pitying mercy show us mercy, Lord.
As at thy call I rise,
Shine on this mind and heart,
And touch my tongue, that I among
Thy choir may take my part:
Holy, Holy, Holy! Trinity adored!
In thy pitying mercy show us mercy, Lord
The Judge will come with speed,
And each man’s deeds be known;
Our trembling cry shall rise on high
At midnight to thy throne:
Holy, Holy, Holy! King of Saints adored!
In the hour of judgement show us mercy, Lord.
1. Enemies of my spiritual growth, die, in the name of Jesus.
2. O God, arise and uproot every evil tree in the garden of my life, in the name of Jesus.
3. I shall not be a cast away, in the name of Jesus.
4. My life must bring glory to God, in the name of Jesus.
5. I shall be fruitful in Christ; my life shall glorify God, in the name of Jesus.
6. Powers drinking the milk of my spiritual strength, vomit it and die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Power of divine fruitfulness, come upon my life, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR
MFM Daily Devotional 3 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