Spiritual Growth

Ensuring and conditioning ourselves to always experience the dynamics of the Spirit in our daily lives is something very vital. Just as we strive, ensure and condition ourselves so that there is always a healthy heartbeat in our chest. With the dynamics of the Spirit, we will not simply be gripped by religious spirits. Whatever the command or direction of the Word, it no longer works ‘from the outside in’ but works ‘from the inside out’!

Ezekiel 36:26 (TLB And I will give you a new heart—I WILL GIVE YOU NEW AND RIGHT DESIRES—and put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony hearts of sin and GIVE YOU NEW HEARTS OF LOVE.

There is a Word of grace that works within us, encouraging or moving us to do the right thing and please the Father’s heart. By continuing to obey every command and dynamic of the Spirit that occurs within us, the Holy Spirit will bring us to experience the following things:

1. Grow – our spiritual man becomes strong or mighty (Luke 1:80).

The awareness of various spiritual things and heavenly things grows. We are brought by the Spirit to have a desire to pursue various spiritual matters and make them integrated into our daily lives.

So, all forms of desires or lusts of the flesh will simply be eliminated. There is no longer any struggle against the various deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21), instead the fruit of the Spirit will continue to manifest in real ways!

2. We are brought into the preparation period until the time comes when we are promoted by God (Luke 1:80).

Sometimes, it will feel like the Holy Spirit is ‘missing’ and we seem to be living in the desert. We must face various attacks or disturbances from evil spirits and conquer them using the power of the Word (Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:11-12, Luke 4:1-13).

This will continue to happen until we become accustomed to receiving the Word in various situations or circumstances of life (Luke 3:1-2, Matthew 4:4).

3. Grow in wisdom (Luke 2:52).

The word “wisdom” is written with the Greek word, Sophia, which can be interpreted as: broad, full of intelligence, often used to describe someone who has broad knowledge or thinking (Proverbs 3:13-19).

4. Grow in stature (Luke 2:52).

The word “stature” is written with the Greek word, Hēlikia (read: hay-lik-ee’-ah), which can be interpreted as: achieving a certain condition that makes it suitable to do something, having a certain reputation – often referred to as an ‘anointed person ‘.

The dynamics and encouragement that the Holy Spirit carries out from within our lives will bring us to grow various potentials, skills, competencies that we initially did not have but that we need to complete His will for our lives.

5. Grow in favor (Luke 2:52).

The word “favor” is written using the Greek word, Charis, which also has the meaning: good intentions, good actions influenced by a divine power that works on a person’s soul.

So, the Holy Spirit will work in such a way not only in our lives but also in the lives of other people who interact with us, including the existence of our Father in heaven!

The Spirit that continues to shape and prepare our lives to be effective for the kingdom of heaven will also work in the lives of other people who interact with us, including in the heart of our Father in heaven so that we act to show mercy, are willing to do good, and are willing to help us in all situations that we face and take various actions that make our lives easier even though we don’t ask for it.

Continue to persevere in speaking and meditating on His Word until the Word continues to ring in our hearts and begins to give us awareness and encourage us to do something.

Ps. Steven Agustinus

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