GROW UP by Pastor Paul Locke for loxland.com 4/08/2017
Promotion in the Lord comes from the middle of a storm. (Lk 8:25) The storm is the attack of the devil that usually comes to test us prior to a promotion and can be seen as growing up in the Lord when bad habits fall off us. Faith grows and without it we cannot please God; for we receive according to the measure of our faith. (Mtt 8:13) Money is the least and is the first test of our faith to be able to rely on God for supply instead of man.
Attacks usually occur in unguarded moments when we shoot from the lip or are semi-awake. This is the reason that I recommend a prayer of repentance immediately upon waking up in the morning. (1Jhn 1:9) My counter-punch to Satan when he attacks is to quote what is written about his future. (Rev 20:10) The Bible tells us to ‘Fear God and resist the devil and he will flee.’ We know it is the devil when he accuses us of past forgiven sins.
Blessings come from God who delights in loving and caressing us; for God is love. (1Jhn 4:16) Even your mother or your marriage partner does not demonstrate a personal love like God who counts the hairs on our heads. (Mtt 10:30) God demonstrated his love for us when he allowed his son Jesus to be crucified for the forgiveness of our sins. This blood sacrifice was planned for us to be blessed in the past when he laid the foundations of the world. How great is his love?
Prayer is the gift of being made a speaking spirit by God when we were made in his image. (Gen 1:27) We talk to God in prayer and we hear his voice that is confirmed by Jesus when he said, ‘My sheep hear my voice.’ (Jhn 8:47) Prayerlessness is sin, hiding from God like Adam in the garden or Jonah and the Nineveh call. Petitions are made to God in prayer and we have been given the responsibility to present people to God in blessing prayers.
Power is in the tongue and has power over life and death. (Prov 18:21) How we exercise this power is by the leading of the Holy Spirit the working arm of God. God gave us tools called gifts of the Holy Spirit and we are supposed to seek these gifts. Powerless Christians have failed to obey Jesus who told us to be Born Again an action that follows faith in his blood. Power of God gave birth to the Church on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 1:8)