12 Feb 2014 by Mindy Oon CM –
Many times we hear that Christians should have the ‘power’ to overcome sin, trails and temptations. We should have the ‘power’ to do what Christ has called us to do. And yet, many times we fail, even in the simplest things. We do things that we know we shouldn’t be doing, and we feel guilty for having done so. We repent, hoping to overcome the challenge, but more often than not, we fail again and again. The following POWER acronym will help you to remember the essential elements to building a good foundation as well as help you to grow spiritually.
P – PRAY
Christians who want to grow need to communicate with God. In prayer, we express gratitude, confess our sins, and come to our Father with requests for ourselves, and for others. In Psalms 145:18, God promises to be near all who go to Him in prayer. (Pslam 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth”). While it is good that we designate a special time to pray, remember that God is always with you, and you can pray anytime and anywhere – while you are driving, while you are cooking up a meal, or while you are resting.
O – OBEY
Jesus said in John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I iwill love him and manifest Myself to him” and in John 14:23, Jesus said “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him”.
Our obedience to His commands are an indicator of our love for Him. However, we cannot do this on our own strength, and this is one of the reasons we have been given the Holy Spirit. As we yield to the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit will give us the power to walk in obedience. Galatians 5:16-17 says ‘I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish’.
W – WORSHIP
When we say worship, the first thing that comes to mind is of Christians gathered together singing praises to our Lord during a church service, or during a small group meeting. However, our devotion to God should be one that in continuous. In public, we should indeed unite with our fellow believers to bring praise to God, as written in Psalm 111:1 “Praise the LORD! I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation”. In private, we should worship God in our thoughts and prayers as written in Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
E – EVANGELIZE
As we tell others about what Christ has done, we will find ourselves growing spiritually. The good news of the gospel is too be shared, and you will be surprised at how many people will be touched by your testimony. No matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’ a testimony is, share it, and you will soon find people asking you about your faith. Christ gives us the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20 ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, eve to the end of the age.’ Do not be afraid of sharing your faith. It may seem scary at first, but trust that God will give you the words to speak.
R – READ
The most direct source of spiritual growth comes from reading the Bible. It is God’s word for us, every day. 1 Peter 2:2 says “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow”. God’s word teaches us how to live, and it gives power to live a successful Christian life!
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