EPHESIANS 6:12, MATTHEW 25:14-19
‘The Spirit Filled Life’ was our topic last week & we established that Jesus is the perfect example in all things. In Developing Spiritual Capacity today, we shall consider the examples and life of Jesus.
Recall the 7 sons of Sceva who wanted to cast out demons in the name of “the Jesus that Paul preached” (Acts 19:11-20). They were beaten, disgraced and the demons acknowledged that they knew both Jesus & Paul. In Mark 1:24, Jesus showed up in a place and the demons in people screamed and gave complete obeisance to Him. He cast out demons with a single word. At other times He said to His disciples, how long will I bear with you (Read Mark 9:19).
When Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus, the Jews said, “…couldn’t this man who opened blind eyes also keep this man from dying”.
Nicodemus also came to Jesus and he acknowledged the miracles Jesus performed as being “the act of God” (John 3), but Jesus was quick to say “being born of the Spirit and water grants anyone access” to doing miracles.
The references above point to the spiritual capacity of Jesus, Paul, the disciples and all others.
What is spiritual capacity?
It is the ability to perform to a degree that we become profitable servants to God relying on the help of the HolySpirit (Matthew 25:14-19). We shall look at Spiritual Capacity in light of intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit no one can develop his or her spiritual capacity. We can only receive from God to the degree of our spiritual development. God is not responsible for the degree of our receipt from him, it is an individual responsibility (Galatians 6:1-2).
Let’s consider the following works of the Holy Spirit:
- The Holy Spirit convicts of Sin (John 16:8)
- The Holy Spirit starts living in us as soon as we accept Jesus (Ephesians 1:3)
- The Holy Spirit teaches us & draws us to Jesus (John 14:26)
Now, let’s also see how we can have an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit
- You must recognize that the Holy Spirit is a person that is very close to you. He is not an ‘it’ or a mere object (John 14:16-18)
- Know that He desires to fellowship with you (2 Corinthians 13:14)
- Set aside a time to always be alone with Him & constantly fellowship & talk to Him
- Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by disobeying Him (Ephesians 4:30)
- Desire to know Him more by creating the right environment for Him
In order to develop your spiritual capacity you need to
- Accept Christ as Lord and Saviour (Romans 10:9)
- Understand the finished work & refuse to be ignorant of the spiritual (2 Corinthians 2:11)
- Ground yourself in the word of God (Bible) – Read, meditate, memorize & experiment with it (try it) (Joshua 1:8)
- Practice praying & fasting regularly – set aside at least 1 day a week to fast (Matthew 17:21)
Stay connected to God, the true vine (John 15:5)