Ask any Christian – and they’ll reel off the drill needed for spiritual victory: Pray. Read the Word. Meditate. Fast. Pray in the Spirit…and so on.
However, you can do all this – and still be a spiritual weakling.
Kenneth Copeland shared how his wife, Gloria, had been asking God to teach her how to fully and more powerfully operate in the spirit.
The Lord responded to her with a statement Brother Copeland never forgot. He said,
“In Consistency Lies The Power.”
First Scenario: When a child begins to walk, he stands, tries, totters – then falls. The muscles in his legs ache, and his little butt hurts if not well padded. The initial pain says, “This is not worth it”, and so he remains seated.
But, soon, he sees other people walk about without falling. His dad comes through the door – and his siblings run to him. He then sees a beautiful toy on a shelf – so, he tries again. Why?
The DESIRE and CAPACITY to walk is already in him.
It’s the same way with our spiritual lives.
You desire to grow spiritually or God instructs you, “Pray for an hour everyday.” or “Read a chapter everyday” – so you start.
You try – and it is hard. Your flesh is tired. Your mind wanders. The Bible doesn’t seem to make sense…so you give up, bored and frustrated.
But, like the child, the desire and the capacity – though buried – is available.
Someone said, “Spending time with God is first a discipline, then a delight.”
When you keep ‘getting up’ everyday to ‘just do it’, it begins to get easier, then more pleasurable. Soon it’s so much a part of you, you feel ‘off’ the day you miss it.
And just like the child whose mum has to hurry to prevent him from running into traffic – you will soon start running in the Spirit and being told by others to “Tone it down” or “Go slow”!
Second Scenario. True story. A man had surgery on both eyes. After the bandages were removed, he was told to open his eyes – but the dim light in the room hurt. The doctors told him that was normal and his eyes would eventually adjust – but he had to keep opening them at intervals, and also leave them open for slightly longer periods.
He tried again, but it was uncomfortable. After sometime, he chose to just close his eyes in the dark comfort.
He became permanently blind.
To attain spiritual victory, consistency is key – even when it hurts and is uncomfortable. Especially when it hurts and is uncomfortable.
So, how do you build spiritual power?
(1) Ask God to lead you to your own schedule. I say this because schedules would differ from one person to another, and from season to season.
(2) Prioritize that time with God above everything – and I mean that literally. Everything.
A minister shared how a woman came to his home for prayers. She was told he was having his daily time with God. She waited for some time, then impatiently asked that he be informed: her case was urgent, she had come from another town, and she was in a hurry. Again, she was told he couldn’t be disturbed.
Fuming, she waited for him to be done. When he finally emerged, she burst out about how long she had been waiting, playing the usual guilt card – he was supposed to be caring/sympathetic/available and all.
The minister bluntly told her, “Woman, you came all the way only because of what I was doing in there. If I didn’t get it in there, you would not be here to receive it.”
God’s presence is your power source. Give it first place.
(2) Just Show Up. This, right here, is the key. Erratic, when-you-feel-like spiritual exercises will keep you weak. You cannot read the Bible today and ignore it tomorrow because you don’t ‘feel like’. You cannot pray today and not pray tomorrow because you have ‘too much to do.’
The enemy will ensure he manipulates your emotions and environment so you don’t fellowship with God because he knows that’s where your power lies – and before you know it, you haven’t prayed for three days, or opened the Bible in a week.
Soon, you are running on fumes and open to attack – except for God’s mercy and the covering by others.
Keep feeding on the Word – even when you don’t feel like it. Just as you don’t feel your height increasing when you physically eat, you might not ‘feel’ anything when you read – but your spirit man is growing.
Just keep praying – even when you don’t feel like it. You wouldn’t know how much power you have stored, or how much muscles you have built – until the day of adversity comes.
Just keep fasting. Just keep meditating. Just keep confessing. Just keep doing what God wants you to do in this season – and you will not be caught unawares in the battle front.
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