Monday, May 26, 2008

How do I become a Prevailing Man? Part 1

How do I become a prevailing man?
When you look at these qualities of a prevailing man, you might ask "how do I become one?" The Lord uses a number of things to cause us to grow and become prevailing men of God. I have observed the following "Catalysts for Spiritual Growth".

1. Practical Bible Teaching
I believe that our week begins on Sunday, the first day of the week. I have often felt that the Word of God that is preached on Sunday could be the Word for that week. Therefore it is critical that the Word is communicated Biblically, clearly, accurately, practically and powerfully. I have observed since coming to North Point in September of 2001 the truth of "teach less for more". Teach one truth clearly and repeatedly. But this word must be applied. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. People change and grow as they hear, believe, obey and apply the Word.
James 1:22 - Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
2 Tim. 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, [17] so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2. Private Disciplines
I believe that a man becomes a prevailing disciple of Jesus Christ through various private disciplines in life. They are time in the Word, prayer, fasting and journaling.

A.    The study and meditation on the Word
I believe some of the most significant growth can occur through daily time spent with God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ in His Word. As we read the Word slowly, prayerfully, expectantly and obediently, the Holy Spirit causes the Word of God to come alive to us personally. This is where we commune with the living God and have our minds renewed, our souls restored and our wills redirected.
Psalm 1:1-2 - Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. [2] But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
1) Why do I meet with God?
-    To pour out my heart before the Lord. I generally do this through writing in my journal
-    To process my thoughts and emotions
-    To peer into the world to come
-    To pray and give my petitions to the Lord
-    To pray for a protection and covering over my family
-    To praise and give thanks for all He has done for me
-    To present my body a living sacrifice
-    To put on the whole armor of God so that I may stand against the evil one.
-    To repent and re-align my will to his
-    To enjoy His Presence and fellowship
-    To receive comfort, guidance and direction for the way I should take
-    To plan my day but trust Him to direct my steps
-    To feed on His Word and look for the big idea for the day…give me this day my daily bread
-    To increase in knowledge and wisdom of God and His ways
-    To increase in my faith, hope and love for my Savior.
-    To act and respond to people the way He leads and calls

2) How do I meet with Him?
-    I begin the night before by trying to get to bed at a decent hour to get 7-8 hours of rest
-    I seek to rise early to meet with God at a regular time and place
-    I am reading slowly through the Bible…little by little…a paragraph at a time.
-    I have a notebook/journal to write thoughts, observations, promptings and ideas
-    I often write out my prayers
-    I listen for and watch for the verse that will stand out for that day…I am looking for… "give me this day my daily bread" kind of thing.
-    I capture it in the "Table of Contents" of my journal and on a 3x5 card
-    I review while in traffic or waiting for someone.
-    This little daily practice has served me well for many, many years.

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