Monday, May 26, 2008

How do I become a Prevailing Man? Part 6

We have asked, how does one become a Prevailing Man? So far we have looked at several "Catalysts for Growth".
1. Practical Bible Teaching
2. Private Disciplines
3. Power of the Holy Spirit
4. Providential Relationships.
5. Pivotal Circumstances
All of us have had "defining moments" or spiritual markers along the way that have shaped our lives. Good, bad and ugly experiences. Failed relationships, rejections, false accusations, financial disasters, loss of loved ones and many, many more. God has sovereignly permitted or prevented them. Why?
1.    To humble us, to test us and know what is in our hearts
2.    To draw us into a close, dependent relationship with Him
3.    To cause us to lose our kingdom, our glory, our image and our strength.
4.    To bring beauty from ashes
The key is to receive these things and not resist them because our life story will mainly be told from our weakness and His strength.
Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
James 1:2-4 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, [3] because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. [4] Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
6. Personal Ministry
People grow as a result of using their gifts and talents before the Lord. God has made us in His image. We are to discover our design and use our gifts. Two things occur: we grow and the body of Christ grows. In God's kingdom we live by dying, we gain by giving, we win by losing, and we lead by serving.
1 Peter 4:10 - Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
Hebrews 5:14 - But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
In conclusion, we must remember one more thing. Time. There is no substitute for time. It takes time to grow and mature and become wise. Eccles. 3:11 - He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Do you see how God is using the Pivotal Circumstances in your life?
Are you involved in a Personal Ministry so that you can receive by giving?
Over time, these things will help us become Prevailing Men of God.

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