Mountain Top Life Daily Devotional 15 July 2021 By Dr. D.K Olukoya – Spiritual Stamina (II)
TOPIC: Spiritual Stamina (II) (Mountain Of Fire and Miracle Ministries, MFM Devotional 15 July 2021)
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalms 96-102
FIRE SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:13-20
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye have not so learned Christ;
MEMORY VERSE: “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” – Philippians 1:27
Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we do not faint.
PRAISE WORSHIP: Take a worship song as led by the Holy Spirit
PROPHETIC WORD FOR TODAY:
I DECREE THAT YOU WILL RUN AND NOT FAINT, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.
We started looking at this devotional topic yesterday. Some of the points Apostle Paul emphasised in the Fire Scripture is that whatever happens, we should stand firm in one spirit. He observed that the trials facing the Philippians could cause them to give up ground to the enemy. They were being persecuted for their faith (Philippians 1:29). People in the church were arguing and complaining (Philippians 2:14), and false teachers were attacking the congregation (Philippians 3:2). These difficulties could shake their faith in Christ. Still, Paul encouraged them to stand firm. The phrase “stand firm” means to persist or persevere. In other words, it means to develop spiritual stamina.
How do we develop spiritual stamina? First, it is by pursuing intimacy with Christ and Christlikeness. Apostle Paul said, “That I may know Him…” The second step is by fostering harmony in the body of Christ or among fellow believers. Another step is by maintaining your joy in the Lord. Satan is always seeking to attack our joy. He knows that a discouraged Christian is a vulnerable Christian. Other steps are by practising gentleness to all, maintaining a constant awareness of the Lord and by having deep love for God.
Jesus is our great example of spiritual stamina. Other examples in the Scripture and in church history who persevered and pressed on to victory include: Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David and Daniel, Peter, Paul, and so on.
We need to free ourselves from this short-term, self-centered, instant, disposable, materialistic mentality. God has called us to long-distance mountain marathons. We need spiritual stamina. We need to stretch our minds and muscles, deepen our faith, widen our vision, press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Finally, Philippians 2:16 enjoins us to “hold fast the word of life, so that we may rejoice in the day of Christ that we have not run in vain or laboured in vain.”
- Father, I thank You for helping me to serve You with Your divine strength, in the name of Jesus.
- I cover myself with the blood of Jesus, in the name of Jesus.
- I hold the blood of Jesus as a shield against any power that is already poised to resist me, in the name of Jesus.
- By the blood of Jesus, I stand against every device of distractions, in the name of Jesus.
- I stand upon the word of God and I declare myself unmovable, in the name of Jesus.
- Father Lord, inject me with Your spiritual vitamins that will make me spiritually healthy, in the name of Jesus.
- Arrow of spiritual compromise, I reject you, in the name of Jesus.
MOUNTAIN TOP LIFE is a daily devotional by Dr. D.K Olukoya (General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministries, Worldwide)
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