The Christian growth of the 21st Century has to be one like has never been before in the history of Christianity. With closing of the age fast approaching, the world population exploding, and an accompanying explosion in all manner of vile evildoings, there has to be a new breed of Christian. To-date, the Church has proven itself as ill equipped to confront the advances of evil. This inadequacy has been due to lack of understanding of the type of Christian that is required for this age. It is not a Christian that identifies with this age, but who is of the age to come forcefully exerting supernatural power on the current age. Thus they are able to forcefully bring change to the spiritual atmosphere wherever they are and the accompanying revivals.
God is looking for a spiritual warfare loving church that will fight tenaciously, ferociously, and with zeal to see the Kingdom of God advanced. It is not sidetracked to think that true zeal is in having more programs, but understands that real victory comes from deliberate confrontation with the enemies of salvation. These enemies are NOT physical, but are evil spiritual forces, world rulers, and hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph.6:12).
This Christian is one who is in tune with the moves of the Holy Spirit relating to the restoration of both the prophetic and apostolic offices. They are committed to seeing the full restoration of all the ministry offices to the body of Christ. As a consequence, this will yield greater release of God's power to the individual, but more so to the whole body of Christ.
Just as the Lord Jesus Christ predicted, in the Gospels, about the increase in the number of wars, in the natural, during the last days; so will there be an increase in the spiritual realm. This increased spiritual warfare will be a result of increasing realisation by more and more Christians that they are meant to be in a war. As they come to a deeper understanding, they will take up their armour and apply it with increased effectiveness against the satanic hosts.
This will be a Christian who is very jealous of the right of Jesus Christ to be the only Saviour of the Church, and the Holy Spirit the sole Lord on earth of the direction and activities of the Church. This Christian will be committed to becoming a true chaste bride, without spot or wrinkle on her garments. These commitments will be an ever increasingly dividing line between those who choose to be the wise or the foolish virgins, and those who choose to be the goats or the sheep (Matt. chapter 25).
Three Parts of Mankind
It is very important, and cannot be overemphasised that one distinguishes between the tripartite make up of man. The fact that man is a spirit being with a soul who lives in a body is vital to know in order to fully appreciate what type of nourishment should be given to which part of man for health over all growth. A lack of knowledge in this area has led many Christians to spend their entire lives feeding the wrong part of their being in the erroneous belief they are feeding their spirit. The long-term effect has been Christians, who have lop-sided development with one part of their being maturely developed, while the other is still an infant.
The spirit of man needs, and can only eat spiritual manna and drink spiritual water. The soul of man can only feed on what the human intellect can digest, and what the emotions can experience. The BODY OF MAN can only feed on tangible food and drink tangible water. To ensure that there is rapid and wholesome Christian growth it is important to consider the needs of each part of man. This is outlined below.
The most important essentials for the preparedness of the effective war fairing Christian are outline below. It is very important not just to read, but to be a doer of the word. We begin by first explaining some of the immediate problems new Christians experience, and why they do so.
A VERY COMMON EXPERIENCE:
If you have been truly born-again you will find yourself going through an initial period of turmoil, but which could last for an extended period for three main reasons:
a) Your spirit (or heart) is now a new person who is born of God's Spirit and therefore does not sin (I John 3:9). Your conscience becomes very alive. However, your mind and body are still the same, therefore, you have conflict between your old ways of thinking and your born-again spirit. If you listen to the dictates of your mind and body you will end up sinning, even though your spirit will strongly object to it. That is why after this happens you feel extremely guilty. Your spirit is the one convicting because it is born of God and did not want to sin in the first place, but you refused to listen!
SOLUTION – “Renew your mind with the word of God (Rom. 12:1-2), and OBEY the inner voice of your spirit so that you do not wound your conscience".
b) By becoming a child of God you change loyalties/allegiance from Satan to God (Col. 1:13). This makes you a target for the demonic forces. There are many Christians who have been falsely taught that they do not have to fight Satan and his demons because Jesus Christ did all that already. As a consequence, they have suffered untold misery from satanic attacks while their armour is left laying idly all around them.
SOLUTION -" use the weapons listed below (section on spiritual weapons) not only to defend yourself, but most importantly to strike back at the enemy. “Remember: THE BEST DEFENCE IS TO ATTACK.
Many of these ignorant Christians are suffering because of the blindness and naivety of their teachers. These teachers totally ignore the Old Testament experience of the Jewish nation, which are left for us as examples to learn from. Did not the Jews have to fight for virtually every square metre of ground that God had long before promised them for an inheritance? Moreover, they had to be forever vigilant so that their enemies would not surprise them and repossess some of that land again. It was a state of constant readiness to warfare to protect the peace, and territories that they had fought so hard to secure.
c) Demons may have taken a hold in you because of your past experience such as: in occult activity, sexual immorality, drug abuse, ungodly secular music, ungodly Videos/audio cassettes, ungodly movies, ungodly video games, ungodly books, ungodly magazines, idolatry, gambling, false religions, martial arts, etc.
SOLUTION -"You need deliverance from demonic oppression. Arrange with the leadership of your church for deliverance as soon as possible so that you can be set totally free."
Christians must wake up to the reality of demonic influence that can continue to influence them as a result of not properly dealing with sins of the past. A vast majority of Christendom has swallowed whole every teaching of Christian Psychology. Most of these do not fully appreciate or are oblivious to the significance of the reality of demons. They simply modified the secular humanist psychology to accommodate Christian values. As a consequence there are Christians getting hours of useless counselling, when all that Jesus Christ and His disciples would have done was to cast the demons out. With the demons out the person would have been restored or healed totally without wasting time and money.
There are also those Christians who have swallowed the lie regarding statistical research about the extent of influence of various mass media on ones behaviour patterns. There is very little, if any at all, recognition that demonic spirits are orchestrating many of these perverted materials through people committed to these ways. They fail to recognise that as people revel in these materials they open themselves up to all manner of demonic oppression, and possible possession. Needless to say, there are many misguided Christians today who are being tormented by demons that have found access in their lives through these materials. Ignorant of the reality of demonic activity in these materials they continue to naively spend vast sums of money and precious time feeding their souls, and the demons, with them.
I. THE SPIRIT OF MAN
As a result of your salvation you are a new creation, you have been baptised in water, and been baptised in the Holy Spirit. You have become the temple of the living God. The question now is how does one grow in one's spirit man?
Essentials for Growth of the spirit man
1.Daily praying in the spirit, that is, praying in tongues (I Cor. 14:2-4; Jude 20). This is drinking spiritual water.
2. Daily worship of God, in spirit and truth (John 4:23).
You are a royal priesthood (I Peter 2:9) and therefore must offer up regular sacrifices of praise which is the fruit of your lips, giving thanks to His Name (Heb. 13:15).
3. Daily spiritual warfare (I Tim. 6:12; Eph. 6:12; II Cor. 10:3-5)
4. Daily receive Rhema (revelation) or living/active word from the Holy Spirit as you read/meditate/listen to the Scriptures. The spirit of man can ONLY FEED ON THE SPIRITUAL MANNA NOT the written word or Logos. Remember: the Letter of the Law KILLS, but the Spirit gives Life.
II. THE SOUL OF MAN
The soul of man consists of his mind, will and emotions.
Essentials for Growth of the Soul
1. Need to pull down the satanic/ traditional/religious mind-sets that are strongholds in the mind/will and emotions (II Cor. 10:3-5).
2. Renew your mind with the Scriptures (Rom. 12:2). The LOGOS or written word will show you the kind of mind-set a Christian should have.
3. Break ungodly soul ties. That is, breaking all emotional/cultural/traditional/religious ties that bind you so that you are not able to freely obey God.
III. THE BODY OF MAN
Essentials for Growth of the Body
1. Flee youthful lusts (II Tim. 2:22); I Cor. 6:18-20; 10:1-14.
2. The body must be brought under control by a forceful act of one's will (I Cor. 9:27).
3. We must look after our bodies because we are the temple of the Living God through His Holy Spirit (I Cor. 3:16-17; 6:19-20).
4. Do not be unequally yoked or bonded to unbelievers because you are a child of light and righteousness (II Cor. 6:14-18).
The Christian faith is primarily about a relationship. A relationship with our Creator who has restored us back to Himself through His own redemptive blood. In recognising the Triune or the Trinity God-Head, we need to come to a clear understanding that there are three different approaches to our relationship with the Trinity, different for each One. The way we relate to each One will affect our ability to draw closer to God. Each Person of the God-Head wants us to relate to Him as the Scriptures teach us to ensure ever closer fellowship.
In this chapter we outline the Scriptural protocol given of how to relate to each Person of the God-Head.
I. THE HEAVENLY FATHER
As Born-again Christians we have made peace with God (Rom. 5:1; 8:1), and our Heavenly Father wants us to recognise that we are truly His. He commands us to "Be holy, for I Am holy” (I Peter 1:15; Lev. 11:44).
We have direct access to The Father through Jesus Christ's Blood, and by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:2; Eph. 2:13, 18; 3:12).
We can now call Him "Abba, Father" (Rom. 8:14-17; Gal. 4:6-7) because we are now His children.
II. THE SON
Jesus Christ is the Son of God (John 1:34; 3:16), our Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Eldest brother, Baptiser in the Holy Spirit (John 1:33), The Bridegroom of the Church, The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), The Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:7-8, 11; John 8:54-58).
He is seated at the right hand of The Father, in Heaven, interceding continually for us as our High Priest (Heb. 2:17; 4:14; 9:11).
Note: Jesus is in a physical body
(Luke 24:42, Acts 1:10-11; Mark 16:19) in Heaven, and therefore is NOT here on
earth in like manner. Only through the Holy Spirit is Jesus able to be here on
III. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is a Person, NOT an IT or some invisible force
(John 14:16-17; 15:26; 16:7-14)
The Holy Spirit is our Counsellor, Guide, Helper, Comforter, Teacher, and Disciplinarian. He is the One Whom the Lord Jesus sent to be with us and IN us always. Get to know Him by talking to Him in the same personal way the disciples used to converse with the Lord Jesus - it was very ordinary although with reverence. He is the Spirit of Christ. He is Jesus' 100% substitute here on earth so that we can have that personal contact with God resident in us always through the baptism in The Holy Spirit.
One of the great deficiencies in Christendom is the lack of knowledge about, and appreciation of the indispensable on going work of angels on the earth to achieve the purposes of God. On the other side, there is just as much negligence regarding the horrendous activities of Satan and his demonic hosts. While these two forces are at war over us, we must be careful not to either give credit to or blame them for all our problems. Some of these problems are self-made because we yielded to the desires or passions of our flesh. We need to recognise these distinctions so that we do not end up trying to cast out a "demon" that is really our lack of personal self-control. We must continually pray for discernment in this area.
Angels are real, and are ministering spirits sent by God to attend those who will inherit eternal life (Psalm 104:4; Heb. 1:13-14). They still actively working for you today whether you are aware or not. They are fellow servants (Rev. 19:9-10).
It is a great tragedy that we Christians have either totally ignored angels or have deified them, and sinned against God, I would add. The Scriptures clearly tell us that:
If we shall judge angels, then ought we not to start learning to appreciate their work here on earth now? They are fellow workers/servants of the Most High God, and we should be thankful to God that He has given us this assistance. In the Book of Acts, there were several accounts of angels appearing to assist the apostles. We should expect to see them actively involved in the Church, as the Church is restored and then made perfect for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, angels were sent by God to help Peter and Paul. They were active throughout the Biblical times. The Book of the Revelations reveals that they will be most active in God's plan at the close of the Age.
II. SATAN & DEMONS
Satan and his demonic hosts are real (Acts 26:11; Eph 6:10-18). We are to develop an awareness of his devices (II Cor. 2:11) so as to be able to counteract them with supernatural weapons made available to us by the Holy Spirit.
Christians can have demons in their soul (that is, mind, will, emotions), and in their bodies as evidenced by diseases, mental illnesses, uncontrollable habits/tendencies.
Those Christians that ignore the reality of evil spiritual forces do so at their own peril. Christendom has suffered enormous anguish, humiliation, defeat, and all other manner of torment because it is afraid to openly teach on the subject with sufficient depth. It has, therefore, such a poor knowledge of the enemy it is supposed to be fighting. No wonder the Church is powerless against the eroding influence of the world and satanic forces within the Church herself.
III. LUSTS OF THE FLESH
The lusts of the flesh are listed in Gal. 5:17-21:
"Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."
They are enemies of every Christian because they provide avenues for demonic activity in one's life. We must therefore, seek to always walk in the spirit and not in the lusts of the flesh.
Spiritual weapons are only really weapons when in use. It is no good knowing all about spiritual warfare and the weapons that the Holy Spirit has given to fight with if we are not going to use them. We also need to fully appreciate the fact that we are in the middle of a war, whether we like it or not; whether we are aware of it or not.
Many Christians live their lives never becoming aware that there is war going on. Their leaders never teach them about it, nor do the leaders teach them about the weapons. Everything that they experience in their lives is seen almost entirely as God permitting it. The thought never crossing their minds that there is also personal responsibility to fight against the enemy. There is no recognition that the Old Testament history of the Jews was an example for us to learn from. The fact that they had to: a) make their own weapons, b) learn to use their weapons in readiness for combat, and c) they had to fight bravely most often when they were "out-gunned" in both men and weapons. God was able to reveal His glory and power by coming to their rescue.
The spiritual weapons outlined below are a must for every believer's armoury. Every effort must be put immediately into acquiring, learning to use, and effectively engaging the enemy with the leading of the Holy Spirit. The principle being “Attack is the best defence”.
I. THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to each person who is baptised in the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12: 8-11). These gifts are for the purpose of building ourselves as well as fellow Christians (I Cor. 12:7; 14:3-4).
We must expect to see them operating in our lives immediately we are baptised in the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:1-7). As we seek to encourage and challenge one another regarding the Christian lifestyle we can expect the gifts to begin to operate through us to help us.
II. THE SCRIPTURES
The written word of God (ie., Logos) provides us with the Divine benchmarks regarding the terms and conditions which God has set for the acceptable kind of Christian lifestyle (I Tim. 3:15-17).
Much time and deliberate effort must be made by each Christian to read, study, meditate, memorise the Scriptures (Joshua 1:8).
The word of God is a Spiritual weapon against the enemy (Eph 6:17).
By quoting Scripture we can strike effectively at satanic attacks of all kinds (Luke 4:1-13).
a) In Tongues: It is the only gift of the Holy Spirit that is given as a sign of being baptised with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4; 10:44-48; 19:6).
It is the only gift which is meant to be for our private edification.
b) Intercession: The Holy Spirit can use us as vessels to intercede (that is, pray for others as well as ourselves) very effectively, according to the will of God and so get answers.
c) Binding and Loosing: The Lord Jesus taught us that whatever we bind here on earth will be bound in Heaven, and whatever we loose here on earth will be loosed in Heaven (Matt. 16:19).
We need to bind those satanic or negative works of the enemy directed against us and those we are praying for. We must also loose or release the supernatural activity of angelic ministering spirits that work positively for our good. This is accomplished by loosing or releasing the spiritual atmosphere so the angels can freely carry out whatever work that needs to be done without any hindrance (Dan. 10:1-21).
The Lord Jesus Christ left us His powerful Name to use against the satanic forces. To cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers and to preach the gospel (Matt. 10:1, 7- 8; Mark 16:17-18).
Since we, who are born-again and filled with the Holy Spirit, are children of a Holy God we must therefore live a life that is worthy of this upward call in Christ Jesus our Lord (Eph. 4:1; Col. 1:10; I Thess. 2:12; Rom. 6:4; Gal. 2:20; Col. 3:1-4).
A holy lifestyle leaves no avenues for satanic spirits to influence our lives so that we, unwittingly, become instruments of evil.
"Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace" (Rom.6: 11-14).
I. To ASSIST WITH LOCAL CHURCH EXPENSES
It is practically the whole chapter nine of 1 Corinthians, where the apostle Paul argues the case that those who are called to preach the gospel ought to live by the gospel.
 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
Paul was probably referring to the words of Jesus when He was sending His disciples out to preach the Kingdom: He commanded them not to take any money with them, and to rely for their provision on those to whom they were sent to preach to.
 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking such things as they give, for the labourer is worthy of his wages...
II. TO ASSIST THOSE IN NEED
We are encouraged to be generous to those around us who are in real need, be it material, financial, or time-wise to talk and minister to them personally.
 For I do not mean that
others should be eased and you burdened;
In 2 Corinthians chapters eight and nine, apostle Paul is talking about sharing among the Christians: if one group of them is in need, the others who are better off should help them out. He is referring to a particular point in time, when a famine came over the land of Judea, as prophesied by the prophet Agabus. The people from Achaia and Macedonia collected their donations and sent them to Jerusalem church for the distribution among the saints who were affected by the famine.
 And in these days
prophets came from Jerusalem to Antioch.
 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem.
 Now concerning the
collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so
you must do also:
 As it is written: 'He has dispersed abroad, He has given TO THE POOR; His righteousness endures forever.'
 For the administration of this service not only supplies the NEEDS OF THE SAINTS, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God.
It is in connection with this GIVING TO THOSE IN NEED that Paul wrote:
 But this I say: He who
sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also
I. PREACH THE GOSPEL
The gospel of salvation includes "the three witnesses" already discussed above, namely: New birth, water baptism, and Holy Spirit baptism.
II. DELIVERANCE FROM SATANIC OPPRESSION
We are to cast out devils, heal all manner of sickness and disease, and raise the dead in the Name of Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father by the power of the Holy Spirit (Matt. 10:1,7-8; Mark 16:11-14; John 14:11-14).
III. MAKE DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST
We need to be committed to fellowshipping with other Christians so that we can encourage, exhort and comfort each other through sharing our experiences of the Christian lifestyle (Heb. 10:25).
As we grow in the faith we are challenged to encourage others who are weaker than us to be strong and true disciples of Jesus Christ (Gal. 6:1-2).
We are not to make disciples after
our own image, but rather after the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
That is, we must always direct people to hope and trust in God for everything
and not in us, nor are they to be our clones in the Christian lifestyles.
IV. PREPARE FOR THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus warned us to always watch and pray so that we are ready when He returns like a thief in the night (Matthew chapters 24, 25). Take careful note of the parables of the ten virgins, and the goats and the sheep.
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