We are created to belong to a cause, created to be part of a vision to build something bigger than ourselves.
As Christians we have the DNA of heaven inside of us. We are born to increase and multiply! Let a spirit of increase get upon your life. Acts 16:5 NASB So the churches were being strengthened in the faith, and were increasing in number daily.
Spirit of Increase
Anything that gets under the influence of God increases!
As Christians we have a promise of increase. We need to receive it and walk in it!
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither - whatever they do prospers.
This is God's inheritance for us. Lets take a hold of it!
so the churches were being strengthened in the faith
Faith builds our lives and faith builds the church. Without faith - it's just you, it's just your strength, it's just your plan. When we're in faith, we are connected to the Holy Spirit and the mighty body of Christ. You have access to the power of God and His plan. We need to keep the faith alive - keep it stirring in our lives!
Christians need to be strengthened in their faith. Churches need to be strengthened in faith. This needs to be our pathway! As we are strengthened in faith, we naturally grow and build up. Let faith strengthen you! You cannot live a spiritual life without faith.
When a church is strengthened in faith - something is going to happen!!! Something is going to happen in our church because we are in faith! We've seen it many times before, recalling Snowjam in the early 2000s when the youth of our church build a snow ramp and filled Aotea Square! It was a radical spirit that was upon our youth to pull that off. We need a radical spirit again.
and were increasing in number
Let a spirit of increase come upon your life. We are created to increase. It is our natural state as Christians. As we are built up in faith, we are able to grow in God as we should. The first thing that God said to man:
Genesis 1:28 NKJ and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
The first thing God says to man is: multiply/increase! We are God's field and in that field, things will grow. When Christians aren't increasing it is because they are listening to the world's voice more than God's voice.
Daily - growth should be happening every single day.
Your life is healthy if there is constant growth. Growth is evidence of the kingdom.
God wants to increase us, but really what is on his heart is that we would come together and increase his church. This is his mission and vision for the world. A church that gets into a spirit of increase could grow daily! At least 365 a year!
4 Things that stop increase in our lives
Your words create the future. Too many Christians speak negative words. Don't speak your fears, give them to God. Keep what you speak uplifting, speak life. If you keep pulling yourself down, you will get what you say.
It cripples us, it breaks our heart and steals our faith. Don't carry the disappointments of the past around. It's time to offload them and get released from the past.
People do whatever they want and wonder why God doesn't bless them. Stop resisting God, do things God's way.
Hebrews 11 My righteous ones will live by faith.
Offload unbelief. Don't be a cynic, be a believer.
People empowered by God will grow. We become who we are created to be. A spirit of growth gets on us, our lives will grow. Don't get used to being the same old - same old, with the same things happening, thinking the same things.
When was the last time something new happened?
When you get touched by God, growth happens! The world gets in a rut. The kingdom grows. No one gets up in the morning thinking: I can't want to get back in my rut.
Yet, many Christians end up in a rut - even when they have access to kingdom supernatural growth! Step out of the natural and into the supernatural. The church needs to grow to fulfill all that God has set in front of us.
We all need to grow!!!