Open Heaven 6 August 2023 Topic: Increase Your Spiritual Capacity II
Memory Verse: Galatians 5:17 – For the flesh lusteth against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Bible Reading: Romans 8:1-13
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don’t walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;
4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;
7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile toward God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be.
8 Those who are in the flesh can’t please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.
10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
Open Heaven 6 August 2023 Message
We learnt yesterday about the importance of increasing our spiritual capacity and a bit about how to go about this.
Today, we would go a bit deeper in discussing how to increase our spiritual capacity.
The main goal in increasing our spiritual capacity is to be more spiritually-minded; to be more like Jesus and less like our default human nature.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
– Romans 8:7 The first thing you must do is to surrender your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, be baptized by immersion, signifying your death to the flesh and a new life in Jesus.
After this, you seek to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and invite Him to dwell in you and take control of your life.
Once the above steps are taken, you must begin to do less of the things your flesh wants you to do.
Don’t let your flesh control you. You cannot be spending all your free time on social media, attending parties or eating as often as you like.
If you give your flesh everything it asks for, you will remain under its control and this can only lead to eternal damnation.
Paul said in Acts 17:28 that it is in Jesus that we believers live, move and have our being.
That must be your testimony too. You also need the Holy Spirit to keep the flesh under control.
You are not strong enough to deal with the flesh by yourself (Romans 8:13). To continue to grow your spiritual capacity, you must truly pray without ceasing, as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says.
If you are not willing to pray consistently and fervently at all times, you are not yet willing to increase your spiritual capacity.
When you cannot pray in understanding, switch to praying in the Spirit. Fasting and studying the word of God daily must also become your lifestyle (Jeremiah 15:16).
You must also seek to hear God at all times. Ask Him questions about things you don’t understand in the Scriptures.
These steps may appear simple and straight forward, but many people find it difficult to do them consistently.
RCCG Open Heaven 6 August 2023
Points: Are you increasing your spiritual capacity?
Hymn: In Christ Alone
Bible in one year: Jeremiah 9, Jeremiah 10, Jeremiah 11