Word for Today:
7 Steps to Spiritual Growth in 2018
Ministry Of the Word (MOW): True Spirituality (TS).
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26)
Welcome to 2018. Happy New Year. Your year of New Beginning. Thank you Jesus .
In the year 2018 , in Christ Jesus , God is giving you ‘new heart’ and a ‘new spirit’ in accordance with his word. God’s wish, desire and plan is for you to enjoy all round prosperity (3John 2)
Accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour is the very first step of your Christian journey towards your salvation. You need to grow spiritually in 2018. Don’t be stagnated after receiving Jesus.
The 7 steps to your spiritual growth in 2018 is listed below through the leading of the Lord.
Step 1: Give your life to Jesus Christ by accepting Him as your Lord & Saviour. This is the very first step to the salvation of your soul. Jesus called it being ‘born again’ in John 3:3.
Step 2: Ask God for spiritual cleansing; go for water baptism, symbolic of washing away of our sins. John the Baptist made reference to it in Matthew 3:11.
Step 3: Ask God for Sanctification /purification ( John 17:17). The truth in the word of God sanctifies, cleanses and refines a person.
Step 4: Ask God to give you a new heart and a new spirit according to his word in Ezekiel 36:26. The new heart enables you to obey God completely, as your old heart is stony and disobedient.
Step 5: Ask Jesus to baptise you with His Holy Spirit ( John 3:5; Matthew 3:11). This empowers you to work in the kingdom of God . This is also called ANOINTING. Jesus is the only ONE who can baptise you with the Holy Spirit. Jesus referred to it in Acts 1:8.
Step 6: Ask God in Christ to give you the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The 9 gifts are listed in 1Corinthians 12:7-10. Any or all of these gifts help you to be effective in the works of the kingdom.
Step 7: Ask God to give you the grace to manifest the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ ( Galatians 5:22). There are 9 fruits in ONE such as love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness etc.These fruit are what people around you wants to ‘eat’, both believers and unbelievers. Rejoicing in long suffering is a special grace of fruit of spirit. No wonder St James counselled ‘count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations’…James 1:2-4.
In this new year, do everything possible to grow spiritually. Please, do not remain at the same spiritual level. Spiritually speak, there is no zenith to your growth. You can keep moving to the next level, and to the next level and to the next level, as your anointing overflows.
In 2018, stay connected to JESUS, the Word of God. Be enlightened.
Have a blessed, prosperous and knowledge filled 2018.
Keep your thoughts & mind positive/healthy.
Do not think evil against anyone.
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
Be compassionate and kind to one another.
Enjoy peace, divine health and all round prosperity in 2018.
Thank you Jesus for entering 2018 with us.
Dear Father, we pray for everyone sincerely connected to the Word, that they may experience true spiritual growth in 2018, in Jesus name. Amen.
Yours in the Vineyard of Christ.
Bro Ben Bassey & the beloved MOW family.
Dr Ben Bassey is a licensed psychiatrist and a spiritual health counselor:
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