And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. Luke 1:80
John DeBaptist had a very strong spirit.
And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40
Jesus Christ also had a very strong spirit.
Possessing a very strong human spirit is so crucial to the believer if he will be able to home the eternal Spirit of God, for the benefit of our entire generation like John and Jesus did. When the Holy Spirit came to live in you on the very day you believed in Jesus and simultaneously made righteous, He came with every bit of His presence, power, glory and all that you can think of. However, we don’t get to see or experience such mighty manifestation of the Holy Spirit through us. Why? Our capacity, spiritual capacity is what determines how much of him we are able to manifest.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
The wells of living water refer to the Holy Spirit. The mighty Holy Spirit shall flow out of your human spirit (belly) to bless others. How much of the Holy Spirit flows through you depends on the capacity or strength of your spirit. This is why it's very necessary to build spiritual strength or capacity.
A strong human spirit is an asset in your spiritual journey.
In this post, we shall look at just one scriptural means of developing a very strong spirit in order to become a conducive channel for the Holy Spirit to manifest all He is without breaking you down.
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.
TONGUES: A MEANS OF BUILDING UP YOUR SPIRIT
Speaking in tongues is your spirit speaking directly to God, the Father of all spirits, by the utterance that the Holy Spirit gives (Acts 2:4).
The Greek word for the word edify, ‘oikodomew’ means: to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: --(be in) build (-er, -ing, up), embolden. So, speaking in tongues is what builds up, constructs, confirms or emboldens your spirit.
In comparing you to the tabernacle in the Old Testament, your body is the outer court, your soul is the holy place and your spirit is the holy of holies where God’s presence was. The Holy Spirit definitely dwells in your holy of holies. When you pray in tongues not just once in a while, but every day of your life, you are ‘oikodomewing’: building, constructing, confirming and emboldening your holy of holies, the human spirit.
Truly, any time I spend time praying in the spirit, I become so much emboldened in my spirit so much that it becomes impossible to conceal my outward confidence.
I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all. 1Corinthians 14:18
Hear this bold declaration of one secret of this spiritual giant. It is very possible that this secret could account for the great feats he accomplished to the glory of God throughout his ministry. You know, there is so much benefit in speaking in tongues aside from building your spirit as we are discussing in this post.
But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Jude 1:20
There we have it again, building up yourself by praying in the Holy Spirit. Whenever you pray in the spirit, know that you are developing your spirit to become like John and Jesus who waxed strong in spirit.
Smith Wigglesworth lived 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20
Kenneth Hagin prayed much of his private payers in tongue because of 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20
'The greatest gift God gave to the world is His son. the greatest gift Jesus gave to the Church is the Holy Spirit and the greatest gift the Holy Spirit has given is your spiritual language (speaking in tongues)' Dr. Bill Hamon (Click on the links to watch their YouTube videos.)
It is obvious that speaking in tongues more of the time was a major price these spiritual giants paid to generate such transgenerational impact they’ve had over the human race throughout their ministries. If you will begin to cultivate this same prayer life as they did, God’s faithfulness will ensure that you don’t bear fewer fruits in your lifetime.
It all begins with salvation in Christ Jesus. If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus, may I give you the opportunity to do so now.
Pray this prayer out:
‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’
If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31