Spiritual Pregnancy, Part One
Sermon shared by Mike Fogerson
Summary: There is a time when something of Christ is conceived in our spirit.
Audience: General adults
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Confronting the Accuser of the Brethren Series
Spiritual Pregnancy, Part 1
A When women become pregnant, many of them begin to avoid things that would harm (or retard the growth) of the living/forming person inside of them.
1 Alcohol, smoking, drugs (do not do)
a Do: prenatal vitamins, folic acid, eat healthy, exercise, rest
b Nothing to harm the one living inside; do everything they can to be sure the living one develops in a healthy manner.
2 There is a time, when, having been touched by God, something of Christ is conceived/born in our spirit.
a I was saved at 8, but I didn’t know I was pregnant until I was 35.
aa Whether something was conceived in me then, or it was just when I felt it kick (fluttering of life-quickening).
bb Someone besides me was inside me-growing, developing.
b My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you—Gal 4:19 (NASB)
c My walk was so much more than just religion, denomination-passion, destiny.
B (Thought): We went through a church split in 2005, about the same time I got pregnant/Holy Spirit messed me up.
1 The enemy wants to abort a new move of God.
2 Not everybody is excited at the arrival of a new birth.
3 Pregnancies come in “3's”: several of you got pregnant, too.
4 Your relationship didn’t end at the cross-it started at the cross, and now you’re at Pentecost!
C I can remember the immaturity, insecurity, impatience I felt in those early days.
1 It takes time for what God has conceived in me to grow/
a We can’t bring in this/that person to make us give birth sooner (can bring in people who felt the Holy Spirit kick).
b Just because we don’t always “feel” Him kick/move doesn’t mean we’ve lost the pregnancy.
aa Growing up to something, developing
bb Patience, commitment, & cooperation while God fulfills His promise to develop what He began.
2 Sometimes we doubt our readiness, fear what will happen when the delivery time arrives, doubt our motives.
a Just as intently as God is watching/monitoring the new life in us...so is Satan.
b He (Satan) uses the accusations of people to accuse or criticize our actions.
aa Get mad, angry, hurt feelings, bad attitudes, talk about, gossip, backbite & criticize those whose attitudes Satan has manipulated.
bb We try to get their approval, blessing-why?
c Man’s approval is fleeting, fickle.
d No one can supply the approval we crave but the Lord! (My God shall...)
3 Even though we may owe where we are to the intercessory prayers of another, what God conceives within us, ultimately must find its strength in God alone!
D When Solomon built the Temple, he had two words inscribed upon two pillars: the names “Jachin” & “Boaz”. Thus he set up the pillars at the porch of the nave; and he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin , and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz . 1 Kings 7:21 (NASB)
1 Jachin meant “He will establish”, Boaz meant “in Him is strength.”
a If we are ever going to enter into service, birth what God desires in/for us, we must abandon our reliance upon any strength but His.
b Any success except what He accomplishes.
2 Takes prayer!
I Rev. 12:1-5 paints a picture of true spiritual growth. A great sign appeared
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