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Summary: There is a time when something of Christ is conceived in our spirit.

Confronting the Accuser of the Brethren Series

Spiritual Pregnancy, Part 1

Introduction

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/

develop/mature.

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.”

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