Five –Fold Understandings for Spiritual Growth

To live a successful life in Christ Jesus, a Believer must have a biblical understanding of these five main components.  The understanding of these will open a flow of hearing God and serving Him as He desires.

·         God’s Word
 It is the main focus of the life of the Believer.  A Believer must constantly be receiving, speaking, meditating, and digesting God’s word on a daily basis.  This hunger for the Word of God must be motivated by a desire to live for and please Him, Psalms 119:105.   It must not be for gaining knowledge for knowledge’s sake or to teach others.
·         Obedience
Every Believer must become a “Doer” of the Word of God and not a “Hearer” only, James 1:22.  Obedience is the key to living the life of Christ.  Studying, speaking, meditating on the Word of God is the starting point and obeying it brings your life into completion.  Deny your wayward flesh and choose the path that is revealed in scripture.
·         Man’s Flesh
Our flesh is defined as the cravings of the corrupted self-will, self-desire, self-importance, and self-interest.  By an act of our will, we must crucify the flesh and die daily to its corrupted cravings, Romans 8th Chapter.
·         Satan
Every Believer serves God successfully only if they have a revelation of Satan.  Isaiah 14: 12-32 records a historical description of Satan’s fall.  Ezekiel 28th Chapter aligns Satan’s reign and fall with a literal king who once ruled in the earth.  In Luke 10:18, Jesus says of Satan, “I beheld you fall like lightening from heaven”. 
The Bible records Satan as a defeated enemy with no power against the word of God and the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ.  Until a Believer understands this fact, much time will be directed at fighting a defeated enemy rather than building a firm foundation on the Word of God.  Satan falls on the sword of the Word of God.  God’s word manifested in your life will overthrow Satan every time it is enforced.
·         Union
Every Believer must understand that “Union” with God is the life and Eternity goal, John 17:21.  Jesus prayed that we would be “One” as He and the Father are “One”.  Union with God for the Believer is a work of the Holy Spirit in the Believer.  Only the Holy Spirit can usher us into “Union” with God.  It is not a work of man or flesh. 

The first four above mentioned components must be in operation before “Union” with God can occur.  We were sent to earth to begin to get to know the One with Whom we will spend Eternity.  As we focus on the Word of God, obedience, crucifying the flesh, putting Satan in his defeated proper place, the Holy Spirit will conform us to the image of Christ and bring us into union with the Father.  AMEN!

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.