40 Days of Increase | Day 5
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—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Baptist Church
Yesterday we took a quick look at three types of increase: incremental, exponential, and explosive.
Jesus has the ability to explode in our lives whenever we get serious and allow Him to do so. When we get out of the way and give Him the preeminence He deserves, His abundance is overflowing. Let me give you just a few Scripture hints, as I call them, to jog your memory and encourage your heart.
…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Ephesians 3:20)
…ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:24)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom… (Luke 6:38)
…thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. (Psalms 23:5)
There is no doubt about it. The abundance of Christ is will explode in our lives when we obey Him, and light the fuse of faith. But let us not forget one important aspect of the increase of Christ. We have been tagging on a phrase to our theme, He must increase. We have been adding another phrase that is not in John 3:30. Here is an example taken from one of our practical tasks. The day before yesterday we asked you to answer the question, What does it mean for Christ to increase in our lives?
Did you notice the added phrase, in our lives? The reason I point this out is because it really changes the meaning. I’ve noticed this myself by the way we answer the question. We do not want Christ to increase in our lives alone, we want Him to increase in the lives of those around us. This is what John the Baptist mean when he said that Christ must increase. He was talking about the increase of Christ’s followers.
Jesus had more followers because He was increasing in the lives of others, and they began following Him. When others began following Jesus, the power of Christ exploded in their lives and these early believers turned the world upside down.
TODAY’S PRACTICAL TASK
In your notebook today, after you write DAY 5 on the top of the page, please copy down Antioch’s memory verse for the month of February, which is:
Colossians 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Then say a quick prayer and do the following. Under the memory verse make a number list from 1 to 10, skipping a line for space to write. Now answer this question with 10 incredible answers. This is a brainstorming session drawing on the explosive abundance of the Holy Spirit. Do not worry about how hard it might be to accomplish. Do not think of the difficulty or worry about how much it might cost. Just write whatever comes to your mind. On your mark, get set, go! Answer this question ten times.
What could I do for Christ to increase in the lives of others?
Have an awesome and inspired day in Christ!
HE MUST INCREASE
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