Show Notes For "Growth Blockers" Podcast

Growth Blockers

Intro: Welcome to the Family Second Program
I’m your host Philip Shelley, PShells, along with the Fam, Divina, Isabella, Everette, Eva, and Dallas, we say What’s Up my peeps in the seats.
I pray you are well and moving forward in God’s Grace and Love.
It has almost been a year since I started this Podcast. September 3rd, 2016 is when I answered the call to teach God’s Word to the Family, and I have no intentions to stop.
We together as a family would love to pray for you and lift you up, so please email us at philip@philipshelley.org.

 Equip:
Today I want to challenge each family to seek Revival and Growth inside your family. I want to focus on those 2 terms today, Growth and Revival. I believe we grow through Revival. Now you might be thinking, are you talking about those church meetings that would go on for a week or weeks where multitudes of people got saves, delivered, healed, filled, and changed. They were awesome, but no. I’m talking about a type of Revival that takes place in you and your family that whatever you do in this life, the glory is given back to God. The example I follow is always Jesus, because to glorify God on earth was Jesus’ clear purpose. To prepare and live in Revival, it is necessary that we possess the same desire to glorify God. The bible say He will not share His glory with another (Isa. 42:8). But He will make the glory of His Person, His Power, and His Presence clear and obvious to and through those who are consumed with passion to know God and give all the glory to Him. Glorifying God is the Holy Spirit’s intent in Revival (John 16:14). As individuals are revived and families transformed by the mighty workings of the Holy Spirit, all the glory will be given back to the Father. So, my question to you is, are you and your family glorifying God in everything you do. Is it your purpose as a family? Believe me when I say that when you get a hold of this concept it will change you and your family dynamic and lives all together.

It’s great to have this growth to reach revival in you and your family. But today it is imperative that I talk about first the blocker, or inhibitors, to this growth. I can go on and on and make you feel good telling you all you can be in Christ and give you a 3 step process on how to glorify God. But I believe we need to know our enemy first, the one that wants to stop you from receiving all God has for you. Once you know your enemy and his intention (steal, kill, destroy), you’ll have a better chance to grow in revival. So, what are these Growth Blockers? Now, these are spiritual in nature, but are made clear and obvious (manifest) through our everyday lives. Which means, we need to look for them. A lot of times they are not obvious and clear.

1.    The Devil: The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” We are warned how the devil walks or roams about like a lion. When lions hunt, they look for weak, young, isolated, unguarded animals. They are the ones marked for attack. Here is the devil’s ultimate purpose; to destroy us. Not to merely hurt, maim, or discourage, but to devour and destroy us. How does he do this you might ask. Well I’m glad you asked. He does it when he gets us to bow to circumstances, pressures, and forces of his evil design, hoping to make us give in to him. How do we overcome this? We adopt the reverse we B.O.W. to Jesus. The one you Believe, Obey, and Worship. Jesus overcame, refusing to bow Satan’s devices (Matt. 4:8-10). If we grow in Him, it will bring the same ability to resist or stand against the devil (1 Peter 5:9). And as I’ve told you before, be clothed in the full armor of God, and then dress your family in it if they can’t dress themselves. Be armed with the Word of God (Eph. 6:10-14), believe Him (Heb. 11:6), obey Him (1 John 3:24), and worship Him (John 4:23). With this you will receive Christ’s overcoming victory over the devil.

2.    The World: James 4:4 says, “You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.” The spirit of the world is one of the continual and persistent enemies of the believer. Now, when I say world, I’m referring to the world system, which is all its values, mind-set, philosophies of life, and priorities that are contrary the will and way of God. Remember, that the world suggests that your success requires you to turn away from the path of Godliness, to neglect developing your relationship with God. Jesus reminds us though, that a life without God or the things of God, it is worthless, regardless of appearance (Mark 8:36). Now Paul, in Romans 12, provides us a strategy to combat the pull of the world. He says that through the renewal, or reprogramming (I always say switch your thinking) of our minds the Holy Spirit’s power can transform our minds (Phil. 2:5, 13; Titus 3:5). It also redirects us towards the things of God (Phil. 4:8). So, to gain victory over the devil, resist him! To gain victory over the world, renew your mind!

3.    The Sinful Nature: Galatians 5:16, 17 says, “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature want to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” The sinful nature as an enemy is a New Testament idea that focuses on the carnal, natural habits of fallen humankind. These impulses are the most immediate enemy of the believer who desires to live a life under the control, influence, and empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Look at what the Bible says. It says in Romans 7 that the desire alone to do good is not enough to overcome our sinful nature (Romans 7:21). So, how do we overcome it? We are called to war against it; to live our lives in a tug-of-war as our sinful nature urges us to indulge and the Holy Spirit constrains us to righteousness. Victory in this war with the sinful nature is found in #1- A constant continuing in a right relationship with Jesus (Galatians 5:25), #2- understanding that true strength is found in our weakness (2 Cor. 12:10), and #3- continually submitting (ut-oh) to the influence and urging of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). Victory comes when we take these Practical steps, avoiding and overcoming the pull of our flesh.

Encounter:
Pray for families to overcome these blockers and take back their family. To grow in revival.

Activate:
Resist the Devil. B.O.W. to Jesus, Believe, Obey, and Worship Him. Dress you and your kids in the Armor of God.
       Renew your mind. Reprogram your thinking and allow the Holy Spirit to help you gain victory in your family.
      Take the 3 practical steps to gain victory over your sinful nature.

Outro:
Thank for listening
Need to raise $600 to make the EEA Network a Non-profit, 501c3.
Love to hear your stories and prayer request so email me at philip@philipshelley.org.

This has been a Pshells, Diva Divine, 4Shells production and it’s time to let the devil, the world, and our sinful nature know, NOT TODAY!!! Peace out!
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