Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 3:9 (KJV); And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
In the equation of growth in the Abrahamic line, faith is the chief ingredient of multiplication.
This growth is not merely increase in numbers in a ministry but that kind of growth by which a man or woman of vision multiplies his spirit in those whom God has given to him; it is how sons and daughters in Christ are made.
For this very reason, even imitations of spiritual authority in the body of Christ are imitations of faith.
To this effect, Paul, a father who begat sons in the faith says, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: WHOSE FAITH FOLLOW, considering the end of their conversation.” (Hebrews 13:7).
Part of spiritual maturity is in imitating your spiritual authority’s faith.
How does he or she respond to adversity? What is his or her relationship with the God he or she believed? How does he or she treat the enemy and his wiles? When he or she faces a lame man, what does he or she do? When he or she receives a phone call about someone on a hospital bed, what does he or she do?
You might imitate his dress code, his hairstyle or his walking style but until you master the imitation of faith, you cannot claim to have grown by his multiplication of his spirit in you.
In the same way, the Pharisees could not claim a sonship to father Abraham when they could never imitate his faith.
That is why God readily disabused them of the notion by assuring them that if they dared to claim Abraham as their father, they ought to know that God could raise children for Abraham out of stones.
Let the patterns of faith set by those who have spiritual authority over you form the basis of your instruction and learning.
FURTHER STUDY: Hebrews 13:7, Galatians 3:7
Part of spiritual maturity is in imitating your spiritual authority’s faith. Let the patterns of faith set by those who have spiritual authority over you form the basis of your instruction and learning.
PRAYER: Loving Father, thank You for this great Word. This is priceless wisdom in the patterns of spiritual growth. I receive it with all humility my Lord and yield my spirit to you to be led in it. By the eyes of the spirit, I choose to walk in the imitations of faith and as I do this, I grow in you. To the glory of your name, Amen.