of our Spiritual Growth
taken from a spoken message by
John Wright Follette
We become partakers of the divine nature purely on the basis
of a gift. The atonement of Christ on Calvary's cross was
God's gift to a lost mankind, that whosoever believes and
accepts this gift will enter eternal life.
The Lord gives salvation to us, but He cannot give us a
Christian character. This has to be built. We grow by learning
to be subjected continually to all of the arrangements that
God places in our pattern of life. As we do this, we are released
and set free for the real thing that God wants. This is a
new creation life that is pushing its way up through our being,
enabling us to become disentangled from the law of our old
We have become a new creation in Christ Jesus. We are not
that creature that God saved when we first repented and accepted
Him as our Saviour. What there is of you and me, that part
of us that God can take into eternity, will be the amount
of spiritual life, vision, and receptivity that we have attained
to while in this life.
He is saying, "Surrender and give to Me the complete
control of this creature that you are, I can come inside of
you and work a miracle." The hindrance to this is not
our sins, because He has forgiven them; rather it is the resistance,
conscious or unconscious, of our warring against the power
of this new creation life that would push its way up through
The little seed that is planted has an awful time pushing
its way up through the ground. We too are ground, man is made
of the dust. This little seed of our new creation life seeks
to push through our earth. Can you let your little ego rot?
Yes, and a fresh new life will come forth. A lovely new life
The little seed, for awhile, is sustained by its own decay,
but that is the way it grows. It has to live there until the
husk is broken. What a terrible time we have while God breaks
the tight covering that holds us in the earth realm. It is
out of that breaking and out of that death that a sprout comes
up and begins to grow. First the little shoot, the blade pushing
its way up out of its old former self-world in which it was
born. Leave the husks of the former creature in the ground.
It will do you terrible damage if you allow it to come up.
It will interfere continually with this life principle that
is pushing its way upward.
When we are baptized in the Spirit, the Lord tells us "I
will submerge you, bury you under the power and dominion of
the Holy Spirit." When we come up out of that, we will
be a new creature indeed. It should not be the thing that
went under. This new life begins to develop, until there is
a full corn in the ear. This does not happen in a minute,
rather it is the result of a progressive process.
Do not quarrel with what you find in your pattern of life.
That is the Lord's concern because we have chosen His will.
We are all typed and we are all different. Each one of us
is a special edition of the creature that we are, there are
no duplicates. Knowing us as He does, He places within the
pattern of our spiritual living all these things for our edification,
correction, and growth.
"God has made us what we are, creating us in Christ
Jesus for the good deeds which are prepared beforehand by
God as our sphere of action," Ephesians 2:10 (Moffatt).
Before we were born, He knew us. He knows what is within us.
As we accept His will for our lives, we will discover that
the circumstances of our lives have been prepared according
to what we need. The Lord cannot make the same will and plan
for each one of us, for we are all different.
We are born again and filled with the Spirit, but we are
not born just to go to heaven. We are going to heaven, but
heaven is a condition before it is a location. We have the
potential for this vast unfolding within our heart right now.
Why? Because this new creation, that we are becoming, holds
potentially all of the things that God wants. In eternity,
these will not be added to us, rather they will be released
from within us.
Therefore, the Lord throws into our daily life experience
all of the things that He sees as being necessary. In this
life we will have both positive and negative forces working
continually; we will have things which are agreeable and things
which are disagreeable; we will have times of peace and times
of war; we will have angelic movings, and we will face the
devil. All of these things are performing within our pattern
He does not exempt anyone, each one of us has to learn how
to face the enemy. Yes, the Lord did this with Job in order
to get him through. God had to sift Peter. This is very hard,
but He never said that we were to pray for any exemption from
this. It is for our good. The Lord is going to sift us until
we feel we cannot take it. Stay in it. "But I have prayed
for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren," Luke 22:32.
To encourage us, Paul says: "For we are saved by hope:
but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why
doth he yet hope for?" Rom 8:24. The word "hope"
in the New Testament means "a fact, a truth, a promise,
which has not yet fully come to pass, but is just as sure
as anything that we now have." There is no uncertainty.
The whole redemptive plan of Christ is our hope because it
is certain and it is fixed; it is established and cannot be
moved. I rest all that I am in that hope. "But if we
hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for
it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for
we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit
itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot
be uttered" Rom 8:25,26.
The Holy Spirit knows our frailties. He lives within us.
Because we cannot see the projection of the workings of God,
or the results of our responses to Him through life, we do
not realize our utter dependence upon Him. Therefore, the
Holy Spirit makes intercession for us with groanings which
cannot be uttered.
"And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the
mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the
saints according to the will of God" Rom 8:27. If we
will cooperate with God, even through difficult things, there
will be within us an inner consciousness that this is the
will of God for us, and that the Holy Spirit is praying, bringing
God's objective is to come toward us to meet us because
He accepts us in His beloved and lovely Son. As He sees His
Son, He sees us. Through all of these things which He subjects
us to, He is tracing in our immortal spirit this image of
Our objective then is to move through all of these things
to the glory of God.