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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 14:1:3-4

Verses 3-4 say, “But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.” The Greek word for “edify” in this passage is oy-kod-om-eh-o and means, ‘Pouring a foundation, framing a structure, building walls; The entire process of building from start to finish. ’ There is nothing in the building process that oy-kod-om-eh-o does not cover. Even after a structure is built, the term covers the repair of that which is damaged. Oy-kod-om-eh-o is a comprehensive word that describes the work of the Spirit in constructing, growing, edifying, shaping and repairing our spiritual house which brings us into the purpose of what has been ordained for us. Again, the amazing thing about this is the Lord lets us initiate the process. As we pray in the Spirit,, God reveals more about how we go where He has called us to go and develop into who He wants us to become. This covers the entire process of the growth, the development and the building process of a spiritual life. And the whole process can be activated and energized by choices. When we do this we enhance the building of everything God has ordained for us as we develop the character of a believer. If we do not embrace this growth and prayer process, we stand to forfeit some of what He has for us. Whether we choose to use our prayer language makes an immense difference in the building of our spiritual lives. We have to be praying in the Spirit daily and without fail. It is incredibly easy for the enemy to lure foxes to come steal this very valuable gift. It is time we recover it in full measure.