I am a spirit. I have a soul. I live in a body.
The first time I spoke those words they registered on my heart because that is how the Scriptures define the make-up of man (1 Thes. 5:23). Most people including many Christians don’t even know they are a spirit. Many in the science and educational fields have learned to develop their minds. In athletics many have learned to develop their bodies, but so very few have really learned to develop their spirits. This topic has always fascinated me.
When every human being dies their body goes into the ground, but their spirit lives eternally in heaven or in hell depending on a person’s response to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. The Bible says: “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord” (Pr. 20:27). This means God will guide you through your spirit. Is it important to you to be guided by the Lord? Your spirit can only begin to be a safe guide after you are born again and have passed from spiritual death to spiritual life (1 Jn. 3:14). Then you must renew your mind with the Word of God so that it can come into agreement with your new spirit.
The Bible also says: “Though the outward man (the body) perish the inward man (the spirit) is renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16). In other words, your body is aging, but your spirit never ages but is actually being made newer. If that’s true why don’t we place more emphasis on renewing and developing our spirits? Why are we so body conscious?
The key to developing your spirit is the Bible or the Word of God. Read it. Believe it. Meditate on it. Obey it. And your spirit will grow ever stronger. If you don’t, your spirit will lose the privilege of communing with God and will grow weaker.
Feeding on the Word of God is a high form of spiritual fellowship with God. It is what gives your faith boldness, aggressiveness, and initiative. Many Christians are weak in faith because they are neglecting to feed on the Word.
YOU CAN’T PRAY RIGHT WITHOUT KNOWING THE BIBLE
You can’t even pray effectively unless you know the Word. For example, many things people pray about, the Word already gives them the answer; like those who pray, “Lord, if it be thy will, heal me, baptize me with your Holy Spirit, give me faith, get the devil off my back” etc. The Word gives us instructions in all these areas. God expects you to feed and exercise your own faith and authority and receive from Him.
Others pray unscriptural prayers like the Christian man who was praying to marry an unbeliever (2 Cor. 6:14), or the woman who was praying to leave her husband so she could marry another man. Then you have couples who are living together outside of marriage and praying if they should marry or just continue to live together. Your prayer is unscriptural because the Word already gives you the answer (1 Cor. 6:18). Actually it’s an abomination. And worse yet, we now have professing Christians who are debating whether same-sex marriage is okay with God. That’s another abomination. The problem with most people, even so called Christians, is they don’t read, believe, meditate, and obey the Word. That is the reason Christians often accept worldly ideologies and abominable practices.
I feel sorry for people who don’t know their Bible or just don’t believe it and don’t obey it. You are not ready for heaven. You may not even get there. The Bible is the road map. Every other religious book is strange fire from hell. There is no life in them.
The Bible is your faith food. “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from of the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). Faith is the currency of heaven. It is how you receive from God. Without faith you cannot even please God (Heb. 11:6).
THE REASON FOR WEAK FAITH
Whenever you cease to feed your faith on the Word of God you will lose your boldness and aggressiveness. Your flesh will gain the ascendency, your puny little mind will suggest flaky and weird things to you, and the reality of spiritual things will grow dim. Your physical senses will rule you, and you will lose your spiritual initiative.
If you want to be a winner in life and have a high place with God, train yourself to think about what God’s Word says concerning every situation in life. When you’re going through a hard time what does the Word say to do? When someone does you wrong what does the Word say to do? When you’re worried and anxious what does the Word say to do? When you’re fearful and afraid what does the Word say to do? When you’re having trouble with your spouse or children what does the Word say about that?
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (Jn. 15:7).
What a guarantee that verse grants us if we meet the conditions of feeding on the Word of God until it abides in us! Just because you’ve memorized the Word or can quote the Word does not necessarily mean it is abiding in you. When the Word is abiding in you there is a holy boldness and a fearlessness that possesses you, which causes you to act on God’s Word. You will rejoice in your trials and count it all joy (Jm. 1:2). You will praise God always and never complain. When you’re full of the Word your spiritual initiative is high and you will even dare the devil to put the pressure on you as you continue to magnify the Lord in your life. You will boldly declare, “Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the world” (1 Jn. 4:4). When the Word is not abiding in you strongly, you won’t say that so easily.
When you’re not feeding on the Word of God your faith and spiritual initiative are weak and your heart loses its boldness toward the Lord and fearlessness to act on the Word of God. When you reach this point you are in danger because your spiritual armor is not secured properly and your shield of faith is down. You are vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks and life’s trials and temptations. You may quote the Word, but its coming from a place of mental ascent instead of a strong spirit. Your Christianity will become shallow and your faith weak. You’ll be asking everyone to pray for you and believe for you when you’re sick or in trouble because your own spirit can no longer sustain you.
“The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear” (Pr. 18:14)?
BUILD YOUR FAITH
It is of paramount importance that we develop our own faith in the Word of God and pray and learn to receive from God personally. This is what builds a strong spirit. The majority of professing Christians are spiritually shallow and have weak faith because of neglect in this one area. They eat three warm meals a day, but one cold spiritual snack per week. You can never be strong spiritually living that way. You can never receive what God has for you.
There are three basic reasons believers are not receiving from God:
1. They don’t know their authority in Jesus Christ.
2. They are weak in faith.
3. They are living in disobedience.
Reading, believing, meditating, and obeying the Word will nullify these things in your life. This will result in a new bold and aggressive faith.
Read the Scriptures as if Jesus is talking directly to you and obey what He says. That’s when your faith will start to work. Instead of saying, “well, I just don’t know if I have enough faith” just begin to feed on the Word and obey what it says and you’ll have results. You won’t even have to ask yourself whether you have enough faith or not.
Oh believer, take care of your spirit and your spirit will surely take care of you.
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