Remembering Spirit, Soul and Body

Remembering Spirit, Soul and Body

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Thes. 5:23 NKJV

Paul prays that our spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless in view of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are a spirit being, who has a soul and lives in a body. Keeping these three areas in view helps us keep our priorities in order and deal with the battles we encounter. 

Our spiritual growth comes first. It is by the spirit that we can walk in authority over our thoughts and learn to take our body into subjugation. When attempting a diet, therapy plan, or making choices, we should seek God’s wisdom and guidance. When we feed our spirit man first through the Word of God, prayer, and worship; our care for the rest of our being is more effective. 

In times of illness or overwhelming trials, we find grace and strength, knowing nothing can hinder our spiritual identity. In those times, we cannot question our spirituality; we need to trust it. It is human to go through things, but it does not determine our spiritual state. When we are weak, the Spirit of God living in and through us remains strong. He helps us rise stronger and stronger, from glory to glory

Do not Fear but Cheer in God

Do not Fear but Cheer in God

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

How do we follow Jesus’ exhortation to be of good cheer amid tribulation? To be of good cheer is to rejoice in all circumstances, standing in faith Jesus has overcome the world. He is alive, with us, and in control of what seems to be uncontrollable. One tactic of satan, is to lead us to the opposite: react in fear.

The Spirit of God is training us to not only be of good cheer, but to cheer others on their journey. We do so as we share the good news of the gospel with a hurting world. By His grace, we encourage, edify, and exhort others, sharing His love, life, and light. Cheer, not fear.

As cheer leaders, we stir up the things of the spirit, not of the flesh. We rejoice in the fruit of transformation, even if small. We do not complain, but learn to be content in the Lord. Standing on God’s Word, regardless of adverse circumstances, we focus on the Lord, trusting His plan. When we ourselves battle fear, we run to Jesus, release all at His feet, and rest in Him, from glory to glory!

The High Calling of God in Christ

The High Calling of God in Christ

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Phil. 3:14

We cannot persevere in our pursuit if we are not patient with the process. When we do not see our progress, we question the process. Did we miss a step? Is this opposition because we are not going the right direction or because we are? Doubts try to creep in and add to our frustrations. That is when we need to press through: taking the next step, pushing every obstacle out of our way.

Perseverance is the quality of continuing with something, even though it is difficult. Patience provides the endurance to remain faithful. Perseverance enables us to press through any problems. Quitting is never an option. It takes perseverance and patience to finish our course. Our drive is fueled by our love for the Lord and by our pursuit of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We pray against all that is not of God and press through the obstacles, yielding to the power of God. We wait patiently upon the Lord and trust Him. When we submit to His will, our strength to persist increases. Voices of faith replace voices of fear. Our eyes are on the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We press toward the goal, from glory to glory!  

Flying with Wings like Eagles!

Flying with Wings like Eagles!

But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. – Is. 40:31

For the eagles, a storm is an opportunity to soar. Eagles can catch the wind of any raging storm and rise above it. They use the air pressure to ascend higher as they lock their wings and rest, weathering the storm from a place above it. God uses the pressures in our lives to take us higher in our faith, soaring like an eagle.

As we grow in Christ, we learn we can depend on Him in all circumstances. We know we can wait on God. To wait upon the Lord is to look eagerly for Him, expecting His manifestation with assurance. It’s as we do so that we mount up with wings like eagles. We soar higher than we did in the past. In the waiting, we receive more of His anointing.

In whatever storm we are facing, we receive the strength of the Lord. We soar above the dark clouds. As we wait upon the Lord, the weight of His glory increases. The rest and peace we find in Him is unexplainable. He connects us with other eagles for encouragement and edification. While we seek those things that are above, we conquer those things that are beneath. In Him, we abide, rest and are victorious, from glory to glory!

One Moment for the Lord

One Moment for the Lord

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.- Ps. 62:8

One tactic of our adversary is to hinder us from seeking the Lord in our daily steps. We might get too busy or distracted and only turn to the Lord after our endeavors, instead of before. Taking one moment, even a few seconds, to yield to the presence and power of the Lord before we do things makes way for His ability to flow through us. 

In the natural, we do not have time for that extra moment, but in the spirit it is necessary. As soon as we take that moment, time is extended. God redeems our time and enables us to complete our tasks with grace. Just one moment before we speak, proceed to an important task, or confront a conflict.

Wherever we are, right now, let’s take that moment. Lord, thank you for your presence. I yield to your wisdom, ability, and grace. Help me fully trust you. I receive your love, strength and peace, as I walk with you,  from glory to glory!

What Are We Thinking?

What Are We Thinking?

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. – Phil. 4:8

Our hearts are like gardens, and our thoughts are like seeds. Seeds of love, hope, and faith produce beautiful flowers in our lives. Seeds of hate, despair, and fear yield weeds and thorns. The evil seeds can give our adversary a foothold and then become strongholds to hinder the growth of the seeds of life.  

Over thinking about wrong things allows weeds to grow. Thinking about good things produces flowers of peace, hope, and faith. As we exercise our thoughts relating to who God is and who we are in Him, we conquer strongholds. With God’s help, we can meditate on these things: what is worthy of respect, lovely; admirable and of excellent report.

This mind exercise is a process. We practice reminding ourselves of anything worthy of praise! We meditate, center our thoughts, and focus on these truths. Our thoughts are innumerable, so we cannot catch them all, but by God’s amazing grace, our ability to take them captive improves. God gives increase to His Word and we walk in the fruits of the good seeds, from glory to glory!

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