New week! New things! New challenges to overcome! New ways to be spread joy and cheer!
I take all days to be like Christmas mornings. Bursting forth with love, joy and cheer.
Most mornings I never feel as cheerful as soon as that alarm sounds because for some reason sleep is most delicious during the early mornings and all you want to do is hold on tightly to the blankets and keep snoozing the alarm. Wouldn’t that be nice?
But that’s the thing, the flesh desires the things of this world, it will never tell you. ‘Hey, let’s go out for a jog in the early COLD morning, or let’s wake up at four to do some morning meditation’ The flesh will always desire instant gratification. That is why even when Jesus was praying on the mount of Olives before He was arrested and found His disciples in deep sleep urging them to stay awake and pray lest they fall into temptation, He told them ‘The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.’ (Matthew 26:41)
Our spirits are capable of doing extraordinary things. In fact, if you observe most people who are successful, they have managed to tap into this inner man because they have discovered the treasure that lies within. With training, the spirit is sharp, focused, disciplined and capable of stretching into dimensions far more deeper than one could fathom possible.
There is nothing in this world that is as powerful as a strong spirit.
How is that possible? Because we are created in the image and likeness of God.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Note that part ‘let us’ Who do you perceive God was talking to?
In the beginning of time, there was God, there was the word (who is Jesus—and the word was made flesh) and there was the spirit (Holy Spirit).
I do hope I have also gotten that right, I am also a student 🙂
The spirit is capable of reaching heights unimaginable, that is why you see even men and women who are not Christians but rely on strengthening the spirit man prospering and tapping into profound intellectual depths —take for example these masters of mediation and yoga, chanting their dharmas and lotus sutras, aligning their spirits to some energy.
So how come we are not able to recognize and walk by this? Because of the desires of this world being, money, sex, fame, instant gratification, sleep, food, cares and provisions, pleasures and the like.
The spirit and the heart work in unison, in fact the mind is actually a bit far off these two because imagine this—you could listen to positive messages all day, all month and all year but still have no visible change in behavior or character. Why? Because you have only managed to tap into the mind but not affected the spirit and the heart. The spirit is the likeness of God, that means just as He is in strength and power so are we also.
Check this — the fruits of the Holy Spirit of God, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and Self-Control.
Now, if you invite the Holy Spirit inside your heart, He transforms your heart into His likeness. It’s not however an easy process but if only you are willing. One thing I can tell you for free —your flesh will behave as though it’s has been set on fire! Complaints, complaints, grumblings, murmurings, reasonings why you should quit, more and more complaints and now here is where those who give up easily give in.
But those that are willing, will get up everyday and tame the flesh! When the spirit man is nourished it begins to take charge of your whole life, telling the flesh ‘You have no power over me, you do as I command, you exercise even when you do not want to, you eat during the times I command, you wake up and sleep during the times I command.’ And once you have achieved this kind of discipline it becomes a habit and a way of life.
We have in us something far more precious than gold! The spirit man! But forever remains asleep until one is willing to wake him up and exercise his muscles.
I mean the reason why most of our lives are jacked up is because we have exercised the minds with knowledge, our bodies at the gym, our hearts with worldy pleasures and our spirit man with laziness, then you wonder. Why isn’t my life working out? Because before you came into being, God created you a spirit, your spirit existed before all else, if you tap into that! All things align! And I mean all other areas will hearken to your spirit automatically and your whole life takes into shape.
Now, as we begin our week and day, may we meditate upon these words and consider them with great thought. That we may understand who are truly are in our creator so that we are able to become who He created us to be.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep us, lead us, guide us, cover us and increase unto us an abundant provision of the will to learn, to be better and the desire to deposit the gifts of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.
In JESUS name!
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