HOW TO KEEP YOUR SPIRIT STRONG

Proverbs 18:14 (AMP) says, “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?”  That tells me we have two choices when it comes to our spirits: we can either have a strong spirit or a weak spirit. The strong spirit will sustain you, but a weak spirit useless and good for nothing.

So how do we make sure our spirit stays strong? I recently heard Pastor George Pearson say that you keep your spirit strong the same way you keep your body strong: diet, rest and exercise. I love this analogy. I began to ponder on that statement, and the Spirit helped me to see how to use the discipline it takes to have a strong body to also maintain a strong spirit.

Diet

When it comes to keeping your body strong, you must make sure you are eating right. You know how the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.” Likewise, when it comes to keeping your spirit strong, you must intake the proper spiritual food.  Eating the proper spiritual food entails:

  1. Feeding on the Word of God daily as you spend time reading the Bible (Job 23:12).
  2. Controlling what goes into your eye and ear gates by monitoring what you watch on TV, DVD’s, books you read, and what you listen to on the radio and CD’s (Job 31:1).
  3. Controlling what you speak out of your mouth because what you speak goes into your ears and ultimately into your heart (Proverbs 18:21).

Rest

Rest is important if you want to maintain physical strength. However, it’s also important if you want to maintain a strong spirit. You can obtain the spiritual rest you need in the following ways:

  1. Remember the Sabbath and rest on one out of seven days (Exodus 20:8-11).
  2. Enter into the rest of God through faith and trust in God (Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 3:7-19).
  3. Wait in the presence of God on a daily basis by making sure you spend quality time with God (Isaiah 40:31).

Exercise

Finally, if you want your body to stay strong, you must exercise. Similarly, to keep your spirit strong you must exercise as well.  You exercise your spirit every time you:

  1. Apply the principles of the Word to the situations you face daily (Psalm 128:1).
  2. Use your faith to believe God to receive what you need (Mark 11:23-24).
  3. Meditate on and Memorize scriptures (Psalm 119:11, Joshua 1:8).

Do you want a strong spirit? Then you must take the initiative to make it happen. You cannot be passive and expect good spiritual health to fall on you. It takes deliberate planning and effort. Only then will you be able to handle the difficult situations you face every day and still exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in your life. If you want to be sustained when you have bodily pain or trouble as God’s Word says in Proverbs 18:14, then by all means, make sure that you watch your spiritual diet, rest in God, and engage in spiritual calisthenics on a regular basis.

How do you keep your spirit strong? Leave a comment below.

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“CHECK YOUR SOURCE” AND REFUSE TO LISTEN TO THE VOICE OF THE ENEMY

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Have you ever heard negative voices in your head? Sometimes you just get these vague feelings with negative undercurrents saying, “You didn’t do enough,” or “You’re not good enough.” Or maybe you heard an internal whisper like, “You’ll always be broke,” or “You’ll never amount to anything.” You know good and well that those thoughts do not line up with God’s Word. So where are they coming from? The devil, of course! However, Satan has a way of making you think that his thoughts are your own. The task for every believer is to identify where those thoughts are coming from. You must discern the voice of the enemy, and generally, his voice is completely contrary to God’s Word. That’s a tip off.

The other day, the enemy was at it again, and I heard this voice in my head say, “You’re a dud.” It was accompanied by a vague feeling like, “You don’t measure up,” and “You’ll never amount to anything.” This particular day, I said out loud, “No, I’m not a dud! I am the righteousness of God in Christ! I am valuable! I am created in the image of God! Nothing and no one can take that from me.” You see, sometimes you’ve got to talk to yourself. (Yes, I do talk to myself sometimes. My dad told me that it’s alright as long as I don’t answer myself.) More importantly, sometimes you’ve got to talk back to the devil.

If I didn’t recognize that it was not my own internal self-talk, I would have fallen for his lies hook, line and sinker. I began to think, who is this joker to tell me my faults? Who is he to talk about me? Even when people attack you with their words, it’s actually the devil at work (Ephesians 6:12). May dad always said, when people say negative words to you or about you, CHECK YOUR SOURCE. In other words, examine the origin from which the information comes. Generally, the source of the attack, your critic, is ignorant or deficient in some way, and sometimes the best course of action is to refuse to dignify their words with a response.

When I recognized and acknowledged the enemy’s mental attack, my dad’s words came rushing back to me, “CHECK YOUR SOURCE.” I began to think about how stupid Satan really is and how I needed to fight back against his attack on my mind. I needed to give him a taste of his own medicine

Have you ever heard of “playing the dozens”? You know, when people see who can insult each other the most? For example, they might say, “Your momma is so stupid…,” or “You’re so broke…,” and then follow it up with some insult. I thought, why not do that to the devil? I then said to him, “Who are you to tell me about myself?” and I started to “do the dozens” with the enemy, taking the focus off of myself and putting it on him. After all, he is the only one we have God’s permission to insult. Furthermore, he’s the one we should direct our comments to because he’s the one who influences people to say and do the things they do. Obviously, we can’t do this to an unbeliever, or a brother or sister in Christ. But here are some examples of conversations I have had with “Old Slew Foot”:

  • Devil, you’re so stupid, you actually thought you could dethrone the Almighty God of the Universe! How stupid is that? You and all your friends deserved to get kicked out of Heaven.
  • Don’t ever talk to me about my mistakes! Look at you! You went ahead and crucified the Son of God and ended up making sure the sin debt for the whole world was paid! That was the biggest mistake in the history of mankind! You got PUNKED!
  • You are such a coward! That’s why you are always trying to hide behind people, say and do stuff through them, and make me think it’s them. I’m not falling for it. I know it’s you!
  • Satan, you keep pointing out all my flaws and shortcomings, but at least I’m going to Heaven. Where are you going? Be sure to wear your asbestos swimming trunks when you go into the Lake of Fire.
  • I will never amount to anything? Yeah, right. You had a good job as the worship leader in heaven and you couldn’t even hold on to that. You are the one who will never amount to anything, you idiot!
  • You’re calling me “a nothing”? Luke 10:19 says I have all power over you and “nothing” shall by any means hurt me. That “nothing” is Jesus talked about is YOU. You’re “a nothing!”

As crazy as all this sounds, when I turned the tables on him, I felt empowered! The condemnation lifted. He backed up, and I felt I had found a way to effectively deal with the negative thoughts he was constantly throwing at me.

The take-away is this: when you check Satan’s track record, who is this knucklehead to tell you anything about your life, your worth, your value or your future? The trick is to expose him and identify his craziness at the onset of the mind onslaughts, and then let him know you’re not havin’ it, in Jesus’ name! Remind him of his past foolishness and where he will ultimately end up: HELL. Let him know you fully intend to walk in the authority Jesus gave you and hold onto your righteousness in Him. Recognize that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives within you. Take the focus off of you, and put it back on the enemy and his stupidity. You cannot be passive with him. Once you expose him, you must fight back with your words. When you recognize that he’s the one taunting you, you turn around and taunt him. Throw his own mess right back in his face, and keep it movin’.  You know he’s a liar anyway! That’s why you’ve always got to CHECK YOUR SOURCE.

How do you handle it when the enemy attacks your mind? Leave a comment below.

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