Developing a Strong Spirit

Over the past few months, there is a subject God has brought up to me over and again.  The subject is…a strong spirit.

After weeks of God speaking to me about building a strong spirit within me, it seemed everywhere I turned someone was saying something about a strong spirit.

Most recently, Kenneth Copeland said, “a strong spirit makes a way for God to move.  If you are talking doubt and unbelief, it shuts the door.”

Yikes!  If you are talking doubt and unbelief…it shuts the door!  However, a strong spirit makes a way…a door in which God can move.

Make no mistake about it, doubt and unbelief are indicators of a weak spirit.

Proverbs 18:14 in the Amplified version 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?

To sustain means to bear, to uphold, to keep from falling, to keep alive.  In other words, a strong spirit will cause you to stand firm in faith regardless of what is going on around you.

Why is that important?  Because if we do not waver at the promises of God we will see them manifest in our lives, every single time.

Hebrews 3:14 tells us that we will partake of all Christ died to give us if we do one thing; if we trust God and His word steadfast to the end. In other words, we do not waver.

If you have a strong spirit, you won’t begin to waver when time passes without seeing your answer manifest.  You won’t be moved each morning when you wake up and didn’t see breakthrough the day before.  You will continue to stand firm on His word knowing that He is God and He does NOT lie.  You will continue to call Him faithful, even while you wait.

That’s the truth about a strong spirit, but what about a weak spirit?  How do you know if your spirit is weak?

You have a weak spirit if you constantly feel overwhelmed.

Proverbs 24:10 says; if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

God never meant for adversity to destroy us.  He gave us all we would ever need to triumph over adversity.  However, to gain victory over adversity, our spirit must become strong and remain strong.

Are you feeling weary and anxious?  These too are signs of a weak spirit.

Galatians 6:9 says; let us not become weary in well doing, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not faint.

If you are reading this and feel perhaps your spirit is not as strong as it should be, don’t be discouraged, you can begin this very day to strengthen your spirit.

It begins with the word of God.

If you want a strong spirit, you MUST read the word of God daily.  Every single day.  His word is our MANNA.  In the Old Testament, God sent manna daily.  We too, must eat of this bread, the word of the living God, daily.  That is the main thing that will keep our spirit strong.

Many people survive on listening to teaching sermons.  That is great but that is not the only thing you need.

I recently heard a minister say listening to sermons was the same as taking a supplement, while reading the word of God for yourself, is your true nourishment.  I believe this to be truth.

It’s great to listen to sermons but you don’t allow it to be your only source of the word of God.  You must read the word for yourself and you must do it daily, if you want a strong spirit.

This same minister went on to say if you want to develop a strong spirit begin by reading 10 chapters of your bible daily.

Now I know what some of you are thinking…TEN CHAPTERS, who has time for that?!

I sat down one day and read ten chapters, it only took me 45 minutes.  That is a small amount of time to invest in a strong spirit, don’t you think? For less than an hour a day, you can develop a strong spirit.

None of us want to only survive.  We all want to thrive in God.  To do that, we must develop a strong spirit AND maintain a strong spirit.  I believe we are in a time of thriving.  I also believe God is showing us how to thrive and that begins by strengthening our spirit.  Let’s start today by digging in His word.  Let’s immerse ourselves in His word and watch our spirit grow strong!  In doing so, victory will be ours…every time.

 

 

Meditate on this:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12

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