There is a subject God has continually talked to me about throughout the month of December…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.
Recently, I heard Kenneth Copeland say, “a strong spirit makes a way for God to move. If you are talking doubt and unbelief, it shuts the door.”
A strong spirit makes a way for God to move…it makes a way.
But, if you begin to speak doubt and unbelief, which are indicators of a weak spirit, you close that door.
That statement alone should give us the desire for a strong 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? The Bible says a man that wavers will receive nothing from the Lord. Which tells me, if I refuse to waver, I will receive what I have asked of the Lord.
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.
If you have a strong spirit, you won’t begin to waver when time passes without seeing your answer manifest. Nothing will move you. 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, actually, 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 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 daily manna. We too, must eat of this bread, the word of the living God, daily. This will keep our spirit strong.
Many people survive by listening to teaching sermons. I love to listen to teaching, I think it is great. But it’s not the only thing we 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.
Don’t allow someone else’s messages to be your only source of the word of God. You must read the word for yourself. Daily. If you want a strong spirit, that is.
This same minister went on to say if you want to develop a strong spirit begin by reading ten chapters of the Bible daily.
Now I know what some of you are thinking… “TEN CHAPTERS, who has time for that?!”
One day, I wanted to see exactly how long it would take to read ten chapters. So, I sat down and read ten chapters, it took me about 40 minutes. That is a small price to pay for a strong spirit. In less than an hour a day, you can develop a strong spirit.
As I shared this week – it’s time for us to live a victorious life – let’s begin today by developing a strong spirit. Strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Meditate on this:
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man. Ephesians 3:16