Humans were created by God as an embodiment of three components which are the spirit, the soul and the body. For example, in Genesis 1 : 27 God created man in His own image.
In other words, God created the spirit of man since God Himself is a spirit (John 4 : 24). Also in Genesis 2 : 7 God FORMED man from the dust. In other words, God made the flesh of man.
So what am I driving at? Just as you live in the physical realm your spirit also lives, in fact, the results you see or experience in your physical live is determined by your spirit.
Therefore, while you do all you can to maintain your physical body by staying healthy, much more, you must work hard to maintain your spiritual health if you want to have a nice time with God and make heaven at last..
In Luke 1:80 the Bible talking about John said “and the child grew and waxed strong in SPIRIT…” Again in Luke 2:52 the Bible still talking about Jesus said “he grew in wisdom and in STATURE…” This means that for Jesus to fulfill his assignment here on earth his spiritual growth was first secured before his physical growth.
I hope you understand?
Same thing applies to us if we want to live a good life on earth and fulfill destiny in a grand style. So how do you grow or energize or develop your spiritual life?
1. Study and Meditate on God’s Word
The Bible says “if the foundation is destroyed the righteous can do nothing (Psalm 11:3). In John 1:1 we understand that the word of God is the foundation of everything we have today (Ie, the word is the beginning of everything).
So if you want to maintain a healthy spiritual life you must have a solid foundation which is the word of God in you.
Jesus said ” the words which I speak to you, they are spirits and they are life. ” (John 6:63). For your physical body to grow you need to eat good food.
Same applies to your spirit. I mean you need to EAT the word of God as in Jeremiah 15:16 so as to have the necessary ingredients for your spiritual growth. No wonder the Bible says ” man does not live by bread alone but by EVERY WORD from God. ” (Deuteronomy 8:3, Luke 4:4). Friends, the word of God is meant for eating.
2. Engage in fasting and prayer
Your flesh is an enemy to your spirit, I mean the both of them are always engaging in a competition (Romans 8:7-8). God in his wisdom therefore instituted fasting not as a way to starve humans but as a way to keep the flesh under subjection so that the will of the spirit can prevail.
So what significance does fasting hold for us? When you fast and pray your spirit grows though your mortal body may be weak.
I will discuss more on fasting and prayer later which is why you must subscribe to receive latest posts via email so that you don’t miss out on any post. Friends, fasting and prayer fastens your spiritual growth (Isaiah 58:6-8).
3. Pray in tongues
Just as you pray for things in your understanding you also need to let your spirit pray for its own needs. One way to do so is by praying or speaking in tongues.
Paul said “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14 : 14).
Also, Your Spirit will become unhealthy if you don’t do regular exercise, and same is true about your body right? Now you understand. So praying in the spirit is a major way to exercise your spirit.
And remember, “For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7. AMP).
4. Sing praises to God
When you sing praises to God your spirit man is impacted with unusual strength that will culminate in growth (Ephesians 5:18-19).
David understood the importance of praises to God and spent part of his life here on earth fulfilling God’s purpose and calling.
5. Stay away from sin
One easy way to kill your spirit is to continuously engage in sinful activities. In Genesis 3:6, when Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating the forbidden fruit their spirit died (remember God told them in Genesis 2 : 17 that if they eat the forbidden fruit they will SURELY die) and this was why they couldn’t face God when He came down to meet them as usual.
So you must jealously guide your righteousness to avert spiritual death.
Finally, if you don’t have a genuine relationship with Jesus you are just living, but dead in reality. You are just like a prey in a net which can be taken at anytime. This is why I want to invite you today to give your life to Jesus before it’s too late. You can’t afford to miss heaven!