Are you strong in spirit?

Proverbs 18,14

A sound spirit is what will keep us in times of outward infirmities and troubles “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.” (Titus1:9)

Let me ask the question, When may the spirit of a person be said to be sound?

When it is renewed and sanctified by the spirit of God “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (Cor.6;11).

A sound spirit is one pardoned through the blood of Jesus Christ, and through him restored to the favor of God “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” (Mk.5:15)

Everyone of us were born into this world facing infirmities “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward,” (Job 5:7) the scripture tells us it is through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom of our Saviour. Many trial come our way in life.

 

How true it is that we do not have the ability to prevent trials from coming, nor to free our self from them when they do come.

A sound spirit will be a praying spirit, it will not let go of its hope in God. Our sound spirit is not alone, it has the Spirit of our God with it “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” (Jude 1:20)Our true strength regions with in our inner most being..

It was true that Samson was a weak man, although he had bodily strength, Why was he weak, because he had not strength with in his spirit “And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.” (Judg.16:20).

The apostle Paul was regarded as contemptible in bodily appearance according to (II.Cor.10:10) “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and hi speech  contemptible.”     yet he was a hero of fiery energy and rock-like steadfastness. Paul could say ” When I am weak, then am I strong” (II.12:10)

The true self is within. All real weakness, or power, failure or success, must ultimately spring from this true self. The apostle Peter stated in (II. Pt.1:5) “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;”

The question that must be ask is, what is the condition of our inner life.

People who live only in the outer experiences do not yet know the deeper meaning of life “For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?” (Cor.3:3). We must all learn how to cultivate the power of the Holy spirit.

Strength in the inner life can support external infirmity. Let us speak about the weakness of body. No doubt the normal condition of health would be one of mans greatest aims in life.

When that is not attained, mental health will do much to counteract the evil effects of bodily disease. The mind has so great power over the body that some forms of functional disease are actually cured through mental influences “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance:” according to Solomon in (Prov.15:13) “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine:” according to (Prov.17:22).

The will to live is a great help to recovery from an illness. A crushed and broken spirit too often brings the body into a despaired condition. “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” (Ps.34:18)

What about Temporal trouble? Misfortune can be borne by a brave, strong spirit, while a crushed, feeble spirit will yield under it.

It is difficult to resist the frailty of our own souls. But when we cultivate our better selves we are best able to overcome infirmities of temper and selfishness “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb.4:12).

Strength of spirit is a Divine grace. We can thank our God for his grace to us.

The Lord can make the weak strong “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isa.40:29).

hey that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isa.40:31). It is possible for the weak to become strong, because all can “wait upon the Lord”

No grace is more needed, and no grace proves itself to be more fruitful. “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (I.Cor.15:10).

 

 

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