Day 108: A Strong Spirit

Day 108: A Strong Spirit
April 17, 2015 Joel Grantham

“The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?”  Proverbs 18:14

A strong spirit will heal you when sickness attacks.  This is further proof that it is God’s will for everyone to be healed.  After all, it is God’s will for everyone to have a strong spirit.  If a strong spirit will heal you and it is God’s will for everyone to have a strong spirit, then it must be God’s will for everyone to be healed.

The condition of your inward man has a greater impact on your physical health and well-being than the condition of your outer man.  When it comes to physical health, most people only focus on the condition of the physical body, overlooking their inward man altogether.

While maintaining a proper diet and exercise is important to your physical health, it is not the most important.  1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”  While physical exercise does have a place in maintaining health, it only plays a small role.  The Bible says that it “profits LITTLE.”

However, “godliness”, which is the condition of our inward man, has profit not only in the life which is to come, but it also has profit in “the life that now is.”  Maintaining a strong inward man will keep your body healthy against sickness and disease.

Building up and maintaining a strong spirit man is very similar to how you build up a strong outer man.  It involves two basic elements: proper nutrition and exercise.  1 Timothy 4:6 tells us about the kind of nutrition our spirit man needs in order to stay strong.  It says, “If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, NOURISHED IN THE WORDS OF FAITH and of good doctrine which you have carefully followed.”  Your spirit man needs to be fed a consistent diet of faith from the word of God.

Just like in the natural there are junk foods that we need to avoid, there are also “bad doctrines” that need to be avoided if you are going to keep your spirit man strong.  This is why in 1 Timothy 4:7 it goes on to say, “But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.”  Where you go to church has a great impact on the quality and strength of your inward man to resist sickness and disease.

We must also properly exercise our spirit man in order to keep it strong.  Jude 20 it tells us how to do this.  It says, “But you, beloved, building yourselves (the inward man) up on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.”  Praying in other tongues is exercise for your spirit man.  It builds up strong faith muscles to resist the attacks of the enemy.

 

Confession:  Pray in the Holy Spirit.

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