Growing strong in spirit 1 - Feeding on God’s word
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
One of the best ways to nourish your spirit is to feed yourself on the word of God. I’m not talking about listening to other people tell you what they see in the word, I’m talking about engaging with the word of God for yourself.
Colossians 3:16 (Young’s Literal Translation) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing each other, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, in grace singing in your hearts to the Lord.
The written word of God is powerfully alive and sharper than a sword to penetrate and illuminate even the trickiest of questions. When I take time to engage with God’s word, I feed my spirit, nourishing it with God’s truth and running God’s thoughts and words through my own mind. This orients my thinking, and it also builds my faith.
Hebrews 4:12 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.
Like a metal bar that becomes magnetized if a magnet is run past it constantly in the same direction, our spirits become oriented to God’s life and His way of thinking by constant exposure to His word. Even when I don’t seem to be gaining much because my attention is waning or my mind is distracted by cares, His word still has power to cleanse my thoughts and orient my mind correctly. Underneath my conscious thoughts, God’s word can engage with my spirit by delivering faith. Faith comes by hearing about Jesus through God’s word.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
In my own life as a young man, I suffered from many recurring sinus infections. I averaged 4 sets of antibiotics per year with chronic sinusitis. I took 40 scriptures from the gospels of instances where Jesus healed people and put them in a document next to my bed. Before I went to sleep at night, I read those scriptures of Jesus healing people. I’m not sure how it happened, but a few of those scriptures took root in my spirit and delivered to me the faith that I could be healed as well. My favorite one was this:
Luke 6:17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
My engagement with the word of God settled healing in me and for many years after that I never had another set of antibiotics for sinus infections or any other illness. If we want to be strong in spirit, we have to engage ourselves with God’s word and learn to let it live richly in us as it says in Colossians 3:16 quoted above. I don’t know anyone who is strong in spirit but weak in God’s word. Make it a goal to engage in greater measure with the Bible for yourself. It will have great benefits in your life.
Meditate on one scripture this week. Revolve it in your mind, read and re-read it often. You will find life flowing into your heart because of it.