Living in the world as we do, we tend to forget what we are and tend towards allowing the world to define us. As followers of the Way of the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to remind ourselves that it is God who defines who we are, not the world. The first thing we need to become aware of, or remind ourselves of is that we are new creatures in Christ. Our born again spirit is a new creation, made alive unto God, and new as a newborn child.
2 Corinthians 5:17
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
We must understand that our newborn spirit must be nourished, exercised, strengthened, educated and grown just as a newborn child. In today’s world we are so aware of our bodies, with our physical needs and comforts. We are encouraged to educate ourselves, to grow and strengthen our minds. We have gymnasiums, fitness centers and athletic clubs to develop, strengthen and improve our bodies. We have schools, universities, libraries, books, and a multitude of other materials and tools to develop, strengthen and improve our souls. Yet we do precious little, if anything to develop our spirits. Even when we study the Bible, we do so in a manner which gains knowledge and strengthens our souls yet neglects our spirits.
We have developed ourselves in a very unbalanced manner. It is as if we have trained up two powerful sumo wrestlers in our body and soul, and have left our spirit as an unnourished, untrained, emaciated baby. It is time we started training up the new creature of our born again spirit so that it can take the preeminent position of leadership within us, ruling our soul and body according to the Word of God and the leading of Holy Spirit.
How do we do this?
1 ¶ Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
We must meditate upon the law (laws, teachings, instructions, commandments) of the Lord our God day and night. Today’s followers of Jesus Christ MUST get past the misconception that the only way to meditate is to empty our mind so that it is a blank slate to be written on by whatever person or spirit passes by to write upon it.
Biblical meditation is an active, intensive, and yet peace-giving activity. Studying the Word of God is excellent to be sure, but meditation upon the Word goes beyond that. We must take what we have read, listened to and studied and meditate upon it. Biblical meditation is the active dwelling upon what we have read, listened to and studied. We talk about it to ourselves, working through the way certain words are used or defined. Actively thinking and muttering to ourselves our thoughts and ideas as they flow forth from us.
In doing this, we will find a flow developing that leads to ideas we have never considered before. The “light bulb” moment of when the light is suddenly shined brightly will become apparent as we discover newer and deeper truth to what we thought. Our spirit inside will leap at this and often lead us to continue to meditate upon the Scripture and bring about not only a new idea, but a flow of ideas so that the “light bulb” moment grows into a “light bulb” time of fellowship with Holy Spirit as He leads our spirit into deeper truth.
We must purposely call the spirit within us forward, and command our soul to submit to our spirit to increase this flow of the discovery and understanding of deeper truth. In this way, we will begin to flow in our spirit, in harmony with Holy Spirit, causing us to live in harmony with God – spirit, soul and body. Our spirit will grow, develop and be strengthened to the point where it will become normal for our spirit to walk in dominion over our soul and body. We will no longer be a malnourished baby attempting to influence the sumo wrestlers of our soul and body, but we will become a perfectly fit and developed spirit, in complete and harmonious control of our happily submitted, trained and fit soul and body. This is when we will look to the world around us like the new creatures in Christ Jesus we were born again to be.
All Scripture is given in the American King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.
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