The One You Feed!
The One You Feed!
Today I’m into a subject which God has had in front of me all week. I first heard it (in a renewing way) early this week during a text conversation with the Brother Night Leadership Team. I have heard this phrase in conferences, teachings, preaching many times over but not with such enlightenment as this day. I know it’s meant to be the subject of this week as God’s kept it in-front of me in conversations, meetings and even in TV Commercials. The conversation stemmed from a quote of Rev. Tom Hurley, “we are spiritual beings on a physical journey, not physical beings on a spiritual journey!” In-which brought forth the comment, being born again is essential for such a journey. Then this question was stated, old man new man, which one’s going to win, and this reply quickly came, “THE ONE YOU FEED!”
God explains in Ephesians 4:22-24 (NKJV), 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Now here is the rub, so to speak. We already know how to live as the old man, as well, we interpret life based on that of the old man and at this point we actually have no understanding of anything outside of our old man. God tells us in John 3:6 (NKJV), That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Ergo, our newly born spirit, must be trained, nurtured and loved just as our flesh was to bring us to what we are today. Good or bad, pretty or ugly, here we are!
Unfortunately, being a newborn in the spirit, we all to often get a head of ourselves, in viewing and trying things before we’re ready. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 3:2 (NKJV), I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able. The spirit, even though it has all it needs to follow Jesus, has to be trained (how to walk), strengthened (how to talk) and focused totally toward Jesus (how to act). This is accomplished by the renewing of our mind in Christ. To which the bible says in Colossians 3:10 (NKJV) And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. We read, study and seek wise counsel to get to know and fall in love with Jesus. We must seek to build a close personal relationship with Jesus and pray continually to develop a love flow of Jesus in and through us.
Sadly; It hurts me to admit this, most Christians do not put a fraction of the effort to strengthen their spiritual man as they do their fleshly opponent. We seem to lend ourselves to abide as a slave to our flesh, which with little doubt is the easiest route. Although the outcome is never exactly what we desire and usually causes us discomfort, we continually put forth lack luster effort in strengthening our spirit. God warns us in Romans 12:2 (NKJV), And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. People will know which one you’re walking in because it will be clearly obvious in the comings and goings of our daily life. Ergo, (paraphrased) whatever is hidden in the dark, will be brought into the light. We live what we believe!
If we desire to walk in the promises of God and live in His joy, we must know Him intimately and the only way to do that is by spending time with Him daily. We feed our spiritual man, not by sitting in a church once or twice a week, glancing at a devotional most mornings, neither by posting religious posts on social media. We feed the spirit by talking (out loud) with Jesus and then listening quietly and patiently for His answer. We must follow the example of 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV), Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Another spiritual vitamin is Romans 5:8 (NKJV), But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us and lastly Romans 8:31-32 (NKJV), 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? The bible is filled with spirit food but it’s up to you to devise the amount and quality of nourishment you feed your spirit!
My prayer or blessing this week comes from Romans 15:13 (NKJV), Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. I would also like to leave you with this word from God, 3 John 4 (NKJV), I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. Hallelujah!
HAVE A BLESSED WEEK BY BEING A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
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