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Train Your Spirit

Train Your Spirit

     When athletes go into training they practice things over and over until they become used to the event. There is a reason that things are practiced over and over. To be a winner you must put the time into training and practice. In the spirit realm it is also important that we train our spirits so we can discern and make right choices. Let's look at what Paul wrote Titus, the pastor of the church at Crete. Titus 2:11-12: "The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men...(v12) Teaching us (grace) that denying ungodliness and unworldly lusts, we should live soberly (discreet, self-controlled, righteously, and godly in the present age (world)). In other words, this grace has trained us to regret and renounce all ungodliness and worldly desires. In Paul's day, Christianity had begun to spread throughout the known world and it began to change the culture. For instance in Ephesians, the idols could no longer be bought, meat offered to idols was shunned, books on gods were not selling, the economy was changing. The oracle at Delphi went out of business, the temples were going out of business because people quit coming.

     Today, we as Christians can change things in our culture and we will stand for righteousness. We must shun things that are ungodly. Boycott them and the "bottom line" will change things. Now go to Hebrews 5:13-14. Paul says we can "exercise our senses to discern both good and evil." This means you spend time alone with God and exercise your senses so that you can discern good and evil. This time alone with God will allow you to become stronger in the spirit to overcome the habits of the flesh.

     You will begin to build up your "spirit muscles" through fellowship with the Father. The more I run and the longer distances I go builds up endurance and strength for longer races. The same can happen with your life. Build yourself up. Jude 20, in the Spirit- "Praying in the Holy Ghost to build up the spirit man."

     The more you grow in your walk the better decisions and choices you will make. Train your human spirit. Brother Hagen gives us four ways to train our human spirits:

1.) Meditate on God's word. That means you spend time and chew on it. Get it down on the inside of you. Meditate means to "be constantly". God told Joshua to meditate on His word and he would be successful. Joshua 1:8.

2.) Practice God's word. James 1:22: be a doer of the word. Put the word into action in your life. Ephesians 2:10 says you were created for "good works". That means you are to go and do good works. John 14:12: "The works I do you will also do." That means to do the works of Jesus here and now- get people saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.

3.) Give the word of God first place in your life. Use especially your thinking. Proverbs 23:7: "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he." You will begin to think the thoughts of God through His word. You will discover that nothing is ever "impossible" to God. You will know God can do and is able to do more than we can ask or think. Ephesians 3:20.

4.) Act on the voice of the Holy Spirit. Know that it is God, discern His voice and then trust Him to act on what He speaks to you. This is where discernment is so important.

     If you will follow these principles you will grow spiritually and you will be victorious over this world system. The apostle John tells us not to love this world system- 1 John 2:15-17. 1 John 5:19 says the world lies under the influence of the devil but we are to stay out from this influence. Revelation 3:15-16 says do not be Laodicean (lukewarm) with God. Be hot and on fire for God. Be passionate for His Kingdom. Be a Zealot for Christ. Then you will make a difference.

Amen!