I trust that the Master has lifted you this week and you are now ready to JUMPSTART your journey towards developing the new you! Last week, I introduced you to this concept of complete healing and restoration by focusing on the total composition of man – spirit, soul and body. Well this week, we are going to start off by hitting the topic of the spirit head on! This part of the composition of who you are is the most vital aspect, and the first place you should start when working to create the EXTRAORDINARY LIFE!
So, if you’re like most of us, you’re wondering, “Where do I start…what is my first step in developing my spirit man?” The first step is understanding that you are in fact a spirit being!
Genesis chapter 2:7 says…
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Now, this verse as well reflects the triune or three in one nature of man. Notice the three elements once again. It says that He formed the dust of the ground. This is the natural element of man – his body. And it says that man became a living soul. He became self-aware with his own thinking, feeling, and choosing.
But, we cannot overlook the middle portion. Look at it again… and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. The word “breath” in the original language also means spirit. Now if we were to read this verse again with this understanding, it would sound like…
“The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the spirit of life; and man became a living soul.”
Notice the order. God began with dust of the ground. It was completely lifeless. It would be just as if you were to take some clay and make a figurine. In and of itself, the dirt or clay does not have the capacity for life.
Continuing in this vein, the Bible says in Genesis 1:26 that we are made in the image and likeness of God. Well, have you ever asked yourself, “What is God like?” John Chapter 4:24 says – “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” So, if God is a Spirit and we are like God, then we must conclude that we are a spirit. The next logical conclusion is that if we are spirit beings, then our lives thrive and flourish when we take care of, and focus on the development of our spirit man. However, because we live in a fallen world where we have to fight our fleshly desires, our focus is on ourselves. Thus, we fall into the trap that our daily actions are usually focused on our physical and emotional needs, and very rarely on our spirit man.
How do you develop your spirit man? You must connect with the ULTIMATE SPIRIT…the God that created us and formed us.
He created us in His image and likeness. He breathed His Spirit into us, all so that we could commune and fellowship with Him! So to grow your spirit man, you must nurture and enrich your relationship with Him, your Heavenly Father!
I want to share some steps with you that I’ve found to be helpful for me in developing my spirit man through connecting with God. I’m just like many of you reading this post…between kids and family, business, my 1onONE program…man, it gets difficult to find the time to fellowship with the Master.
But friends, this is vitally important. The number one thing you can do for you and those you love is find time to sit in the presence of God!
Let’s dive into the steps that I’ve learned through the Generals of the faith that taught me to develop my spirit man.
- Prayer: I like to describe prayer as communicating or simply talking with God. I know this concept is simple, but powerful. If we are called to have a relationship with God, we have to learn to communicate with Him. The apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that we are to “pray without ceasing.” Hey gang, that means that God wants us to be continually in communication with Him! So let me encourage you…IT’S TIME TO FIRE UP YOUR PRAYER LIFE! I’ve learned so much about the breakthrough power of prayer from people like my good friends Pastor Teresa Goggins and Cindy Trimm!
- The Word of God: The Bible declares that “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” The spirit man grows when we feed ourselves on the Word of God. I strongly suggest you invest in a Bible version you can enjoy and understand. A lot of our 1onONE community enjoys the Dake Bible that we offer. And, recently, I was introduced to Ewan MacLeod who became a guest on the show. He taught me the importance of understanding the original language and text of Jesus, Aramaic, which he has studied for the last 15 years. I personally saw my prayer life grow and expand in revelation when I studied the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic and English. The revelation that comes from studying the Bible in this way is amazing! Because the Word of God is what brings change to your life and grows your spirit, I want to offer these two valuable products to you at 50% off! Use Promo Code : “SEP16B50”
- Declaration: There is transformational power in declaring the Word of God. This is not prayer. This is actually expressing out loud, the promises, purposes and plan of God for our lives. When everything on the OUTSIDE of us is going wrong, we need to allow what God has written on our hearts to come alive by declaring OUT LOUD His promises that are true for our lives! If you want to jumpstart this practice of declaration in your life, check out some of these powerful declaration CDs by Renny McLean and our specialized 1onONE Declaration CD!
P.S. Whether you are new to the Christian faith or have been a Christian for a number of years, the progress of your spiritual growth depends on the degree to which you choose to invest into it. Giving yourself to practices that will build up your spirit and encourage its development will open new deeper avenues of life for you! If you’d like some help getting started, check out my 21-Day Journey to Restoration Package! Your life will flourish and prosper in a whole new way!
Winning with you,