Lately I have realized that life is all about disciplining ourselves. Discipline isn’t a word we all love to hear. It’s kind of like words like diet, work, exercise, budget, and study. We all prefer words like Oreos, vacation, naps and shopping. But, the truth is, without discipline in our lives, we become luke- warm and lazy.
The Holy Spirit showed me this, and I shared it at Unforsaken Women. He taught me to say, “My Spirit is stronger than my soul. My Spirit is stronger than my body.” Go ahead and say that out loud, because it’s true. Well, it’s true if you carry The Holy Spirit. The truth is, our Holy Spirit is stronger than our soul (our mind, will and emotions) and our body, because our Holy Spirit is just like Jesus and just like Father God.
Do you know that? Do you know that as a born again believer, you have the same power on the inside of you that raised Christ from the dead? Do you know that when you carry The Holy Spirit, you carry the ability to do whatever Jesus did while He walked on the Earth? Well, actually, you have the ability to do more. Jesus actually told the disciples, “you will do greater things. John 14:12 says, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to The Father.” That right there should make you elated about carrying The Holy Spirit.
We have resurrection power living on the inside of us. We have the power to speak to dead things and make them come alive. We have the power to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. We have the power to cast out demons, heal the lame, the blind and the mute. We have this power on the inside of us, only because of Jesus and always because of the sacrifice of Jesus.
So, if we are carrying so much power, why are we walking around weak? Why are we bound in addictions, fears, anxieties and struggles? Why do we lack the excitement to read the Word, study the Word, and apply it to our lives? Why? I believe it’s two things, a lack of knowing you have the power, and number two, a lack of discipline needed to walk in this resurrection power.
We need to know that our Spirit is stronger than our soul and our Spirit is stronger than our body. We need to know it like we know our name. We need to know that our Spirit is stronger than our soul and our Spirit is stronger than our body, then, we have to walk in it. Walking in it is the part that takes discipline.
We know that we crave Oreos, but blueberries are better for us, so we have to choose blueberries.
We know that we want to nap and not exercise, but exercising is going to strengthen our frame so we have to choose to exercise.
We know that we want to complain about studying the Word of God instead of actually digging in and disciplining ourselves to a time of study each day, but we know that only by studying the Word can we actually be transformed by the Word so we must choose to study.
It really is a choice. A choice to choose to do what is glorifying and helpful in the long run or a choice to choose what is satisfying for a moment but deadly in the long run. Once again God leaves it up to us. We must choose to discipline ourselves if we want true and lasting freedom.
Once we make the choice, we are able to walk in victory. It’s not a question of “maybe” we will have victory. It’s guaranteed. We only become victorious over the lust of the flesh by remembering that our Spirit is stronger than our soul and our Spirit is stronger than our body, and then walking it out in obedience.
There’s the big O word. Obedience. We must be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in order to walk in victory. Obedience to The promptings of the Holy Spirit is how we secure our victory. So, I’m sorry there isn’t a pill or a “get free quick scheme”. It’s a daily choice to choose to obey. It’s truly the best choice you will ever make.
Your Spirit is stronger than your soul.
Your Spirit is stronger than your body.