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You know how you meet a new person and start building relationship with them? Constantly calling and sharing ideas, common interests etc? How about your body upkeep? How much care would you say you give your body? Do you spend time and money to look good via the Gym or the shops?
Just as you do all these things daily, weekly and yearly, so should you build up the spirit of God in you. When you do this you are better equipped to make decisions lead by the spirit of God and not according to the way of this world.
1 Timothy 4 verse 7 But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself towards godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.
The weakest link amongst us have no idea of the life that is to come because they are very much conformed to this world and are unable to walk in the renewal of mind the bible teaches. But this world WILL end and so will our body on this earth (in this world) hence He/She who doesn’t practice spiritual building which is our best source of godliness (righteous living) will lack profit in all things and will be lost to what the gifts of the spirit are. Further readings 1 Corinthians 2:14-15, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 and Romans 8:5-11.
While the Finding you series 1 through to 7 teaches practical implementation of godliness by helping re educate us in daily living via the choices we make, there is also a spiritual building that goes with this and it’s an outfit we should wear always, yes an outfit! We need to wear the outfit so that we are able to stand up against spiritual bullying used by the world to trick us, take charge of situations that should not ground us to a stand still, destroy all manner of negative stronghold and live in this world as a light.
Be expectant of the next series as we go through our instructions on what our outfit should really look like. The outfit will further strengthen your battle to take charge of the gates to your soul and bring your real self to life. Once we are done with our outfit, we will get to know the spirit and then see what the gifts of our spiritual building are.
Though mis-educated by the world for so long, the spirit of God will lead us right if we seek Him and by His grace for He wants non to perish. The more you exercise and feed your spirit, the more you are attentive to spiritual things and give less focus on the things of this world, YOU WILL STILL SHINE BECAUSE YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
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Ephesians 6 V 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles (craft or deceit) of the devil 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
I have come to realise the importance of what the scriptures said in Ephesians 6 verse 12 that “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places”. This does not only mean the obvious gory demonic attacks we have always been told of.
This in the world today is directly focused on subtle attacks though they go skin deep in killing the real person that God created us to be. The Wiles (craft or deceit) of the devil secretly settling in such things as inability to control the gates to our soul via media, entertainment, total love of self (2 Timothy 3:1-6), lack of awareness of the soul and eternity etc. For if we were aware we would look at eternity and not just the present.
Hence this series is meant to equip you fight back using the Word of God. Such subtle attacks are things we dealt with in the first 6 series showing that if the foundation can be thwarted then the battle against spiritual wickedness is lost.
Ephesians 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Our outfit of: Truth, Breastplate of righteousness, Gospel of Peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit.
What does this mean to us? Find out as we continue in this journey of finding our true self via our outfit.
We encourage you to change your media diet, be selective in your audio diet and also start building up further faith based habits such as reading biblical based books and always remember to check the bible for the truth in all you indulge yourself in. Checkout our book reviews section for books we have read and have found to be helpful and should you need immediate advice, please contact us via email@example.com.
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(Ephesians 6:14) Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth
Looking further into our outfit as we continue in the finding the real you series, we will look at the truth, remember the bible says the truth shall set you free (John 8:32).
What is THE truth today? Is it according to what the world teaches?
Most things in life always start from an individual like you and I. Depending on what or who is directing and leading the individual, the truth is different, this is why you need to guard yourself with the truth at all times and by the truth we mean truth, tested and confirmed by the holy bible.
The wisdom of this world is not the truth in most cases and the ruler of this world intends it to be so. Why? You may ask and how? It’s simple really, because if your basis of truth is false then you will end up ridiculed when the TRUTH turns up because your truth is based on lies of falsehood. The economy of the world today (May 2009) seems to confirm this because men have lead governments and economies based on the wisdom of this world without the truth. See research carried out by an American research organisation here.
Before corruption or falsehood becomes worldwide, it always starts from an individual hence we need to protect ourselves by searching out the truth every time we are presented with what could be called the truth at work, church, personal life, hospital and all facets of life.
The truth will set you free; don’t buy into the ways of this world because you are not of this world. Guard yourself with the truth and search for truth in all you do by checking what the bible says in every situation. Don’t stretch the truth to help you better or to make better sense, that will make it false and a lie. Don’t encourage lies nor allow it to be part of your build up because it’s not.
John 8:44 (Amplified Bible) 44You are of your father, the devil, and it is your will to practice the lusts and gratify the desires [which are characteristic] of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a falsehood, he speaks what is natural to him, for he is a liar [himself] and the father of lies and of all that is false.
A practical way to girdle yourself with the truth is to present the truth always. At times it appears that certain situations will happen so fast in your early and young walk with God that will plotter a lie out of your lips before you think of taking control, there is no shame in correcting yourself right there and then by saying, ho sorry, I just gave you false information there. Also meditate on the word of God always and as often as you can
John 3:21 (Amplified Bible) 21But he who practices truth [who does what is right] comes out into the Light; so that his works may be plainly shown to be what they are–wrought with God [divinely prompted, done with God's help, in dependence upon Him].
We encourage you to change your media diet, be selective in your audio diet and also start building up further faith based habits such as reading biblical based books and always remember to check the bible for the truth in all you indulge yourself in. Check out our book reviews section for books we have read and have found to be helpful. Should you need immediate advice, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
DV SOUL – Awakening the Spirit of God in man