And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. (Romans 8:11 NIV)
P-O-W-E-R-F-U-L! It’s Forward Friday! Linking this scripture to today’s thoughts will definitely move us forward. There is no other way to grasp this scripture than to think introspective. Introspective is an adjective given to examine sensory and perceptual experiences, examining thoughts and feelings. If we’re able to control thoughts in our minds, we are able to accept this Biblical Truth.
God raised Jesus from the dead. If we believe and accept Jesus as our Savior, then The Holy Spirit lives within. The same God raising Jesus from the dead has given life to our mortal bodies. This is powerful! Life not death- life obligated to honor our Christian walk and not fall into our sinful nature. In order to stay true to our obligation, take an introspective approach. Make a T-chart, examine thoughts and actions, place into honoring column or sinful column. Consider ways to remove times from sinful column through adding more to honoring God column. This may take time. However, we’ll begin to see a shift in priorities, pulling our lives out of satan’s grip.
It’s easy overtime to weaken areas, hurting our confidence. If we lose confidence, satan seeps in like rivers overflowing. Weaker we become, more space he takes. I finally awakened to an area in my own life. If I had not, I would eventually been rendered ineffective. This past spring, a dear sister in Christ and I challenged each other with getting our bodies into order. For me, this took prayer and fasting, breaking free from emotional eating. By cutting out junk, and beginning an exercise routine, progress has been noted. Feeling better about myself returns confidence in areas allowed to weaken.
This may not be a food issue with you. Yet, try this introspective exercise, making your T-Chart, examining thoughts and actions, seeing how things look on paper. Sometimes this can be alarming, just like photos never lie. I promise this whole time gaining weight over ten years, I never felt like I looked – like how photos really proved true. Be honest, do this for yourself. It’s time to break free and live in confidence moving forward in God’s purpose for our lives.