(Inspired by: August 23, 2020 sermon, “We are Spirit Beings,” Pastor Sterling Melancon)
We are spirit beings. We live in a body and possess a soul. “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,” Genesis 2:7, KJV. Our spirit is the breath of God, our consciousness is the soul of the spirit and together they form what is referred to as the heart of man. God has called us to live from the inside out. To walk in freedom and set in motion God’s plans for our life we must operate in the action of walking by faith. God speaks to our spirit man with instructions for everyday life. These instructions are downloaded into our soul and spirit of which together have the responsibility of choosing how we will carry them out. God gives impartation, revelation, and demonstration. As we receive God’s instructions for everyday life and demonstrate submission to His will, we are choosing to partner our spirit and soul with His direction. We are trusting His guidance for the outcome to challenges on our jobs, businesses, relationships, family, community, and the world. This act is what is known as “walking by faith.” Here’s how we activate our faith in God’s power for an abundant life!
1. Watch my words! By faith we have power to create and speak the life God has for us into existence, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue,” (Proverbs 18:21, NABR). Everyday life is filled with opportunity for us to speak life at work, home, with family, and friends. Challenges in life are our strengthening weights. Our thoughts and actions regarding life’s moments yield space to express what God says instead of what our mind, will, or emotions would lead us to perceive. Instead of “I can’t” we declare that ‘I can,” Philippians 4:13, NIV. When fear pushes us to quit, we push forward and speak, “In God all things are possible,” Luke 1:37, KJV. By doing this you are accessing the power to walk by faith and not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7, NIV.
2. Guard your heart. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life,” Proverbs, 4:23, NIV. Your faith operates outside of your human nature. This means your mind, will, and emotions. You may have been trying to walk by faith with actions alone. This is an impossible task. Although actions are needed to execute our faith, they are not required to possess it. “Faith is confidence in what we hope for, assurance in what we do not see,” Hebrews 11:1, NIV. When we deploy thoughts for what we desire in life, we are placing our faith and belief in motion. We are saying to God the keeper of every dream, hope, and desire of our heart, that we trust Him for the outcome. “I know the thoughts I think toward you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,” Jeremiah 21:11, NIV. Delay can plant doubt, disappointment, and frustration. When we allow these feelings to dictate our actions, we have accepted the enemy’s truth, not God’s. In these moments declare, “The Lord God is my help; therefore, I am not disgraced, I have set my face like flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed,” Isaiah, 50:7, NASB.
3. Stand Firm! “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities powers, rulers of darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places,” Ephesians 6:10-12, NIV. The truth is in life you will experience challenges, tests, and trials. What is also true is that you can overcome! John 14:18, speaks “I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you,” KJV. Christ sent His Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct us toward all truth. When life feel’s unstable, and you’re uncertain of the journey, look to God, and believe. His word for you is sure and will help you stand firm when life does not. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5, NIV.
4. Pray, Read, Worship, Repeat! – Walking by faith is a lifestyle. We live, breath, and operate in everyday life by faith. Our body is a system with organisms that take direction only from God. Our heart beats, brain understands and comprehends, our digestive system, nervous system, and respiratory system all function under God’s command. If our body’s system takes direction from “The Creator” to properly operate, then why would we who have been made in the image of God do any less. There are levels to faith. Each level requiring more attention to faith tools then the last. Faith tools being, prayer, reading God’s word, spending quality time in worship, and setting aside time to practice this every day. This regiment deepens our faith. Looking to God becomes our habit, or natural reflex instead of a convenience or pain staking effort. When life places a demand on our hope in God’s promises, we can face them with assuring our dreams that with faith and belief in God all things are possible. “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death. Noah built an ark! Abraham, upon God’s command, went to a country he did not know, and prospered. His wife, Sarah, past childbearing age, gave birth to children whose inheritance is unmeasured. Moses parted the red sea, and the walls of Jericho crumbled with a loud shout! God never fails.
5. Fight! No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. Through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God,” 2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV. The enemy of your faith fights to keep us from obtaining what God has promised. Among his weapons are confusion, fear, desperation, depression, and bitterness. Be intentional, quiet your spirit, bear down, and focus. Incline your ear to hearken to the voice of the Lord. Take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV. God will give you strategies to win! “I have come that you might have life to the full,” John 10:10, NIV. Your power to fight is linked to your faith. Fight vigorously against the deceptions of the enemy.
Choose to be like David who, though small in size, in the face of the giant stood tall and with a sling and a rock killed the intimidator of the Israelites and used his own knife to cut off his head. You may be small in size, but in practicing your faith tools, (prayer, reading God’s word, and worship), guarding your heart, watch over your words, and fight you will stand firm as a person of power. You will defy the voices of the enemy and overcome. By continually strengthening your faith will establish a firm foundation in the principles of God for success in life. It will be the catapult used to thrust you forward toward a strong affirm of your faith, victory in Christ Jesus, and a life more abundantly as God has promise.
Article by Team Mealancon, 09/09/20