Feeding the Spirit – Conditioning
Keeping up with your spiritual health is very similar to keeping up with your physical health. You’ve got to be dedicated and consistent. As long as you are maintaining those two things you can slip up a little and it usually won’t do much damage. We are not perfect, so small “cheats” and slip ups are to be expected. However, if we slack off too much there will be noticeable side effects.
1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for present life and the life to come.
It is easy to get caught up in the routine activities of our daily lives. We have a tendency to get complacent in our faith. Life plateaus and we just let things drift off. There is nothing going on that is exceptionally good nor is anything bad happening. We forget to give God thanks, we forget to call out to Him, we forget to include Him in our mundane daily lives, and we forget to serve Him.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord in not in vain.
Understand that our God is jealous:
1 Exodus 34:14
Do not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.
This doesn’t always mean that we are serving other “gods” or idols, but whenever we don’t give God the attention and our focus is constantly elsewhere, he becomes jealous.
Think about it this way: you’re hanging out with your boyfriend after you just cooked him an amazing dinner. After giving you a little praise and thanks for dinner he is barely acknowledges that you are still there. He is either absorbed in a TV show, his phone, or the internet. You’re trying to have a conversation with him, but the only response you get from him is a grunt, and you’re really not even sure the grunt was aimed at you. How do you feel? Frustrated? Jealous? Angry? As if that distraction is more important than you?
That is how God feels when we get complacent in our own lives and forget to acknowledge Him. We have to not only remember to talk to Him each and every day, but we must also include Him in all parts of our lives.
Strive to please Him:
1 John 3:24
The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us; we know it by the Spirit he gave us.
God wants our obedience, he wants us to submit to His will, and He wants us to always be willing to say YES when he asks us to do something for Him. He may even ask us to do something that seems too difficult and beyond our capabilities. It may even be something that we would never do.
For instance; look at Genesis 22, God commands Abraham to take his only son, Isaac, on top of a mountain and sacrifice him! Abraham obeyed; he strived to please the Lord above all else. Because he obeyed, God spared his son. I honestly do not think that God is ever going to ask us to do anything even remotely close to that, but we must be willing to obey and say yes to Him in everything!
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