Become Strong in Spirit

Some years ago, I had an experience which gave me a deep respect for spiritual realities. In closing my prayer times, I began telling the Lord I wanted my spirit to commune with His Spirit. Often I experienced a profound sense of being strengthened in my spirit. 

One day as I sat quietly before the Lord, He was suddenly there. As I saw Him with my spirit--my eyes were closed--I was overwhelmed with His reality. The chair by which I was kneeling and everything around me seemed unreal, like a shadow, compared to Him. At a very deep level, I knew God, who is Spirit, to be the real One. 

The spiritual becomes more apparent to us as we seek to become spiritually sensitive. In The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis,Lucy told her friends she was going to follow Aslan the lion. The others could not see him, but on Lucy's word, they began following what she said was Aslan. As they followed, Aslan became increasingly visible to them. 

That's the way it is with us spiritually. Things of the Spirit become more real as we study His Word and seek to follow His still, small voice. I like the definition of spiritual in the Amplified version of Galatians 6:1: "...you who are spiritual--who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit."

"God is the absolutely real one; when he enters a person's life, it is we who are suddenly aware of our tentative and fragile existence," wrote William Dyrness in Themes in Old Testament Theology.

Jesus became strong in spirit (Luke 2:40), and in this world we are to be like Him (1 John 4:17). John the Baptist also "grew and became strong in spirit" (Luke 1:80 KJV). 

"Dear Jesus, help me to realize the awesome privilege of responding to and being controlled by the Spirit."

"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal" (2 Cor. 4:18). 

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