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Scripture Reflection

“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23b

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This week we will look at the benefits of relying of God’s manifest presence in our lives as we go about our day and the impact that His presence has on our body,soul and spirit.

Soul

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

It’s the Word of God that we must use to divide and break apart from the lure that our flesh has on us. Heb 4:12 teaches us that God’s word should be our weapon of choice to help us discern our conflicting thoughts and to help us understand the intentions of our heart.  We must use the Word to discern whether what we want is what God wants for us or if its based on our fleshly desires. It’s when we read and confess God’s word that we learn what that God only wants the best for us. When we say yes to God our souls become restful, our fears are alleviated, and our anxious thoughts become more settled.

In Psalm 139:23 David asks God to search him and know His anxious thoughts. We can also make this same request to God whenever we need to and He will always answer our prayers. 

Body

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

It’s amazing what we can do in the strength of the Lord. If we try to use will-power to accomplish our goals, we might be successful for a few days or maybe even weeks or months but will-power will eventually fade. Isaiah 40:31 teaches us that God’s strength will continually renew us when we rely on Him. It teaches us that we will not grow weary which means that when we are in communion with God, we don’t have to be afraid of putting the weight back on, we don’t have to worry about constantly giving into temptation and we don’t have to worry about whether we can maintain what we started.

Spirit

“But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.” 1 Corinthians 6:17

At our core is our spirit. It is the part of us that connects with God. This is our contact point with God where our spirit communicates with His. Paul says, “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father’, it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Only when we align our spirits with our Heavenly Father’s will we ever be successful in anything we do.

We we spend time with God, His spirit fills ours with love, joy, peace, and hope. These gifts are readily available to us at all times. Our goal is to live each day seeking a great awareness of His presence in our lives; to do this is to position ourselves to receive all the blessings He longs to give us.  When we wake up in the morning, when we move throughout the day and, especially in our times of need;all we have to do is reach out to Him.

Become aware of the Holy Spirit’s manifest presence communing with your spirit. He longs to lead you, guide you, encourage you, satisfy you, nourish you, heal you and set you free. He longs for your heart to find victory in Him as you live each moment of your life with Him.

Share in a couple of sentences how God’s manifest presence in your life will positively  impact your body, soul and spirit.

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