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A Breath of Fresh Air

Spirit.
What is our spirit?
How does it function?
What does being spiritually healthy look like?
Just like we discussed last week, the Lord created us a three-part being, just like Him (Genesis 1:27). We ARE a spirit. We HAVE a mind. We LIVE in a body.
Just like a glove is lifeless without a hand, our body has no life in it without our spirit (James 2:26). Our spiritual connection to God is our life-force (John 6:63). God created us to live from the inside out – to be spirit-led! 
In the Greek, spirit is translated pneuma (pronounced NOOMA), a word meaning either the Holy Spirit or:
the spirit, i.e. the vital principal by which the body is animated.
-a life-giving spirit; a human soul that has left the body.
-a movement of air (a gentle blast) of wind; breath.
Life didn’t begin in man until God breathed into us:
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
{Genesis 2:7}
Our spirit (and God’s Holy Spirit in us) is literally our BREATH. Without spiritual health and strength, we suffocate. This is why so many in the world are broken down. Their spirits are emaciated, cut off from the life-flow of a vital connection to God’s Spirit.
To become spiritually healthy, the first step is to realize that our spirit is our true self. It’s the part of us that will last forever, so it must be a priority. Our spiritual health will even affect our mental and physical health if it’s neglected. The condition of our spirit (though often overlooked) is what I have found to be the most important part of our existence. If our spirit is healthy, everything else will line up!
When we accept Jesus as our Savior and are “born again” (John 3:1-7), our spiritual condition and eternal destiny are instantly changed forever. Our spirit is made into a perfect, spotless, God-craving heart. At our core, we desire God.
So what do we do to maintain our intravenous drip into God’s spiritual supply and stay spiritually healthy?
We’ll be discussing the practical essentials of spiritual nourishment, exercise, and rest next month, but in the meantime, here are a few indicators of a spiritually healthy person. (P.S. – These are partially inspired by my Pastor George Pearsons’ messages on “How to Develop a Strong Spirit!” Such a good series!)
Spiritual health is exhibited by being:
Intimate with the Father God. Spiritually healthy people are sensitive to His voice (hearing His guidance clearly and regularly) and love being in His presence.
Whoever is of God listens to God. [Those who belong to God hear the words of God.]…” {John 8:47a}
Hungry for God. Their spirit feeds on their relationship with God and His Word, and the more they get, the more they want.
 
“O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is.” {Psalm 63:1} 
Fruitful. They are exhibiting the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control). They are calm and steady.
 
Either make the tree sound (healthy and good), and its fruit sound (healthy and good), or make the tree rotten (diseased and bad), and its fruit rotten (diseased and bad); for the tree is known and recognized and judged by its fruit.” {Matthew 12:33}
 
Tenacious. A spiritual healthy person can stand and endure to see things through to victory. It may not even look like they’re winning, but they’re not shaken because they are confident they’ve already won (2 Corinthians 4:8-9, 13-14)! This doesn’t mean life is all roses all the time, it just means they are living by their unshakable faith and in a state of expectancy.
 
“[She] shall not be afraid of evil tidings; [her] heart is firmly fixed, trusting (leaning on and being confident) in the Lord. [Her] heart is established and steady” {Psalm 112:7-8b}
Ready. The spiritually healthy person is overflowing with a revelation of Gods love and is ready at any moment to pray, stand, and encourage. They are “instant (prepared) in season and out” {2 Timothy 4:2}.
 
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” {Philippians 4:13}
Sisters, let’s tune ourselves in to our Father’s spiritual frequency this week. Focus in on Him, spend time away with Him, in His Word, speaking to Him, listening to Him… Allow your spirit to get a breath of fresh air. 
xo,
Beth
Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” {Jeremiah 29:13}
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