May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it! 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 The Message
Spirit, soul and body. We are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. Our body is simply the container for the spirit and the soul. I think a lot of people have confused the order of things thinking that it’s all about the body and how good it feels. We have allowed our body to be in control when God designed us to be spirit led. That’s where fasting comes in. It tells the body, “I don’t think so, you’re not having your way anymore!” Not a very popular subject even with Christians. Seems no–body wants to be told what to do.
That’s why we need the Holy Spirit. He’s not just our comforter, He gives us revelation and leads us into all truth. We’ve not seen the Spirit of God, but we are aware of His presence in us. It’s the still small voice, that stirring of unease inside that if we pay attention to Him, will save us a world of hurt. Is it possible that when we starve or neglect the spirit within us, we offend the Spirit of God?
I wonder how long our friends would stick around if we ignored them or talked over them all the time. Shouldn’t we value our spirit over our body? I mean, which lives longer?
Just a little food for thought as you go about your day. May you feed your spirit and starve your flesh.