God has a way for us to live. His way is based upon His Word and not upon this world’s systems. His way is a spiritual way and not a carnal or fleshly way. Let’s take a look at the above reference, it is not all-inclusive but it is a great start.
Never stop praying (vs.17)
Praying is the most spiritual thing you can do. Prayer is how we communicate with the Lord. It is not just a means to an end or how we get our needs met—although it is that too. But prayer is also the way we develop a close intimate relationship with the Lord. God is not like a big boss who we only approach when we need to ask for a raise.
We must develop the habit of living with a prayerful heart—one that desires to stay in constant contact with our Lord. We must desire to talk and commune with Him constantly. This is how a real relationship works and it is how we get to know Him intimately.
Be thankful (vs. 18)
Thankfulness is a very necessary part of a spiritual life. It speaks to our attitude and the condition of our heart. Generally, when we give thanks to God or people, we are showing our appreciation and recognition of what someone has done for us. Also, it shows our recognition that regardless of what we may be facing; it could be a lot worse!
I am aware it is difficult to be thankful when things are falling apart all around you, but it is necessary if you are to see things turn around for you. Being bitter and resentful will only draw more of the same to you, as well as build an ungrateful heart in you.
So, practice being thankful on a daily basis; it is what the Lord expects from us.
Embrace the Spirit of God (vs. 19)
God gives us His Spirit to live within us; to guide, comfort, instruct and convict. We need to embrace the Spirit and not stifle Him—for He is the very presence of God within us. To resist the Spirit is to resist God. When we resist God, we limit His power in our lives.
Time after time, the scriptures give examples of those who resisted God and paid a dear price for it. Also, we find examples of those who embraced God, His Spiritual leading or those He sent and they experienced great blessing or deliverance. Embracing the Spirit of God is to our benefit…always!
Therefore, let us make the decision to live the Spiritual Life—a live committed to embracing the way of God.Have Faith1st ©2013 Faith1st Ministries
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