We are children of God is certainly an advantage in the daily spiritual war we’re engaged in, but it doesn’t mean that the enemy won’t constantly attack us. If we’re not careful to always use the Word for our protection, the ugliness of the world can slowly begin wearing us down. Because we’re spiritual beings living in a physical body, sometimes the real person inside needs refreshing and renewing. When it’s time to recharge our batteries in this area, we can draw what we need from the Scriptures.
Even Jesus needed time to refresh His soul and spirit through frequent conversations with the Father, and I’m no different. “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit” Psalm 51:10, 12.
God gave us a sound mind, and very few people realize just how powerful it is. Our mind can be used for good or evil, and it’s under attack by the god of this world. Fortunately, the One Who is in us is greater than the one who is in the world 1 John 4:4 and meditating on the Word of God refreshes our attitude and mindset when it gets stale. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:2.
The Word transforms us, and the longer we meditate on it, the more Christ like we become. His Spirit is continually working in us. “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], and put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:23, 24.
Reading our Bible is like looking in a spiritual mirror.
Psalm 51 comes from truly knowing God through an ongoing relationship with Him. Even after many years of walking with Him, I’m still amazed at the things He reveals to me that the world will never know about. Letting His Spirit permeate our entire being—soul and spirit—gives us new life in a dead world. “And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it” Colossians 3:10. Be refreshed!
If you have not been trying to walk close to the Lord. If you have been straying and backsliding, there is no better time than TODAY to start over. Remember one of the beautiful promises of the twenty-third Psalm: “He restoreth my soul.” If you will turn to the Lord in faith and repentance, and with a set-of-mind that is determined by the grace of God to walk according to His Word, there will be new power to move ahead victoriously. God Bless,
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