Developing a Strong Spirit

Sunday February 18, 2018

Jen Ropp read Proverbs 4:20, developing a strong spirit. Jen mentions about guarding your heart and checking for the weak areas. Jen reads from Proverbs 18:14, the tendencies we have is to be body conscious versus spirit. Often people don’t recognize that they are a spirit. If you have strength in your spirit, you would be able to stand. Proverbs 24:10, adversity meaning tightness or troubled. Faint means to slack in, to fail, to be feeble,  slothful, weak, or to withdrawal. Being faint is like just laying down and letting the devil eat your lunch. She encourages us to see our way through the situation (s). You have to first determine that there is a way through. You got to fight! Jen tells us not to ignore that there is a problem. It doesn’t please the Lord to shrink back. She reads from 2 Corinthians 1:8. Despair means no hope or to faint. Jen tells us to quit, get up, and not to stay in despair. Because, the Lord is with us. 2 Corinthians 4:8, you can hear that fight or the roar of the lion. Perplexed is when things are questionable and can lead to despair. Do know that you just don’t have to lay down. We need to prepare ourselves before the storm. 2 Corinthians 4:6, what is the state of your heart? If you are in a weak moment, you can move out of that. It’s not the time for condemnation.  When despair comes, it should be your indicator to check where you are at spiritually. We are expected to grow and mature. Three things we need for spiritual strong growth are: 1) Good diet- Jesus is bread of life, 2) Exercise – bible reading,  prayer, confessing, or worshiping, and 3) Rest. Don’t let your diet be full of junk to take the edge off. Do know that a spirit at rest is a spirit at peace. We have to learn how to cast our cares. We have got to live strong!