Your spirit matters! It’s far more important that you might imagine.
Your “spirit” is the spiritual and emotional atmosphere inside you that you carry into the world around you. It’s your inner world, but it also affects your outer world.
Your spirit is what you are inside. It’s your attitudes, your ways of thinking, your ways of dealing with feelings, experiences and events. These inside things ultimately come out and on to the people around you. They impact and influence others, positively or negatively.
Everyone has a spirit about them. There are ways you internally manage yourself and rub off on others.
The Bible talks a lot about our “spirit.” Here are a few verses:
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. — Psalm 51:10 (KJV)
Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls. — Proverbs 25:28 (NKJV)
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. — Numbers 14:24 (NlV)
What’s God’s Word teaching us about this topic?
The Bible tells us that our spirit is something that we are supposed to “rule over.” It is something that needs to be “right.” It is something God cares about, watches in us, and that actually affects our destiny.
All this means that you must direct, manage, supervise, oversee, take charge of yourself internally. If you don’t, you will be subject and vulnerable to practically anything the devil brings your way. Without control over your spirit, you are like a city without walls!
When Moses sent the 12 spies to check out the Promised Land, something entered the spirit of each spy. Ten of them were infected with the spirit of unbelief, fear, limitation, obstacles and impossibilities. The other 2 guarded their spirits from negativity and adopted a different spirit; one of faith, confidence, enthusiasm, energy!
It’s important to remember that the spirit of the majority of the spies spread. It was contagious. Before long everyone had adopted their attitude. The result was death in the wilderness.
Because Joshua and Caleb protected their spirit, and chose the right spirit, they experienced something none of their friends experienced—the Promised Land!
Your spirit matters, to you, your future, and to others.
You need to protect your spirit from contamination, pollution, and invasions of the adversary! You need to proactively develop the spirit that not only protects you, but that also puts you in a position to positively lift and encourage others.
Here are some practical ways to guard and grow a right spirit:
- Let go of hatred, resentment, bitterness and offense.
- Remove negativity, jealousy, competitiveness and hopelessness from your life.
- Develop a faith filled, positive spirit.
- Have a loving spirit.
- Develop a joyful spirit.
- Have a hope-filled spirit.
- Have a peaceful and peacemaking spirit.
- Develop a contented spirit.
- Have a loyal, committed spirit.
- Seek a pure spirit.
- Develop a properly submitted spirit.
- Develop a hard-working spirit.
- Grow an enthusiastic, passionate spirit.
- Have a pleasant spirit.
- Grow a grateful spirit.
Your spirit matters! Let’s get to work growing and guarding a right spirit!