Align your spirit, soul & body!
Note from Pastor Kristi Graner
You were created to be attentive to your Creator.
I am inspired by King David. He was definitely imperfect. Challenged by life, misjudged by many, guilty of sin – yet, he was loved by God and called “a man after God’s own heart.”
There is so much we can learn from him.
One of my favorite things about David is that he encouraged himself. For example, in the first five verses of Psalm 103, he is speaking to his soul, reminding it about who God is and telling it about all of the reasons why He deserves to be praised.
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103:1-5
In Psalms 42 and 43 there is a repeated refrain where he is again talking to his soul.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 42:5 & 11, Psalm 43:5
As we walk out our lives with Jesus, it is important to remind ourselves to stay connected and focused on our Creator. Much like a lamp must be plugged in and turned on to shine God’s light in this dark world, unless we are intentionally plugged into heaven, we have no hope of shining and influencing our world with heaven’s light.
Once we are connected the Lord is faithful to hold us. He is always faithful to maintain His connection with us. However, with all that life can bring to us, it is not always easy for us to stay connected on our side of the relationship.
How fully we are “plugged in” to heaven is up to us.
Like David, one way that you can stay plugged in to heaven is to speak to yourself.
At Dare to Believe Ministries, we love to encourage you to be aware of your spiritual alignment. The first step is to understand that we as humans are tripartite beings.
Tripartite simply means that we have three parts: spirit, soul and body.
We were created this way by our tripartite Creator God. God created us in His image. He is tripartite: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. A description of people as tripartite beings is described below:
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23
This is simply how we were created: in the image of God! Knowing how to manage your spirit, soul and body is all part of walking with the Lord. Stewarding yourself well is important to your relationship with God.
One simple way that we can position ourselves to align with heaven is to bless and align our spirit, soul and body.
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Here is a framework for such a prayer:
1. I bless my spirit and I command my spirit to connect fully with God’s Holy Spirit.
2. I bless my soul. Thank you, Lord, for my mind, my will and my emotions. I command my soul to come into alignment under my spirit.
3. I bless my body. Thank you, Lord, for this body. I command my body to come into alignment underneath my soul.
4. Holy Spirit, would you come and flow through me. Wash away anything that isn’t your best for me and fill me with your presence.
Being aware of your spiritual alignment will quickly and effectively place you in position to hear God.
As we are aligned Spirit, Soul and Body – our soul (mind, will and emotions) is fully awake and no longer silenced. God gave you a soul; this is a very good thing.
However, when our soul (our mind, will and emotions) is ruling our lives, this is where we run into trouble.
When our soul is submitted to our spirit, which is submitted to God’s Spirit, we are fully alive and have the “mind of Christ” and our mind is renewed!
“We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God…But we have the mind of Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12-16
Whether this is before you go to sleep at night or during the day when you are trying to study Scripture or pray, this spiritual position is effective in quieting you so God’s voice is most prominent.
“The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” – Romans 8:6
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2
I pray that you will find time to plug in fully to your Creator God – the one who loves you and has great things in store for you.
And in the words of the Apostle Paul,
“…may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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