PECULIARITIES OF GOD’S POWER PART VI
Every believer in Jesus Christ is both born of the Spirit and have become a spirit by redemption. The Bible says:
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” – John 3:6-7
We also understand from scriptures that the real man is the spirit; the soul is man’s possession and the body is the house he lives.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – I Thess. 5:23
Believers relate with the physical world with the physical bodies; relate with the intellectual world with the soul (which comprises of the mind) and relate with God (who is a Spirit) with the spirit.
Scriptures make it clear that God’s power could manifest through man’s spirit. Elisha requested that he needed double portion of Elijah’s spirit to come upon him. The Bible says:
“And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” – II Kings 2:9
In other words, Elisha was demanding for the peculiar power of God at work in the life and ministry of his master Elijah. It is very easy to think that the mantle that fell from Elijah was all about it. It was only recorded that Elijah used the mantle to divide river Jordan and nothing else after then. I want to believe that the spirit of Elijah represented the totality of the multi-faceted power of God at work in the life of Elijah. Just like humans have unique faces and finger prints; believers have unique spirits. The believer’s spirit defines his/her relevance in the realm of the spirit. The realm of the spirit is the realm of control of the natural realm. Everything in the natural is controlled from the spirit realm!
It is possible to be strong in the spirit. The Bible says concerning John the Baptist;
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.” – Luke 1:80
It was also said concerning our Lord Jesus Christ that;
“And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.” – Luke 2:40
If it is possible to be strong in the spirit, it suggests that it is also possible to be weak in the spirit. A starved spirit will definitely be weak just like the flesh becomes weak after it is being starved of the natural food. The food of the spirit is the word of God. Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3. Incidentally, the word of God is also Spirit. John 6:63. At age twelve, Jesus was in the temple for three days feeding continuously on the word of God. Luke 2:41-49.
Brethren, we need to be strong in the spirit to be able to dispense the power of the Spirit. Keep feeding the spirit; keep engaging in spiritual exercise. Just like nutrition and exercise are factors toward physical well-being; spiritual nutrition and exercise are crucial to spiritual well-being.
Scriptures for meditation: I Timothy 4:13, 15; II Timothy 2:15; II Timothy 4:13
Jesus is Lord!