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How to apply the spiritual attributes in our life?
How do you describe yourself being spiritual?
The international Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) defines spiritual as endowed with the attributes of spirit. Any being made in the image of God who is a Spirit (John 4:24), and thus having the nature of spirit, is a spiritual being.
1. Spiritual hosts of wickedness (Eph 6:12), in distinction from beings clothed in "flesh and blood"-the devil and his angels. This use of the word has reference to nature, essence and not to character or moral quality. God, angels, man, devil, demons are in essence spiritual. The groundwork and faculties of their rational and moral being are the same.
2. With the above exception, "spiritual" in the New Testament signifies moral, not physical antithesis: an essence springing from the Spirit of God and imparted to the spirit of man.
3. In the New Testament and general use "spiritual" thus indicates man regenerated, indwelt, enlightened, endued, empowered, guided by the Holy Spirit; conformed to the will of God, having the mind of Christ, living in and led by the Spirit. The spiritual man is a new creation born from above. (Rom 8:6; 1Cor 2:15; 1Cor 3:1)
As a spiritual man created according to the image of God our Elohim(creator), what is your most ardent desire in life as a believer?
The prayer of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 3:16-19 says "that he would grant you , according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God."
How can we achieve the completeness of God's power within us? The Holy Bible so far mentioned seven attributes that we can apply in our spiritual life, namely:
1. Lying down for spiritual rest
Psalm 23:2 "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters," (NIV)
In the arms of the Lord as Jehovah Shalom (which means peace), we lie down in contentment and secure rest in Jesus Christ. We are already sure of our walk in the Lord. It is also one of the most remarkable that can happened to a Christian that having the full armor of God is really resting in Jesus. Letting us fall into His arms and let Him embrace us and covered us by His unfailing love and mercy, where is there is peace.
When we are spiritually filled, when we have the minds of Christ and our hearts are really circumcised we have the complete spiritual rest like the sheep who rest after they have eaten their fill.
2. Sitting for instruction
Luke 10:39 "She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said." (NIV)
Mary sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. I wonder how many of us are like Mary. Mostly we do first the household chores or tending ourselves, cultivating our beauty or like Martha in the story. Yet Jesus replied to her complaint that Mary is not helping her... "Martha, Martha" the Lord answered, "You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
We will not be able to hear the voice of God if we are distracted and too busy to listen. We might be reading the Holy Bible but not really as having communion with the Lord.
3. Standing for warfare
We already know how to fight against the enemy by using and putting on the full armor of God as was said in Ephesians 6:14-17, "Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
*The belt of truth represents the symbolic clothing of the Messiah as was said in Isaiah 11:5 "Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist." Character, not brute forxe, wins the battle, just as in the case of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, He did not use brute force in conquering the whole world to save us from our sins. He used the most powerful weapon, which is love...
*The breastplate of righteousness, again, the warrior's character is his defense. God himself is symbolically described as putting on a breastplate of righteousness when he goes forth to bring about justice Isaiah 59:17 said "He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak." (NIV)
God’s righteousness: Either the righteousness God credits to those who believe in Christ, or the righteous way of life brought about by the transforming work of the Spirit of God in believers’ lives. The one implies the other.
*Feet fitted for readiness of the gospel of peace (shoes of peace) -signifies a prepared and resolved frame of heart, to adhere to the gospel and abide by it, which will enable us to walk with a steady pace in the way of our spiritual life.
It is styled the gospel of peace because it brings all sorts of peace, peace with God, with ourselves, and with one another. It may also be meant of that which prepares for the entertainment of the gospel, namely, repentance. With this our feet must be shod: for by living a life of repentance we are armed against temptations to sin, and the designs of our great enemy.
*Shield of faith extinguishes the flaming arrows of the evil one describes the covering of our Lord Jesus "No weapon formed against us shall prosper... for we are covered by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ."
Faith is all in all to us in an hour of temptation. The breast-plate secures the vitals; but with the shield we turn every way. This is the victory over the world, even our faith. We are to be fully persuaded of the truth of all God's promises and threatenings, such a faith being of great use against temptations.
Faith, as receiving Christ and the benefits of redemption, so deriving grace from him, is like a shield, a sort of universal defence. Our enemy the devil is here called the wicked one. His temptations are called darts, because of their swift and undiscerned flight, and the deep wounds that they give to the soul.
*Helmet of Salvation -the helmet secures the head. A good hope of salvation, well founded and well built, will both purify the soul and keep it from being defiled by Satan, and it will comfort the soul and keep it from being troubled and tormented by Satan. He would tempt us to despair; but good hope keeps us trusting in God, and rejoicing in him.
*The sword of the Spirit-It is called the sword of the Spirit, because it is of the Spirit's inditing and he renders it efficacious and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword.
Prayer must buckle on all the other parts of our Christian armour
. We must join prayer with all these graces, for our defence against these spiritual enemies, imploring help and assistance of God, as the case requires: and we must pray always.
4. Walking for fellowship (1 John 1:7) Believers have fellowship with each other and with God as they live in the light. People cannot say they commune with God and then refuse to have fellowship with God’s people. This was the case with the Gnostics. The apostles of Christ had known Jesus Christ as God-in-the-flesh and were continuing to have spiritual fellowship with him as was said in 1 John 1:3 "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.(NIV)
5. Running for progress
Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." (NIV)
The phrase 'huge crowd of witnesses'- the host of faithful followers of God who bear witness to the truth that God blesses the life of faith. • let us strip off every weight: In Greco-Roman literature, a race is a metaphor for the need for endurance in life. Just as extra weight hinders a runner, sin . . . trips us up. It entangles us and restricts us from moving by faith.
6. Leaping for ecstacy
Acts 3:9 "When all the people saw him walking and praising God,"
Those who have had experience of the working of divine grace upon them should evidence what they have experienced. Has God put strength into us?
All true converts walk and praise God; but perhaps young converts leap more in his praises.
7. Mounting up for exaltation
Isaiah 40:30 "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,"
Our God is an everlasting God. He is El-Elyon, the possessor of the heavens and the earth. He therefore is the rightful owner and ruler of all, and must be concluded to have an absolute power over all and an all-sufficiency to help his people in their greatest struggles. God faints not, nor weary. He has no vacation, no day off. He is twenty-four hours awake. We can just imagine that in our weakness, God is always the one who give us strength and courage. For he did not give us the spirit of fear and discouragement. Instead God has given us power, love and sound mind. Let us then mount for exaltation and glorify God in everything we do.