MEDITATIONS ON THE TRUE CHRISTIAN LIFE
By Glenn H. Jackson
______...."This book of the law [the Word of God] shall not depart from [always be in] your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful [take heed] to do according to all that is written in it; for THEN you will make your way prosperous, and THEN
you will have success".... Joshua 1:8 NASB
THE NORMALCY OF THE REGENERATED HUMAN SPIRIT
[pt. 14 of 16]
A Strong Spirit
*____...."become strong in spirit".... Luke 1:80
____Our spirit is capable of growth and should increase gradually in strength. This is indispensable
to spiritual life. How often we sense our spirit is not strong enough to control our soul [mind, will, emotion] especially the moment the soul is stimulated or the body is weak. Sometimes in helping others we notice how heavily weighed down they are in their
spirit yet ours lacks the power to release them.
Or when battling with the Enemy we discover our spiritual strength is inadequate to wrestle
long enough with the Enemy until we win. Numberless are those occasions when we feel the spirit losing its grip; we have to force ourselves to proceed in life and in work. How we long for a more robust inner man!
____As the spirit waxes stronger the power of intuition and discernment increases. We are fit to resist everything not of the spirit. Some who wish to walk after the spirit cannot because their inner man lacks the strength
to control the soul and the body. We cannot expect the Holy Spirit to do anything for us; our regenerated spirit must instead cooperate with Him. We should learn how to exercise our spirit and use it to the limit of our [spiritual] understanding.
____Through exercise it will become progressively sturdier till it possesses the strength to eliminate all obstructions to the Holy Spirit; such hindrances as a stubborn will,
a confused mind, or an undisciplined emotion.
____"A man's spirit will endure sickness; but a broken spirit who can bear"? Proverbs 18:14. Clearly the spirit can be
broken or wounded. A wounded spirit must be a very weak one. Were our spirit sturdy we would be able to endure the stimulation of the soul[mind, will, emotions] and not shake. Moses' spirit is usually
portrayed as being a very strong one; yet because he failed to keep it continually firm, he found that the Israelites "made his spirit bitter" [Psalm 106:33] and consequently he sinned. If our inner
being remains vigorous we can triumph in Christ however much our body may suffer or our soul be afflicted.
____The Holy Spirit alone can grant us the strength required
by the inner man. The might of our spirit accordingly derives from the power of God's Spirit. Ours itself, though, needs additionally to be trained. After one has learned to walk by their spirit, they will then know how to live by its life in place of soul
life, how to use its power instead of their natural power in performing God's work, and how to apply its strength rather than their soulical strength in warring against the Enemy. Naturally, such experiences are progressive and must be entered into progressively.
Yet the principle is clear: as a believer moves according to the spirit they will gain increased power of the Holy Spirit and their inner man will
grow stronger. A Christian ought to maintain their spirit in strength at all times lest at the critical moment they are powerless to meet the need.