Consulting the Lord every moment of the day allows us to walk beside Him, to connect with Him in our spirit, and to rely on His strength, so that we are never shaken regardless of our circumstances (Psalm 16:8; Proverbs 3:5-6).
God’s Word admonishes us to deny our self, to daily take up our cross, and to follow God’s direction for our life (Matthew 16:24-26). God reminds us to deny our sinful thoughts and behavior, but to care for our legitimate needs (Mark 6:31-32; Matthew 15:32).
When we center our spirit and soul on God alone, everything falls into place for us (Jeremiah 17:7-8). He directs us in the path that we should follow (Proverbs 16:9), which includes caring for our own mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
God actually advises us to take care of our self (1 Kings 19:1-8). If we care for our self, we often feel selfish. Yet, if we do not care for our own needs, the chances are that no one else will either. We eventually get run down and resentful, our energy is depleted, and we are drowning in negative emotions.
Believers often agree to help in every ministry in the church, and to give to everyone in need; however, this is not always God’s will for our life. Instead, He calls us to specific events and opportunities, as we continually walk by His Spirit’s direction in the middle of His will.
Our intimate relationship with God’s Trinity is our most fulfilling bond. This association alone makes all of our other needs less demanding and important to us. We find refreshment for our body, soul and spirit as we walk according to God’s plan for us (Mark 1:35).
Father God, thank You for Your unfailing love for us. Help us to allow Your Spirit to incorporate all of Your fruit into our life (Galatians 5:22-23). We want to live as Your ambassadors with the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, because this is of great worth to You. A Godly attitude promotes our witness to all of those around us (1 Peter 3:4). Remind us that if we do not care for our personal needs, then resentment, bitterness and anger will move in and destroy our testimony for You.
We do not want to follow the dictates of this sin-filled world, but to allow You to transform our mind until we live in the center of Your will for us (Romans 12:2). Keep our soul balanced by reminding us to focus our thoughts and behavior on whatever is pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). Keep us in good health in our body, soul and spirit as we conform to the image of Your Son (Romans 8:29; 3 John 1:2).
Thought for the Day:
Our body was created as the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit, and He dwells in our spirit continually; we are not our own, because Jesus bought us through His shed blood; therefore, we are called to honor God with and through our body, soul and spirit.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20