TODAY’S TEXT: " "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day"(2 Corinthians 4:16)
TODAY’S WORD: THE SUPPLY OF THE SPIRIT STRENGHTENS OUR NATURAL BODY
The Spirit of God is the supernatural strength to birth new things. From here onward new things will be birthed in our lives. This we learned yesterday. But much more this strength affects our body as well.
Now the strength of the Spirit is not just limited to conception and delivery, that strength also imparts on our physical bodies.
Romans 8:11 said, "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you"
The word quicken from the original translation mean to - give life by spiritual power, to arouse and to invigorate, to give strength to. And this is in relation to our mortal bodies.
Therefore by the supply of the Spirit, we are invigorated by the power of God to live healthy and strong life. One man that enjoyed the supply of the Spirit was Paul the Apostle. He had this testimony in 2 Corinthians 11:23-25. He wrote: 'Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;' If you read further down to verse 26 and beyond you will see the many physical perils that he had to endure and yet Paul asked in verse 29, 'Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?'
Was Paul weak? Certainly no! Here was a man who preached the gospel from nations to nations and continents to continents, a weakling cannot do that. The supply of the Spirit made his body immune to physical torture and death. In Acts 14:19-20 it was recorded of Paul, "And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe"
Here was a man stoned to the point of death but yet as soon as his assailants left he got up and travelled the next day. A man left for the dead should be in a sick bed and not traveling the next day! But hallelujah the supply of the Spirit was at work and so what crushes and kill natural men could not put down Paul! What defiles the body of natural men will not defile your body again! Amen.
What was the secret to Paul strength? The supply of the Spirit is the answer. He said in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you."
Because of the ‘excellency of Gods power’ that is at work in us though we are troubled on every side, yet we are not shaken. Because of His power and the supply of the Spirit what suppresses natural men have no power over us! Praise God! For the life of God, the life of Jesus and the Spirit of Christ is made manifest in our body so much that our outer man may look like perishing but somehow we are renewed by the supply of the Spirit in the inward man, in this is our strength.
Look at the last few words in this verse, 'that the life of Jesus may be made manifest in our mortal flesh'. The life of Jesus is what we read about in Romans 8:11 that life was given by the supply of the Spirit of God. That same life will begin to manifest in your body from here onward.
Today as you pray in the Spirit whatever weakens your mortal bodies will be quicken by the Spirit of God now. Whatever is consuming your body will be made alive by the Spirit of God. By the supply of the Spirit, the strength of heaven takes over your weakness in the name of Jesus!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord quicken my mortal body by the supply of your Spirit.
TODAY’S THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: By the supply of the Spirit, we are invigorated by the power of God to live healthy and strong life!
OTHER SCRIPTURES: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, 2 Corinthians 11:26-29.