I was on a run recently, thinking about pushing through the pain when the Holy Spirit began to speak to my spirit. I thought about how the strain of life was like running up hill, and the ease of life kindred to running down the other side. As I pushed to the top of the hill, I began to speak to my spirit. I began to to encourage me. I pushed through the pain in my body. I thought about the motivation I needed to keep going. We often quote how David strengthened himself in the Lord (1 Sam 30:6 ESV):
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
This wasn’t a one time thing when David was “going-through-it.” Many of the Psalms record David instructing and making declarations over himself in the ways of Yahweh. His heart was in love and from this place of perfection, he would interact with his mind and body, life and circumstances in a way that brought heaven to the situations he faced. I believe this is an aspect of why Jesus was called the “Son of David,” because David sought to build the heavenly in the earthly, as Jesus would ultimately fulfill. Listen as you read, if you will, David recite the will of heaven in his life (Psalm 271-4 NASB):
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?
When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident.
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD
And to meditate in His temple.
While considering such things during my run, my next thoughts were about the vastness of my spirit. I thought about the effect of my thoughts and words over myself as I kept my feet motivated. It then occurred to me that my spirit is much bigger than me. Our spirits are awakened through relationship with Jesus and set on fire through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
When know through the study of Scripture that Holy Spirit is the Person who holds all things together by His power. Holy Spirit is God’s living power. He is One and the same with Father and Jesus, yet uniquely individual and different. To describe the vastness of His realm is immeasurable.
If we are created in the image of God, then could our spirits be created in the image of the Holy Spirit? Holy Spirit is much bigger than the universe. He is the very definition of the holy, the otherwordly, the heavenly places or realm(s). If the answer is yes, and our spirits do mirror the Spirit of God, then could our spirits be as big as galaxies in the prophetic realm? What is the measure of our spirit? Lord grant us wisdom to peer into such matters as we consider the vastness of our spirits.
I am not insinuating something here that leads to an assumption of implied deistic attributes originating from us in contrast to God, rather I am hopefully introducing us to a revelation of how much there is to consider being sons and daughters of God.
When we climb the hills of life, let us like David strengthen ourselves in the Lord. Let’s increase momentum through prophetic declarations. Our spirits are vast and powerful. We have spiritual influence and affect on the atmospheres and environments that surround us each day. When we flip our mindsets then we will realize that our spirits can strongly surround the situation at hand and overcome it through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimonies.
You are bigger, you can finish the race. Start Strong-Finish Strong. God is strong and mighty in you!