Can I be real?
There are times when you will feel like you’re at war within yourself (your flesh and your spirit) during your walk with God but with the correct equipment and the most importantly the all sufficient grace of God, you can be prepared to overcome! Ephesians 6: 10-18 perfectly explains and depicts the FULL armor of God needed to battle against the attacks from the enemy. But what about the times where the attacks are feeling a bit too much? Or you feel like you cannot take anymore? I have felt like this before and the solution God laid on my heart is that I need to awaken from my “spiritual slumber”
Yeah I said it …. Even though I am physically awake, my spirit has been sleeping purely because of the fact that I have allowed flesh to run rampant in such a way my spirit is still in a peaceful sleep. It took me a very long time to realise this but this definitely shouldn’t be the case. In fact, this should be the other way round as stated to us in Romans 8:12-17
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it; For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live; For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God; The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again;rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children; Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”
I am going to use the case of Princess Aurora to explain this state of spiritual slumber. A curse was placed on her life by Malificent that meant that before the sun sets on her 16th birthday she will prick her finger on a spinning needle and die. However, the curse was altered by Merryweather (one of the fairies) so instead of her dying she will fall into a sleep from which she can only be awakened by true love’s first kiss. Long story short, Prince Phillip awakened her by kissing her and they both lived happily ever after :). Now back to the matter of spiritual slumber
Princess Aurora: Us
Malificent: The enemy
Merryweather: Jesus (1 Peter 2:24 him dying for us so that we can live in righteousness)
Prince Phillip’s kiss: God
And note that it wasn’t just any kind of kiss that would wake up Aurora but it was true love’s first kiss. Now of course, when I was younger and used to bang this film out regularly I didn’t think anything of it. But after this revelation God has shown me my mind has been blown. The only way for us to get out of this state of spiritual slumber is to allow true love to kiss us. And what better way to describe a true love than 1 John 4:13-16.
“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit; And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world; If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God lives in them and they in God; And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them”
And also note how Merryweather didn’t get rid of the curse but only altered it so that it would be less bad for Aurora. Same way Jesus died for us so that we may be reconciled with God and it would be easier for us to have a relationship with him but it is up to us to willingly choose to live in righteousness. God is the only one that can get us out of this slumber state that includes His word, doing the things of God and the sort. By getting out of this sleeping state, we are now awake and able to actively live in the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,; gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh; For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want; But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
So if we deny fleshly desires which are described in verses 19-21 that is the beginning of sowing a seed for our spirit fruit. The more we deny our flesh and focus on things that edify our spirit such as the word and constant prayer, the more dominant our spirit will be over our flesh that we will only desire the way of the spirit because our minds are so focused on walking in the spirit (Romans 8:5). But this cannot be a one time thing! This has to be done consistently at all times similar to Ephesians 6:18
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
The armor of God described in Ephesians 6:10-18 also makes reference to the sword of the Spirit being the Word of God. All the other items compiling the armor of God are needed for protection and defense however a sword is used as an offensive weapon. Therefore, the word is needed on a daily basis for protection but has the potential to dangerous and destroy because it is sharp (Hebrews 4:12) and knowledge of the word will make sure that we are not easily tempted and fooled by the enemy similar to Matthew 4:1-11 when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus had a strong foundation in the word therefore when the enemy was “testing” him by altering the word, Jesus was able to discern and defend himself from being tricked.
I always see the phrase “stay woke” on Twitter in reference to the racial issues going on in America (I will most likely make a post about this soon). It makes so much sense to me because we in the times where we need to really carefully analyse what is happening and almost smell the coffee. In relation to our spirit, we most certainly need to stay woke because after all Ephesians 6:12 mentions that we are wrestling against powers and rulers of darkness. Therefore, we need to be aware and make sure that we stay alert at all times so that we are equipped and ready to fight.
Just like Princess Aurora, we too can have our happily ever after with God once we awaken from our spiritual slumber by actively seeking God in all we do and by refreshing the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
Stay woke guys 😊