Growing up in the church life and being constantly reminded of the importance of exercising the spirit, I fell into false sense of security based on mere knowledge of this fact. This university conference not only adjusted my understanding of what this exercising is all about but gave me immensely deeper appreciation of the importance of active engagement with our inner man.
The messages stressed the matter of the need of “forcing ourselves to use our spirit until we build a strong habit of exercising our spirit.” This habit is not something that comes naturally, it is an acquired behaviour which we continue to practice until it becomes almost involuntary.
For this we need to first see the REVELATION of the mystery of godliness, or God-likeness toward which this exercise is aimed. God desires to be expressed, manifested in the flesh, in and through us – but this does not come cheaply! We must exercise our spirit with the view that God wants to be manifested! The meaning of being a Christian is God being manifested in you!
After seeing and being impressed with the revelation, then we are able to experience MOTIVATION to force ourselves into this exercise. Much like Olympic athletes training their whole life with a goal in view, with a purpose and aim on their minds. The Christian life is not a passive life – if you are passive you are automatically in your soul, or even worse, in your flesh.
Praise the Lord for this rich ministry unveiling the deep and profound truths, yet leading us into simple practices of these truths. I appreciate this conference so much!
Sharing from the 2016 Uni Conference in Wales by Filip S. (Cambridge, UK) from his top enjoyment. If you attended this conference, why not share something of what you enjoyed in this time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.