Lift Heavy Spiritual Weights
To Build Strong Spiritual Muscles
And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; Romans 5:3
In earlier years we used to sing a song entitled, “Jacob’s Ladder”. It was one of those songs which had a seemingly endless amount of verses! Each verse would end with the statement, “Soldiers of the Cross”. At that time, I didn’t fully understand the concepts that were attempting to be expressed and impressed upon us.
Today we have saints who fail to realize that they are “soldiers of the cross”. As a soldier, I must understand the fact that God has orchestrated every test, trial and difficult situation, for no other reason than to build my spiritual muscles.
Far too often we have only obtained the ability to successfully lift a two-pound weight in the realm of the spirit. Then, we seem amazed when we are confronted with a situation requiring the ability to lift fifty pounds and we are unsuccessful – often blaming God for our inabilities and fallacies. Sadly to say, I constantly observe Saints who are enduring very rigorous physical exercises and toning every physical muscles – however their spiritual muscles are flabby, weak and are in deplorable conditions! Physical exercise is extremely important – however we must exert MORE into the development and the conditioning of our spiritual muscles than those of our physical bodies.
So how do we begin to build up our spiritual muscles?
Trusting in our own relationship with the Lord. As a babe in Christ, it was tolerable for us to always run and whine to other Saints with our problems and difficult situations. However, when will you begin to trust and validate your own relationship with the Lord? When will you begin to lift those heavy weights in the realm of the Spirit and really believe who and whose you are? When will you believe what YOU say to the extent that you will KNOW because of your relationship with the Lord that whatever you’ve asked…. it’s done!? When will you begin to build those muscles of faith and realize that God has given to YOU power? ....That for real….you don’t NEED anyone to “touch and agree”, you don’t need to constantly address what the enemy is doing….etc. Nothing in err about doing these things – however they are not assisting you as you move up the ladder. I can attest to the fact that in extremely difficult situations, I’ve sought the Lord; trusted in Him and Him alone – without sharing the information with anyone else…. and He has NEVER failed me. Sure, at the onset, my faith hadn’t matured to this level…. it was a process that had to begin at some point. It’s symbolic of asking your earthly father for something. Once you’ve asked him, would you go and ask someone else to accommodate you? …NO! You would only ask someone else if your doubted your earthly father or felt as though he was incapable of producing your request. So it is with our Heavenly Father. We must learn to trust Him with the assurance that He WILL grant our request – because we are joints heir with His Son; and because of our own relationship with Him. Of course thoughts will come and attempt to weaken your faith. However we must be determine to lift those heavy weights – if we are going to have those strong muscles.
(Now if you feel as though your walk isn’t strong enough yet for you to stand alone or your faith hasn’t progressed to this level yet; by all means seek for and request the assistance of others who are stronger than you are. However, we must be determined not to be “co-dependent” upon anyone…other than the Holy Spirit!)
Yes, we are climbing a Spiritual ladder where every round gets higher and higher. The song Jacob’s Ladder also asked the question, “Do you think you’ll make a good soldier?”
As we lift the heavy weights in the realm of the Spirit, we will build those strong muscles which will enable us to effectively, successfully and strategically stand as an endtime soldier. Then we will have merited the ability to respond with the concluding verses of the song by responding, “Yes I know I’ll make a good soldier”. Then and only then will we be able to totally, with a full assurance, sing and live the final verse “Rise, Shine, Give God the Glory”!