Strengthen Your Inner Man
July 3, 2018
Today it seems like there's an endless stream of information telling us how to take care of our physical bodies—how to eat right, what supplements to take, how many hours of sleep we need, and countless exercise programs. It's true that caring for our bodies is important. Our "bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God" (1 Corinthians 6:19). But you can have a very strong physical appearance and look really great on the outside and still be weak and weary on the inside.
Joel's dad used to say it like this: "Some people feed their physical bodies three hot meals a day, but they feed their inner man one cold snack a week." Yet, it is in the inner man that you are made strong and get your strength to walk a victorious life. That's why we need to read the living, breathing Word of God and mix it with His Spirit on a daily basis. His Word and His Spirit feed our inner man. I love what it says in John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." When you open your Bible and get into the Word, you're spending time with God. Ask Him to speak to you through His Word and through His Spirit. Ask Him to develop your relationship with Him. Say, "God, I want to have a personal relationship with You, the invisible God." He may be invisible, but His rich blessings are quite visible in your life. They will manifest in strength and power.
I encourage you to gather Scriptures that speak to your heart and meditate on the Word of God. Write them out and put them on your refrigerator and bathroom mirror. Get the Word in you when you don't need it, so it will come out of you when you do need it. Build your personal relationship with God. When you strengthen your inner man, you'll find a renewed vitality and power of God in your soul that makes all the difference.