Let’s start this morning by asking, what are some of the spiritual sacrifices we are to offer unto God, daily?
1st, it must be noted that we or each of us are to “offer all of ourself” our bodies, individually unto God as a reasonable or “living sacrifice”, that of our bodies being used for holy living unto God, interpreted “spiritual” living. We are to be individuals, comprised of a Godly Temple, where God resides.
Secondly, these “spiritual sacrifices” are also comprised of praise, worship and thanksgiving from our lips coming from the inner most being of our soul. It is interesting to note, that the Holy Spirit comes from the inner most part of our being or the soul of the born-again believer.
Prayer is to be from the heart, or the soul of the person. Again, an interesting note, the soul of a person is what will be judged on judgement day. God is interested in the soul of a person and with that said , He pays close attention to the very heart, intentions of the inner-most part of the person.
Another interesting thought is that prayer is to come from the bottom of our heart, or you might say, the inner most part of the being. The combination of earnest (of sincere conviction) prayer and the righteous person (you might say) gets God’s attention.
As the scriptures states, in James 5:15 KJV: “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” It is interesting to note, the English word fervent simply means “impassioned, forceful, passionate, heartfelt, powerful, or wholehearted.”
So another way to look at prayer is that a half hearted prayer doesn’t go far.
It is of the utmost importance to keep our mind, body, spirit and soul under the subjection of Christ. Consecrating our whole body; physically, mentally and spiritually unto God for His service in right living is to be the believers daily lifestyle. God expects nothing less from every born-again believer.
When we are controlled by the Holy Spirit in thought and action there will be nothing less than the very power of God and Christ working through us.
Allowing bitterness and unforgiveness into one’s body; spirit, mind, heart and soul will ultimately bring death to the body and soul of the person. It is vital to forgive and not allow any bitterness or unforgiveness to enter into your mind for it will began to take root.
What is dwelt on in the mind goes to the very heart of man and out of the heart the mouth speaks and action will be carried out (prevailed), that of good or bad.
As a choosen people, born-again believer, belonging to God, we are “to sustain from fleshly lusts (sinful desires), which war against your soul”.
We as true followers of Christ (Christians) are to endure griefs, suffering wrongdoing, be patient in well doing; in other words, doing good when you are wronged and take it with patience is commendable (acceptable) before God.
As Jesus suffered so we. We are to follow His steps in all good; “for being dead to sins should live unto righteousness (right living)”.
In conclusion, remember, God looks at the very intent and heart of man; which includes our thoughts and what we allow and dwell on in the mind.
Phillipians 4:8, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Christ is coming back for a church, a people, “That he might present it (the people) to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”
I am so thankful for the drawing of the Holy Spirit in my soul.
Make this final thought be your prayer, as I make it mine. “As I guard, protect and gird up my mind, may my thoughts and deeds be pleasing and acceptable unto God; always forgiving and may no bitterness be found in me. Glory be to God our Father and praise to His Son, Christ Jesus.”
As always, love in Christ Jesus,