We spoke about why it’s important to have a strong spirit. We looked at indicators of a weak spirit. We looked at enemies of a strong spirit. And today we want to look at indicators of a strong spirit. In the same way we have indicators that reveal a weak spirit, we have spiritual vital signs that reveal a strong spirit.
Foundational Scripture has been…
Proverbs 18:14 AMPC
The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?
Luke 2:40 NKJV
“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”
Indicators of a Strong Spirit
- Assured and Confident
If there’s anyone who went through trials and tribulations, then it was the Apostle Paul. But regardless of the challenges, he always knew that God was on his side.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—
All those who live godly will suffer persecution.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 TPT
Though we experience every kind of pressure, we’re not crushed. At times we don’t know what to do, but quitting is not an option. We are persecuted by others, but God has not forsaken us. We may be knocked down, but not out.
Because Jesus is the umpire in our ring and keeps counting until we get up.
II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 MSG
So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace.
Every year, grow more in grace, not hard, harsh and bitter. Learn to be more quiet. Let His grace unfold in your life.
These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.
Isaiah 30:15 NKJV
For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength…
If you will be more quiet, you will maintain your confidence and strength. If you will be more quiet, you will hear God more clearly in your spirit. Some of you talk too much and talk too freely. You talk to everybody about everything and you are losing your spiritual strength.
Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Too much talk leads to sin.Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
“Het jy gehoor. Lat ons bid vir sister Peggy.”
The more you talk about a problem, the more you perpetuate it, the more you keep it alive, the more you keep it going. Don’t talk about the problem, talk to the problem. Be selective on what you share and with who you share it with. The Tabernacle consisted of the outer court, inner court and Holy of Holies. Don’tshare holy of holy things with people in the outer court, sometimes even inner court.
1 John 5:14-15 AMPC
And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. 15 And if (since) we [positively] know that He listens to us in whatever we ask, we also know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that we have [granted us as our present possessions] the requests made of Him.
Faith begins where the will of God is known. Don’t start praying until you first find the scripture that covers your situation. Because then you will know God has heard you and then you can have confidence that He will bring to pass what you have asked of Him. You must be confident and settle it that God heard you, God has already granted it to you and you have it NOW.
- Established and unmovable
Psalm 112:6-8 NKJV
Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance, v7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; [bad news] His heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. V8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies.
Acts 20:22-24 NKJV
And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me…
You will never reach your destination if you stop for every dog that barks. People will bark, they will criticize, they will talk ugly about you and some will not support you but don’t let any of that move you. Stay focused on what God has called you to do and keep moving forward. Some people are always fault finding because they always fault seeking. Remain focused and unmovable.
- Ready for anything
Philippians 4:13 AMPC
I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].
FILIPPENSE 4:13 NLV
“Ek kan alles doen deur Hom wat my krag gee.”
David is our example of a person with a strong spirit. He did not give into defeat but rather pressed on into victory. He had a lot of things come against him. David came from battle with the Philistines and came home to another battle. The Amalekites attacked their city, took their wives, children and possessions captive. He came home for comfort but found conflict.
1 Samuel 30:1-8 NKJV
Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, 2 and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
3 So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. 4 Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6 Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
7 Then David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, “Please bring the ephod here to me.” And Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?”
And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.”
David was anointed of God but notice how he inquired of the Lord. It doesn’t matter how powerful you are, how anointed you are, you will never outgrow your need to inquire of the Lord. And I’m here to say to you today, “Pursue and take back what the enemy has stolen in your life because you will surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” This is our year of the local church and divine Recovery. This year, we will surely recover all.