One Spirit, Part 1, Day 11
What do you think when you hear the word “spirit?” Halloween spirit? School spirit? Holy Spirit? What if I asked you to define what it means to be “one in spirit” in your marriage? Praying together? Reading devotions? Going to church? When I first got married, this is what I thought it meant. But you can pray, read devotions, and go to church with anyone. “One in spirit” is more personal and intimate.
I decided to do research on the word ‘spirit’ and found some interesting discoveries via Biblestudytools.com.
‘Ruah‘ [Hebrew word for spirit]…
- … is God’s very breath, His creative life-force.
- …can mean a person’s ‘vital powers or strength.’
- … can describe feelings, like the phrase “in good spirits” denotes a good mood or positive emotions such as Boaz [Ruth 3:7] or dispirited such as Job [Job 7:11].
- … can refer to will, such as the Psalmist praying for a steadfast spirit [Psalm 51:10].
To be one in spirit is to…
1. mutually live in awareness of God’s breath flowing in and through you, prompting a spirit of thanksgiving.
- “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7
- “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” Job 33:4
- Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6
- “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
2. mutually acknowledge your desperate need for God.
- “My soul yearns and even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.” Psalm 84:4
- “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
- “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.” Isaiah 40:29
3. lead joyful lives.
- “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11
- “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
- “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
4. genuinely encourage and edify one another to faithfully pursue God.
- “Let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Romans 14:19
- “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.” Romans 15:2
- “Encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Today’s Challenge: Pick one of the aforementioned sections to work on today (i.e. awareness and thanksgiving, acknowledgement for God, living joyfully, or encouraging one another).
Bible Passage: Ephesians 4:1-16
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