Keep The spirit Up!

KEEP THE SPIRIT UP- Karina's Thought

 

Day by day I am more realized that the spirit plays an important role in our lives. I am more realized that no matter how smart we are and how high our expertise, without having a great spirit we couldn’t do so much things. We also often think that high intelligence and high education is something absolutely needed to reach a success. However, actually this fact is not entirely true. I have met many business comrades who didn’t have very high education but they could reach a great success. A few days ago once again I met a new business friend. What makes me surprised and amazed is, she is younger than me and you know, she told me that she just graduated from senior high school but she has been successful in the business world and successful develop some companies. “The biggest asset that I have is praise to the Lord almighty, He gives me a big spirit and I always try to keep my fire of spirit never dimmed. Indeed, I am always surrounded by many smart, skilled, and experienced people in their respective fields who always support me. But if I myself don’t have a great spirit to achieve what I want, so I will get nothing. If we have spirit, then we will be doing many things. By keep the spirit up, I could learn many things and it could make me remain stand firm especially when I have face the hard times” She said without any overbearing impression.

I am not saying that I am disagreeing with education, intellectuality, and intelligence. I know both of them are important too. But what I want to convey is we don’t have to forget the factor of spirit in our lives. High intelligence and education is not an assurance that we could successfully reach what we want if not accompanied by high spirit to try reach what we expect. As my new business friends said that she always tried to make her fire of spirit never dimmed, it means we should always have a spirit in live our life. God also really love and appreciate if we are as His children have a great spirit.

I remembered a God’s word in 2 Chronicles 15. At that time, Asa, a king who led the Nation of Judah wanted to make reformation. Before he did, he visited by Azarya the son of Oded who apparently was given a special mandate directly from God to the king Asa. One of God’s messages it turned out is about the spirit,

But you, be strong and do not lose courage, for there is reward for your work.

(Chronicles 15:7 NASB)

Let’s pay attention to the word “For your work shall be rewarded” This is God’s promise to those have a great spirit and strong mental. Thankfully king Asa heard the message and he successfully did thorough reformation to the nation of Judah. The Bible noted the significant outcome of his effort.

There was no more war until the thirty-fifth year of Asa’s reign. (2 Chronicles 15:19 NIV)

Now, I love to take another bible figure as an example. Let’s briefly take a look to the story of Caleb. Caleb was one of twelve people who were given the task by Moses to spy out the Promise Land, Canaan. At the time, Caleb was 40 years old and we all know the end of the story. The Israelites successfully entered the Promise Land 45 years later and Caleb was 85 year old. There is one Caleb’s remark that can describe how great his spirit although his age was already quite old,

I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. (Joshua 14:11 NIV)

Here we can see although Caleb’s age was been quite old but he still had a great spirit to assist Moses brought The Israelites went into the Promise Land. What a great example that by always has a great spirit will be able to reach a great success and give us a great outcome. Caleb didn’t become downhearted at all even though he should to wait for 45 years.

My beloved readers, we all know that our lives are not always filled by convenience and comfort. There are times we are in a situation which is fraught with difficulties, suffering and troubles. But Solomon said:

The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble… (Proverbs 18:14 AMP)

Spirit is able to give us strength to endure sufferings and heavy burden. But what we can do if we don’t have spirit? People who have broken spirit tend to be difficult to get up. The longer it is allowed, the harder to recover.  We have to know that the spirit is like a fuel that will drive us remains step forward. Whatever work that we do, whether it is large or small if we do will vigorously we can finish it all with the best results. I personally have experienced it. Without a great spirit, I couldn’t be able to run a big responsibility on my shoulder in working.  Don’t ever dream to achieve something big if not accompanied by a great spirit. Problems may come and hit us repeatedly, but if we have a high morale to face it all, it will give a big difference in obtaining the final outcome. We have to always remember that God has promised always be with us whatever we go. As He said:

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NIV)

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. (Isaiah 43:2 NIV)

 He also has declared that He is the Faithful God,

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

(Deuteronomy 7:9 NIV)

And because God is faithful, it means He never leaves us, He promised:

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

God wants us to always live in His plan, where He will guide and accompany us in every step of our lives to reap what has been provided by Him. So, if we already know how beautiful God’s promises to us, why should we be downhearted in facing of various problems, sufferings and trials? We should to always have a great spirit to face any problems and trials just because it all will strengthen us to remain endure passing through the hard times.

My dear friends, this evening allow me to encourage all of us to continue keep the fire of our spirit not going to be dimmed. Let the fire stay burning and flared. Whatever problems we face today, let’s face and finish it with a great spirit. There is no reason at all for us to not keep the spirit up. When we face so many hard problems people around us might stay away from us or even leave us, but please remember one thing that we are not alone. We have God who always be with us, loves us, and give us strength.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13 NIV)

 Fully trust in His promises because He said:

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise… (2Peter 3:9a NIV)

 Feel His kindness, love, inclusion and continue to hold it with faith. It will make our heart still have a true joy, happiness, and the cheerful lives. From there we will be able to remain upbeat and positive, full of enthusiasm in doing what we want to achieve and in resolving all of our problems. Spirit drives us to get a great achievement. Keep our spirit up! Amen.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22 NIV)

 

Karina – Living by faith

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61 thoughts on “Keep The spirit Up!

  1. The unwavering spirit is a spirit that comes from God. We have the spirit because we have hope in God who always become the answer to all suffering. But we also have a role to never give up and keep the spirit up. Nice topic 🙂 Have a blessed day.

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  2. “The biggest asset that I have is praise to the Lord almighty, He gives me a big spirit and I always try to keep my fire of spirit never dimmed…”

    This says so much about you and about us all! We do use our intelligence from both school and life to help us along, but it is God’s will that we succeed with the spirit He puts inside of us. This is a good post as I read more I like it more!

    Steve

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  3. Dear Karina… This post is the essence of what living for the Lord is all about… The power of the Holy Spirit, for those who humbly submit to His leading (Ephesians 5:18-20)…is the key to living a Christ centered life that will be filled with God’s best for His redeemed children…

    Too many Christians do not understand that obedience to God’s Word and God’s will, as we glorify God in all that we say and do…will bring God’s richest blessings of peace beyond our mortal understanding (Philippians 4:6-7), and an abundance of joy as Christ’s joy fills our heart…

    John 15:10-11… “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. (NKJV)

    Your writing reminds me of Ephesians 3:20… Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, (NKJV)

    May the Lord bless U and keep U safely in His hands…

    bruce

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    • Dear brother in Christ, Bruce..
      Thank you very much for your Bible verses and for your great thought. This will become my great lesson and something precious to ponder. Once again thank you. Have a wonderful day. God bless.

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  5. The grace that we get from Holy Spirit depends on the sincerity on our part. It is not a wishful thinking. We are soul and our Lord Super Soul or Spirit and Super Spirit (Param Atma) hence are part and parcel of Him. We’ve to totally understand our existence (self) first in order to know Him then. Having known ourselves, everything falls in place and we understand the bounties of HOLY SPIRIT with His bountiful graces.

    Thanks a million for sharing a wonderful write up. :))

    Regards

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  6. I read your post Karina and I read all the comments as well. It helps me to understand the topic clearer. What stands out most to me is your desire to learn and discipline yourself. To me this is a powerful ally to anyone who is seeking God. So many folks today are hoping that if they serve God He will make them successful . This is not scriptural . We seek God because he calls us by his Spirit. He loves us. God calls us for no other reason except a relationship with him. Through this relationship he manifests Himself in us. Hence the Holy Spirit. Gods Holy Word said “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. You see success comes from taking care of our soul first and foremost. Our thoughts are upon heaven and eternity,our work is kingdom work first. Then all the things we need will be added to us. But not because we desire them. Only because they are needed. I think about Mother Terese who never had anything of earthly value but never lacked. It was such a blessing for me to read your testimony and story. You have wisdom and a discerning spirit that comes from earnestly seeking God. You are right on target about the Holy Spirit . We should all fan the flames of the Spirit in our lives and allow him to manifest Himself in us. Thank you for sharing this story with us.May God go before you always.Thank you for stopping by realchange4u and following.

    Joy to you

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    • Hello there,
      First off all, thank you for visiting my blog and read one of my post. It was such a great honor to me. I also thank you for your great thought about my post. I love you said that we should all fan the flames of the spirit in our lives and allow God to manifest in us. Great thought! Once again thank you for your uplifting comment 🙂 Have A wonderful and blessed day.

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  7. So True Karina it is not what we know as far as what the world values as important but who we know and God tells us whom He chooses to do His work and why, as we can see confirmed in the Scriptures below.

    1 Corinthians 1: 25 31 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many Noble are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea and things which are not to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    With being Dyslectic Karina I have been ridiculed and made fun of quiet a few times but it shows their lack not mine, sad they find the need to belittle others to feel good but I’m not talking about needed correction, done in Love and for Love even if firmly as Jesus and Paul did at times.

    Because of my disability I at first said no to starting a Blog but God had other planes. Although I do make spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes, I’m still amazed that I can write fluently on my Blog and on other People’s Blogs and also when answering e-mails, I can’t normally it takes me ages, I thank God for His empowering by The Holy Spirit who is my strength in Christ Jesus.

    I was thinking of a song for you Karina that would lift your spirit, I hope you like the one I have chosen for you it touches my heart greatly.
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    Christian Love and Blessings – Anne.

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  8. Dear sister Anne,
    First of all, I so glad your comment not on waiting for moderation any more 🙂 as always, I thank you for your insightful comment and the Bible verses. I am sorry don’t know you have dyslectic. I have a disability too, sis. I have hearing disfunction so have use hearing aid. But as you said God has empowered and strengthen us to do something good for others through the posts that we wrote.. Sis, I love to hear a song that have chosen for us. It would be an honor to me.. Please just give me the link to your song so I could hear it 🙂
    Have a wonderful evening to you, sis. God bless.

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  9. Ooh yes,sis I got the link now.. Has copied the link and I will go there as soon as possible. I promise. Now I have to take a rest because tomorrow at 7am I have to ready at Changi Singapore airport. Once again thank you for your kindness, sis. Have a wonderful life in the Lord.

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  11. A great post, Karin. We must remember to keep the spirit of God alive and well within us. For as it says in the words of (2 Timothy 1:7)…”For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

    We may or may not have a great education and wonderful experience, but as His children we do have a spirit of power and sound mind. This will lead us a great ways in life in everything we do.

    Steve

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