Each of us is made up of spirit, soul, and body. Our spirit is the most crucial of the three. It is the one that will remain with us long after this life, we need to feed our spirit often.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
The body and soul must be submitted to the spirit. This is so difficult because many of us have been taught to spend far more time feeding our bodies and souls, rather than our spirits, therefore the body and soul are often louder than the spirit.
Chris Hodges says this, “when the body and soul are hungry, they get loud, but when the spirit is hungry it gets quiet”.
Our bodies and souls insist on being fed, our spirit on the other hand isn’t as demanding, but it is critical to this life that we keep our spirits well fed. Our spirit is what enables us to fully walk in the power of Jesus Christ.
We must be intentional about keeping our spirits fed. Today I am going to share with you 10 ways to feed your spirit so you are equipped to live this life to the fullest potential.
Prayer is how we communicate with God. There is power in prayer, and you better believe it feeds your spirit to spend time praying. This doesn’t need to be overly complicated; it is as simple as sharing your heart with the Lord.
The more you do this the more your prayer life will become like an ongoing conversation with the Lord that keeps your spirit fed daily.
Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
2. Pray in Your Prayer Language
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26
Praying in our prayer language allows our spirit to take the lead. We admit we don’t always know the right thing to pray, but our spirit deep within does. This is a wonderful way to feed your spirit.
But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21
We were made for worship. Worship is a powerful way to feed your spirit. This can be in a church setting, in your car, in your home, at your workplace, and the list could go on and on.
I know I feel such a shift in the atmosphere of our home when I turn on worship music. Listening to worship music is not the only way to worship the Lord, but it is one powerful way to keep your thoughts right and your spirit fed.
Psalm 100:2, “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”
4. Read the Word
The bible is the living Word of God. Reading it empowers and strengthens our spirit. If you struggle with reading your bible, I encourage you to check out this post, 10 Tips to Study Your Bible.
Know that the most important step here is to begin by praying and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you. Through the Holy Spirit you can begin to understand this powerful book in such a way that absolutely transforms your life and keeps your spirit well fed.
The Word of God is literally spiritual food for our bodies. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “in the same way that nursing infants cry for milk, you must intensely crave the pure spiritual milk of God’s Word. For this “milk” will cause you to grow into maturity, fully nourished and strong for life.” TPT
5. Spend Time with Like-Minded Believers
The Word tells us where two or more are gathered in His name there He is with them. (Matthew 18:20) Spending time with other like-minded Christians feeds your spirit.
Proverbs 27:17 tells us that as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. This means that we can build each other up and help increase each others faith by spending time talking about the Lord.
I can’t tell you how many times even a simple phone call with a like-minded believer has increased my faith and fed my spirit. Talking about God and sharing how He is working in our lives should be an ongoing conversation.
6. Give Thanks
Psalms 106:1 says, “Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” You can find countless scriptures on giving thanks to the Lord. We were made to worship God and continually be thankful for His many blessings.
Being thankful feeds your spirit because when you are thankful you are living as you were always meant to live. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Ann Voskamp has an amazing book on the transforming power of being thankful. Check it out here!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the body and soul get loud when they are hungry, but the spirit gets quiet. Not feeding your body or soul for a period allows your spirit to take the lead.
There are many different fast you can do, and I have experienced the power of fasting in my own life. I certainly feel my spirit come more alive during periods of fasting. Always pray and seek direction from the Lord before beginning a fast.
Matthew 4:4 reminds us that man cannot live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the Father’s heart. Fasting is a great way to position yourself to hear clearly from the Lord and to feed your spirit.
8. Attend a Church Service
There are times I step into our church on Sunday mornings, and I truly feel my spirit come alive. We are called to regularly gather with like-minded believers. There is nothing quite like joining together in worship and hearing the Word with a group of people on fire for Jesus Christ.
Attending church is a great way to nourish and feed your spirit. “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25
9. Meditate on Scripture
Romans 8:6, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” When we spend time meditating on scripture, we allow our spirit to govern our mind rather than our flesh.
My flesh is constantly trying to govern my mind. I have to be so intentional about meditating on God’s word instead of all of the things my flesh would have me mediate on throughout the day.
We can do this by picking one scripture to think on throughout the day or having several “go to” scriptures that we turn to when we feel our thoughts shifting in the wrong direction. Meditating on the Word of God is fuel to our spirits.
10. Remove Impurities from Your Life
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
We live in a fallen and sinful world and we simply cannot fill our spirits with things this world says are acceptable. If something gives you a gut check or a yuck, that is your spirit telling you this isn’t acceptable for you.
Even if it is something everyone around you is doing, if it gives you a yuck, remove it from your life. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and it is worth keeping pure.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19
Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and what He may be calling you to remove from your life. It may even be something that doesn’t appear “bad”, but just simply isn’t right for you and the path God is leading you down.
I hope these tips have inspired and encouraged you to spend more time feeding your spirit. It is well worth any effort it may take. A well-fed spirit is essential to stepping into our callings and living this life well.
Spend time feasting on the Word of God and watch your spirit come to life. God is for you, and He desires the best for you!
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