Keeping in line with our previous devotional on spiritual fitness and the fruit of the spirit, today we will discuss things that inhibit our spiritual health and work out regimen. This brings us to our key text coming out of Galatians 5:26 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Nothing will clog our spiritual arteries like doing things for man’s glory, pushing others’ buttons on purpose, or wanting what other people have. Apostle Paul is the speaker in this text, and these are the words of wisdom he uses to seal his message on setting aside desires of the flesh for the fruit of the Spirit. In more modern terms, it is as if Paul is saying, “There’s no need in you getting that spiritual cardio and eating the fruit of the Spirit if you are going to turn around and have a Big Mac for dinner.” Exercise and fruit may cut back and help to alleviate the junk food of the flesh, but it does not remove the full negative impact. More plainly stated, when one starts feeding their spirit with the praise of man as opposed to living a life pleasing to God, that person is developing spiritual plaque build up. And, none of us are interested in having a spiritual heart attack, right? When we’re not filled with the Word of God, we become vulnerable to attacks from the enemy, and best believe when the enemy fires, he’s aiming straight for your heart. What’s our defense? A strong spiritual immune system. How do we get that? Through healthy spiritual diet and exercise.
Have a blessed day!
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