2 Timothy 4:22… “The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen” (KJV). The word “spirit” refers to the vital principle of your makeup. It also, as in this text, refers to your mental disposition. The apostle Paul closed all his epistles with the words of our text. Note Colossians 4:18: “The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.” Grace is divine favor and also the operational gifts of the Holy Spirit. Note Philemon 1:25, Hebrews 13:25, Titus 3:15, 1 Timothy 6:21, 2 Thessalonians 3:18, 1 Thessalonians 5:28, Philippians 4:23, Ephesians 6:24, Galatians 6:18, 2 Corinthians 13:14, 1 Corinthians 16:23-24, and Romans 16:24. The Holy Spirit and grace are connected together. The spirit part of us is the part of us that God touches, and it is our spirit that touches God.
Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3-4 that the conditions in the world are not very good. Paul uses the words “perilous times” (3:1, KJV). In our land, this is very real. My question to you is, what kind of attitude are you manifesting? What about your mental position, your emotional position, your posture? Are you in control of your spirit? Is the grace of Christ operating there?
Proverbs 18:14 reads, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?” (KJV). The Message reads, “A healthy spirit conquers adversity, but what can you do when the spirit is crushed?” Solomon is talking about the spirit that will not break down under pressure. The word “sustain” means “to maintain.”
Proverbs 25:28 says, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls” (KJV). Simply put, “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.” Solomon is talking about your defenses. Christians should be keener in their spirit than those without Christ. When King David was under pressure, he encouraged himself in God and in the Word of God. Job lost everything and was still able to worship. Paul learned to be content when he was in want and when he was persecuted. In other words, all outward troubles that come against us can be handled when God’s grace is with our spirit. When your spirit is wounded, you are vulnerable to all kinds of troubles. Paul told Timothy in our text that there is nothing in this life that has power to disturb you. There is nothing that can rise up and separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:35-39). There are five areas we need to shore up in our lives to maintain a right spirit.
Luke 18:1… “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (KJV). The word “faint” refers to a weak spirit, a ‘cave-in’ mentality. Jesus had just spoken to the apostles about the end times in Luke 17, and told them of the importance of prayer.
2 Corinthians 4:1… “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not” (KJV). Are you tired of being faithful? Don’t cave in. Press on. We renounce anything that hides Christ from shining through.
Ephesians 3:13… “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory” (KJV). Are you tired of your tribulations and pressures? Paul says, “Don’t cave in; don’t turn back.” Paul says that his trials give him more boldness to preach the gospel. He was maintaining his spirit with the help of the grace of God, and you can do the same.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18… “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (KJV). Is old age creeping up on you? Your physical body may not be as strong as it used to be. Keep a good spirit–we are almost there. God’s grace can refresh the inward man daily. As we age, we go through physical changes. You cannot escape this. Paul says that in the light of eternity, our bodies here on earth last only a moment. Shout “Hallelujah!” at those wrinkles.
Galatians 6:9-10… “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (KJV). Are you weary in well-doing? God’s grace can help you maintain a good spirit. There is a rejoicing day coming. Keep doing good work. Look after the household of faith. Stick with it.
Psalm 143:3-4… David prayed, “For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath smitten my life down to the ground; he hath made me to dwell in darkness, as those that have been long dead. Therefore is my spirit overwhelmed within me; my heart within me is desolate” (KJV). An enemy was afflicting his body, and it was affecting his spirit. Then as the chapter goes on, he remembered what God can do. “Help me, Lord before I lose my strength. Show me the way to be lifted up, O Lord. Teach me, Lord; Thy Spirit is good. Lord, you make me alive. I am Thy servant and in submission to you (vv. 8-12).” Yes, saints… The Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Let His grace work with you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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