Your faith, your future, your freedom — they are all determined by the condition of your spirit. And that condition is your responsibility to steward.
Over the years, I have seen people allow the negative experiences of life to leave a mark on their spirit in a way that hinders them from experiencing the greatness of God’s blessing. I wonder how you would describe your spirit? Would you say it is uncluttered, generous, and free? Or crowded and cluttered?
We are all instructed in Proverbs 4:23 to guard our heart, for all the issues of life flow out of it. In this verse, the Hebrew translation for the word heart can be used interchangeably with spirit. In other words, guard your spirit—for everything you do flows from it. Let me encourage you to take charge of your own spirit, trusting that God has given you all you need to fulfill your God-given purpose.
Proverbs 25:28 shares a metaphor of what happens when we don’t take care of or “rule over” our own spirit: we are like a city with cracks in our foundations and breaches in our fortifications, open to every kind of attack imaginable—lacking in wisdom, emotionally unstable, prideful, bitter, and unforgiving.
Let’s look at a man in the Bible who guarded his spirit and experienced incredible blessing as a result. Daniel 6:3 describes a man named Daniel as having an excellent spirit—it was this quality that changed the way King Nebuchadnezzar viewed him. He was favored and promoted because of his excellent spirit. The king even distinguished Daniel above the government officials of the time.
Here is why Daniel’s story and is so amazing: in the same way Daniel’s excellent spirit caused the king to look at him differently, so also it can be for you. Daniel’s opportunity and promotion came from the position of his spirit. As you look after your own spirit with diligence, you will be empowered to rise above every difficulty and find favor with others.
Truly, your spirit is the key to unlocking your life and your future. And guarding it according to God’s Word provides the path you are to take. In Psalm 51:11-12 (NKJV), King David writes:
Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit.
I love that verse; and our goal should be the same, to seek after the generous, loving, gracious, merciful, abundant Spirit of God — the Holy Spirit!
John 16:13 (AMPC) says:
But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
This passage shows us how the Holy Spirit desires to move and speak in our lives. But if we are to hear His voice clearly and experience His empowerment then we must have a right spirit — uncluttered and unhindered.
Can you see why a right spirit is crucial to your future and why the devil does everything he can to derail it?
When you guard and protect your spirit, drawing near to the Holy Spirit — His Word and His ways — you’ll receive all you need to continue walking into your destiny.
God has good things ahead for you. The enemy only seeks to hijack your spirit and sabotage your future. You can refuse to let that happen by taking responsibility for your spirit. Your future depends on it. God is with you and the Holy Spirit is present to help you!