The struggle is real. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, it is inevitable that we will experience it. In Monday’s LivingItOut, we defined struggle as the tension of wanting what we don’t have or having what we don’t want. We all experience struggle, and chances are this is a truth you know well.
In the message from the weekend service, Lead Pastor Ben Snyder shared three dimensions where we experience this struggle. We struggle physically, mentally, and spiritually. The physical dimension relates to our body, while the mental dimension relates to our thinking and emotions. These first two are easily recognizable. Once identified, we then begin working to correct them, and in doing so, we grow tired, and we may miss the most critical dimension namely the spiritual dimension, which relates to our eternal being. This causes us to lack the spiritual vision it takes to see the next steps we need to take.
Awareness of the spiritual dimension is the first step toward gaining spiritual vision. The story of Nicodemus shows us the need for our spirit to be made alive through God’s spirit. Jesus described this coming to life as being born again.
5 Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. 6 Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.
Merely being aware of the spiritual dimension and our need to be born again isn’t enough though. We need to trust God’s spirit and the vision he provides.
Without trust, all that God freely gives us won’t make sense. It will all seem foolish. But when we trust God, we can begin to see things the way God sees them. Our struggles won’t go away, but we will see them differently and recognize the next steps that we need to take.
1 Corinthians 2:10-14
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
In which dimension do you notice yourself struggling: physical, mental, or spiritual? Which is your life lacking, and how is that affecting your spiritual vision?
Stop fixating on the struggle and start focusing on God. Read the full story of Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus in John 3: 1-18. If you haven’t taken the step of trusting Jesus, make a decision to follow Jesus today. If you take that step today, let someone know. Tell a friend, tell someone in your Group or at church. Or email us at LIO@cedarcreek.tv. We would love to hear from you.
21 Days of Prayer:
Day 3 – My heart (Psalm 139:23-24)
Father God, I ask you to search my heart. If you find anything in me that is offensive, please show me and help me remove it from my life. Lead me to live a life that draws people to you. Help me live my life on Earth in a way that impacts eternity. Amen.
This post was written by Ben Bockert. Ben is a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters. He is honored to serve as the Director of the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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