In Part 1, I talked about how we as people and Christians should glorify God with our bodies and not allow the world/society to dictate how we are supposed to dress or let the world/society diminish your value. Today though, we will be talking about the 2nd aspect of giving glorifying God; glorifying God in the Spirit.
Now, what does it mean to glorify God in the spirit? Well, the word Spirit comes from the Greek word “pneuma” meaning “to breathe” or “to blow.” So, here is the question: How do we give glorify God with in spirit? In the Bible, there are several key references that I feel give us an understanding of how we are supposed to glorify God in the spirit. In Galatians 5:16-18, Paul, is telling the people of Galatia that they are to walk in the Spirit and not succumb to the desires of the flesh.
“16. I say then: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
What does Paul mean when he says to walk in the Spirit? and if we are led by the spirit, why are we not under the law? In my opinion, Paul is saying that we are to walk in the Holy Spirit, by mirroring what the Holy Spirit does and what the Holy Holy Spirit is. When referring to verses 17-18, I feel Paul is addressing this day and age.
In this technological age; we as people and Christians have become so enticed by the desires of our flesh that we fail to realize that we are not just battling against God, but afainst His spirit that resides in us. Blogger Justinr wrote a blog post entitled, “I Belong Series – I Am A Living Sacrifice” where she talks about belonging to Christ because we as people and as Christians are called to be a “living sacrifice…”
In the blog post, Justine said, “… Then spiritual transformation really begins as we surrender our “self” and I feel that this statement should be applied today. By giving up the desires of our flesh, we as people and Christians should live at the temples of the Holy Spirit and give glory to God by recognizing and following the aspects that the Holy Spirit represents.
Now, you may be asking yourself “What are the aspects if the Holy Spirit?”, but if we turn to Galatians 5:22-23; Paul guves us a description of all the aspects of the Holy Spirit that we should learn to emulate.
“22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering ,kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23. gentleness, self-control…”
The 9 “Fruits of the Spirit” are what; as Christians and people we should strive to be everyday. We should strive to be loving, joyful, have peace in times of trouble, be kind to each other, we should learn to be patient (longsuffering), be faithful to God, His Word, and our friends and family, be good to ourselves and God, be humble or gentle; and most of all: have self-control.
But don’t just take my word for it, I recently watched a YouTube video called “Glorify God in Spirit (Bethel Baptist Collegeville)” where Pastor Wilder starts a series focusing on this very important topic. In the video, Pastor Wilder has several key points that we should employ if we want to glorify God in body and spirit.
- “Get rid of anything that defies your body.”
- “Glorify God by exercising spirit with Godliness.”
- “Praying in the spirit helps to develop your spirit.”
Also, throughout the sermon, Pastor Wilder makes a reference to 1 Corinthians 14:14-15 saying, “14. For if I pray and income my favorite praise my understanding is unfruitful. 15. … I will pray with the spirit and I will also pray with the understanding and also sing with the spirit of it and I’m also sing with understanding”
This scripture for me is saying that if we pray with the haughty heart, then our spirit prays but our understanding of the prayer of won’t produce good Christian fruit, but if we pray with a heart of admiration to God; then we will be able to understand our prayers to God’s Word.
Pastor Wilder states, “True service to God is serving God with my spirit.”
SpaniardVIII wrote a blog post entitled, “Biblical Q & A: A Question on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. How Do We Worship God in Our Body” where he answers the question on glorifying God in our bodies and spirit. In the blog post, SpaniardVIII says, “When we are using our bodies for sin especially, in the case of sexual immorality we are contaminating the temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in it”
I feel that this statement is pertinent to today’s society because as I have continually stated sexual immorality is not just a sin against your body but also a sin against the Holy Spirit who is inside you. SpaniardVIII also wrote another blog post called “Walking by the Spirit” where he talks about glorifying God in the spirit but from a different perspective.
In the blog post, SpaniardVIII explains how we are to walk in the Spirit and that as Christians by walking in the Holy Spirit; it will allow us to resist the temptations of the flesh. He goes on to say, “By being directed by the spirit he will reveal God’s word to you and enable you to live a life that pleases Him.” Personally, I think this is a great statement.
It shows us that, as people and as Christians; we can glorify God in the spirit by listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to direct us to the people and places we were meant to go.
SpaniardVIII stated, “By walking in the spirit, the only way we can overcome the lust of the flesh [is] if we allow the Spirit to direct us…”
Another way for us as people and Christians to glorify God in our bodies is to put away all manner of dark and lustful thoughts from our minds as Ephesians 4:30-31 says, ” 30. And do not grieve the holy spirit of God by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31. Let all bitterness wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speak and be put away from you with all malice.”
The scripture above shows the complete opposite of what aspects the Holy Spirit wants us to use. In order to truly bring glory to God through our representation of His Spirit on Earth; we Christians and people must not only memorize, recite, and speak the fruits of the spirit but actually live by them. If for one day, we would live by the fruits of the Spirit and not by the spoiled desires the flesh we could change a person’s life or even situation to our own lives.
In an article by Erin Brindley, a Minister Assistant at the Village Church entitled, “Honor God with Your Body” where she talks about giving glory to God not just through your body and spirit, but in everyday activities.
- Honor God with Sleep
- ” Our worth isn’t in our work or measured in our wordly achievements, and our God doesn’t need us to accomplish His Will.”
- ” God gifts us with sleep, not for self-indulgence, but so that we may worship and witness to Him.”
- ” We must approach sleep like anything else, with intentionality in our worship and witness to God, living by the Spirit and not gratifying the desires of the flesh.”
- Honor God with Food
- “God gifted us with good fuel to sustain, nourish, and energize, our bodies for worship and witness.”
- “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever to do, do all to the glory of God.”
- ” We fuel our bodies for the glory of God and good of others.”
- “We fight the temptation to dethrone God by our gluttony or deprivation.”
- Honor God with Exercise
- “The Bible uses the body as an illustration for God’s purpose.”
- “Our physical bodies have many members.”
- “The members need to be flexed, strengthened, and built up as the habit of life.”
- “… the fitness of our physical beings is a spiritual exercise.”
- ” We view our bodies as vehicles of vitality that they may be used for the building up of the larger body.”
In the end, though we as people and Christians should learn to glorify God with our spirits by emulating the fruits of the Spirit; making sure that we continue to let Him guide us and direct us on how God wants us to live our lives. By walking in the Spirit, we are able to stay in touch with the Holy Spirit and we are able to then give glory to God.
So what will you do? Will you continue to give the glory to yourself and follow the world’s view on glory? Or, will you turn and give glory to God by not only emulating but producing the fruit of the spirit and others?
Brindley, Erin. “Honor God with your body” 9 Jun 2015. The Village Church, http://www.tvcresources.net/resource-library/articles/honor-god-with-your-body . Accessed 9 August 2017.
“Glorify God in Spirit (Bethel Baptist Collegeville)” YouTube, uploaded by Bethel Baptist, 4 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSbdcT3gdIE . Accessed 8 August 2017.
Justine. “I Belong Series – I Am A Living Sacrifice” 3 May 2017. myheartssong.com, http://my-heartssong.com/2017/05/03/I-belong-series-i-am-a-living-sacrifice/. Accessed 7 August 2017.
SpaniardVIII. “Biblical Q & A: A Question on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. How do we Worship God in Our Body?” 8 August 2017, spiritualminefield.wordpress.com, http://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/biblical-qa-a-question-on-1-corinthians-619-20-how-do-worship-god-in-our-body/. Accessed 8 August 2017.
● “Walking by the Spirit” 1 August 2017, spiritualminefield.wordpress.com, https://spiritualminefield.wordpress.com/2017/08/01/walking-by-the-spirit . Accessed 9 August 2017.
Author Unknown. “1 Corinthians 6:19-20” https://i.pinimg.com/originals/f3/23/bb/f323bb786d07c53f7b8a9a84e1991c3a.jpg . Accessed 7 August 2017.
Bibles for America. “Three Parts of a Man: Spirit, Soul, and Body” http://blog.biblesforamerica.org/the-three-parts-of-a-man-spirit-soul-and-body . Accessed 8 August 2017.
Crosswalk. “Fruit of the Spirit” http://www.crosswalk.com/inspirations/the-fruit-of-the-spirit.html . Accessed 9 August 2017.
Justine. “Romans 12:1: I am a living sacrifice” http://my-heartssong.com/2017/05/03/I-belong-series-i-am-a-living-sacrifice/. Accessed 10 August 2017.