I love the quote:”We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin! It is so very true and I have witnessed it! Yet, far too many of us neglect and/or ignore our spiritual health. We all need spiritual strength regardless of the religion we practice.
Spiritual strength must be worked for just like physical strength. Just because we are God’s creations does not mean that we are born with an inexhaustible supply of spiritual strength. Just like our bodies needs consistent nourishment from food and water – our spirits needs frequent nourishment from the kinds of things that bring us spiritual strength.
I have found that things like prayer, scripture reading, meditation, giving service, spending time with nature and listening to inspirational music are some of the most effective forms of spiritual “exercise”. Those things that cause us to come closer to God build our spiritual strength and those things which ostracize us from God deplete our spiritual reserves.
No one would try to run a marathon without first completing exhaustive training. Life, without fail, brings difficulties and trials. When we are spiritually strong, that strength along with God’s assistance will carry us through every time!
Today, I share a wonderful example from the bible of those that were spiritually strong and who received a miracle in their lives because they had prepared themselves spiritually. I hope you enjoy!:
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—Daniel 3
King Nebuchadnezzar built an idol to show his own power and strength in the world. He commanded all of the inhabitants of Babylon to bow and worship his creation. There was to be a great ceremony in which the people would worship together. When the ceremony began everyone bowed to the idol except three young Hebrew men—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
The three men had been brought from Israel as slaves, yet through time they were promoted to positions of authority because of their great wisdom. When it was time to worship the image they stood strong because of their belief in the God of Israel.
For not obeying the king’s command, they were sentenced to be burned in a furnace. The king was so angry at their disobedience that he demanded the furnace be heated seven times more than normal for the trio.
The Bible says that the furnace was so hot that the soldiers who threw the three men in were consumed by the fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were not harmed in any way. The ropes which bound them were burned away, but they walked about freely in the fire. Nebuchadnezzar said that he saw them walking around with a fourth person who he believed was the Son of God.
For their strength and trust in God, the king proclaimed his trust in the God of Israel.
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