And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB2020
You shall love the Lord your God with all your spirit and with all your soul and with all your body. Heart, soul, strength. Spirit, soul, body.
We understand that physical strength is an attribute of our physical bodies. Use your bodies to please the Lord. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
We know that we have souls. They are our unique personalities. It’s what makes us who we are. We think of the soul as being made up of our mind, will and emotions.
Our minds think. Our wills want. Our emotions feel. They are in a constant internal battle for who’s in charge. Our will ultimately wins. We decide whether we listen to our hopefully rational minds or our gut instincts and emotions. It’s good to listen to both, weigh the evidence and decide on a course of action.
There is a better way.
Listen to your heart. Listen to your spirit. It’s the part of you that is permanently anchored in God. That’s where you interface directly with the Holy Spirit. You must quiet your own mind and emotions and use your will to submit to God’s will to get the clearest signal.
If you want to do things right, start with aligning your heart to God. Let the Spirit lead you and your soul and your body will follow.
Agree with God’s truth and act on it. That’s what it means to be a disciple. A disciple learns from their teacher. Our Teacher is the Holy Spirit.
Our minds can doubt. Our bodies can fail us. Our spirits are incorruptible if we have been born of God. God is holy. He puts that same Spirit in our spirits. We have everything we need.
Aligning your heart with God ultimately comes down to an act of your will. God won’t violate your free will. You decide for yourself. However, all the evidence would suggest that choosing God’s will is much better than choosing our own. But He still leaves us that choice. God is a gentleman.
Use your will to choose God’s will. That’s what Jesus did all the time. He never wavered. He obeyed His Father all the time. He never sinned. He never disobeyed. Was He tempted? Yes, in every way that we are. But He chose, by an act of His own free will, to obey His Father, even to being put to death on a cross.
Jesus is our example to follow.
The Father has a will and a plan and a purpose for your life. Discover it by inquiring of the Holy Spirit. Talking with God is an integral part of having a relationship with God. Are you on speaking terms with God? He’s always happy to hear from you.
At the end of the day, God’s will will prevail. We choose whether we win or lose. Choose God’s will, be on Team Jesus, and win with an overwhelming victory. Choose something else, hopefully learn our lesson before it’s too late.
Father, we choose, as an act of our free will, to submit to You and Your ways. Lead us and guide us everyday by Your Spirit. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.Deuteronomy 6:6 NASB2020