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To Care for the Spiritual Being is to Care for the Human Being by Ken Nair
"I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
These words should cause our eyes to widen with anticipation. Jesus is offering us a lifestyle and source of power that is beyond the normal human mind’s ability to even comprehend. And, it can only be obtained as we recognize that we are totally inadequate and undeserving of it. This lifestyle and power cannot be obtained with human cleverness nor might.
In his writings, the disciple John verifies the above message. The most powerful and clever religious leaders just witnessed something that illustrated the incredible power of Jesus. He had just restored the eyesight of a man blind from birth. You would think that astounding miracle in itself would speak volumes to them, but that was not the case. Instead, they confronted Him.
You see, they were familiar with only one form of power, theirs. They were not familiar with another greater form of power, a mature, spiritual capacity that even allowed for comprehending and curing physical situations.
John’s writings validate for us that no one automatically receives the spiritual capacity to comprehend things of a spiritual or physical nature. Jesus’ miracle could not register in the minds of those religious leaders because, although it was a physical situation, it was under His spiritual power. They encountered a spiritual power that was foreign to them.
It’s easier for people to relinquish their need to be responsible than to diligently, consistently search for godliness and find the spiritual power offered. Even today, too many religious leaders are such only because men confer that title upon them. Too many people, not experiencing the power that Jesus is offering here, allow others instead of Christ to have spiritual reign over them. Let’s examine the text in John 10:10 to see if we can uncover this great power Jesus is making available to us.
Come (Greek: erchomai, er´-khom-ahee) to come or go, a decision must be made before action takes place
Might (Greek: dunamai, doo´-nam-ahee) to be able or possible, can do, have power to accomplish
Life (Greek: zoe, dzo-ay´) to live, life (the time involved) alive, lively, quick, (psuche) breath (that is in) your heart/spirit (the spiritual being)
More (Greek: epischuo, ep-is-khoo´-o) from, epi: to superimpose, and ischuo, (is-khoo´-o): to have, through the exercise of force
So, as a paraphrase, John 10:10 could read this way: Jesus said, I have made a decision to come to you because I want you to be able to have power in your life, but here’s what I want you to understand. This is a power to accomplish much more within your spiritual being. It will be superimposed through the exercise of force against your flesh/sin nature. I intend to introduce your human spirit to a life in the spiritual realm (where God dwells), and as a result you will experience a superabundance (in quantity) and a superiority (in quality) as you live life. This superabundant and superior spiritual lifestyle and source of power is only possible, though, when we let Him become our spirit’s Shepherd! Our spirit’s Keeper! Our spirit’s Master!
This kind of spiritual power comes only after we receive Christ as our personal Savior. When we accept Christ as Savior, God’s Holy Spirit indwells our human spirits. The
Holy Spirit is where we get the power and motivation to work at letting Christ become the Lord of our lives.
To have Christ reign as Savior and Lord means that we must work at discovering our flesh/sin nature and daily “put it to death.”
A good place to discover our flesh/sin nature is in God’s Word, the Bible. Reading it cover to cover helps us see the contrasts between our-selves and Christ. We must become conscious of how much our flesh/sin natures control our words, actions and thoughts, and then stop our flesh/sin natures from making decisions that are contrary to Christ-Likeness.
Instead, when we let the Spirit of God prompt our human spirits with godly, biblically validated decisions, then we can illustrate Christ in our every-day lives. Now we’re talking SPIRITUAL POWER!
God bless us as we yield more and more of our “power” for His power.
A prayer: Dear Father, help me discover when I am relying on my own power and strength. Help me challenge myself to turn loose and surrender to You and Your strength and power. I am asking this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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Ken Nair has more then 35 years working side-by-side with husbands, discipling them, encouraging them, and opening their eye's to what Jesus intended for them to have in their marriages.
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