Serving In The Spirit


How do we serve with our spirit in the gospel? For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9 NKJV). Here is the Modern Language Bible translation. “For God, whom I serve with my spiritual self in the good news concerning His Son, bears me witness how constantly I mention you whenever I am at my prayers.” We are spirit, soul, and body. The soul stands between the body and the spirit. Our body connects to the world around us as we receive external sense information from the body to make decisions. Our spirit connects to the Spirit of God and receives information to help us make decisions. When we serve the body, we are in the flesh.

When we serve the Spirit, we are in the spirit. We serve the Spirit when directed to act according to the directions of God. Paul said he was serving the spirit in the gospel—in the spread of the Gospel. To serve is to minister, even worship the Father by listening to the Spirit and acting accordingly. We walk in the spirit because we directed by the indwelling Spirit.

Bigger Than You Imagine

Sometimes we maintain a small image of something that is really bigger. Seeing pictures of Niagara Falls is an example, but until you’ve been there in person do you understand the magnitude of just how powerful and BIG it really is. And, unfortunately the same thing happens in our spiritual lives. You’re told God loves you so much that it’s sometime hard to fathom. You’re told about God’s great grace through the finished work of Jesus. You get a glimpse of it in recognizing that you were saved by grace through faith in Jesus. Is that all there is to God’s grace? No!

Paul says in Romans 5:17 that we receive the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. God’s grace never runs out. You can’t deplete God’s grace ever. And when you believed in Jesus, you got it all. The abundance and fullness of every good gift that God has is already yours, benefits of the New Covenant. You’re a joint heir with Jesus so everything is rightfully yours as His child. Allow God’s kaleidoscope of grace in you to become bigger than you can imagine.

Do Believers Still Pray Today?


Do Believers still pray today?For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:9 NKJV). Life today is hectic and busy. When I retired, I expected to have plenty of time to do what I wanted to do. I remember when I was about to retire from IBM, I attended a retirement seminar. One thing I heard from the speakers was that unless you do some time management, your days will slip by and you’ll get nothing done. Your time will fill with unexpected things.

Time is a precious commodity. With writing for our websites, I don’t seem to get to other writing I want to do. Prayer can take a back seat. I don’t know if Paul had regular times of prayer, but when he prayed, he thought of those he ministered to and those he hoped he would minister. In Philippians 1:3, Paul said, “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you.” In addition, in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 he said, “Pray without ceasing.” Listen for the Holy Spirit to bring remembrance of someone and then pray for him or her.

Breathing In His Grace

Part of your Spiritual Breathing training is to keep at it. It isn’t something you say once and then that’s it. It’s a practice you’ll need to do every day. For some of us it may be needed multiple times during a day. That’s okay because there’s plenty of provision for meeting our needs. Recognize that each time you breathe in God’s promises, you are breathing in His grace. You’re breathing in His promise to come to your aid. You’re breathing in His faithfulness, His peace, His Joy, His provision. It’s His abundant, over the top, more than sufficient grace to meet whatever you need. It isn’t taking a shallow breath, but a deep filling of your lungs and your entire being with the presence of Jesus.

Your ‘needs’ can sometimes overwhelm you but God’s grace is abundant and never runs out. His provision is more than your need. You won’t experience it by continuing to talk about your lack. That’s why spiritual breathing is so important. It’s time to breathe in His grace. Focus on Jesus. Receive His provisions for you, and you’ll be refreshed in His grace and goodness.