+ Spirit

Your spirit and God’s Spirit have a unique and special relationship. In Ephesians 3:16, Paul prays for the church and he talks specifically about our spirit and God’s Spirit when he says, “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being."

When we give our lives to Christ, we begin a new journey which changes us literally from the inside out. Scripture tells us, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). When we accept Christ, Scripture tells us that we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of God literally takes up residence within us. When we become more like Christ we are better able to face the trials that life brings, we become more loving, more understanding, and more forgiving.

+ Mind

Along with strengthening our spirit, it is important to exercise our minds. Scripture tells us that we should take every thought captive and make them obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV). This means that we can discipline our mind to be obedient and think thoughts that are pleasing to God.

So how do we do this? Much like exercising the spirit we must also engage the mind.

+ Body

Being disciplined when it comes to the physical body can sometimes be the most difficult thing to do. But bringing our own flesh into obedience to Christ is a great way to exercise those spiritual muscles. The flesh is sometimes so demanding! Check out the options here for ways to get connected in taking care of the body God has given you.

Spiritual formation in Christ is not a passive process. Grace does not make us passive. Divine grace is God acting in our life to accomplish what we cannot do on our own. It informs our being and actions and makes them effective in the wisdom and power of God. Hence, grace is not opposed to effort (in actions) but to earning (an attitude).
— Dallas Willard

Have questions about spiritual formation? Contact Vicki Ferrier, our Spiritual Formation Coordinator.