I just heard a sermon by Bishop TD Jakes that blew my socks off. Bishop talked about a certain type of people. People who're always sick, always complaining, always broke, always miserable and unhappy, always negative. He talked about people who seem to have all the capabilities to succeed -- the knowledge, the potential, the contacts -- but for some reason they can never seem to advance.
I identified with that category immediately. To be more specific, I felt like I fell into that category. I knew that I had all these tools to succeed but for some reason, victory seemed elusive.
That's when Bishop said something that I thought was interesting. He said that if we're doing everything right to get better -- whether that's losing weight, taking classes, surrounding ourselves with better people, saving money, or trying our best to be positive --then perhaps, our physical actions are not to blame. Maybe it has to do with a spirit of infirmity. He says there is a:
Spirit of sickness
Spirit of poverty
Spirit of obesity
Spirit of negativity
Spirit of depression
Spirit of unintelligence
Maybe the reason why those who seem to be in a cycle of losing is because there's something in our spirit that is dangerous, negative, toxic, or harmful that has unfortunately manifested in our physical body. We are carrying around this toxicity and wonder why we can't get our lives together!
So how do we cleanse our spirit? What can we do to rid ourselves of the harmful nature that rests in our gut, causing a bacteria to eat away at our insides until we become rotted from the inside out? Well, we do the obvious. We:
Change our mindset
Expose ourselves to positive things
Meditate and pray
Continue to surround ourselves with upbeat people
Work on our work
Give, give, give
Love on ourselves and other people
Take care of our bodies
Live life and don't become a casualty of the day-to-day grind