144. The Spirit of Infirmity

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 

  • etc.

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

  • Laugh more

  • Read

  •  Love on ourselves and other people

  • Eat better

  • Take care of our bodies

  • Live life and don't become a casualty of the day-to-day grind

There are too many of us creating a negative life's experience by what we allow ourselves to be exposed to, what we do with our actions, and what we allow ourselves to meditate on. And just like it says in Philippians 4:8

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Be set free from that spirit of infirmity, and watch your life surpass your wildest dreams.