29th June 2012

The God-Given Human Spirit

“We were like those who dream”
Psalm 126:1 (NKJV)

Did you read or hear about the double amputee who recently ascended Kilimanjaro?

Despite having had both his legs amputated in infancy, Spencer West persevered and used his hands to climb Africa’s equatorial mountain. His inspirational ascent of Kilimanjaro reminds us that, what may seem impossible could be possible.

It is a testimony to the human spirit. But where does it come from, this impulse to achieve remarkable things? Even when all seems lost, we can imagine winning. Against all odds we dream of better things.

The Bible suggests an answer. The legendary King Solomon said of humanity, that God “had put eternity in their hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The desire to reach beyond ourselves is a gift from God. Our human spirit comes from him. God gave us all the uplifting and special qualities that humanity possesses because he wants us to enjoy life abundantly.

James, the brother of Jesus, put it this way: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights” (James 1:17).

The human spirit is an expression of God’s love for us.

Let’s use God’s gift. Think possibility.

You can do more than you think you can.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of the human spirit, and that in Jesus what may seem impossible becomes possible.

Study by James Henderson

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