What are you devoted to? Where do you find yourself spending most of your time? There is yet another beauty treatment that we have created for the Beauty Treatment Retreat, which is not in my book. We are calling it the beauty treatment of conditioning. Darn I wish I would have that of this before my book was published, but oh well, it is an amazing time for the ladies who experience this workshop at our retreat. They learn His Style of Conditioning, and I hope you do too.
Hair symbolizes dedication (see Numbers 6:8-9) and so therefore we are going to consider what or who we devote our time to. Ultimately, what we spend our time and energy on what defines the foundation of our dedication (See Luke 7:38-45). If a woman’s hair is her glory (1 Corinthians 11:15), then her hair is establishing her identity. She is a queen, and she will look into His perfect Law (James 1:22-25), into His mirror and see WHO SHE IS.
Our Dedication Reveals who we are Devoted to
When we do not devote our time to reading his Word, and applying His Style then we end up comparing ourselves with someone else. We then look into the natural mirror and see all the flaws that the world has pointed out to us. If we dedicate our time to watching TV shows that reflect today’s women, then we will reflect what we see. All media, music, computer, iphones, etc. can be distractions to our devotion, and we can think of them as being tangles. God’s Word detangles those distractions.
Our hair His Style!
What does His style look like?
- He is a curled up scroll ready to unroll before the hearts of every man and woman.
- His style is an un-conditional love for you.
- His Style is wrapped in the foils of forgiveness.
- He blows His Spirit upon your head to give you waves of wisdom.
- His style is straight and narrow.
- He cuts off the dead stuff.
- The beauty of His Style is found in the braids of His Body, how they are intertwined and woven together.
- His style is colorful and His Word gives highlights to your path.
- He conditions the heart deeply.
The Lord’s Deep Conditioning Treatment:The Lord Himself is Spiritually conditioning your heart!
Conditioning is intended to improve the condition of something. I don’t need to tell you that the condition of the Church needs improvement, nor do I need to tell you that we need the condition of our own hearts to improve either. We know that full well. We see it in the mirror every day. Sometimes we wake up with a bad hair day and nothing seems to go right.
Physical conditioning definition: the process of training to become physically fit by a regimen of exercise, diet, and rest; also: the resulting state of physical fitness: a simple form of learning involving the formation, strengthening, or weakening of an association between a stimulus and a response.
Example: With the proper conditioning, the horse will learn to trust and obey its handler.
Are you running the race with perseverance?
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
Someone who might be in that strict training will work on the specific actions over, and over, and over again. During this training, there is no thinking, there is just acting from his conditioning.
Spiritual conditioning is no different, although it is not as much part of our reality as the physical.
In life, situations arise that require an immediate response on our part. If we are well conditioned, our response will be acting in harmony with the principles we’ve practiced.
When we’ve really absorbed the principles, and they’ve become part of who we are, we no longer need to wonder what action to take. We can eliminate the mental debate and evaluation, and act out of love and service…immediately.
As easy as it is to see the importance of keeping up some type of a conditioning problem physically, it is amazing to see the unbelievably large number of Christians that see no need in keeping themselves in a “spiritual” conditioning program.
It is so sad to look about us and see many children of God becoming weak in their faithfulness to the Lord. The distractions of the world are robbing the Bride of her strength, just as cutting the hair of Samson robbed him of his strength (Judges 16:17). There must be a concentrated effort on our part to remain strong spiritually. The Lord knew of the weakening effects of tangling temptations day in and day out that His children would have to face.
He also knows that we must strive to be strong, so he challenges us to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.” (Eph. 6:10)
It begins with letting “the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom …” (Col. 3:16). Then grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ …” (2 Pet. 3:18). When we constantly make application of His style in our life then He says we will be strong in Him. (1 John 2:14). Life is a race to be lived that has already been won by Jesus Christ! Proper spiritual conditioning is key for endurance.
It is His desire for us to grow and mature. Spiritual conditioning is key! He does not want you “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” The Holy Spirit will light up your path. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with perseverance the race marked before us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” God is sooo good! We need to be conditioned to live in heavenly places where our focus is on the crown of Life, which is Jesus himself. In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people. Isaiah 28:5
Is Jesus your strength and conditioning coach? Then you can definitely endure! In this spiritual race our prize is guaranteed. To God be the Glory!