Rule your spirit; rule a city
He that is
slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city. Proverbs 16:32
The first verse says that one who
is slow to anger is better than the mighty. Then it says that one who rules
over his spirit is better than he that takes over a city. It also indirectly
relates to the one who is slow to anger with the one who can rule over his spirit.
It is good to control one’s anger, just as it is good to rule over one’s
spirit. There is also the imagery of a mighty one ruling over a city. In other
words, it is better to restrain and rule over one’s spirit than be a mighty one
who takes over a city. Imagine how challenging it would be to take over a city
and rule over it—comparing ruling one’s spirit to ruling over something as
extended and dynamic as a city is insightful.
Interestingly, it is not the only
time the Bible compares the human spirit to a city:
He that hath
no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without
walls. Proverbs 25:28
The second proverb compares
someone who does not rule his spirit with a broken down city without walls. A
city that is practically in ruins. In other words, it is saying that someone
who does not care for his spirit will be in ruins like a city without rule.
We need to know what is at stake
here and unveil the meaning of both terms: spirit and rule. Understanding
what we need to rule over is essential. To rule the spirit is not expressly
about ruling over the human spirit. On the contrary, it is about the spirit man
leading over everything else that is spiritual in ourselves. Our soul, mind,
and internal makeup are probably included here in the word spirit. That is why
the comparison is to a city in the most extended sense of the word spirit. Our
spiritual makeup is complex, broad, deep, and high. A comparison to a city may
even fall short, as we have been created in the image of God.
God-given and joined to the Lord,
our spirit has the skill to rule over our invisible and spiritual makeup. We
believe the issue is not about controlling the spirit, but of exercising
dominion over what is spirit in us. Saying differently, it is about exercising
authority over our spiritual makeup. Yes, there is a spirit in us, but this
spirit governs over spiritual things within us.
Reigning over our spirit is much
more than just controlling anger. Many things can cause anger, but our spirit
needs to have dominion over very many things that will affect our self-control.
That is why our spirit is compared to controlling an entire city. There are as
many factors that could make us lose control as there would be when trying to
reign over a city.
Following the two proverbs, we
have, on the one hand, a man ruling as he should, and on the other, a city in
They present two opposite images
that give crucial insight into why we should know about what encompasses our
spirit-man and what is at stake if we fail to understand the spiritual nature
of it all. Our spirit compared to a city, reveals the nature of our spirit.
There is more to the spirit than just a figure-shaped being. The spirit-man is
surrounded by many things, as any citizen would be, such as gates, walls, and
buildings. This surrounding is spiritual in nature. Its substance is spirit
It is not a coincidence that two
verses compare ruling the spirit as ruling over a city. Many things inside us
are needed for our spirit to operate in leadership over our mind, soul, body,
and heart. There are probably as many as we would find in a city. Our inside is
larger than our outside in the understanding that we are multidimensional
beings. If our spiritual makeup is like a big and complex city, then we have a
significant challenge to rule over it.
defines the word for city as a place guarded by a
watch or by waking. This definition fits precisely what our spirit should do in
us. Our spirit needs to watch over our different parts—including our soul,
mind, and heart—to walk in dominion in our lives. To rule, govern, administer, or
judge over our own life as if it were a city is just the beginning of a
beautiful adventure to learn our identity, destiny, and joy of living.
The word to rule evokes two
things that would make sense if we want to walk in dominion. To make something
straight using a ruler and measuring if something is to the right size. With
that in mind, having rule over our spirit would be about our spirit checking if
things are straight and measured up.
The definition of the word to
rule in the paragraph above is an excellent one. To see if something is
straight and if it is the right size makes much sense because this is what we
do during each part of our prayer in each dimension that our spirit goes.
learn to engage with the human spirit, we will be solving our issues by
ourselves. Going from ministry to ministry or friend to friend will be less
needed when looking for answers to our spiritual issues. Our human spirit will
help find the issues that created problems in the first place at each
dimension or room of the Chay corridor.
We believe that it is vital to know the role of the human spirit according to the Bible so that we can feel comfortable about consciously interacting with him. If you want to develop your relationship with your spirit there is a course you can take called:
Working With The Human Spirit In Inner Healing (Click here).The following videos are based on a chapter of the book "Ten Words that Will Change Your Life".