For You formed my inward parts… I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.
~Ps 139:13-14 (NKJV)
God’s design for mankind is nothing short of miraculous. Perfectly suited to earth’s conditions, He created each of us with a
- body (flesh and bones),
- soul (thoughts, intellect and emotions), and a
- spirit (connection to Him)
Our spirit is the deep, inner stirring within us that speaks into our conscious mind. Our spirits serve as our
- Conscience – telling us what is right and wrong,
- Intuition – helping us to make decisions, an our
- Way to commune with/worship God.
Our Elohim, the all-powerful Creator, is the only One who fully understands our design, but godly men throughout the ages have pondered its mystery.
“There is a spirit in man and
the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.”
“The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD,
searching all the innermost parts of his being.”
~Proverbs 20:27 (Solomon)
The Apostle Paul distinguished our three parts in his beautiful prayer,
“And the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely,
and your whole [being];
the spirit and the soul and the body
be kept blameless in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:23
Over the past two weeks, we’ve overviewed honoring God with our body and soul. Let’s look at what it means to honor Him with our spirit.
In its natural state, our spirit has a “me first” mindset. This was born at the Fall, when Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. From then on, sin separated us from God. But God had a plan.
At the perfect point in history, He sent His Son to live among us. Jesus revealed God’s grace and mercy to mankind, and showed His own love for us by serving, teaching and sacrificing His life for us.
At another perfect point in history. God sent His Holy Spirit to live within us.
“[Jesus’ followers] saw what seemed to be tongues of fire
that separated and came to rest on each of them.
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit…”
For the first time since the Fall, mankind could enjoy a personal relationship with God! To everyone who trusts in Christ Jesus to forgive their sin, God gives His Holy Spirit. He (the Holy Spirit) blends with man’s natural spirit to transform him from the inside out.
This miraculous event has an air of completion to it, doesn’t it? Believe Jesus died for your sins, receive the Holy Spirit, and live happily ever after. Right?
Wrong. Unfortunately, we live in a broken world with difficult people, tragic events and evil spirits. To add to the volatile mix, our own selfish spirit struggles to have its way.
As long as we live on earth, our selfish nature will struggle against the Holy Spirit. It’s why the New Testament writers had so much to say about denying ourselves.
It’s hard. We want what we want when we want it, but that selfish attitude doesn’t honor God. What does honor Him is a humble, teachable spirit that obeys Him. And it all begins with His Word:
“For the Word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit…”
Not only does God’s Word penetrate, but it fans the flame of the Holy Spirit within us! He convicts our natural spirit so we can change our attitudes (soul) and behaviors (body) to look more like His Son.
More like Jesus, body, soul and spirit. What a great goal for 2013!
Does the Holy Spirit of God live within you, or does your natural spirit guide your life? If you’re not sure, read this.