How does a 122-pound spirit take a 900 hundred pound Soul to the Mat?

Many of us Christians are actively involved in a prolonged wrestling match where our soul stands in the middle of a ring slamming our spirit to the mat time after time because our spirit allows our soul to bully it. Our spirit has been on bread and water so long it is all it knows. Meanwhile our soul is stuffing our body with comfort food to prepare for another wrestling match. “And the beat goes on…” 

The Apostle Paul stands in the middle of the ring with a microphone in hand and says, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24.

Our spirit looks up from the mat with a startled look and asks, “What does sanctify mean?”

Sanctification is a process that begins when we are born-again and is practiced until we go to be with our Lord. It is a setting aside the ways of the world that rules in us as we yield to the Holy Spirit’s works within us. Being filled with the Spirit means that God’s Spirit in you infuses and controls your spirit, soul, and body. When your spirit is controlled by His Spirit and is dominant over your soul, your whole person is conformed to God’s truth and His intention for you.

As we yield to the Holy Spirit, our spirit will be centered in peace and joy. This causes our spirit to be larger than our soul, and works to take care of issues like lies we have believed, depression, discouragement, death and destruction.

These things will work in our lives because they are God’s plan for us. Let’s do a brief Scripture study of the spirit of man and its roles and functions.

  • “A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?” Prov.18:14.
  • “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Prov. 17:22.
  • “…My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46-47
  •  It is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.” Job 32:8.
  • “He who has ears, let him hear.” (Our spirit’s role in hearing God’s Spirit with the ears of our spirit.)  Matt. 11:15
  • “The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (Our spirit’s role in will) Matt.26:41.

Our human spirit is responsive. When it is ignored, it will atrophy. When it is nurtured, it will grow.

Truth is the nutrient that most powerfully transforms your spirit. Your spirit needs to know the truth about you and about God. The Spirit of God to your spirit speaks some of that truth and some is input that you deliberately seek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 06:30:42

    Much food for thought here, Manny. Thank you.

    Reply

  2. Chris
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 12:07:31

    Also, I couldn’t get into your other blog. Should I remove it from my blogroll?

    Reply

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