Hope is the fuel of our Soul

HOPE IS THE FUEL OF OUR SOUL

The Scriptures very clearly tell us that our Hope (both eternal and temporal) should be solely in the Lord Jesus Christ, His promises and His character. He is the source of all believers’ expectations and the fountain head of our hope. So, our trust must always be directed to and centered upon the person of Christ.

The Word of God contrary to today’s progressive mentality admonishes us, “Do not put you trust in princes, Nor in a son of man (a human being)  in whom there is no salvation, his spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God…” Psalm 146: 3-5.

Now there is a difference  between “beginning” hope (which usually depends upon our own sight) and “mature” hope (which comes from “experientially knowing” God’s faithfulness and love). Romans 5:3-5 tells us, “patience worketh experience and experience, hope.” In other words, mature hope is gained only through experience. That’s the tough part. There’s a purifying process that we all must go through in order to reach that mature state of hope.

The Importance of the Word of God. The significance of Hebrews 4:12 is one of the most revelatory verse’s in the Bible. Yet, many of us do not let the Scripture really sink in. Take a moment to reflect on the words. “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Word of God is not only what divides our soul from our spirit, it’s also what combats the lies of the enemy. God’s Word tells us that Satan is the “father of lies.” And it’s only His Word (God’s rod) that will help us defeat the enemy, and His Spirit (His Staff) that will help us traverse the Valley of the Shadow of death in order to reach intimacy with the Lord.

“Hope,” therefore, focuses on the character of God. Hope, then, is the connection or the vehicle by which the Word of God is implemented in our lives. So, whenever we choose to hope for God’s promises—and speak them forth—we have the confidence that God’s Spirit will perform them in His way and by His timing. Psalm 130:5 says it so simply: “I wait for the Lord… and in His Word do I hope.”

Hebrews 11:11 tells us: By faith Sarah herself receive strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was 90 years of age because she looked away from her physical inability and judged God faithful to keep His word.

Faithfulness is the word emuwnah Strong’s # 530 in the Hebrew, and this word only occurs in the Old Testament. It always speaks of God’s faithfulness toward man. It speaks of His trustworthiness, His security, His truthfulness and His honesty towards us. Our text tells us that “Hope” is really based upon knowing and experiencing God’s faithfulness.

It’s our faith in His faithfulness and love that is going to give us hope for the future.  There is much confusion about faith and hope that comes from the fact that we haven’t been taught about God’s faithfulness, but the emphasis has always been on our faith. Hope is the only thing that allows us to apply both His love and His faithfulness to our lives.

God’s Spirit uses our human spirit not only to restore true spiritual communication in our lives but also to carry out the process of our soul’s sanctification. Sanctification simply means the process of restoring our human spirit to its rightful place, as director of our souls.

This restoration is crucially important because until our soul is completely submitted to our spirit, our communication with the Lord will be hindered. If we are “a child of God,” His Spirit will always bear witness to us, lead us and guide us through our human spirit.

A true spiritual man is one in whom the spirit, rules, not the soul. God’s will is that our regenerate spirit becomes stronger and stronger, so that it can work alongside God’s Spirit to control and govern our soul. Our new spirit will then be able to operate outwardly through our soul to communicate with the world and others, while operating inwardly toward God and communing with Him.

What is the purification of our spirit? We must choose moment by moment to crucify the flesh (soul and body) and choose to walk by the Spirit. As 2 Corinthians 7:1 tells us: “Having, therefore, these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  Purification of our spirit simply means a spirit that is freed from all soulish influence. Our spirit gets polluted through our “flesh.”

God wants to purify our spirit so that it can be freed of soulish entanglements and begin to direct our lives. He wants us to know His will through our conscience, discern His leading and guiding through our intuition and begin to fellowship and commune with Him in our spirit.

All of our own self-justification, self-defense and self-orientation only betrays an unbroken and unpurified spirit. Until our spirit is purified, we will be full of ourselves. Many are not aware that the Scripture says our spirits also need to be purified. Without constant cleansing of our spirit, we will never experience a pure conscience, a lively intuition or sweet fellowship with God.

If our spirit does not grow stronger, and the soulish things in our lives become less and less we have not really grown at all. Real advancement is only measured by the growth of our spirit.

What is our soul?  Since we are defining what our spirit is, let’s define what our soul is. Then we won’t get these fuzzy parts of our makeup confused. It is important to understand these basic elements of our tri-part being 1 Thessalonians 5:23 so we can allow them to function properly.

Our spirit is the inward power source of our lives. Our soul is the outward expression of our lives—it’s made up of natural thoughts emotions, desires. In other words, our soul is the “life” we show from our bodies (often visible), where in our spirit is the “source” of that life (always invisible).

Dividing our soul from our spirit.  The process of Sanctification is simply becoming holy, purified or consecrated; it is a holistic cleansing of  body, soul and spirit.

It is the process of seeing Christ’s Life reproduced in us. Sanctification is simply the process of  separating, dividing and cutting away the soulish things in our lives from the spiritual.

Our greatest problem is impurity. Remember we have become a “dual” man. Our Outward man (our soul) continually affects our inward man (our spirit), and this cannot be. Our inward man needs to be released in order to direct our outward man. In other words, our spirit needs to be set free from  the tyranny of the soul. The only way this freedom is possible is to divide and separate the two.

So, to the degree that we allow God’s Word and His Spirit to show us our “selves,” is the degree to which our spirit can be purified. Hebrews 4:12 points out what this process is like ”… piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

This Scripture points out that our soul and spirit together are similar to bones, which consist of joints and marrow. In order to divide our bones, they must be broken, disunited or separated. God’s Word is like His sword, and He uses the power of His sword to cut, pierce and divide our soul and spirit, just as you would divide the joints and marrow of our bones.

A joint is a coming together of two parts. Just as our soul is the place where our body, soul and spirit meet. Marrow means the best part, the inner most part where strength, vitality and life come from the richest treasure within our bones. Only when our spirit (the marrow) is separated away from our soul (the Joint) can it be sanctified by the Life of God.

In the separating of joints means to “Cut across” the bones. To divide the marrow from the joint means “Crack the Bones” or “break the bones.”

Death at the Cross brings life. Dying to self is virtually unheard of in the life of most Christians. God is looked upon as a huge candy store not limited to only snacks, but full course meals eaten while sitting in our new expensive one of a kind Lamborghini.

God is desirous of making us holy by removing all the sin in our lives (our souls), Romans 8:29 informs us that the He wants us to be conformed to the image of Jesus by removing any character flaws belief systems, habits, thought patterns, or structures (in our spirit) that prevent His Life from flowing through us.

God accomplished both of these purposes by the Cross. Life comes only from the Cross. The Cross is the structure that breaks character flaws belief systems, habits, thought patterns, or structures that affect or personalities by bringing them to death at the Cross. We come to the Cross and place these flaws there and consider them as dead.

The Cross is the heart of all love and love is the heart of the Cross. The Cross is the only way to rise above all that imprisons our souls and spirit. The whole purpose of the Cross is to purge the soulish things in our lives (empty us out) so God can fill us with His abundant Life.

Throughout the Bible, the principle that “Life only comes through death” is very apparent. Remember John 12:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall unto the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth (hangs on to) his life shall lose it; and he that hateth (is willing to surrender it) his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.”

Hope is the only way we won’t be tossed about, the only way we won’t be turned around and the only way we won’t be driven by the winds of change as we patiently wait for God’s promises to come to pass (James 1:6).

You can see why God calls hope the “anchor of our soul” (Hebrews 6:18-19). It simply means we have “sure confidence” in God, His love and faithfulness no matter what He “allows.

In Closing: Our hope is going to be built on the purification of our spirit. If our spirit is purified, our hope will prevail. If our spirit is unclean, our hope will fail…

 

 

 

 

 

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