The Personal spirit of Man.

The Personal spirit of Man.

The spirit of man is the Lamp of the Lord, searching all the innermost parts of his being. Proverbs 20:27. This lamp was darkened by the fall. This fall has distorted the soul’s functions as well. Man’s whole being is corrupted—his spirit is darkened (Eph. 4:17,18; 1 Cor. 2:14); his soul is debased (Jer. 17:9; Eph.4:19); his body is diseased and death -ridden (Rom. 7:24).

Man became other than God intended him to be… instead of allowing his spirit to bring God in (at the moment of original temptation) man acted independently… Then the spirit of man, being so seriously violated, ceased to be the link between himself and God. Fellowship with God, which is always spiritual, was destroyed and the spirit sank down into subjection to man’s soul. These observations of the fall confirm the value of distinguishing spirit from soul.

I have often used the analogy of the soul as a 900-pound gorilla, driving a bus (body) and way in the back of the bus is a skinny scared 90-pound spirit hiding under a seat. That is not God’s plan after conversion.

Words and usage

A clear understanding of the meaning of words is very important for New Testament believers. I will give some basic definitions of words with explanations where appropriate.

Spirit: references the person of the Holy Spirit.

spirit: references the spirit of man.

The distinction is made clear in usage. The root word pneu has the idea of dynamic movement of air. The verb form is always used of blowing wind in the N.T. (Matt.7:25,27), unless John 3:8 is interpreted as referring to the Holy Spirit’s activity.

The noun pneuma can retain the literal idea of wind (Heb. 1:7), it usually refers to spiritual beings, entities, or qualities. F. Foulkes observed,” Many things can be said to describe the action of man’s spirit as his functioning in his essential being.”

In a conceptual sense, pneuma can refer to one’s purpose (2 Cor.12:18; Phil. 1:27) or character (Luke 1:17; Rom. 1:4). Moral qualities are spoken of in terms of spirit.  Bad qualities include a spirit of bondage (Rom.8:15), Stupor (Rom.11:8), or timidity (2 Tim.1:7); good qualities of spirit include faith (2 Cor. 4:13), meekness (1 Cor.4:21), liberty (Rom. 8:15), and quietness (1 Pet.3:4). Context determines when spirit is used in these ways.

Since the spirit of man can be influenced by good or evil spiritual beings, believers are warned to exercise discernment: “Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God…” (1 John 4:1).

In 1 Thessalonians 5:22,23 and Hebrews 4:12, they do not merely refer to different functions or roles; they are identified as distinct parts of man.

Spirit (spirit) is pneuma, “that part of man that knows” (1 Cor.2:11). “Soul” is psuche, “the seat of the affections, desires, emotions, the will, therefore self” (Matt. 26:38; John 12:27). “Body” is soma, the tabernacle, the house of the spirit and soul. The Bible makes a distinction between man’s spirit, soul, and body (Gen.2:7; Heb. 4:12). Man’s spirit gives him God consciousness. His soul him self-consciousness. His body gives him world or sense-consciousness.

Tune in tomorrow: What is the human soul as revealed in the Bible?

 

The Night before…

THE NIGHT BEFORE JESUS CAME
Twas the night before Jesus Came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were laid on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The Children were dressing to crawl into bed
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the late show while I took a nap.
When out of the east there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angles proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With the light like the sun, sending forth a bright ray,
I knew in a moment this must be The Day.

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him, in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name,
when He said “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love,
He gathered to take to His Father above.

With those who were ready, He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late:
I had waited too long, and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight.
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem, the meaning is clear:
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call,
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all. Author Unknown

 

The Elephant in the Room

And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man.” “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.” “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Mark 7:20-23 N.K.J.V.

Pride, huperephania, Strong’s #5243 Twelfth on the list of thirteen inner vices, the word means haughtiness (blatantly and disdainfully proud) arrogance (an attitude of superiority manifested in an overbearing manner) ostentatious pride bordering insolence, and disdainful attitude toward others.

It is a pharisaical sin characterized by superiority of attitude. It is a state of pride that is the very opposite of Jesus’ claim for Himself, meek (praotes) and lowly (tapeinos).

When the Elephant in My Room is Pride

The Bible is clear on pride.  Pride is not from God but from the world (1 John 2:16).  Pride will bring us down (Prov. 29:23; 16:18) and bring disgrace (Prov. 11:2).  Jesus said that it is one of the defiling expressions of a heart opposed to God (Mark 7:22).  It is one of those pervasive heart problems that can drive a life like few other struggles can. It can even drive good things we do in ministry.

Any thoughts?

Do you answer to the Heebie-Jeebies?

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For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV.

Sound mind, sophronismos, Strong’s # 4995: combination of sos, “safe,”and phren “the mind”; thus, safe-thinking. The word means good judgment, disciplined thought patterns, and the ability to understand and make right decisions. It includes the qualities of self-control and self-discipline.

The spirit of fear may find a place by reason of one’s natural temperament, but it is not merely a human mentality; it is not from God; and it can immobilize and torment its victims, making them feel powerless and alone (1 John 4:18).

Indecision or wrong decisions are then made that could give place to bondage and great human suffering. In the face of fear, we are to remember our calling from God (2 Tim. 1 :6). We have within us:

  1. The power of God, through the Holy Spirit, enabling us to no longer be victims (our text);
  2. The perfect love of God, poured into our lives through Jesus Christ and His abiding presence (Rom. 5:5);
  3. The mind of Christ by which we can apply the ways of God in making “sound” choices (2 Tim.1:7).

Applying this truth determines whether we overcome fear or are overcome by it (1 John 5:4).

 

What Inner Healing is

What Inner Healing is.

Pastor Manny

“God’s methods are many, His principals few, the methods may vary, the principles never do.” Al  Ells

Inner healing or, more accurately deep-level healing is a ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit aimed at bringing healing to the whole person as expressed in the Hebraic  understanding of wholeness.  David expressed it this way: “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6.

From that standpoint we are provided a much closer understanding in the Greek method of expressing wholeness from compartments, of our Tri-part being as expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.

Since the majority of human aliments are closely tied to damage in the emotional and spiritual areas, I.H. focuses there.

looking inI.H. seeks to bring the power of Christ to bear on healing the roots from which damage springs. The soul of man provides a rich potting soil for the cultivation of memories which serve as nutrients of long term memories. Specific bad roots are often uncovered and related bad fruit exposed such as, unforgivness, anger, bitterness, rejection, low self esteem, fear, worry, and sexual issues.

Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Inner Healing is the renewing of your mind.

As we go through life, we get hurt. When we are hurt, we do our best to keep from falling apart or reacting in such a way that our behavior is considered socially unacceptable. Either way, we suppress our honest (truthful) reaction. Ideally, we would have dealt honestly with each hurt at or soon after the time it happened. But in the course of our lives we stuff the hurt and believe the lie that it’s ok, just go on.

This unwillingness to “keep a short account” with our hurts, leaving them to fester within us results in mild to severe disruption in three relationships: with God, with ourselves, and with others. Disruptions in these areas create most of the garbage, rats like to feed on.

The ideal relationship with God would see us as new and growing creatures (2 Cor.5:17). United with our Lord and one with Him in spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) and living as close to the Father as Jesus did (John 5:19, 30).

The ideal relationship with self would see us accepting, loving, and forgiving ourselves as God accepts loves and forgives us. We are full –fledged children of God (1 John 3:1; Rom 8:14-17; Gal 4:4-7) as joint heirs with Jesus. Such a relationship frees us to totally forgive any who hurt us.

The ideal relationship with others, would see us as accepting, loving, and forgiving others as God accepts, loves, and forgives them as he has enabled us to accept, love and forgive our selves. We relate in a healthy, constructive manner with all others, especially Christians.  We relate properly to all God-ordained authority.

These are the ideals. In reality we are far from these ideals. So we find spiritual illness in our lives as the results of factors such as sin, neglect of our relationship with God, wrong views of God, and anger at God for what He allows to happen. In addition, we may have inherited a generational spirit or curse and be under satanic attack due to the garbage within us.

Such relational illnesses tend to show up in emotional problems. Our reactions to what others have done to us or what we have done to ourselves often result in damaging attitudes such as guilt, anger, bitterness, forgiveness, and fear.

Improper family conditioning often ushers in responses such as perfectionism, performance orientation, and a critical spirit and feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness.

Note: That, it is the reaction, not the hurt itself that becomes the problem. This proves out so many times in sessions with wounded people. Wallowing in even a legitimate reaction, then, results in the build-up of the emotional garbage demons feed on.

We often have the right to be angry or even take revenge. But Jesus knows if we hold onto that right, the inner infection will destroy us. So He says, “Give it to me.” He is concerned with how you reacted to what happened to you and the fact that you are holding on to it. He is saying “give it to me so I can free you up to receive healing in this wound on your emotions.” As long as you hold onto it He cannot heal you.

Emotional Illness is often signaled by a fear of facing the past. Our brains (spirit brain knows everything because it is linked to the person of the Holy Spirit, physical brain) record everything that happens in our lives. However, they also hide and suppress the recall of the heavy stuff. This is helpful for immediate survival, but if it is kept buried, it infects the present.

Many of us have suppressed hurt for so long and know so little of what to expect if we let it surface that we respond with fear at the very suggestion of dealing with the past. And the enemy is very active in encouraging such fear. Hiding our inner stuff without dealing with it, however, affects the three relationship’s mentioned above.

 

 

Internalizing Shame.

Shame becomes toxic when we allow someone, or someone forces us, to break our boundaries of morality. This is apparent in a study of the rape of Tamar. Amnon, Tamar’s half brother was obsessively in love with with her. Through subtlety, he was able to get her into his bed-chamber alone.

When she was propositioned by Amnon she answered him: “nay, m, brother, do not force me, do not humble me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel. Do not behave so foolishly. And where shall I cause my shame to go?” 2  Samuel 13:  12-13.recognizing-toxic-shame

Tamar pleads with Amnon not to violate her moral and social boundaries. She offered him a solution that would allow him to have intercourse with her and yet not cause her to have shame. “Go to father,” she pleaded. “He will give us permission to marry.”

Let us look into her request and the purpose behind it. For Amnon to have sexual relations with her would have violated her moral boundaries as a single, unmarried woman. To violate these boundaries would cause her to have a deep sense of shame.

To get married would re-define and establish new boundaries, for the moral boundaries of a single girl are different from that of a married woman. That which causes those guilt and shame, sexually, would not cause guilt and shame after marriage.

For the marriage bed is honorable to all provided there is no lust involved in fulfilling our sexual desires, and we do not violate our partner’s conscience, causing them to sin. Amnon would not listen to Tamar, so he raped her. The devastation that his act of selfishness caused her is recorded  in 2  Samuel 13:19-20.

”And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of diverse colours, that was on her, and laid her hand on her head and went on crying …so Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.”

This tragic story and its repercussions has been repeated a number of times, leaving those women who have been forcibly raped or sexually abused to suffer a life-time of inner pain and humiliation, leaving deep scars of guilt and shame.

There is help that is permanent it is only found in the healing power provided by the Holy Spirit of God. Seek Christian council from proven ministries.

Shame Brought Saul Down, Grace Brought David Up.

Pastor Manny

Israel demands a king. 1 Samuel 8: 7,10. Samuel tells them what a king will be like verse 11-18-19. Here is where the demands of the people where ahead of God’s plan. Verse 22, So the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed their voice, and make them a king.” There is a distinct difference between God’s allowing Saul to be made a king and His own choice of David. God says of David, “I have provided Myself a king.” 1 Samuel 16:1.

In Saul He gives the people their king.

Chapter 9.1,2. The word power at the end of verse one is really wealth, notice it says a Benjamite, a mighty man of wealth. Meaning the family was one of significance, of influnce, well educated, well respected and ruled over many people in their family and servents. Tall and hansome are what people look for in a leader.

Saul goes looking for his fathers donkeys and ends up meeting Samuel the Seer and  prophet. In 1 Samuel 9:17-21. God speaks to Samuel and tells him Saul is the man he told him about.  Saul’s shame was manifested in his reply to Samuel in verse 21.24-saul-30-638

Many teach that Saul was very humble by his statement to Samuel in verse 21,  but it was actually the manifestation of shame because Saul was a Benjaminite and when he was told he would lead Israel the generational curse that nearly wiped out the tribe of Benjamin manifested.

This is proved out in 1 Samuel 10: 20-24 read.

Shame as a covering of the Soul. The word “shame”has its roots in meaning “to cover or hide an exposure.” Covering was a defense against being exposed, which wounded one’s self-respect. Shame was an assurance that privacy would be maintained. When someone says, I feel ashamed,” the meaning may actually express , “I do not want to be seen.”

Shame is generally defined as “an unpleasent emotional reaction by an indivdual to an actual, or presumed negative judgment of himself by others, resulting in self-depreciation.

There is a close relantionship between shame and guilt. Guilt is the product of a sense of wrong doing, and fear of punishment. Shame involves a  feeling of inferioity; a deep sense of shame that one is inherently marred in one’s personality. A simple way of understanding these two are: guilt will say, “I feel bad,” and shame will say, “I am bad.”

Where did the Shame come to the tribe of Benjamin?     Judges 19. read a bit. See verse 13,14. Jump to 22, 29. Chapter 20;11–13. end came finally in verse 46, 47.

The tribe of Benjamin was a wealthy and powerful tribe, yet they would not turn over the perverted men who raped and murdered the woman. They refused to listen to the voice of thier brethern. This lead to them almost becoming extinct.

This trait shows up latter in King Sauls life. In chapter 13 of 1 Samuel Sauls problem manifests. Samuel tells Saul because his unlawful Sacrifice his kingdom will not be long and continue along Sauls line.

In Chapter 14:24 Saul makes rash oath.  Sauls direct rebellion comes out in 15:14-24.

On and on it goes, in 1 Samuel 15:28.

In 1 Samuel 16 David is anointed King. In verse 14 The Holy Spirit departs Saul. A very sad and tragic end to this mans life. Saul had a shame based personality , devestation /bondage comes from a shame based personality.

David is in sharp contrast to Saul. Davids brothers were envious of him, David knew his Lord. Saul depended on Samuels leadership at first then went off. David respected God’s ways.

David sinned greviously with Bathsheba and we learn from his prayer in Ps. 51 that david was truely repent and listened to the Holy Spirits prompting to live according to truth.

In verse 6 read we read”You will make me to know wisdom.”  David sought the Lord for a cleansing for his soul verse 7. The Hebrew word for wash is not the one used for the simple cleaning of a dish in water, but rather the washing of clothes by beating and pounding. David wanted a thorough cleansing from the sin nature.

David was a king yet he was open to the Lord’s direction and leading. Saul was covered in his generational sin. Shame always covers the personality. In verse 8 God’s conviction bore down upon David, to the point of seemingly crushing him.

Verse 11 the absence of God’s presence is the same as the absence of His Spirit. David predessor, Saul had experienced this (1 Sam. 16:14) beacuse he would not repent from sinfulness because of shame.

Saul was a man of the people who suffered a generational shame that worked within him to bring destruction to his life and family.

David sinned but went on in life by walking in the Grace of God that showed him forgivness through repentance.

Prayer for renunciation —–2 Cor. 4:2; Amplified. We have renounced disgraceful ways (secret thoughts, feelings, desires and underhandedness, the methods and arts that men hide through shame); we refuse to deal craftily (to practice trickery and cunning) or to adultrate or handle dishonestly the Word of God, but we state the truth openly (clearly and candidly). And so we commend ourselves in the sight and presence of God to every man’s conscience.

In the name of jesus, I renounce all generational shame that came from my parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

I renounce the curse of shame and poverty. I renounce all personal shame and humiliation. I release from the cycle of shame caused by my own sin, or someone’s sin against me.

I renounce all family familiar spirits of shame that oppress me, my family, my children and my children’sa children. I forgive my forefathers for their sin that caused the curse of shame to come upon me.

Thank You Lord, for releasing me from shame and for release and freedom of all my possessions and goods. Amen!

Are you in the Word enough so that it is converting your soul?

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… Psalm 19:7 NKJV.

That the “law of the Lord is perfect” is direct reference to the absolute, complete, and entire trustworthiness of the Holy Scriptures, which constitute the Bible. psalm nineteenseven

The Word of God is perfect in its accuracy and sure in its dependability. There are two terms generally used to describe these features of God’s Word:

  1. Inerrant (perfect) means that, in the original copies of each manuscript written by each Bible book’s respective author, there was nothing mistaken or tinged with error. (Further, the excellence of the Holy Spirit’s protection of the Scriptures over centuries has insured that the copies delivered into our hands from generations past are essentially the same. Even literary critics who claim no faith in the truth of the Bible attest to its being the most completely reliable of any book transmitted from antiquity, in terms of its actually remaining unchanged and dependably accurate.)
  2. Infallible refers to the fact that the Bible is unfailing as an absolutely trustworthy guide for our faith (belief in God) and practice (Life and behavior). This is so because God is true (John 3:33; 17:3), because His Word reveals His truth (17:17), and because God cannot lie (Num.23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb.6:18).

 

The Lord is One!

 

“Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One!”  Deuteronomy 6:4 NKJV.

Called Shema by orthodox Jews, after the first word, “Hear,” this famous passage supports the Trinitarian concept of deity—the Lord (Jehovah) our God (Elohim) is one Lord, the one echad, expressing compound unity, not yahid, meaning a single one. He alone to whom the name of Jehovah (Yahweh, “the self-existing One”) belongs is absolutely God (Ex. 3:14).  “Hear, O Israel: YHVH is God, YHVH alone is God,”is also an acceptable translation. good-evening-music

It is at once a testimony against Unitarianism as well as polytheism.

Because He is the one and only God, of one eternal, uncreated essence, yet manifested tripersonally as Scripture shows. He must be loved by the creature (us ins) with the whole being: heart, soul, (mind, will and emotions) and might (v.5), Jesus added the “mind” (Mark 12:30).

We who believe today know this same Yahweh, Israel Redeemer, as our Redeemer, who in the process of time became incarnate and died in our place. “We love Him, because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

One, echad, Strong’s # 259: One, a unit; united; unity. The root of echad is achad, to bring together, to unify; to collect one’s thoughts. Echad paints a range of meaning as “one” does in English, from the very narrowest sense (one and one only, as in Ecc.9:18, one sinner destroys much good”) to the broadest sense (one made up of many, as in Gen.2:24, where a man and his wife “shall become one flesh”).

The foundational truth for the redemption of the world is that there is one God who creates and redeems, and yet the NT shows that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Compare the unity of God to the unity of man made in His image: Man is comprised of spirit, soul and body (1 Thes. 5:23). Man is not three “beings” but “one being” with physical, emotional, and spiritual elements.deu-6-4-web-watermarked

The word God is used here in its plural form in the Hebrew text. So, our God, the Lord is one likely emphasizes the Christian doctrine of the trinity, three Persons of the same substance in the one Godhead; this understanding, however, would not have been apparent to the people of the OT.

Is the attitude of your soul directing you?

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 NKJV.

Prosperity is a result; as it pertains to salvation (soteria) and in the over all results God provides for believers. It is certain that God wants His children to prosper. Can anyone deny that? However, prosperity should not be the end in itself. It should be the result of a quality of life, commitment, dedication, and action that is in line with God’s Word.

In our text the word “prosper” (Greek—euodoo) literally means “to help on the road” or “succeed in reaching.”  Its meaning is significant in that divine prosperity is not a momentary, passing phenomenon, but rather it is an ongoing, progressive state of succees and well-being. It is intended for every area of our lives: the spiritual, the Physical and emotional, and the material.

However, God does not want us to unduly emphasize any one area. We must maintain a balance. The last expression of our verse translated “ just as your soul prospers,” actually means “in the measure that your soul walks in a proper and right manner.” In other words the Apostle John is saying to Gaius that his wish is that everything about him is doing well and that he is healthy, (sound) and doing well and being healthy depends upon the right direction of his soul, or his attitude.

 

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