Is God Faithful?

Is God Faithful?           Part three                                         2/17/19

Question can we take God’s Promises personally?

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.

We say we “trust God.” That means we trust His love and His faithfulness to protect us, to guide us and to provide for us no matter what is happening in our lives.  But there are conditions…    Heavy hitting from here on.

First Condition: Let’s go back to our original question: Can we take God’s promises personally? The answer is yes, of course, because God is always faithful. The first condition is we must belong to the Lord. We must be born-again, once we have confessed our sins and belief on Jesus as our savior, we receive the gift of God’s, Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us according to Acts 2:38.

This is the time that God’s Spirit unites with our human spirit and gives us a brand new spirit—a spirit that is now alive and sensitive to the Lord’s leading. One could say that the electricity is now turned on by the Master Transformer.

  • God gives us a body to interact with and be conscious of the world and others around us.
  • He gives us a soul so that we might be conscience of ourselves—our own thoughts, emotions and desires.
  • And He gives us a spirit so we can be conscience of, communicate with and have fellowship in the Lord. In other words, our spirit is our vital “link” to God.

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 does the new birth change?—a lot! We all know Adam sinned and lost his original union and fellowship with God. In other words, Adam’s soul became inflated and his spirit suppressed. At this point, Adam’s spirit and soul became comingled, fused or joined, with his soul becoming the ruling and governing force. As result, the spirit of man could no longer control his body. Thus, God could not communicate with man or rule him internally, and he had to resort to the laws of nature.

Man’s spirit became simply a resident or a prisoner of his soul. As was true of Adam, when we are born into the human race, our soul is naturally the dominant force, controlling all that we do.

Our biggest problem is that our spirit needs to be untangled from our soul and break free from its influence Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

When our soul becomes defiled, unholy or unclean because of our self-centered, emotional choices, it also defiles our spirit and causes all communication, leading and guiding from the Holy Spirit to be stopped. This is called “Quenching the Holy Spirit.”

All communication and fellowship with God occurs in our spirit, because this is the place where “He meets with us;”  this is the place where He dwells, and this is the place where we become one with Him. So, when our spirit is cleansed and purified, we are able to communicate and fellowship directly with Him, but as long as our spirit and our soul are intermingled (and not cleansed), our spirit will be suppressed by our soul’s influence and our spiritual walk hindered.

As Christians we will always have a human soul and a human spirit. The question is: Which one is in control?

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 the 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).

In the Greek word for our soul Is psyche, which means “It shall have life” or “it shall wax cold.” This is a perfect definition because our soul will either be “spirit filled” and have life because of the free flow of God’s Life from our hearts into our live, or our soul will be empty and waxing cold because God’s life has been quenched and blocked from coming forth.

So, there is nothing supernatural about our soul, unless by our own moment-by-moment choice, it can become filled with God’s Life. That is what being “spirit filled “ is all about.

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let cleanse ourselves from all of the fleas and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1.

Cleansing ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit simply means we need to be sanctified. Roman 7:18-23.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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