Tag Archives: Spiritual

A Two-way Street

We need to be reminded here that interaction with the Spirit of God is the cornerstone of spiritual growth. We also must remember that prayer and meditation in Scripture is most effective when it’s a two-way street—listening as well as speaking. God still speaks to His people today, and learning to walk in intimacy with Him as a daily discipline nurtures the likelihood of hearing His voice.

Our life is never the same once we’ve heard God speak, especially when He does so in a way that addresses our personal circumstances. It changes us like nothing else can. And the beauty is that God wants to speak to us, not just once, but time and again as a natural part of a life built on closeness with Him.(John 16:13-14) Have you sensed God speaking to you? If not, set yourself squarely in His path. You’ll hear Him.

Manipulation by the Devil

The devil has found fertile ground in mankind because of the frailties of human nature. And with man’s help he has developed powerful tools of manipulation in his pursuit of destroying us. Let’s face it, he’s had plenty of time to figure us out. How does he go about this business of enslaving people? Well, just as God mainly works through people in all He does on this earth, Satan and his demons work through people in wreaking their havoc.

Further, it goes without saying that demons, being spiritual creatures, have direct access to man’s immaterial nature. They have no trouble taking advantage of a person’s dead spirit, since people naturally lay themselves open to attack when devoid of the life of God within.

Jesus talked about a man who got rid of an evil spirit only to have it, along with seven others, enter once again when it returned to find its house “unoccupied, swept, and put in order.”(Matthew 12:44) Many other passages in Scripture make it clear that demons are able to exert powerful influence over the heart, oppressing and sometimes even possessing people.

Fulfilling Our Purpose

God’s presence within our spiritual being is the basis not only for communion with Him, but is also the foundation for ultimately fulfilling the purpose for which we were created in at least three significant ways:

First, only those who are alive in their spirit are capable of worshiping God in the way He desires.(1 Corinthians 2:10 & 12)   

Second, only those spiritually alive can receive the impartation of God’s truth. For only through our spirit can we gain knowledge of the truth that He otherwise leaves shrouded in mystery.(Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians12:7-11, Ephesians 4:11)

Third, God reaches through His children to draw a hurting and dying world to Himself. We actually become His hands and feet as He manifests Himself to the lost around us. And our job here on earth encompasses not only reaching the lost, but also being used to build up Christ’s body, the Church. But in no way are we capable of handling this job in our own strength. We can do it only by the gifts and ministries He gives to each one of us individually.(Romans 5:12) Our spirit is the port of entry, the staging area, and the jumping-off place of these gifts.

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself


Our “Flesh”

          While Scripture often uses the term  flesh to describe the physical body, it is also used to portray that part of our nature which encompasses body, mind and soul. This definition of flesh is epitomized in Jesus’ warning to His disciples, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”(Matthew 26:41). Here flesh is used to describe that part of our nature which stands in contrast to our spiritual nature. It is the carnal nature of man, the seat of sinful passions and affections.

            Our flesh, then, is that part of our nature which is able to live and function freely without any submission to God—although it’s obvious that it can exist only as His sustaining power allows it. And it’s very important to understand that the flesh follows us into our new life in God. It continues to have a life of its own even as our spirit is reborn and brought alive. As a result, we find ourselves constantly embroiled in a battle with the desires of our flesh as we seek to fulfill the desire of the Spirit.(Galatians 5:17 “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another…”)

            The Bible also uses another term for the flesh: the natural man. The term natural man is synonymous with the flesh—but only the flesh as it pertains to the unregenerate man. Once we have received Christ and become a child of God, though still saddled with the flesh, we are no longer a natural man but a spiritual one.(1 Corinthians 2:14-16 “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.15But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.16For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ.”)

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

The Mind of Christ

My child, I have given you My Spirit so that you may know the things freely given; spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. I have given you the mind of Christ. Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? The temple of God is holy, and that is what you are. Be set apart from this world so I can use use. Walk according to My Spirit. I will lead you in My path of righteousness.

1 Corinthians 1 12 &16, & ch 2 vs 16 & 17

Pursuing Growth in God

If we are ever to arrive at the fullness of all God has provided through Christ Jesus, we must be about “…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3) Still, knowledge is only of value when acted upon. And that’s why understanding our freedom from the power of sin is so vital. It provides us the basis for a more meaningful pursuit of God, in turn building the framework for unassailable spiritual growth.

(Excerpted from “Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself”)