SPIRIT

Will the Real Spirit Man Please Stand Up?

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By Rochelle Arnold

We are spirits that live in a body.  The real essence of who we are is the spirit man. Our spirit man lives inside our body.  We possess a soul which is our ability to make decisions.  God is a spirit, therefore, it is necessary to understand the nature of the spirit.  The natural mind is unable to understand spiritual matters, because it doesn’t make sense to the carnal man.  The Bible says that spiritual discernment is impossible without being born again.  To the fleshly man things of the spirit seem like nonsense.

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

We are born once of our mother into this natural world.  We are born with original sin which is the result of Adam’s fall in the garden. As children are developing, we notice that often times they don’t want to share.  A child’s inclination is to be stingy. We don’t have to teach them to be stingy. We may also notice that our children develop skills very early on to manipulate our behavior. That’s why some experts recommend that you do not immediately pick up a crying baby.  Especially if we are trying to get the child to sleep. My point is that we are born with an inclination to sin.  Our parents have to teach us right from wrong.

The spirit is what brings life into the body.  In the beginning God breathed life into dust to create Adam.  Without the breath of God, Adam would not have existed.  In the same way when the body dies, the spirit exits the body, leaving only the flesh.  Where the spirit goes depends on whether or not the person has made Jesus Christ Lord of his life.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)  If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10:9)

Our soul is our mind, which gives us the ability to make decisions.  In other words, you are a spirit that lives in a body and possesses a soul.  You can either be controlled by your fleshly mind, or you can be controlled by your spirit.  For example, if you are constantly watching violent films and looking at pornography, you are feeding your fleshly mind.  If on the other hand, you are reading the Word of God, you are feeding your spirit.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, this is why there are preachers and teachers.  The Holy Spirit gives believers the ability to understand and rightly discern the Word of God.  So when someone asks Jesus Christ into their life, it is because the Holy Spirit has revealed Jesus to them.  It is the responsibility of believers then, to share the Word of God with people they come in contact with.

The spirit of man can also be referred to as the heart of man.  “Is not my Word like as a fire?  Says the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock (stony heart) in pieces?  (Jeremiah 23:29).  In order to be saved, a person must have a soft heart.  When we speak the Word of God it softens a man or woman’s heart.  The Word of God is like fire and like a hammer that breaks through the hardened heart.  The heart must be ready or prepared to receive the Word of God.

So if you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, repeat the following prayer:

Dear Jesus,

Today I invite you into my life.  I recognize that I am a sinner and I also realize that you came to die for me.  Father God sent you to this earth to show us the way to heaven, and there is only one way, through Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, come into my heart and change it so that I may be born again of the spirit and able to have eternal life.  Teach me from your Word and order my steps in the way that I should go.  I believe in my heart that you died on the cross, and I confess with my mouth that you are my Savior.

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Am I a friend of God?

Friendship

@creationswap/ Valentin Dianov

By Charell Anderson

Scripture Reading

Matthew 26:50- But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.

In the Bible, Jesus knew He was going to be crucified. He knew of the plots and trickery the chief priests, the scribes, and Judas had planned against Him. Jesus was aware of everything, because He is God. He is the Creator, the Most High God, the only True God, and an Intelligent God. He carried a love for the people who had a scheduled day to betray and kill Him.

Even today, He (Jesus) loves us although we continue to not recognize the order He established for us to live by. The Creator reaches out His hand to each of us, every day. God is saying to us, “Friend, why are you rejecting me?” When Jesus recognized Judas as a friend, He was offering Judas His friendship and giving him a chance to turn away from his wicked ways. My husband and I would like for you to envision this in your mind. Jesus was facing Judas while Judas had a multitude of soldiers behind him to capture and kill Jesus. However, Jesus still called him friend. That’s powerful.

There are everlasting benefits of being a friend of the Most High God. Abraham experienced those rewards when God said, “Should I hide what I am doing from Abraham” (Genesis 18:17). In this verse, God allowed us to know his love for Abraham. When you are obedient to God and seek God, He will reveal things to you that you need to know. Through Abraham’s obedience he was able to save his nephew, Lot, from the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. This is what God desires to do for us today.

If you’re feeling discouraged or maybe you don’t know of God or maybe you just need strength, we ask you to take that step of faith and allow God to be your friend. God already acknowledges you as a friend; He is just waiting on you to answer Him by saying yes on today. Allow God to show you how it feels to have peace of mind by casting your worries on Him. God cares for you. God forgives you as He did Judas. It doesn’t matter what sin you have committed, because God still has His hands reaching toward you, saying “friend”.

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, forgive me for all the days I have betrayed you. Teach me how to walk according to your word; I am willing to be your friend. I desire to have a close relationship with you by reading your word. In Jesus name, Amen.

I currently live in Mississippi. I have been writing since I was approximately fourteen years old. When God stepped into my life at the age of 23, God transformed my writings into devotions to Him. My husband also inspires me each day to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ through my devotionals.

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Lord Give Me A Burden (poem)

Distractions

@creationswap/ Jonathan Zajas

By Lewis E. Thomas

I call myself a Christian trying to walk that Narrow Way
But I seldom read my Bible and I seldom pray!

I have no real burden for a world of lost souls!
I find myself focused on the world and my gold.

I spend many wasted hours watching my T.V.
But seldom find the time to get on my knees!

Lord, open my eyes and please let me see!
The plague of sin and suffering out there in humanity!

Lord, give me a burden for the souls of all men!
Give me a burden for those dying in sin!

Lord, give me a burden for my sister and for my brother!
Lord, please give all mankind a burden for one another!

Lord, my heart is too focused on carnal things!
Please focus my heart on The King of Kings!

Lord, give me a burden in my soul that grieves!
For all those lost souls who do not believe.

Lewis E. Thomas as given by God on 8-21-13

I am now 61 years of age and I began writing poetry in the mid eighties to present. I became a Christian in the mid eighties. Poem content often comes to me in a matter of moments and sometimes over several days. The majority of my poetry is God/Bible based for the Glory of God.

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Poisoned Minds (poem)

By Jackson  Vusaka

What was formed and born pure
Has been corrupted by the lure of the dark
Naivety engulfed, oblivious of misguided intentions
Unaware of its godly potential
What was destined for eternal glory
Has been turned, fashioned for destruction
A distraction from its normal actions

The rule of fear
Has veiled the hearts of men
Not to perceive the love of God
Selfishness is condemning us
Slowly snuffing out the concern we have for each other
A man for a man society has erroneously transformed to a
A man eats man society

The poison has been crafted purposefully
Cunningly infused to our system
To become the norm
It’s only the wise who see it
The bold who question its existence
and the strong who prevail the onslaught of its fury

It’s truly a potent war
Waged in the immortal realm
With weapons that defy mortal logic
Yet it’s very simple to the over-comers
The survivors of the dire age
Who deploy power invisible to the eyes of men
To break strongholds of unimaginable magnitude

Only one name purifies the poisoned mind
Only one name pierces the darkness with light
Only one name mediates between man and God
The name is Jesus Christ
The antidote

About the Author:
a born again christian email address: jacksonvusaka@gmail.com

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Think About What You Are Thinking About

By Irma Green

Be careful what you think!!  Most of us do not think about what we are thinking about.  We just let our minds idol on anything.  if we don’t think about what we are thinking about Satan will inject his thoughts into our minds (idol mind is the devil’s workshop).

Most of the time, we spend time thinking about things not worth thinking about.  Think about what you are thinking about!  Is it really worth your time thinking about it?

Some of us spend so much time thinking all the wrong things.  Some of us are addicted to wrong thinking.  We get up in the morning thinking wrong thoughts; we go all day thinking wrong thoughts; we go to bed at night still thinking wrong thoughts.  And wonder why we are so miserable.

LEARN HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT THOUGHTS!  YOU MUST SAY: “I choose NOT to think that.  I choose not to allow that thought to fester in my mind.  It is shocking how many believers are pulled down simply because of the thoughts they allow to fester in their minds.  You can have victory simply through changing the way you think, and by controlling the thoughts that flow through your mind.

You need to stop sometime and think about what you are thinking about.  Watch what you think about during your every waking hour.  You have authority over your thoughts.  You must choose what you think about.  The Bible says, “If it is not true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of a good report, if it is not virturous, or praiseworthy, do not even think about them.

The reason for pure thoughts is to get Satan out of your mind.  There is a proverbial saying, “You can’t stop a bird from flying over your head, but you can stop him from making a nest in your hair.”  By the same token, you can control your thoughts!  You can’t stop them from coming into your mind, but you can stop them from staying there.

We are told to, “Set our minds on things above, not on things of the earth.”  In other words, think Godly thoughts.  Instead of exercising our minds on negative things and worrying over things we can’t do anything about.

Instead of thinking about the problems in our lives, let us think about the solutions. Get the solution you want in your mind and hold that thought; make it your dominate thought.
Let me ask you something? If you would take inventory of the thoughts you’ve been thinking the past week, what kind of thoughts were they? Were they negative? Were they focused on your problems? Or, were they positive?

How much time have you spent over the past week thinking about the goodness of God? How He is your healer, your deliver, your provider, etc. Or, were they problem focused thoughts?

You need to be careful how you think about people.  That person that you are holding an evil or negative thought against is a bondage, it’s a stronghold that Satan has you in and it is blocking your blessing.  Not only that, that person is controlling you, your happiness because you are constantly thinking about that person – morning noon and night.  I want you to know that, the thoughts and feelings you send out to this person are going through you.  And what goes through you returns to you.

You cannot hold negative thoughts against someone and expect God to bless you.  That negative thought is more harmful to you than the person.  Think about what you are thinking about!! – God bless

Rev. K. Irma Green, retired pastor; Motivational Speaker/Bible Teacher
Reality Life Coach for Women
www.birthinganewyou.org  irmagreen8@aol.com

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Grandma’s Christian Spirit – A love story

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By: Arlene Price

My grandmother, Mattie LouAngela Dales-Mullins, is the most spiritual person I have ever known. She has been such a blessing to so many people with her iron-glad faith and gentle loving nature. Today she’s in a nursing home, but even there she is touching the lives of those around her daily. She has forgotten many names, even those of some family members – but she remembers the name Jesus Christ  – and she makes sure that anyone around her will remember his name also.

If you meet my grandmother, you get God’s message loud and clear! She’s bold in her faith. She’s small and frail these days, but when God moves her she is big, strong and powerful. She astonishes people with her enthusiasm and undying love for Jesus. My brother is a preacher and he was speaking with another preacher who visited the nursing home to give a sermon, he said that he went there to preach, but he ended up getting preached to my a little old lady in a wheel chair. Of course, it was our grandma!

Many people remark that it is “unfair” for our grandmother to have to be put in a home, since she is such a good Christian and lived such a faith-filled life. I understand the sentiment, as part of her family, we want her at home more than anyone else. But, let me assure you that God has her exactly where she is needed at this time. There is not a nurse, doctor, family member or visitor who has not heard the word of God when they are in close proximity to her when the Spirit comes alive within her. She is placed where she is for the purpose of touching the lives of others, to teach them what true, pure faith is all about, and share the love of Christ. Some of those people may never have been in a church, but when they encounter my grandmother in the Spirit, they learn of Christ.

She is a living testament that God has a purpose for us all, whether we choose to see it or not – the purpose is there. When you see a woman so weak she can barely lift a spoon, suddenly become radiant in Christ, raise her hands and clap them even as they tremble – and shout her praises to the Lord – there is no doubt that Christ lives through her! So, it’s not “unfair” that she is where she is and it is no accident – it’s His desire, His plan, His purpose. We have no idea how many people she has touched, has inspired, or how many have been or will be led to Christ through the messages that she spreads from her wheelchair or bedside. Always remember His ways are not our ways. Logic doesn’t work when God has a plan – that’s why they call unexplained events “miracles”; they defy all logic and reasoning.

Please don’t waste time in pity for my grandmother; she is truly blessed in spirit, and she is crowned with righteousness – she has more than many of us may ever have on this earth. She has endured many troubles, she kept God by her side, she loves Him above all else, and she has blessed this family with that same love. From her story, learn the lesson God teaches us about faith and start doing all you can to build your own faith to make sure that one day, no matter where you are, you become someone’s blessing too. Be bold in your faith, walk and talk with God daily, share His love with those around you, always know He will get you through whatever you may face in life, and you will live life with the same Christian Spirit my grandmother lives. As my grandmother would say “How sweet is His name! How precious is our sweet Jesus, children! I love Him so much!”

From all of your grandchildren “We love you Grandma Mattie!”

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