A STRONG HUMAN SPIRIT

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel. Luke 1:80

John DeBaptist had a very strong spirit.

And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40

Jesus Christ also had a very strong spirit.

Possessing a very strong human spirit is so crucial to the believer if he will be able to home the eternal Spirit of God, for the benefit of our entire generation like John and Jesus did. When the Holy Spirit came to live in you on the very day you believed in Jesus and simultaneously made righteous, He came with every bit of His presence, power, glory and all that you can think of. However, we don’t get to see or experience such mighty manifestation of the Holy Spirit through us. Why? Our capacity, spiritual capacity is what determines how much of him we are able to manifest.

 

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

John 7:38-39

 


The wells of living water refer to the Holy Spirit. The mighty Holy Spirit shall flow out of your human spirit (belly) to bless others. How much of the Holy Spirit flows through you depends on the capacity or strength of your spirit. This is why it's very necessary to build spiritual strength or capacity.

 

A strong human spirit is an asset in your spiritual journey.

In this post, we shall look at just one scriptural means of developing a very strong spirit in order to become a conducive channel for the Holy Spirit to manifest all He is without breaking you down.

 

He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.

1Corinthians 14:4,14

 

TONGUES: A MEANS OF BUILDING UP YOUR SPIRIT

Speaking in tongues is your spirit speaking directly to God, the Father of all spirits, by the utterance that the Holy Spirit gives (Acts 2:4).

The Greek word for the word edify, ‘oikodomew’ means: to be a house-builder, i.e. construct or (figuratively) confirm: --(be in) build (-er, -ing, up), embolden. So, speaking in tongues is what builds up, constructs, confirms or emboldens your spirit.

 

In comparing you to the tabernacle in the Old Testament, your body is the outer court, your soul is the holy place and your spirit is the holy of holies where God’s presence was. The Holy Spirit definitely dwells in your holy of holies. When you pray in tongues not just once in a while, but every day of your life, you are ‘oikodomewing’: building, constructing, confirming and emboldening your holy of holies, the human spirit.

 

Truly, any time I spend time praying in the spirit, I become so much emboldened in my spirit so much that it becomes impossible to conceal my outward confidence.

 

I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all. 1Corinthians 14:18

 

Hear this bold declaration of one secret of this spiritual giant. It is very possible that this secret could account for the great feats he accomplished to the glory of God throughout his ministry. You know, there is so much benefit in speaking in tongues aside from building your spirit as we are discussing in this post.

 

But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Jude 1:20

There we have it again, building up yourself by praying in the Holy Spirit. Whenever you pray in the spirit, know that you are developing your spirit to become like John and Jesus who waxed strong in spirit.

 


Smith Wigglesworth lived 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20

Kenneth Hagin prayed much of his private payers in tongue because of 1Corinthians 14:4 and Jude 20

'The greatest gift God gave to the world is His son. the greatest gift Jesus gave to the Church is the Holy Spirit and the greatest gift the Holy Spirit has given is your spiritual language (speaking in tongues)' Dr. Bill Hamon (Click on the links to watch their YouTube videos.)

It is obvious that speaking in tongues more of the time was a major price these spiritual giants paid to generate such transgenerational impact they’ve had over the human race throughout their ministries. If you will begin to cultivate this same prayer life as they did, God’s faithfulness will ensure that you don’t bear fewer fruits in your lifetime.

It all begins with salvation in Christ Jesus. If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus, may I give you the opportunity to do so now.

 

Pray this prayer out:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 

If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

 

 

THE HUMAN SPIRIT

 


Our walk and reliance upon the Holy Spirit will be better enhanced when we understand who we are as spirits.

 You as a human being are a spirit, you have a soul and you live in a body. God is a Spirit (John 4:24). As a spirit, He is invisible (cannot be contacted through the five senses) but as real as anything that can be contacted by the five senses.

 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26-27 ¶

 When He intended to make man in His image and likeness, He meant that man was also going to be real but invisible (cannot be contacted through the five senses). His desire was to give to the man He was creating, dominion over all the earth (physical). His domain of authority was well defined: the visible realm. The man was invisible but was coming to do business in the visible. So, God in His wisdom formed a physical (visible) body for the invisible man.

 

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7

 Human: humus + man 

 Human: earth + spirit 

 Human: visible + invisible

 After God formed the physical body for man (spirit), He placed the spirit that was a replica of Himself into the body. It was the coming together of the spirit and body that the soul came into existence. Without the soul, no unity can be achieved between the spirit and the body.

 YOU ARE A SPIRIT. You are invisible to the five senses. If you had no physical body, no one would have been able to see you and make contact with you except in the spiritual realm. YOU HAVE A SOUL. YOU DWELL IN THE BODY LIKE A HOUSE.

 An armor lays lifeless until a soldier puts it on. We may look at the arm of the armor raised but that is because the wearer raised the arm. Your physical body carries life and remains active until the tie between your spirit and soul is untied. Remember this: the real you is not your body but your spirit.

 UNITY AMONG SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY


For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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. Hebrews 4:12

 As important and distinct as each component of your existence is, they overlap in such close ties that only the Word of God has the ability to clearly distinguish them in composition and functions.

 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly. Proverbs 20:27

 Your spirit is God's means of reaching out to you.

But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. Job 32:8
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God, your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1Thessanonians 5:23

 Your spirit is God's primary point of contact with you.

 OTHER NAMES REFERRING TO YOUR SPIRIT:

 Hidden man

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 
1Peter 3:4

 Inward man

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 2Corinthians 4:16

 Old man

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Romans 6:6 Ephesians 4:22, Colossians 3:9

 New man

And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10

 

FEATURES OF THE REAL YOU (SPIRIT)

 Eternal

Spirits do not go extinct, they don’t stop existing. All those who have died have simply transited by breaking the tie with their physical body and are very much alive in the spiritual world. It is this characteristic of spirits that gives relevance to the Lake of Fire. It is going to be the permanent place of incarceration for those who during their lifetime on earth, lived in contravention to the directives of God.

 Very religious

It is your spirit that was made in the image and likeness of God and therefore always seek to satisfy that longing desire. It is this driving force in your spirit that moves you into all kinds of spiritualisms. However, it is only in Christ that this thirst is satisfied.

 Can be influenced by God or Satan.

God is spirit, Satan is spirit and angels are spirits. Amazingly, you are also a spirit, roaming in the same realm with these forces all battling to have an influence over you. You have what it takes to determine who influences you: the power of your choice.

 Nothing regulates it more than words.

In the realm of the spirit, there is no greater influence like words. Words determine everything. The kind of words you give yourself to hearing constantly will determine the direction of your life. It can open the door of faith and shut the door against fear

 Can be educated and trained.

Make time with the Word of God. When revelation knowledge of the Word takes over your spirit, then your spirit, in turn, will take over your five senses. It is at this point that your judgement and perception of issues change. Read the whole Bible, but dwell more in the New Testament and the Epistles are actually letters written to the church. It is in them you will discover God's plan of redemption. Meditate on these things because they take you on a lifelong journey of renewing your mind.

The condition of your spirit will determine the happenings in your life.

It all begins with salvation in Christ Jesus. If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus, may I give you the opportunity to do so now.

 Pray this prayer out:

‘Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I am a sinner, I cannot help myself. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Deliver me from sin and Satan, to serve the living God. Today, Lord Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and my Saviour. Thank you for saving me! Now I know, I am born again!’

 If you have prayed this prayer in faith, you are born again, saved, a child of God.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name John 1:12

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 1John 3:1

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31