LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: THE BEAUTY OF THE SPIRIT, HIS FRUIT

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 5:22 KJV. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Fruits are the beauty of creation. They are symbols of continuity of life. Life without fruits would be impossible. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit is the beauty of the Christian life. The scripture said the fruit of the Spirit is love. The word did not say fruits, but said the fruit. Love is the fruit. The attached virtues are all the outshoot of love. Where there is love, there will be peace, joy, longsuffering and the rest. Romans 13:10 KJV” Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law”. Love for God and fellow man is the perfection of the law. (Luke 10:27)

The character of the Holy Spirit is love. When a man is born again, this love nature is imparted to his spirit. Rom 5:5 KJV. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Love then becomes the underlying characteristics of our being. It is never the nature of the flesh to love, since the flesh is selfish. Love is the expression of our spirit man. This kind of love is the God kind. Every act of the Spirit is done by faith. We love by faith. It implies, we express our love for one another, by faith. This means, it is based on what the word of God says. and not on what we may be feeling at a particular moment.

What develops the love nature in us? We have said above that love being an act of the spirit, functions by faith. As faith grows by feeding on the word of God, love likewise grows by feeding and acting on the word of God. The more we submit to the word that fills us, the more the love nature is revealed through us. We are able to demonstrate love when we acknowledge that love is our nature and we can do nothing but love. We also demonstrate this love by accepting the love our father has shown us. 1John 4:11 KJV Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. The rest of the manifestation of love, such as peace, joy, longsuffering will naturally flow out in our dealings with people.

CONFESSION

I am born of love. I am love and can’t hate, because my father who is love has shed abroad His love in my heart. I am ever joyful, full of peace and patient in all situations. I am kind, gentle, faithful, meek and control my ego in all situations.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Corinth 13:4 ISV Love is always patient; love is always kind; love is never envious   or arrogant with pride.   Nor is she conceited,

1 Corinth 13:8 ISV” Love never fails. Now if there are prophecies, they will be done away with. If there are languages, they will cease. If there is knowledge, it will be done away with”.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: FAITH A STEP INTO THE SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE:2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV” (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)”

Life is spiritual. The spiritual is very real, and imparts greatly on the physical. The sad truth is that most men are living in the natural plain and are not ready to stop living that way. Most people of our modern world are limited by science. Science and its findings are great and have been very beneficial to man. Science anyway is limited to the natural and physical forces of nature. There are so many issues that science have no answers to or any explanation for.

How do you answer medical conditions that give no scientific cause, yet very prevalent and devastating? So long as we live on this. Earth, we cannot trivialize the role of faith in our lives. As many who have chosen to put their confidence in God’s word have stood victorious

Faith in God and His word is the step that places a man in the Spirit realm. Faith in God’s word, mysteriously places a man in God’s realm and makes all things possible with that person, as it will happen to God. Mark 9:23 KJV “Jesus said unto him, if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believes”. Faith is the response of your heart or human spirit to God’s word. Your faith in God sets you at a far higher level, than any other supernatural power that may be contesting with you. Your walk of faith is your life in the spirit. Your faith makes you triumph always. Stay in the Spirit by staying in faith.

Our key scripture states that we walk by faith and not by sight. The scriptures teach that we overcome by faith (1 John 5:4). Do not trust in the arm of flesh. It will profit you nothing. Play the game of life from the winning point. That is the spiritual position.

There is the path of the just. It is the life of trusting God in all you do. Proverbs 4:18 KJV” But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day”. The scripture added that the way of the wicked (the wicked is he who would not honor the word of God) is as darkness, they do not know when they stumble. (Prov 4:19)

CONFESSION

I live in the Spirit, I live by a higher order, the order of the divine life. I have escaped the corruption that is in the world because of walking in the senses. Thank you, Lord, for the path of victory set for me.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Peter 1:4 KJV” Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

Romans 12:2 KJV” And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: CHRIST OUR LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 3:4 KJV” When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory”.

The key scripture is not saying that, if Christ is our life then, until He shows up, we remain hidden, inoperative or insignificant, no. What the scripture is talking about is that, the appearing of our Lord Jesus would also bring us into the same perfect glory that he is. 1 John 3:2 KJV” Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is”. The key scripture also reveals something worth noting and considering. It says Christ is our life. This means as He is now, so are we. 1 John 4:17 KJV” Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world”.

These revelations from the scriptures is what the good news is all about. Understanding these things will help you to overcome a life of failure and satanic defeat. How is Jesus now? The Lord has absolute victory over death and sin. (Read Rom 6::9 & 10). We have been given that same authority over death and sin. (2 Tim 1: 9&10) 1 Corinth 1:24 reveals that “But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God”. If He is our life then he in us as the power of God and the wisdom of God. The child of God must live with a truly liberated mentality. He must bear a superiority mindset over the evil influence of the dark world. You must approach every assignment in life with absolute confidence. You are greater than any situation that may rise against you for Jesus is your life, what a privilege. Stop giving excuses for failure.  You are a success going somewhere to happen.

Christ being our life is the reason we must maintain the crucifixion of old man or the ‘flesh’. It is the reason we must not give way to the flesh. Living in the flesh means living according to the senses, and that completely nullifies the impact of the Christ life in us.   It makes us ordinary mortals, who are subjected to the elements of this life. Corruption can then begin to work in us. (2Peter 1:4) Refuse to let the flesh have expression through you. The Oldman was crucified with the Lord, and so keep it crucified. Live in the Spirit by daily acknowledging that Jesus is your life.

CONFESSION

Jesus is my life. He is the reason for whatever I am and would ever be. He is my righteousness, my peace, my power, my victory. Jesus is my true identity. I am successful in every way. O what a life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 6:10 KJV “For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God”. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Colossians 3:5 KJV Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: A LIFE OF TRUE WORSHIP

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 12:1 ISV” I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship”.

LIFE IN the spirit is fundamentally a life of true worship. The Lord said the father seeks true worshippers, who shall worship the father in spirit and in truth. Worship as much as it involves singing is an act of giving off oneself in love to the one, he or she worships. This is the reason the normal posture in worship involves bowing down, casting oneself on the floor. It is an act of total submission. Psalms 95:6 KJV. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker”. True worship is always an attitude of total submission.

True worship is also conscious of the presence of God. It is conscious of the power, majesty, love and the might of God. True worship is consumed with love for God and is not concerned about himself or herself, that is the worshipper in any way. He or she is never concerned about what others think of him or her in the moment of worship. 2Sa 6:14 KJV” And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod”. David was careless of himself so much that his wife. Michal, Saul’s daughter felt he had disgraced himself before the young maidens. In verses 21 & 22 of 2 Samuels 6, David answered Michal that God chose him in place of his father, and he would play before the Lord. He added that he would be more VILE. This means he would make himself insignificant. In worshipping the Lord, we are insignificant

In conclusion, worshipping as a way of living in the Spirit is a life of sacrifice in everything we do. Prayer as worship is sacrificial. Studying the word of God is also a sacrificial act done to glorify the Lord. Everything we do as children of God is not for us, or to attract any attention unto us but solely to Jesus our Lord. This is what the Lord calls true worship. Our life as children of God is worship. It is doing everything to please the Lord.

C0NFESSION

My life is a constant flow of appreciation, Thanksgiving and an admiration of my father God. He has done so much for me. Indeed, He is my everything. I offer my life as a living sacrifice unto Him.

FURTHER STUDIES

2 Samuel 6:22 ISV “I’m going to act more shamelessly than this, even to humbling myself in my own eyes. Now as to the women staff members about whom you have spoken, they are to hold me in honor!”

Genesis 24:26 ISV” At this, the man bowed down and worshipped the LORD”

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: TRAIN YOUR SPIRIT 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:14 KJV “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.

Every child of God must always be led by the Holy Spirit. This means he must train his spirit to hear the voice and instruction of the Holy Spirit. John 10:27 KJV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” According to our Lord, His sheep hear his voice. The child of God trains himself or herself by acting on the word as he or she learns it. The next point of call, is to act on instructions from his or her conscience.

Acts 24:16 KJV “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men”. Apostle Paul says he has decided to always maintain the right conscience.

 Our conscience is that instinct in a man that judges between right and wrong and inclines towards that which is right. For the growing Christian, the Holy Spirit uses our conscience to know the right action. There come situations that are not necessarily right or wrong ways, but to choose between two or more things. When one is torn between choosing a marriage partner, whether to make a particular journey or not, we need a direct word about which one ta take. In this instant one’s conscience may not help so much but a direct instruction of the Holy Spirit.

At such a moment the Holy Spirit will speak to your spirit deep within your heart, on many times as a ‘still small voice’. This ability is developed over time as the child of God prays and quietly listens to the instruction of the Holy Spirit in his heart. Such instructions normally do not come to the physical ears. One may hear an audible voice only in special or few cases. It does not normally come that way. Hearing the inner voice is something you train yourself to acquire through prayer and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Each time you fellowship with the Spirit of God through prayer and meditations on God’s Word, make time to wait for an instruction from the Spirit of God. Make sure you act on such instructions. As you function this way, you would grow in confidence to receive more detailed instructions from the Spirit.

CONFESSION

AS a child of God my spirit hears from God. My spirit is trained to hear the voice of the Spirit of God, and to act accordingly. I grow in this ability of hearing the voice of the Spirit.

FURTHER STUDIES

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

Acts 23:1 KJV” And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day”.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: TRAIN YOUR SPIRIT 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 3:6 KJV” In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths”.

Our next point in the training of our spirit is to put God first in everything we do. Colossians 1:18 reminds us that our Lord Jesus is the head of the church. He is the beginning, and must have the first place in everything we do. How do we give Him that first place in our lives? This is done by knowing what the word says and doing it in the light of the prevailing circumstances.

The verse before our key scripture says, ” trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not on thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Men are prone to reasoning everything out. That is normal, yet be ever ready to do as the word of God says. That is safer. In every step you take, business, marriage, and what have you? Do it according to the word of God.

God would likewise honor every step you take. He will direct your path. The next act is to fill your heart and mouth with is Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the best means to confuse the devil in your life. Satan expects to see you worried and complaining, but when you give God thanks, even in the midst of disappointments, he (the devil) gets confused. This is what God says concerning giving thanks always and at EVERY happening in your life. 1Th 5:18 KJV “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you”. The will of God in every event is your Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving expresses your stability.    It is an expression of the nature of God in you. His ability not to be moved.

I have trained myself to give him thanks in all situations. Once I run my forehead into the pointed edge of a metallic sign board. I held my head, and the next words that poured out of my mouth, were, thank you Jesus. I knew my head should have swollen or cut with blood flowing out. Beloved to my amazement, there was no swelling or a cut. It did not even cause any pain. The only pain I felt was the initial collision, afterwards everything was normal. Thanking God should become your practice throughout the day. You would ever be ahead of the devil, if you are constantly filled with Thanksgiving.

CONFESSION.

God’s word is light, I always put His way first, in all I do. Thank you, Lord, for every blessing. Thank you for my very existence. Thank you for your amazing love. Thank you for everything.

FURTHER STUDIES

Colossians 1:18 KJV” And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence”.

Acts 27:35 KJV. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: TRAIN YOUR SPIRIT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: James 1:22 KJV” But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.

We continue with our discussion on training our spirit. The next act to consider in our study on training our spirit is to practice the word. When one practices the word, he is strengthened in his inner man or spirit such that no situation, no matter how terrible or challenging it may be, would be able to move him. Our Lord Jesus was moved by nothing. In the face of threats from Governor Pilate, He was still composed. He had been practicing the word and could always count on God to honour His word in His life. The Lord taught that the man who practices the word is like the man who builds his house on the rock. The rains came, the floods beat at it, and the house remained firm (Matt 7:24&25)

For an example the Bible says in Phillip 4:6 as follows,” Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. In this verse the Lord says we must be anxious for nothing. This means, no matter what happens, just tell yourself I will not be anxious. This is how to practice the word. If you tend to worry and get agitated, you would ultimately be defeated. That verse adds that in time of a challenge, commit the issue to God in Prayer and thank him for answering your request. Threatening problems, always have a way of announcing their presence even after you have prayed. Just speak out to the situation that ‘I have committed the situation to God and He is in control, I will not fret myself concerning this case.

IF you approach daunting or intimidating situations this way, you are practicing the word. Your spirit man would be trained and built up to face challenges that would be showing up in the future. The Bible teaches that because of such attitude and action you would be matured and would never be in a state of anxiety and fear. Our key scripture says if we fail to practice the word, we are deceiving ourselves. Why are we deceiving ourselves when we fail to do what the word says? Like the building on the sand, your strength will fail in the day of adversity (Prov 24:10.)

CONFESSION

I do the word. I am not moved by adversity, no matter how challenging it may be. I command

 my body not to be anxious but to be joyful and do what the word says. Thank God I’m always victorious.

FURTHER STUDIES

Matthew 7:24&25 KJV” Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”

Matthew 7:26&27 KJV” And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Prov 24:10 KJV” If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small”.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: TRAIN YOUR SPIRIT

KEY SCRIPTURE:”1Timothy 4:8 NET For “physical exercise has some value, but godliness is valuable in every way. It holds promise for the present life and for the life to come.”

According to our key scripture, physical exercise has benefits limited to the physical body, but godliness has benefits for now and the life to come. Godliness involves the practice of things of the spirit. This involves, prayer, Bible study, meditation on the scriptures, practicing the word, fasting and every other thing that trains your spirit. These practices basically instruct our minds. The mind is the door way to our spirit. When the mind is fully enlightened with the scriptures, the spirit of man has perfect control over the whole body. A mind that is not enlightened with the scriptures shuts up the spirit in. In such a case the body controls the whole being. The result is carnality,

 One major godly practice that brings the mind under the strong influence of the Spirit is meditation. Scriptural meditation is different from oriental meditation. Whiles oriental meditation seeks to achieve a state of a void in the mind, scriptural meditation, tries to let the scriptures fill the mind by either reflecting on it, or repeating it to yourself over and over again for some time. Apostle Paul instructed Timothy as follows: 1Ti 4:15 KJV “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all”. He asked him to give attention to the scriptures by reflecting on them. This form of meditation is quite silent.

In Joshua 1:8 the Lord asked Joshua to keep the laws of Moses in his mouth and meditate on them day and night. He was to practice the act of saying the scriptures to himself over and over again. The word meditates used in that scripture is the Hebrew word ‘hagah’. It means to growl, mutter, muse, speak, roar.  You could meditate by muttering the scriptures to yourself over sometime. Muttering the scriptures over and over again builds the image and a consciousness of the word in your mind and ultimately into your heart. Doing what has been established in your heart becomes very normal or simple.

CONFESSIION

 I feed my heart with the word of God. I meditate on the scripture’s day and night. My mind is fully enlightened by the word. My spirit then has total control over my whole body. I profit as a result and it appears to all.

FURTHER STUDIES

Psalms 77:6 ISV During the night I remembered my song.   I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders.

Psalms 119:78 ISV “May the arrogant become ashamed, because they have subverted me with deceit; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.”

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: PLACE OF PRAYER

Prayer has been defined as, uniting the natural with the super natural to effect changes in the natural. Anytime the natural encounters the supernatural, the natural, receives an impartation from the supernatural. There comes a transformation of the natural. Jud 1:20 KJV” But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost”, The call to build ourselves up is not talking about our physical body, but our spirit man. 1Corinth 14:14 KJV” For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful”. Our spirit does the praying when we pray in an unknown tongue.

We are built up spiritually as we pray. The Bible uses. The word ‘edify’, which means to build up. 1Corinth 14:4 KJV “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church”. In the manifestation of the spirituals, we have those who function purely by the  gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as those who have developed their spirit man such that   they manifest the supernatural through their built up spirit man(please note, all these is done by the agency of the Holy Ghost) . There are a number of people who begin to receive the ability to see visions, and do other supernatural abilities, after praying for a number of hours. Some start healing the sick after fasting and praying for a number of days. These abilities function in these people as a result of the sensitivity of a built-up spirit through prayer.

Evangelist Sadhu Sundar Singh who lived between 1889 to 1929, and was used mightily by the Lord, once taught that, praying as a Christian can be compared to a mother hen, brooding over the eggs. As the mother sits on the egg, it develops to become chicken. He said the longer we stay in the presence of the Father His Spirit broods over us, making us more and more like Him. Don’t be lazy to spend time before the Lord in prayer. It is one of the avenues to build yourself up, to be used effectively in the Lord’s vineyard.

PRAYER

Thank you, father, for the privilege of prayer. As I prayer in the Spirit my spirit man is built up, making me more effective in the Spirit. As the physical man is built up through exercise, my spirit is also built up to do more as I pray.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 6:12 & 13 KJV “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles”;

1 Corinth 14:2 KJV” For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries”.

LIFE IN THE SPIRIT: THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE

KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 8:2 KJV “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”.

Life in the Spirit is not an abstract life of strange imaginations, but a real Christian experience that brings success and fulfillment to all who understand and live by the word. Anyone who is initiated into Christ by the new birth receives an exchange of natures. Before we were saved a principle or law worked in us. It is called the law of sin and death. This is what Apostle Paul wrote about in Rom 7:18 KJV “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not” .This very scripture refers to the law of sin and death that works in all those who have not come to faith in Jesus.

The law of sin and death is the power that causes men to continually fail in the face of temptation and trials. This law is not just a weakness of the human body but an inheritance of Adamic nature (Rom 5:12). At our conversion, the law of sin and death is put away, and we receive another law that begins to operate in us. This is the law of the Spirit of life. Life begins to work in every aspect of our being where there was death. The first area of impact is the ability to lead a righteous life. We receive the power to do right. Become aware of your absolute victory over wrong ways. The same law defeats diseases.

One story that comes to mind is about evangelist John G Lake, when a very contagious disease called bubonic plague broke out in South Africa. One gets infected the moment he comes into contact with an infected person. John G Lake used to handle the sick and prayed for a number of them. He never got infected. A medical team took a sputum sample and observed it under a microscope and found a number of the pathogens alive within the sample. When part of the same sample was placed on his hand and observed under the same microscope all the bacteria were dead. They asked him, how come that, the bacteria die on contact with your hand. He answered, there is a law of the Spirit of life at work in me, that kills the bacteria. This can be your experience if you would believe.

CONFESSION

I am born of God. I have received the law of the spirit of life. I am a winner over death in any form. I live a life of uprightness. The law of life destroys the power of every disease in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDIES

2Timothy 1:10 Easy English “So now he has shown us how very kind he is. He has shown us because Christ Jesus has come. And it is Christ who saves us. He has destroyed death’s power over us. And he has shown that we can live with God always. We can have bodies that never die. He has shown that also. He has shown this by the good news that he brought”.

Ephesians 1:19, 20 WEB “and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might, which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places”.

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