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Rev. Dr. Samuel Somuah Asante is an ordained minister of the gospel, who is commissioned to project the Lord Jesus Christ. His ministry emphasis is on th divine elevation of the believer in Christ. He believes strongly that all who are in Christ have the privilege to live above sin and failure, walk in righteousness and the resurrected life of Christ. He encourages Christians, especially pastors, to live a life that manifests the glory of God through them. Rev. Somuah is a graduate of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST), Ghana and holds a Masters degree in Theology from International Theological Seminary (Ghana Campus), and a PhD in Biblical Studies from ZOE Theological Seminar (USA). He is the Chief Servant of Jesus Witness Ministry, based in Taifa-Burkina, Accra. He is married to Rev. (Mrs.) Doris Somuah Asante and are blessed with two sons, Samuel and Arnold. They make their home in Accra, Ghana.

PURSUIT OF THE ANOINTING 4

KEY SCRIPTURE: Heb 11:26 KJV(Moses)” Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

Please this series of teachings is to help, answer the desire of most young and upcoming servants of God, about how to enter the flow of God’s anointing. Please note that; the anointing does not come on an individual just because of God’s sovereignty, rather, scripture has revealed specific acts and conditions, if met by an individual, he or she will be qualified to be used of God. Consider the following verse.2 Timothy 2:20 KJV” But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.  If a man, therefore, purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

From the above verses of scripture, we learn that there are vessels of Gold. No one makes himself gold. Gold talks about people who have special grace. There are also vessels of silver and various levels of qualities, all the making by divine providence, yet as to whether a vessel is useful, or impactful,  depends on that individual himself, or herself. God is no respecter of persons, He would show Himself to the one who loves Him, pursues Him, and keeps His words John 14:21. Once again, the anointing is not just an act of divine selection and placement.

Let’s consider the case of Moses. Moses was born to deliver his people from Egyptian bondage, but let’s consider the following revelations about Him. Heb 11:24 KJV” By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”

He refused to be called the Son of Pharoah’s daughter. He had all the comfort, and privileges that life could offer him, yet for the heavenly call which was, unknown to him, but a stirring within his inner bowels , decided to forsake that pleasure and go, to suffer with His people. What would have happened to Moses, if he had refused to obey the inner stirrings to leave Pharoah’s house, but had chosen to stay there?  There is no anointing for those who would not forsake their worldly ambitions, or pleasure to pursue after God. The anointing is always a response from God to a life of selflessness and pursuit of God.

CONFESSIONS

I deny myself of all unrighteous acts and self-centered ways, to pursue God’s ways, and to make myself available to Him. I diligently seek His face in whatever means possible, of which fasting and prayer are one. The anointing for service surely comes upon my life.

FURTHER STUDIES

Heb 11:26 KJV” Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.”

Heb 11:27 KJV” By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

PURSUIT OF THE ANOINTING  3

We now take a look at the life of David, the shepherd boy who became king.

The lifetime of David before the prophet Samuel anointed him to become the next king after Saul is not clearly stated in the scriptures. We can in any case make certain deductions from some events that took place in his life.

When the Spirit of the Lord left king Saul, an evil spirit took over his soul and tormented him. His counsellors suggested that he gets someone who was skilled at playing the harp. One of them made the following remarks about David.1Sa 16:18 KJV “Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the LORD is with him.” I believe David started playing the harp far before Samuel anointed him. I believe he started making psalms or songs before he was anointed. This implies David started loving and pursuing God before Samuel anointed him.

The Lord also made the following remarks about David.

Act 13:22 KJV” And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” David was a man after God’s heart who had a very intimate fellowship with God. In David’s case, there was no person he was following like Elisha followed Elijah, but he was a pursuer of God. He spent moments worshipping and loving the Lord God. God said this man will do what pleases me. David was a true worshipper of the Lord. David operated as a king, prophet, and in some cases, a priest. He had a very unique ministry.

When David came into the limelight, he always sorts the will of God before taking any step. HE knew God for himself. He was not going after Prophet Samuel to tell him about God’s mind. He had a personal relationship with the Lord. 1 Sam 23:2 ” Therefore David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah.” We see a number of instances that David enquired of the counsel of the Lord before embarking on any venture. God found him, a man with a ready heart to please Him in every way.

God always anoints those whose lives are yielded to Him. Those who place God’s interest first. Do you want to experience that special grace of God, then express true love for God. John 14:21 KJV “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him and will manifest myself to him.”

PRAYER

Father, I pray that your Spirit stirs your people’s hearts to pursue you in all diligence. That they may know you in a more intimate way, serving you wholeheartedly. May their hearts place you before everyone or thing.

 THOUGHT: GOD ANOINTS THOSE WHO PURSUE HIM.

FURTHER STUDIES

1Co 2:9 KJV “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Psa 63:1 KJV” A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.”

PURSUIT OF THE ANOINTING 2

KEY SCRIPTURE:2Ki 2:9 KJV “And it came to pass when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.”

We continue with some of the bible characters who walked under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and were such a blessing to their generation. We would study the case of Elisha.

Our key scripture is about Elijah asking Elisha what he would want him to give him before he left for heaven. Elisha asked for a double portion of his grace. Well, this event is not the real catalyst to his receiving that special grace. The whole thing begun at the very first encounter of Elijah and Elisha.

In 1 Kings 19:19, Elijah found Elisha ploughing with twelve yoke of oxen. In our modern times, it would be said that he was a farmer with six tractors on his farm. That was a very wealthy farmer. On the very day Elijah met him, Elijah cast his clothes on him. The act of casting his clothes on Elisha meant he was assuming a father-and-son relationship. It was fathers who clothed their children. By casting the mantle upon him, meant, be a son to me. Elisha quickly responded by taking his opens, slaying them, and gave to the people to feat, and then left to follow Elijah. By this act, he had totally forsaken his past, including any source of financial dependence to follow a man, who was also not in any business. His heart was totally for God. He had fulfilled the scripture that said, if anyone loved his life in this world, he would lose it, but if anyone lose his life for him, he would gain it. John 12:25

The next thing Elisha did to get the anointing was to seriously follow Elijah. He became his servant who gave him, water to drink. When the Lord asked him to go beyond the Jordan River, where he would send him to heaven, in a bodily form, he got to know it. He decided to follow Him, till he receive the grace up him. This story can be found in 2 Kings 2. They began from Gilgal to Bethel, to Jericho, and then to Jordan. Elijah asked him to wait at every one of these places so he goes alone. Elisha was resolved to follow till he lays hold on the anointing. God’s anointing can be transferred from one man to another, and it still depends on the pursuer to do so with all diligence. He or they must follow with a sincere love for the man of God.

When he caused the Jordan River to divide into two, and when they had passed to the other side, Elijah asked Elisha, what he would want from him. He said he would like to get a double portion of his anointing. Elijah’s answer was that this is a difficult thing, but if he could see him as he goes, then he could get it. He was very diligent and so he focus fully as he left for the heavens. His mantle or garment fell and he took it. From there he started walking into the grace.

The sincere seeker will always go satisfied.

CONFESSION

God gives freely to all who are sincere followers or seekers. I follow after God with a sincere and thirsty heart. He is indeed very faithful, rewarding all who diligently follow him.

THOUGHT: THE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY WHO COME TO HIM, ARE ALWAYS SATISFIED BY THE LORD

FURTHER STUDIES

Heb 11:6 KJV “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Isa 44:3 KJV” For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:”

PURSUIT OF THE ANOINTING 1

KEY SCRIPTURE: Luke 4:14 WEB “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area.”

The bible is filled with a number of anointed men who were mightily used by the Spirit of God to reveal the power and glory of God in their times. It is worth learning about what these men did to get into the flow of the anointing. We would also learn about the stories of people in our times who were also anointed by the Spirit of God. We would take from their own stories, about how they became anointed. I believe many young and upcoming men and women of God will find clues to how to receive the anointing to be a blessing to their respective generation.

For our first character, we would look at the Lord Jesus. The Lord did not do any special works in the first thirty years of His life. He lived among His brethren and community, basically, as a carpenter. It was after His thirtieth birthday that John the Baptist came baptising in the Jordan, and also announced the coming ministry of Jesus. The Lord’s first act of the pursuit of the anointing was to go for John’s baptism. John was hesitant in baptising Him. The Lord said, in Mat 3:15 KJV” And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.” When He submitted Himself to the will of God to fulfill all righteousness, the Holy Spirit descended on Him as a dove.

The Bible said God spoke from heaven and said, this is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased. Going to John to be baptised meant, He had sins that were to be washed away. In actual fact, He had no sins, which had to be washed away, yet for the sake of honouring God’s word, that demanded that everyone to be used by God, needs to be washed, He had to do so, to FULFILL ALL RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Dear child of God, you cannot receive God’s approval in any meaningful service of usefulness, until you have obeyed that particular thing the Spirit is asking you to do. It may be to stop a particular lifestyle. It may be to humble yourself to a servant of God. If there is something God is asking you to do, just be obedient, and you would have the floodgates opening for you to enter into that glorious anointing.

What would have happened, if Jesus, did not submit to John’s baptism, but went to fast for forty days and nights?

Would He have returned in the power of the Spirit? Like 4:14.

STRICT OBEDIENCE, IS ALWAYS GOD’S SURE DEMAND FOR AN UNCOMMON RESPONSE FROM HIM.

CONFESSION

My God is not a mechanical God, with stereotypical ways of doing things. He has specific terms for every individual, and I respond fully to his terms, for maximum delivery of His power and anointing.

FURTHER STUDIES

Mat 3:17 KJV “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Joh 8:29 KJV “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”

THE HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTING  2

KEY SCRIPTURE:

2 Kings 2:9 WEB “When they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be on me.”

The anointing of the Holy Ghost is needed by every child of God. Children of God are called to show God’s praises in all they do. The anointing is needed in every aspect of life. If you are a businessman, you need it. If you are a footballer, you need it. If you are a minister in songs, you need it. 1st Peter 2:9. The anointing distinguishes the Christian from all other men, and it brings glory to God. Although God will want all to have it, it is not obtained on a silver platter.

What is the price for the anointing? One can understand the price for the anointing by coming to terms with the implications of the anointing. The anointing is solely to reveal the glory of God. Luke 14:26 WEB “If anyone comes to me and doesn’t disregard his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can’t be my disciple. ” The Lord is saying by this statement that, we are to live for Him and for His glory alone. The implication of being anointed is to bring glory to Him.

 The price for the anointing is death to self and the pursuit of His glory.

The Lord said in John 12:24, 25  “Most certainly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life will lose it. He who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life. ” The  Spirit of God comes on selfless vessels who are pursuing God’s glory. During the dispensation of the law, the high priest presents blood on the mercy seat. The moment the blood sacrifice is poured on the mercy seat, fire appears on the mercy seat, from which the  Lord communicates to the high priest.

One may ask what is the place of prayer and fasting in obtaining the anointing on one’s life. Prayer and fasting would release that special grace on your life if the primary motive is right. That is, dying to self and seeking the exaltation of the name and glory of God. Some fast and pray for strive and competition. These are all selfish ambitions, motivated by soulish desires. James 4:1-4

CONFESSION

I was created to bring pleasure to the heavenly Father. I commit my life to seeking His glory, and so He anoints me to serve Him more effectively.

THOUGHT: A SACRIFICED LIFE WILL RECEIVE FIRE FROM ABOVE TO SHINE BRIGHTER.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 12:1 WEB “Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.”

1Sam 26:9 WEB “David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him, for who can stretch out his hand against Yahweh’s anointed, and be guiltless?”

THE HOLY SPIRIT ANOINTING

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exo 28:41 WEB “You shall put them on Aaron your brother, and on his sons with him, and shall anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to me in the priest’s office.”

We now look at anointing by the Spirit of God. The anointing reveals the mighty hand of God on an individual’s life.

The word anoint means to rub an ointment or smear oil on an individual. The Lord instructed Moses to anoint Aaron and his sons. It was an act to consecrate and sanctify them unto the Lord as seen in our key scripture. For one to be anointed means he is to play a particular role for God. It, therefore, implied he or she is holy unto the Lord. There is a third aspect of the anointing, and that is to receive divine ability or supernatural enablement to do that work for God. During the building of the tabernacle of God by Moses, the Lord anointed Bezalel, with wisdom and cunning arts to design various things in the temple. Exo 31:3 WEB” I have filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship,”

Now, the anointing is not for any individual to glory about, but to serve the purposes of God. The anointing also demands holiness for the agent of the anointing is the Holy Spirit.

The anointing also consecrates the individual, which means, no defiling things like any work of the devil has any place in the anointed.

In Psalm 89:20-30 the Lord speaks of His anointing of David with an Holy oil.

He lists certain benefits that categorizes one with the anointing.: They are as follows:

1. God’s arm shall be established with the anointed and strengthen him.

2. The anointed will overpower all his enemies.

3. God will beat down and strike all who hate him.

4. God keeps faithful to the anointed and exalts their horn or strength.

5. God will enlarge his impact, both local and international

6. God’s covenant of faithfulness is with the anointed.

Every child of God needs to be anointed, and God our father will want all to be anointed, yet there is a requirement for such an anointing. TO BE CONTINUED

CONFESSION

God my father, has called me to serve Him. It is His Spirit, that makes me give an acceptable service. I open up to receive the anointing of the Holy Spirit on my life, so I may give Him that acceptable service. By the anointing, I am empowered for His glory.

THOUGHT: THE ANOINTING, CONSECRATES YOU, SO BE CONSECRATED TO SPEED UP YOUR ANOINTING.

FURTHER STUDIES

Luke 4:18 WEB “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to heal the broken hearted,  to proclaim release to the captives,  recovering of sight to the blind,  to deliver those who are crushed,:”

Acts 10:38 WEB” even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”

THE SPIRIT OF MAN, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT 2

KEY SCRIPTURE:2Co 13:14 KJV” The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”

The Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ unlimited. Our key scripture reveals the triune God in their specific roles in their dealings with the child of God. We see the grace of our Lord Jesus, demonstrated in His mission to save us, the love demonstrated by the Father in giving Jesus to die for, and the Holy Spirit who lives in us and fellowship with us. As the Lord said, it was expedient that He left, to the Father, so the Holy Spirit will take His place, but this time work through us. The Holy Spirit works in us as our coach, training us to assume the fullness of the nature of our Lord Jesus. We, the children of God must continue with what Jesus was doing but had to stop and die for us so we could be saved.

To be successful in fulfilling the work left to us, we have to know the Holy Spirit in a more intimate way. This we must do by being very conscious of His presence in us. Let’s get the following points clear, the Holy Spirit is in us, to guide, inspire, teach, and reveal Jesus to us. He is with us as our helper, protector, and a standby. He also comes upon us to anoint us for various tasks. The anointing may not be always, depending on how the child of response to specific promptings of the Spirit. The Lord consistently maintained the anointing because He was always in fellowship with the Spirit. He always acted to please the Holy Spirit. John 8:29 KJV “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” This statement referred to the Holy Spirit. When the child of God walks in the flesh or becomes self-willed, he may affect the operation of the anointing. In a few cases the Holy Spirit out of mercy for the people who are being ministered to would use a man of God, although He has become carnal in his motives. A similar event was when God allowed the water to flow out of the rock, although Moses was asked to speak to the rock, out of anger, he hit the rock. God gave the water but was not pleased with Moses. Num 20: 8-14.

We continue with our thoughts on the coaching role of the Holy Spirit. We have to be very much aware of His presence. Be ready for His promptings. When your worship is not focused on the Lord and His magnificence, the Spirit will make you aware. When your prayer moments are also not focused on the Lord, He will prompt you. He would tell you to pray further on certain issues. Your confidence in Him will become stronger as you grow in knowing Him, and doing what He tells you. One thing the Spirit will do for you is to turn your focus from yourself to Jesus. It is Jesus’ glory and not your glory.

CONFESSION

The Holy Spirit is my coach, training to become like my master Jesus. I submit to every instruction of His and allow Him to reveal Jesus to me in various ways. My confidence grows stronger in the Lord, as I get to know Him, more and more.

FURTHER STUDIES

Eph 4:13 KJV “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

John 14:10 KJV” Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.”

THE SPIRIT OF MAN AND THE HOLY SPIRIT.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Rom 8:16 WEB “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;”

From our key scripture, we see that there are fundamentally two spirits in every child of God, the spirit of the man, and then the Spirit of God This should be the case, although some children of God have other spirits that live in them. This is when a child of God gives place to an alien spirit to take an aspect of the believer’s body. Such spirits do not live in the Spirit of the child of God. This is not possible. The Spirit of a Christian is one with the spirit of Christ, and this makes His spirit superior to any other foreign spirit. A spirit can live within the mind or some aspect of his soul and influences the brother or sister to act against the word of God, or dwell in some aspect of the Christian’s body, causing sickness or weakness in a way. These evil influences can be cast out of the soul realm of the Christian, or from the body of the Christian, resulting in healing of the body. The above exposure explains why it is said a child of God cannot be possessed by a demon. To be possessed means your spirit has been taken over by a demon, which is not possible.

 The Holy Spirit is in the Christian as Lord.2Co 3:17 WEB” Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” The Holy Spirit comes to play the role of Jesus in the life of the Christian. John 14:16 KJV And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; The amplified bible gives the various roles of the comforter in our lives. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition John 14:16″ And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—”

The child of God is called to fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Considering all these special roles of the Holy Spirit in the Christian, why should he or she ever fail in life? Every child of God must diligently seek to allow the Holy Spirit to play His various roles in His life. Most children of God use most of their time in prayer to ask for things or requests. We ought to spend some of the moments chatting with Him.  Ask him questions about everything concerning the Christian life.  Ask Him for His counsel concerning yourself and how you ought to do certain things. You can ask Him to teach you to heal the sick, and He will do it. Ask Him for His counsel concerning your next plans in life. The truth is most of us are under utilising the Holy Spirit.

CONFESSION

The Holy Spirit is my Lord. He is my teacher and perfect guide through this life. I have deep fellowship with Him, as I seek His candid views on various issues. I learnt to hear His voice so I can be in step with Him on various issues.

THOUGHT: THE HOLY SPIRIT IN A BELIEVER, IS THE GREATEST RESOURCE FOR AN ALL-ROUND SUCCESS

FURTHER STUDIES

 John 14:17 KJV “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

John 16:13 KJV” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

THE SPIRIT OF MAN AND ITS FACULTIES 2

KEY SCRIPTURE 1Co 2:11 KJV For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

We learned in our previous study that although the conscience is to be a judge over the actions of an individual, it could be made very weak, depending on one’s promptness to act on what the conscience says. God’s word and our response to it, is the sharpening tool for our conscience. When a child of God, keeps strict obedience to the conviction from the conscience, he or she develops a very fast sense of knowing what is right from wrong, even before he acts. Heb 5:14 KJV But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Another sensitive part is the intuitive faculty of the Spirit. This is the ability of the individual to know an issue without any physical awareness. Once again, it is the word of God that trains this important faculty to grow in sensitivity. When one grows in living by the word, his spirit begins to pick information with ease. Another important spiritual activity that would develop the intuitive property is prayer and fasting. Fasting basically humbles the soul and the body and releases the spirit to be more alert and agile. Many spiritual mysteries are brought to the fore through the practice of prayer coupled with fasting.

Communion with the Lord is also very vital, yet this could easily be done from the soul or the flesh. Things done outside the spirit’s influence are done on the following grounds or motives.

For self-glory, self-pleasure, or some fleshly advantage. Anything done from the spirit gives all glory to the Lord and no personal advantage is sort for. Once again it is the knowledge of God’s word and its diligent practice that enables the child of God to have a true communion with the Spirit of God.

In all that has been said above it is the word that brings the dividing line between soul and spirit, and enables us to relate to our heavenly father in reality.

CONFESSION

God’s word is God in spirit, sound, and thoughts given to us. it is the main means I allow my spirit nature to function totally. I will give more attention to the word, so I will be able to express my spiritual personality very well.

THOUGHT: THE WORD IS SPIRIT, AND GIVES A BETTER EXPRESSION TO OUR SPIRITS FACULTIES

FURTHER STUDIES

Heb 4:12 KJV “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.”

John 6:63 KJV, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

THE SPIRIT OF MAN AND ITS OPERATION

KEY SCRIPTURE:1Co 2:11 KJV” For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”

We learned from our earlier studies about the Spirit of man, that his spirit is the real man since God created man in His image and likeness. God is a spirit. If man is in the image of God? Then man is a spirit. We there say that man is a spirit, who possesses a soul, and lives within a body. The Spirit of man is the God-conscious part of Him. He relates with God via his spirit, not his soul or body.

What are therefore the faculties of the Spirit? Like the soul, the spirit of man has three main faculties. These are as follows:

1. CONSCIENCE

2. INTUITION

3. COMMUNION

The conscience is man’s ability to judge between what is right from wrong. This part has nothing to do with his intellect or mental knowledge. Rom 2:15 KJV” Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)” This verse referred to those who had no law to tell them what was right or wrong, yet their conscience which was a faculty of their spirit approves of their right ways and disapproves of their wrong actions. Every man has a conscience. This faculty of the spirit can be silenced, or put to seared.1Ti 4:2 KJV” Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” When one’s conscience is consistently overruled to choose the wrong way, the conscience will be seared or killed.

The next faculty of the Spirit, to consider is intuition. This is the aspect of the Spirit that receives information from the spirit of God. In Mark 2:8, the bible said, ‘Jesus perceived in His spirit’. He knew what and how they reasoned through communication from the spirit of God. Let’s consider the following verse: Act 14:9 KJV “The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,” How did Paul know that the impotent man, had faith to be healed. He got to know through the intuitive property of his spirit. This aspect of a child of God could be developed to the point when one could know what another is thinking, and even the future events of another person. These tendencies go beyond gifts of the Spirit through the edification of their spirit man.

Last but not the least is communion. Here man fellowships with God. John 4:24 KJV” God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” Apostle Paul says He serves the Father through his spirit. Rom 1:9.

Man was originally made not to live by his soul or his body, but fundamentally by his spirit. The spirit of man is the place of authority and power. Before the fall of man, man related to God and creation by his spirit. His faculty of intuition have his perfect faith in God, which also made him fearless before all things. The place of real freedom is to let his spirit lead. We must therefore focus on living in and by the spirit. God’s word is His means of getting this done.

CONFESSION

I am a spirit having a soul and I live within my body. I renew my mind by the word of God, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and obedience to the word of God.

THOUGHT: MAKE YOUR BODY AND SOUL SUBMISSIVE TO YOUR SPIRIT’S LEADERSHIP.

FURTHER STUDIES

Rom 8:9 KJV “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”

Rom 1:9 KJV” For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;”