Saturday, November 29, 2014

God Thinking LXVI - The Whole Person Yields 11

"The fourth attribute that makes you who you are and makes you able to receive from God is your spirit:

4.    Your spirit
Different from the body, mind or heart, your spirit is ready and willing to receive from God.  Your spirit as born again believers, is alive and joined with Christ.  Your spirit is not in rebellion against God like your body, mind and heart can be.

Go with me if you would to Mark 14:37-38.  Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane praying.  And as soon as He is finished praying, He speaks to Peter and says. Mark 14:37-38 starting at the middle of verse 37, “Simon, sleepest thou?  Couldest not thou watch one hour?
V38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.  The spirit  truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Corinthians 6:17
“But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”

Once you have received the Holy spirit, your spirit is ready and willing to yield to God.  Think about it, if your spirit rebelled against God like your flesh, your mind and your heart, there would be no hope. 

But there is hope.  God quickened your spirit with His Spirit and that makes you able to yield to the Holy Spirit.

The man or woman who has not allowed God entrance through salvation cannot receive the wisdom of God, because their spirit has not been quickened, i. e., (made alive). 

The Word teaches Corinthians 2:14
“14.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Having a theological discussion with the unsaved is unfruitful.  No one is won by your theological prowess.  They are won, once they see clearly that they are lost. Man is far too proud to lose an argument, but no one wants to lose their soul.

The unsaved man or woman is trying to live out their existence and make sense of it all, without revelation from God.  That’s why it is so important for you, to put on the mind of Christ and to reveal the image of the living God in your life and your actions. 

No one just believes. God must first be seen in a man by his example before that man can reveal God by words.

Your flesh, your mind and the heart war against your yielding to the Spirit of God.  But the Spirit of God is able to win this war, and will win this war, as you yield. 

Just as God was revealed to you by another, as you yield, God will be revealed to another by you." The whole person yields to God a little at a time until they realize that yielding a little is not yielding at all.  

Excerpt from God Thinking LXVI - The Whole Person Yields by Keith C.                                          Powell Copyright 2014

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