A Man and His Spiritual Life
A MAN AND HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE
HUMOR: A preacher quit the ministry after 20 years and became a funeral director. When asked why he changed, he said: "I spent 3 years trying to straighten out John and John's still an alcoholic, then I spent 6 months trying to straighten out Susan's marriage and she filed for divorce, then I spent 2 ½ years trying to straighten out Bob's drug problem and he's still an addict. Now at the funeral home when I straighten them out -- they stay straight!"
MOTIVATION AND EMPOWERING FOR LIVING HAS
TWO SPIRITUAL SOURCES - BOTH BEGIN AT BIRTH
THE SPIRITUAL SOURCE WHOSE INFLUENCE
CONTROLS HUMAN BEINGS AFTER THEY ARE BORN
READ IN UNISON - LET H.S. TEACH FROM HIS WORD...
Ephesians 2:1-3 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
FROM THE MOMENT WE ARE BORN INTO THIS WORLD WHO IS WORKING TO LEAD US INTO DISOBEDIENCE BY FOLLOWING THE CRAVINGS OF OUR SINFUL NATURE?
John 12:31 “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.
John 14: 30 “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me...
Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory [the world system]; 9 and he said to Him, “All these things will I give You, if You fall down and worship me.”
2 Corinthians 4:4 ...in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
& THIS IS NOT DEMONIC POSSESSION - IT IS CONTROL BY MANIPULATING THE MINDS OF PEOPLE
& JESUS SAID SATAN WAS THE GOD OF THIS WORLD SYSTEM - SATAN CONTROLS THE KINGDOMS & GLORY OF THE WORLD THROUGH HIS DEMONIC INFLUENCE
Daniel 10:10-13 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
HOW DOES THIS SIMPLE STATEMENT INDICATE HOW SATAN CONTROLS PEOPLE?
HOW WE THINK DETERMINES HOW WE FEEL AND ACT
WHAT DOES SATAN USE TO INFLUENCE THE MINDS OF HUMANITY?
1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. [the world system manipulated by Satan]
& WORKING IN PEOPLE’S MINDS HE USES THEIR CRAVINGS, LUSTS AND PRIDE TO LEAD AWAY FROM OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WILL
SUMMARY: SINCE SATAN IS SO POWERFUL THAT HE CAN MANIPULATE ANY HUMAN BEING NO MATTER THEIR STATUS OR INTELLIGENCE. WHAT CHANCE HAS ANY PERSON TO BE FREED FROM THIS SPIRITUAL SLAVERY? EXPLAIN...
John 8:31-36 Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine;32 and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You shall become free’?”34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.35 “And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.36 “If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.
WHAT IS THE TRUTH THAT MAKES FREE FROM SIN’S DOMINATION?
John 17:15-17 “I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one.16 “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth.
HOW CAN JESUS FREE US FROM SLAVERY TO SIN AND THE INFLUENCE OF SATAN WHO MANIPULATES OUR SINFUL NATURE?
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was in the beginning with God.3 All things came into being by Him, [including Satan] and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
class=Section3> “COMPREHEND” When we turn on a light it overcomes darkness. The word John used - katalambavnw - means to "seize, win, attain, make one’s own". It carries the connotation of being UNABLE TO OVERCOME the light. Spiritual darkness is dispelled when the light of Jesus’ ministry came. Satan was unable to overcome Him. That was demonstrated in His resurrection which verified in a final way that He always was and is the Light of Life both physical and spiritual. HE IS THE CREATOR.
class=Section4> Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
John 16:11 ...and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
THIS BRINGS US TO THE SECOND SOURCE OF SPIRITUAL LIFE...
WHICH ALSO BEGINS WITH A BIRTH INTO GOD’S FAMILY
John 1:11-13 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 3:3-5 Jesus answered and said to him,[Nicodemus] “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?”5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
class=Section5> “Born again” - literally “born from above”- anwqen - making it clear that He was referring to a spiritual matter.
The baptisms of John & Jesus were symbolic of spiritual cleansing - the cleansing of repentance. Birth from above comes from a change of mind - “repentance” - through the workd of the Holy Spirit. Thus, Jesus emphasized that this new birth is a spiritual birth. He continued to make that clear when He said...
class=Section6> 3:6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
& THERE IS PHYSICAL BIRTH WHICH BRINGS YOU INTO YOUR HUMAN FAMILY AND THERE IS SPIRITUAL BIRTH PRODUCED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT WHICH BRINGS YOU INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD...
& THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT BIRTH - IT IS BIRTH INTO LIFE THAT NEVER ENDS - THE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT GOD POSSESSES...
& IS THAT QUALITY OF LIFE VALUABLE?
PAUL DECLARED THIS TRUTH TO THE EPHESIANS AFTER REMINDING THEM THAT THEY WERE SLAVES TO SIN UNDER SATAN’S INFLUENCE BEFORE THEY WERE BORN AGAIN INTO GOD’S FAMILY...
Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ [new birth from above] (by grace you have been saved),6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,7 in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;9 not as a result of works, that no one should boast.10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
& IN “THE AGES TO COME” (ETERNAL LIFE) GOD IS GOING TO SHOW US ALL HIS GRACE BECAUSE OF OUR FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM THROUGH JESUS
1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”—
& THE NEW MAN IS BORN INTO GOD’S FAMILY IN ORDER TO LIVE A HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERED LIFE THAT PRODUCES GOOD WORKS AND GLORIFIES HIS HEAVENLY FATHER...
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
THOSE WHO ARE BORN AGAIN ARE TO LIVE AND ACT IN WAYS THAT BRING GLORY TO THEIR HEAVENLY FATHER...
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF POWER FOR LIVING THAT BRINGS GLORY TO OUR HEAVENLY FATHER?
Galatians 5:22-23 ... the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, self-control...
Acts 2:42-47 And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 And everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.44 And all those who had believed were together, and had all things in common;45 and they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.46 And day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,47 praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.
& GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKS IN THE LIVES OF GOD’S CHILDREN GROWING JESUS’ CHARACTER IN THEM AND THEIR LIVES DRAW OTHERS TO CHRIST
& THIS ONLY HAPPENS WHEN GOD’S CHILD WILLINGLY ALLOWS THE SPIRIT CONTROL OF THEIR LIFE
HOW DOES A CHILD OF GOD DRAW UPON THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Romans 8:1-6 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.2 For the law [principle] of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.[attitudes & actions enabled by the Holy Spirit] 5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,
& EVERYTHING WE THINK AND THEN DO BEGINS IN OUR MINDS - THAT IS WHY WE MUST GIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCESS TO OUR MINDS - HE USES THAT TO DIRECT OUR ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS IN A GOD GLORIFYING DIRECTION
& WE NOTED EARLIER (2 Cor 4:4) THAT SATAN “BLINDS THE MINDS” OF THOSE WHO DO NOT ENTRUST THEMSELVES TO JESUS (BELIEVE)... WHERE DOES THE CHILD OF GOD NEED TO FOCUS THEIR MIND?
ON THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT
WHERE DOES A CHILD OF GOD FIND THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT?
2 Peter 1:20-21 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed [qeopneustoV = qeoV (God) + pneumatoV (breath or Spirit) ] and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.
class=Section7> PETER AND PAUL BOTH AFFIRM THAT THE SCRIPTURE IS THE PRODUCT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING THROUGH IT’S AUTHORS...
class=Section8> WHAT DOES PAUL TELL US WILL BE THE RESULT OF APPLYING OUR MINDS TO GOD’S WORD? 2 Tim 3:16-17
WE WILL BE COMPLETELY EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK
HOW IS GOD’S CHILD TO APPLY THEIR MIND TO THE SPIRIT GIVEN WORD OF GOD? 2 Tim 2:15 EXPLAIN...
& WE ARE TO DO IT DILIGENTLY - WITH REGULAR PERSISTENCE SEEKING TO UNDERSTAND IT AND OBEY IT...
& DO YOU MAKE TIME DAILY TO READ GOD’S WORD WITH UNDERSTANDING AND MEDITATE ON HOW IT AFFECTS WHAT YOU SAY AND DO?
WHAT DOES GOD’S WORD SAY SHOULD BE THE REGULAR PRACTICE OF GOD’S CHILD?
Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened.9 “Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf, will give him a stone?10 “Or if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!
1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, [having asked in accord with His will] we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
class=Section9> “PRAYER” = proseuch = PRAYER MADE TO GOD - WITH THOUGHT OF WHO HE IS
“SUPPLICATION” = dehsiV = REQUEST OR APPEAL WITH DEEP FEELING/ YEARNING
“THANKSGIVING” = eucaristiaV = SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY - GOD WILL ANSWER - MOTIVATES LOOKING FOR HIS ANSWER
“PEACE” = eirhnh = COMPLETE WELL BEING (USED FOR “SHALOM” IN GRK O.T.) - A INNER PEACE FROM GOD THAT IS BEYOND HUMAN UNDERSTANDING...
“GUARD” = frourew = TO PLACE A MILITARY GUARD OR BUILD A FORTRESS
WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD OF GOD WHO REGULARLY GOES TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER... WHAT WILL BE GUARDED?
& EMOTIONAL STATE AND MENTAL STATE - GOT STRESS - TAKE IT TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND LEAVE IT WITH HIM AS MANY TIMES AS REQUIRED
NOTE THAT JESUS PROMISED THE COMING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT JUST BEFORE SAYING THIS. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE PEACE PRODUCER IN OUR LIFE...
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
class=Section11> HOW DOES THIS EXPERIENCE DEMONSTRATE GOD’S PEACE AT WORK IN THE LIVES OF PAUL & SILAS?
Acts 16:22-25 And the crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them, and proceeded to order them to be beaten with rods.23 And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely;24 and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison, and fastened their feet in the stocks.25 But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;
class=Section12> GOD’S ULTIMATE PURPOSE FOR ALL HIS CHILDREN...
Romans 8:28-29 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. [the good that God intends is explained] 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren...
class=Section13> GOD USES ALL OF MY LIFE EXPERIENCES - THE GOOD AND THE BAD - TO GROW IN ME THE CHARACTER OF JESUS - THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
class=Section14> & THE ONLY THING THAT LASTS IN OUR LIFE IS WHO WE BECOME BY ALLOWING THE SPIRIT OF GOD CONTROL IN OUR LIFE... BEAUTY, BRAINS & BUCKS FADE - THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK DOESN’T
& TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF THE SON OF GOD IS TO BE FILLED WITH HIS... LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF CONTROL
& ALL ELSE WILL PASS AWAY - IT IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT GROWN INTO MATURITY IN GOD’S CHILD THAT WILL LAST WHEN THEY STAND BEFORE GOD
THIS IS GOD’S GREAT PURPOSE FOR A MAN IN HIS SPIRITUAL LIFE
GOD WORKS IN ALL OUR LIFE EXPERIENCES TO ACCOMPLISH THIS ETERNAL TRANSFORMATION
A CHILD OF GOD IS TO FOCUS HIS MIND ON GOD’S WORD AND THUS BE GUIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HIS ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS
& A CHILD OF GOD IS TO GO TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER IN A SPIRIT OF WORSHIP, DECLARING HIS NEEDS AND CONCERNS WITH A DESIRE FOR GOD’S WILL TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THEM AND WITH A SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY BEING ALERT FOR HOW GOD ANSWERS...
& A CHILD OF GOD IS TO SHARE WHAT HE HAS BEEN GIVEN WITH OTHERS BY WHAT HE SAYS, AND WHO HE IS...
class=Section15> Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him.”
TO SHAPE OUR THINKING AND THUS OUR ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS GOD USES OUR...
& STUDY, MEDITATION AND PERSONAL APPLICATION OF HIS WORD, AND
& OUR HUMBLE PRAYER LIFE EXPRESSED IN...
A SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY
TRUTH TO BUILD YOUR LIFE ON...
GOD’S CHILD HAS BEEN FREED FROM SLAVERY TO SIN AND THE CONTROLLING INFLUENCE OF SATAN THE RULER OF THIS WORLD SYSTEM...
BIRTH FROM ABOVE
GOD’S CHILD HAS BEEN GIVEN MEMBERSHIP IN THE CREATOR’S FAMILY
GOD’S CONTINUAL PRESENCE
GOD’S CHILD HAS BEEN GIVEN THE PRESENCE OF GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HIS LIFE TO GUIDE AND ENABLE HIM TO DISPLAY ATTITUDES & ACTIONS THAT HONOR HIS HEAVENLY FATHER
GOD’S PROVISION FOR MY GROWTH INTO SPIRITUAL MATURITY
& GOD’S CHILD IS TO FOCUS HEART AND MIND ON GOD’S WORD - THE MEANS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WORK IN OUR MINDS - GUIDING AND ENABLING A GOD GLORIFYING LIFE
& GOD’S CHILD IS TO BRING ALL MATTERS OF ANXIETY OR CONCERN TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER WITH A
SPIRIT OF WORSHIP
HONESTY ABOUT HIS ANXIETIES AND CONCERNS AND
A SPIRIT OF EXPECTANCY THAT HIS HEAVENLY FATHER WILL ANSWER IN ACCORD WITH HIS WILL THAT WILL ALWAYS BE FOR THE GOOD OF HIS CHILD