TOPIC: SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY (Part 1): HOW TO DEVELOP THE HUMAN SPIRIT
TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:23
INTRODUCTION: Man is spirit; he has a soul and lives in a body. James 2:26; Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7; John 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The spirit of man is what gets born again. This is why the soul and body remains the same at new birth. John 3:7.
When God speaks to man, he relates with man’s spirit like light to candle. Proverbs 20:27. His word brings light on your candle (spirit). Psalms 18:28.
WHY DO WE NEED TO DEVELOP THE SPIRIT?
At new birth you are a new born spiritual baby who needs to grow into adulthood so you can enter your God given privileges. 1 Peter 2:2; Galatians 4:1-7.
HOW TO GROW SPIRITUALLY
- Desire to know the truth (God’s word revealed) at the milk stage. 1 Peter 2:2. You can do this by praying for God to put a strong spiritual hunger in you. Philippians 2:13.
- Pray always in the Spirit. This means to pray in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:4 and 14; Jude 1:20
- Give the word of God first place in your life. John 23:12; Proverbs 4:20-23
- Obey the word of God or be a doer of the word. Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22-25