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

  1. 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.
  2. Pray always in the Spirit.  This means to pray in tongues. 1 Corinthians 14:4 and 14; Jude 1:20
  3. Give the word of God first place in your life. John 23:12; Proverbs 4:20-23
  4. Obey the word of God or be a doer of the word. Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22-25

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