TOPIC: SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY – PART 3 (HOW TO DEVELOP THE HUMAN BODY)
TEXT: 1Thessalonians 5:23, Rm. 12:1
INTRODUCTION: Man is spirit; he has a soul and lives in a body. The body is the house of the human spirit that makes it possible for us to exist in this physical world. However, the real man is the spirit which gives life to the body. If the spirit leaves the body, it dies. Jas.2:26.
WHY WE NEED TO DEVELOP THE BODY
When we get born again, our soul and body remain the same. For reasons already discussed in lesson 4, we have to retrain our bodies to be controlled by our spirits. We were born physically with dead spirits, consequently, the body through the five senses of sight, smell, hearing, speech and touch began to control our lives. These senses are grossly limited, so we cannot attain our full potential with them.
Any believer who refuses to renew his mind and make his spirit to control his five senses is canal or fleshly minded. This results in death. There is therefore a need to develop our bodies to flow with God’s purpose.
STEPS TO DEVELOP THE BODY
The following steps would help:
- Present yourself to God as a living sacrifice. Rom. 12:1. This means consciously you devote yourself to God by giving Him first place in your life and doing only those things that please Him, Eph. 5:1-7, I Tim. 4:13-16.
- Believe the word of God when it even disagrees with what you can see, hear, smell or touch. This way, you will be mixing it with faith and it would produce for you, Heb.4:2-3.
- Give the Word of God first place in your life, Job. 23:12.
- Hide the Word of God in your heart and live by it. Ps. 119:9, 11, Jas. 1:21.
Attend every Church service and belong to a service group, Heb.10:24-25.