Our Human Spirit – Speaking by the Spirit of Faith

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God is a speaking God. In the beginning He created all things by speaking (Genesis 1:3). As the word of God, He came to be a man (John 1:14), speaking the words of eternal life (John 6:68). In the Acts and Epistles, God continues to speak through His believers. At the end of the Bible, God the Spirit speaks together as one with the Bride, the church.

All God’s children can and should speak for God. It is primarily by our speaking that we are the many witnesses of Christ. We are ambassadors of Christ and God is surely with us. Furthermore, we all have been equipped. Thank God! That’s right, we have what we need, our spirit of faith.

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Our Human Spirit – The Inner Sense of Life and Peace

Have you ever wondered if what you are thinking, or if what you are feeling comes from God? Is your train of thought according to God and are your actions according to God?…or is it just you?

We have previously mentioned that there is a sense deep within us believers, and that if we pay attention to this sense and follow it, then we will be walking according to the spirit. In this Bible study we explore what this sense is like. We want everyone to be able to say, “Yes, this thing is of the Lord,” or “No, this thing is not of the Lord.” How? By the inner sense of life and peace.

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Our Human Spirit – The Faculties of the Soul under the Control of the Spirit

The Lord Jesus died for us on the cross and resurrected from the dead.
He came to live in us and we are now the place where He dwells. Hallelujah!

But He is after much more. He wants to be expressed through us.
Consider these questions and dive into this Bible study which is full of revelation.

  • Is our soul, with its mind, emotion, and will, in the way of the Lord’s goal?
  • Or is our soul useful to the Lord?
  • When we lose our soul-life, what are we left with?
  • What is the interaction between the spirit and the soul?

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Our Human Spirit – Spiritual versus Soulish

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1 Thessalonians 5:23 helps us to see that there are 3 different parts of man, the spirit, the soul, and the body. Then Hebrews 4:12 tells us that we can divide the soul from the spirit using the knife of the word of God.

You might say, yes, indeed, but now we ask the question, “Why?” Why is it important to know the difference between the soul and the spirit and why do we need to divide the soul from the spirit?

Actually, as Christians, if we don’t break-through in this Bible study on “Spiritual versus Soulish”, then we are in great peril. If we only use our soul, we’ll end up being a certain kind of person.

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Our Human Spirit – Be Filled in Spirit

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To live as born again Christians in the church we need a certain kind of living, a living of being filled in spirit.

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissoluteness, but be filled in spirit – Ephesians 5:18

To be drunk with wine in our physical body causes us to become dissolute [this is to be lax in morals], but to be filled in our spirit with Christ, with the fullness of God, causes us to overflow with Christ in speaking, singing, psalming, and giving thanks to God (vv. 19-20) and also causes us to subject ourselves to one another (v. 21). – Footnote on Ephesians 5:18 from the Recovery Version of the Bible.

It is our sincere desire that the Christians on campus be filled in spirit. To this end, we offer this humble Bible Study as an aid to all who desire to be filled in spirit.

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Our Human Spirit – Exercise Your Spirit – A Training Camp

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The Lord Jesus Christ is ever new and ever fresh. The Christian life is rich with the enjoyment of such a Christ. 

  • But how do we live such a life?
  • How can we serve God and how can we walk with God in our daily life?
  • When we say, “Exercise your spirit”. What comes to mind?

The way to live the Christian life is by the exercise of our spirit. In this Bible study we present a genuine training on how to exercise our human spirit. 

Find yourself struggling with the exercise of your spirit? Open up to the Lord about it and also open up to other Christians about it. By sharing our struggles, we can help one another. 

Get into the attached Bible verses and study materials in a prayerful and sober way and energize your Christian life by the exercise of your spirit.

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Our Human Spirit – The Lamp of the Lord

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The Lord Jesus who is God and who is also the Spirit not only lives in our human spirit, but is mingled with our spirit. The Bible says that God’s Spirit and our human spirit have become one spirit!

“…He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit” – 1 Corinthians 6:17

By this mingling, there is shining. As Christians we want to be the shining ones! Our mingled spirit really is the lamp of the Lord.  Read on to find out how to become so shining! 

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Our Human Spirit – The Journey of God

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The journeying God has a destination. In this Bible study, we see…

  • How His journey begins
  • How He solves the problems along the way
  • and How He arrives at His destination.

Don’t forget that knowing these things is not all we’re here for. Let’s open up to this journeying God and let Him into our human spirit.

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Our Human Spirit – Another Life

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Our Bible study on the human spirit is becoming more personal. We explore the following questions:

What is your understanding of how one becomes a Christian?
What does the Bible call the life of God – which He gives to us?
How can we receive this life?
Where does the Lord live?
Where is the Lord Jesus right now?

We invite you to dive right in as we think that you will really enjoy this Bible study titled: “Another Life”.

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Our Human Spirit – The Breath of Life

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The human spirit is mysterious. Various people have characterized it in their own special way. What would you say about the human spirit?

Our first topic deals with where our human spirit comes from. By taking a close look at the creation of man in Genesis, we not only see the fact of where our spirit comes from, but we can see how God Himself is so closely related to the human spirit.

Then, before going too deep into our study of the human spirit, we recognize that the Bible makes a clear distinction between the human spirit and the soul.

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Our Human Spirit

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Welcome everybody to a new series on our human spirit. We wouldn’t capitalize the word spirit here because we are not talking about the Holy Spirit who is God Himself but rather that special invisible spiritual part that every human being possesses.

The human spirit is most important.  Zechariah 12:1 ranks the creation of the human spirit with the creation of the heavens and the earth.

Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him – Zechariah 12:1

The human spirit gives us a way to contact God and have fellowship with Him. With our human spirit we worship God, receive God, and serve God. A Christian is a person who has believed in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Having such a beginning this one needs to know their human spirit and exercise it. The human spirit is also where the church life takes place. Everything in the Christian life and church life is only real in the human spirit.

Inspired by the book OUR HUMAN SPIRIT, published by Living Stream Ministry, we hope you join us in this most interactive and eye opening Bible study. You can join us live or catch up on your own with the published materials below.

Spring Get Involved Fair – Thursday January 13, 2022

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Welcome back to school! 
Drop by and Meet us
Thursday January 13, 2022
Time:
 10AM – 2PM
Students who are not in the club are welcome to come talk with us.
Find out:
What Activities we have planned for this semester
What have current members experienced while being part of the club
How to find motivation for our Campus Life
What is true love
What does the Bible say about the meaning of human life

The Word of God – Showing us that God is Pure

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Verses for Today

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry;

Luke 22:41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed,

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will, but Yours be done.

Fellowship

The commandment that tells us not to covet reveals that God is pure. Being pure has to do with your inward person. God is pure because within Him there is no contamination, no selfishness, and no evil desire. This commandment shows us that because God is pure, He not only looks at our outward actions but also at our inward motives. You can hide your inward desires from people. But you cannot hide your inward desires from God. God looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7b says, “For it is not how man sees that matters; for man looks on the outward appearance, but Jehovah looks on the heart.”

To be pure is related to our motives. A pure person does not do things with an ulterior motive. When this person says something nice about another person he does not say it with the intention of obtaining something in return (Church in Irvine, Lessons, Character – Pure).

Here is something more concerning coveting. To covet means to want something that belongs to somebody else. There is a craving within for others’ possessions. Greediness is very similar to covetousness and includes selfishness. Being greedy means you want things not for the sake of anybody else but for yourself. Coveting others’ possessions includes coveting material things as well as desiring others’ skills, spiritual gifts, and responsibilities.

This commandment is such a high requirement. We should be in awe at how high God is. How noble. How pure. Psalm 113:5 says, “Who is like Jehovah our God.” This God who became a man exemplified the God who is pure. In His human life, Jesus Christ wanted nothing for Himself but only everything for God. He even gave up His own life for God’s will. Before going to the cross He prayed to the Father, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet, not My will but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)

[The words of Exodus 20:17] also reveal that God is pure. His purity touches our inner being. Whereas the first nine commandments are related to outward conduct, the tenth is related to the sin hidden within us, mainly in our thoughts. Actually, the first commandment is also related to our inward condition. To have another God besides the true God is primarily an inward matter. However, to make an image or likeness of something is an outward deed. Hence, the first commandment touches our inward condition, and the commandment about coveting likewise touches our inward condition. The first and the last commandment together expose the idolatry and covetousness within us. Inwardly we are filled with idols and coveting. Colossians 3:5 says that covetousness [or greediness] is idolatry…

…The fact that we are covetous indicates that we are not pure. Only God is pure, for those who are pure do not covet. We covet because we are impure and unclean. If our heart, desire, and intention were pure in every way, we would not be covetous.

The commandment about coveting reveals God’s purity. Under the light of this commandment, we all need to see that inwardly we are not pure. We all have a certain amount of covetousness. But because God is pure, with Him there is no covetousness (Life Study of Exodus, Msg 51, Section 3).

God’s intention in making Himself known to us through His word is that He would be dispensed into us and make us His habitation, the place where He lives. In order for us to be purified within, we need the God who is pure to inhabit our being and fill all our inward parts. Ask Him to come in. Read His word a little, and ask Him to occupy you more. Our heart can be God’s house.

That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:17a)

Open up all the parts of your heart to God. Let Him do His house work. You can bring your feelings on any matter to God. That thing that you desire, God wants to hear about it. As you tell Him the things, God moves in.

In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; And the peace of God, which surpasses every man’s understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

The Word of God – Showing us that God is Truthful

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Verses for Today

Ex 20:16 You shall not testify with false testimony against your neighbor.

1 John 1:5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Fellowship

We have previously pointed out that the 10 commandments reveal to us who and what God is. We want to see that our God is truthful and He is even light itself.

Exodus 20:16 says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” This commandment reveals that God is truthful. To refrain from bearing false witness means that we must speak the truth and not lie….As the truthful God, God is the God of light. We are even told that He Himself is light and that with Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). This means that with God there is no falsehood….With our God there is both faithfulness and truthfulness. Because He is light, He cannot lie. Light is the source of truth (Life Study of Exodus, p. 600).

Testifying with false testimony against your neighbor means to lie about someone. Such lies inflict harm. Satan, the enemy of God is behind all lies and his aim is to to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). Lies and any form of falsehood are in the realm of darkness. Any time that we lie or any time that we hear a lie, it brings us into darkness. Our God is the real life giver. With Him there is life and peace. The peace and glory we receive from God gets robbed from us whenever there is falsehood. That is Satan’s work and we can all testify, we’ve been there.

The Lord Jesus is the truthful God who became a man. The Jews argued with Him many times and sought to catch something false from the Lord but they never could. Mark 12:13 says, “And they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and Herodians that they might catch Him in His speech.” and Luke 11:53 and 54 say, “And when He went out from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to provoke Him to speak concerning many things, lying in wait for Him in order to catch something out of His mouth.”

The Lord’s words are full of light and they break through the darkness. We do well to read His word and pray over it. Here are the Lord’s words, from the gospel of John, when He was dealing with the ones who rejected Him and opposed Him.

I know that you are Abraham’s seed; but you seek to kill Me because My word has no place in you. I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; so then, you also do the things which you have heard from your father. (John 8:37-39)

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks it out of his own possessions; for he is a liar and the father of it. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me. (John 8:44-45)

Thank the Lord for His word. Thank the Lord for the 10 commandments. Because God is light, His words are full of light. The truthfulness of God is the expression of the God of light. All the 10 commandments, like 10 words, reveal to us who God is. He is light and He is truthful. With Him is no falsehood and no darkness. When we touch the truthful God in His word, we are first enlightened of our real condition and then we are freed. We are freed from sin, falsehood, and darkness. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free.”

The Word of God – Showing us that God is Righteous

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Verses for Today

Exodus 20:5b visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,

Exodus 20:6 Yet showing lovingkindness to thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; / Lovingkindness and truth go before Your face.

1 Peter 2:23 Who being reviled did not revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten but kept committing all to Him who judges righteously;

Isaiah 56:1 Thus says Jehovah, / Preserve justice and do righteousness, / For My salvation is about to come / And My righteousness is about to be revealed.

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes, both to Jew first and to Greek.

Romans 1:17a For the righteousness of God is revealed in it

Fellowship

The Ten Commandments also reveal that our God is righteous. Because He is righteous, He will visit those who hate Him for three or four generations. If He failed to do this, He would not be a righteous God. He must act in this way in order to indicate that He is righteous. If you hate Him, He will deal with you according to His righteousness. At the same time, however, He is merciful and loving. (Life Study of Exodus, p. 599)

When God says He will do something, He is bound by His righteousness to carry it out. This should encourage all of us. No matter what is happening around us, God is righteous. He will reward the loving seekers and He will judge the evil. The Apostle Peter said of the Lord Jesus: “Who being reviled did not revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten but kept committing all to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). Because God is righteous we can be like the Lord Jesus and commit all things to Him.

God is just. He judges fairly. It is therefore quite reasonable that we also come to fear God for His righteousness. This is a healthy fear of God.

God is righteous. Although He loves us, when we do something that is not right in God’s eyes, there are consequences. We should heed God’s word and be mindful that there are consequences if we do not obey His word (Church in Irvine, Lessons, God is Righteous).

With this understanding of God’s righteousness, that it is an encouragement to us in the midst of the suffering in the world, and that it is something to be feared, we want to see another awesome application of God’s righteousness. It is because God is righteous, that we are ultimately saved.

According to John 3:16, salvation is out of God’s love, and according to Ephesians 2:5 and 8, salvation is by God’s grace. But in Romans 1:17 Paul says that salvation comes by the righteousness of God. Neither love nor grace is related to the law. No law forces us to love or to give grace. Whether we love or not we are still lawful, and whether we extend grace or not we are still legal. In a sense, God is not bound to love us. Furthermore, He is not legally bound to show us grace. Righteousness, on the contrary, is very much related to the law.

Because Christ has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of God’s law, God is bound to save us. If you say, “Lord Jesus, You are my Savior,” you can turn to God and say, “God, You must forgive me, whether You like it or not. You are righteous if You forgive me, but You are unrighteous if You do not forgive me.” We can say this to God because Christ has fulfilled all the righteous requirements of the law, and, as a result, God is bound by His righteousness to save us. Righteousness, therefore, is a mighty bond God cannot escape—He must save us because He is righteous. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, (Msgs. 001-020), Chapter 9, by Witness Lee)

Even if we don’t understand the depths of God’s salvation, we should all at least see this: We are saved because of God’s righteousness. 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” If you want to study this application of God’s righteousness a little more, we invite you to read more on this topic.