You are a spirit

Brad Stanton —  April 25, 2015 — 1 Comment

Spirit with a body

Most people think of themselves as a body, maybe a body with a spirit. But the Bible says we are created in the image of God. Since God is Spirit, that means that we are spirits too. We are spirits that have a temporary body, not bodies that have a spirit. In the latter part of John 17, Jesus talks about us being one with him and one with each other. What does that really mean?

Why is this important? Because our spirit is eternal, our body will only last a short time. Our spirit is much more important than our body, but we tend to think about bodies much more than our spirit. That is the source of much of our pain in life. Many feel that they are not good looking enough. They don’t understand that this temporary body is not as important as our spirit. Many feel bad because they are sick or tired. That won’t last long. This life is just as short as the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things.

We are one

So Jesus said we are one. One way to think about our spirits being connected together is the example of knitting. Two colors of yarn can be knitted together into one scarf. The fabric of the Holy Spirit is knitted together into our spirit to make one being. Jesus said that believers are one with each other. That can only mean our spirits are connected somehow.

Recently I read that scientists find male cells in women who have had a male baby. Some of the cells from the baby move thru the umbilical cord into the mothers body and she keeps them as long as the cells stay alive. (from Scientific American) Another web site says that after having intercourse, the cells that a man leaves in the woman can stay in her body for a long time. So in a way, the baby and the mother really are one. The mother’s body contains parts of the baby’s body even after birth. Intercourse makes us one more than we may have thought. In fact, the Bible says that it does.

How big is our spirit?

So how big is our spirit? Well, I’m not sure anyone really knows. The Apostle Paul said that he was with a church in spirit,even though his body was not there. Some consider that a figure of speech, but when I combine that with some of the other things that Paul and Jesus said, I no longer believe it is just a figure of speech.

Elisha sent his spirit with his servant to watch what he did (2 Kings 5:26). A king wondered how Elisha always knew where he sent his troops and assumed a spy told him. Elisha was able to defeat the king in every battle.The advisers of the enemy king said that Elisha somehow knew what the king was saying even in his most private spot, his bedroom (2 Kings 6:12).

When you put perfume on your body, how big is the smell, how far does it go? Hard to say. A dog can smell it much farther away than a human can. Maybe our spirits are the same way, much bigger than our bodies. I doubt they are limited to the space our bodies take up.

Einstein told us that time and space are not what we think they are. Maybe our spirits are the same way. They completely transcend what we can see with our eyes and hear with our ears. They are of the spirit world, the real word. The world we can see and taste and touch is not the real world. Even Shakespeare said “The world is a stage.” By that he meant that the things we see are not real, just as the props in a stage play are not the real world, just something to set the scene.

Spirit sleep

I have never found any place in the Bible where it says our spirits sleep when our bodies sleep. So what does our spirit do while we are asleep? Leave a comment if you have any ideas. Maybe there is some reason why God designed us to spend one third of our life asleep. Maybe our spirit is somehow serving him while we sleep.

All we need is love

It really is true, all we need is love. We don’t need food or air. If we don’t get food or air, our body dies, but  we don’t die. Our spirit is then liberated from the ball and chain of this earthly body and (if we are a Christian) we go to paradise immediately (2 Cor 5:8). We live eternally, bathed in the joy and glory of God’s love for us.


“He who is happiest is he who is content…” ~Benjamin Franklin

Happiness

Happiness (Photo credit: baejaar)

A wise man said to his friend “Every time I see you, you are running around in a hurry. What are you running after?”

The man answered quickly “Success, money and the rewards of my hard work.”

The wise man said “That would make sense if you assumed all those things are ahead of you, but what if all those things were behind you, and the faster you run, the more difficult it is for those things to catch up to you?”

We all run after something. What are you running after?  Are you running after money, a beautiful house, a person, a position in your company, a degree, a relationship, a better relationship with loved ones? There is nothing wrong with these things, but they won’t fully satisfy you unless you learn to be content.

A writer found an old list of goals he had set for himself. He had written many books and spoke regularly to large groups of people. He was surprised that he had accomplished every one of his goals so quickly. But as he continued to think about it, he was also surprised that he was not more content with what he had. Many people expect outward circumstances to fulfill their inner happiness. Instead of constantly running, take some time to rest and enjoy what you have.

Many very successful people who train others for success say that one of the best things you can do to achieve more success is to enjoy what you already have and be thankful. You reap what you sow, if you think about happy things you will sow more happy things. Being grateful is one way of keeping happy thoughts in your mind. Happy thoughts can’t be in your mind at the same time as sad thoughts. The best way to push sad, angry or any other undesirable thoughts out of your mind is to think about happy thoughts.

Sometimes I count my blessings in my mind, sometimes I write out a list of things I am grateful for, but either way, I always feel happier after I do it.

Enjoy where you are instead of where you want to be.


GodMake BeautifulGod loves you.

Yes, God does care about your happiness. God wants you to be happy.

Philippians 2:18  So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

There are many other verses in the Bible that show that God wants Christians to be happy. I find a lot of people believe it is somehow pious to trudge through life without any joy. This is not godly at all. It is not what God planned for you.

If you have ever had a child that you loved dearly, you want the child to be happy. God loves you even more than you love your child. He loves you more than you love yourself. He wants abundance and good things for you even more than you do. But when bad things happen some people blame it on God. Actually, many times we bring about bad things to ourselves. Let’s not blame it all on God. Romans 8:28 says that if you are a Christian, bad things are blessings in disguise. You have the power to be happy. That is God’s will for you. The Holy Spirit living in you is more powerful than you can ever imagine and will give you that power.

God wants the best for you

I have met many Christians who have bad self images. They don’t serve God because they feel they are not good enough. That is exactly what Satan wants. He wants you to be discouraged, to feel insignificant so that you won’t be a powerful force for the kingdom of God. Nehemiah 8:10 says that the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Romans 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 14:7 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Roman s 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Marriage

At a marriage conference recently, I heard one of the attendees say that God did not make marriage to make us happy but to learn difficulties. I don’t agree. If a person truly loves his/her spouse, he will find happiness in that.

Suffering

I’m not saying that you will never suffer. The Apostle Paul suffered because he wanted to suffer. Phil 3:10. Jesus suffered, that was his reason for coming to earth. However, what one person considers suffering might be the best thing ever for someone else. For example, if i had nothing to eat but a little bread or rice with vegetables and some fruit three times a day, I would consider that suffering. But over one fourth of the people in the world would think that is the best thing ever because they normally don’t get three meals a day.

The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven. ~ John Milton (Paradise Lost)

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MiracleContinued from 4/4/2015

2. Ask God for it in faith.

Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him

who knocks, the door will be opened.

Simply put, ask God for what you need. Another “A” in our FAITH acronym

might be “Agree.” It is good to find other people to agree with you in prayer.

Matthew 18:19 tells us, “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree

about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.”

3. Imagine the answer to prayer in your mind.

Imagine it like you already have it. If you are praying for a relationship to

get better, imagine that it is. Your optimistic attitude will help change the

relationship. That is the way God created faith. On the other hand, being

pessimistic, lacking faith, and thinking about negative things, will cause

problems in the relationship. When a person thinks about the negatives of the

relationship, he will be more likely to get angry or do other things that are not

good for the relationship. I have seen this happen many times in my own life

and in the lives of others.

It is important to imagine you have already been given the answer to your

prayer, because if you have faith and you pray in God’s will, you do already

have the answer. I will explain this more in the chapter on Daniel.

4. Thank God for it.

In Mark 11:24 we read, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you

have received it, and it will be yours.” Notice it says “…believe that you have

received it…”. This means that at the moment you ask God for it, you receive

it. However, it may take some time for it to materialize or to become substance

Some translations of Hebrews 11:1 read, “Faith is the substance (my emphasis)

of things hoped for…” Daniel prayed in Daniel 10, but the powerful angel that

came to give him the answer to his prayer was detained by Satan or a demon.

There was apparently a wrestling match in the unseen world. Paul said we

wrestle not against flesh and blood but against the powers in the heavenly

realms. These powers will do everything possible to damage our faith and

prevent us from getting an immediate answer to our prayer.

God could have answered Daniel’s prayer immediately if He wanted to, but for

some reason, He allowed the struggle in the heavenly realms to continue for

days before the angel was able to reach Daniel. Romans 8:28 says that in all

things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according

to His purpose. God is certainly powerful enough to answer your prayer

immediately if He wants to, but usually He takes some time before He answers

it. God is more concerned about us growing spiritually strong than getting

everything we want right away. Just as our parents did not give us everything

we wanted because they knew it was for our best, God also sometimes does

not give us what we want when we ask for it. Every parent has probably had

a child who wanted to eat ice cream for supper; however, the parent knew it

would not be good for the child and did not permit it.

See the books on prayer.


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(Continued from 4/1/2015)

Real faith means taking action. We have faith that a chair will hold us up when

we sit in it because we have experience with chairs. If our experience told us

that blue chairs usually broke, it would make us wary of blue chairs. We would

probably test them a bit before putting all our weight on them.

On the other hand, since we don’t know when God will answer our prayers, it is

often not a good idea to take certain actions. We can pray for health, but should

not quit taking medicine until we discuss it with our doctor. Maybe God chooses

to heal us through the medication. Keep taking the medication but pray and

then thank God that He is healing your body.

Often God will answer our prayer even if our faith is weak because it is His will.

In the book of Acts, Peter got out of jail when a room filled with believers prayed

for him. When he came to the very door of the house where they were praying

and knocked, they did not believe the servant girl when she told them it was Peter.

 

Now that we’ve established the critical component of faith in powerful prayer,

let’s look at an acronym that is a simple way to remember the five steps

to powerful prayer. Each of these steps will be explained more fully in later

chapters, but for now, let’s look at the acronym FAITH.

 

F Faith and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

A Ask

I Imagine the answer

T Thank God for it

H Hold on to your faith and be Happy while you wait

 

1. Faith. Have faith when you pray and Find a Bible verse to stand on.

Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith will it be done to you

Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Mark 11:23, 24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received

it, and it will be yours.”

Find a verse in the Bible that applies to your prayer request. At first, that

seems restrictive and difficult, but there are so many promises in the Bible, you

will surely find one if your desire aligns with God’s will. For example, if you

are praying for money, get a concordance and look up verses that speak of

wealth or prosperity. Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1 and Psalm 112 are a few of many

good verses about wealth. If you are praying for a relationship, look up verses

on love. If you are lacking something, think of Psalm 23:1 “The Lord is my

shepherd, I shall lack nothing.”

Find scriptures that promise you an answer to your prayer. It is a good idea

to memorize a verse or two of those promises. Many times you will not find a

specific verse that promises you what you are asking. That is okay. Just have

faith and pray for it.  See the books.

More in a few days about this.