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Bringing Our
Human Spirit into
Right Relationship
With Jesus

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Before the fall of man, man accessing his human spirit was not a problem because man had the moral righteousness of God ruling over his soul and body through his human spirit. However, when man fell, first, his human spirit was severed from God. This means he no longer has the moral righteousness of God ruling over him by the Holy Spirit through his human spirit. Second, man now has only his soulish and fleshly desires to guide him through life. The problem with this however is that Man’s soul and body are now corrupted by sin so that they are now in bondage to and serve sin. Because this is true, to try and solve our problems through the will, reasoning and energy of the soul and flesh will not solve the problem because to do so is to energize the soul and flesh to sin. This is why we are not to act out of the initiative of our soul, but only out of God’s initiative by the Holy Spirit through our human spirit. This is also why it is so important that we spend daily time with God in the Word and in prayer to receive His daily leading and instructions in our life to make sure we are only acting out of His initiative in our lives and not our soul and flesh’s.

The human spirit has tremendous power. Because man is in bondage to sin, for him to access now his human spirit with his soul means using the power of the human spirit for greater evil and sin. That is why all religions outside of the Bible and Jesus Christ tell you to meditate by blanking your mind. Why? Satan is behind this teaching because he wants access to our human spirit and the tremendous power it holds to use for His evil purposes. Since for this reason God does not want us to access our human spirit, the only way a religious person outside of Christ is able to access his human spirit is though demonic power, a demonic spirit bridging the human soul to the human spirit, but under the demonic spirit’s control. For this reason, God in His Word forbids us to access our human spirit.

Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is spiritually-alive and energetically-effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the conscious-reasonings and intentions of the heart."

Doing good things or trying to solve our problems through the energy of the soul and flesh appear good, but when you do this you also energize the soul and flesh to sin because sin rules over them and will continue to do so until they are transformed into the likeness of Jesus’ current soul and body in the resurrection. No matter what good we try to accomplish through the initiative of the soul and flesh, the soul and flesh’s power to sin will do more damage than any supposed good.

God isn’t looking for religious people, He is looking for people who will be ruled over by Him through their human spirit and who will walk in obedience to those things He reveals to them through their human spirit. This means first what He clearly reveals to us in His Word the Bible; and then, second, what He reveals to us by His Holy Spirit through our human spirit. When we obey His Word we are acting out of His initiative, not our own. Jesus said in John 8:47 "He who is of God hears the Words of God." Jesus also said in John 3:8 "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it came from and where it is going; so is everyone who receives-birth from the Spirit."

graphic of wrong relationship to Human spirit

To be ruled over by our human spirit does not mean to try and access our spirits. God is Spirit, Jesus tells us in John 4:23-24, and the Old Testament clearly reveals to us that God speaks to us by His initiative through our human spirit through visions and dreams which are then manifested in our thought life. Ezekiel the Prophet said recorded in Ezekiel 8:2-3,

"And I looked, and behold, a likeness as the look of fire; from the appearance of His loins and downward, like fire; and from His loins and upward, as the look of brightness, like the color of polished metal. And he put forth the form of a hand, and took me by the lock of my head. And the Spirit lifted me between the earth and the heavens, and brought me to Jerusalem— in the visions of God—to the opening of the inner gate facing north, where there was the seat of the images of jealousy, which causes jealousy."

Ezekiel expresses that he received this communication through this "spirit" which in all probability was an angel. The communication was in the form of visions. But note that he states clearly that these visions were of God. Ezekiel did not willfully form the pictures or access his spirit himself. God took the initiative and accessed his soul through his human spirit and gave him these visions.

"And the Spirit lifted me and brought me into Chaldea, to the exiles, in a vision by the Spirit of God. And the vision that I had seen went up from me." (Ezekiel 11:24)

Ezekiel again explains to us that God communicating to him was through a vision by His Holy Spirit and by His initiative.

Because God Himself is Spirit, He communicates with us through our human spirit. Many Scripture references show us that the Lord communicates with us through our spirit through visions and dreams. Moses records in Numbers 12:5-6,

"Then Yehovah came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the doorway of the tent, and He called Aaron and Miriam. When they had both come forward, He said, ‘Hear now My words: if there is a prophet among you, I, Yehovah, shall make Myself known to him in a vision. I shall speak with him in a dream.’"

The Psalmist writes: "Then you spoke in a vision to your holy one" (Ps 89:19). Isaiah in Isaiah 22:1 talks about the "Valley of Vision" referring to the spirit world. Clearly there is a connection between the spirit world and our human spirit. God, angels, Satan and his demons can all communicate with us through our human spirit. The creation of images or visions in our minds, in our imaginations, connects our soul with our spirit and gives us access to the spiritual realm just as we receive visions and dreams through our human spirit.

We have now established that visions and visualization are the language of the spirit. Visualization is an encouraged practice of the New Age, Yoga and other cults. This is because it puts them into contact with the spirit World. What, However, does God have to say in His word about humans creating their own visions or visualizing? Isaiah records about God speaking to him against apostate Israel,

"Thus says Yehovah of hosts concerning the Prophets ‘Behold, I will feed them wormwood, and make them drink the water of poison; for from the prophets of Jerusalem, ungodliness has gone forth into all the land.’ Thus says Yehovah of hosts, ‘Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophecy to you; they make you become vain; they speak a vision of their own heart, not out of the mouth of Yehovah. They say to those who despise Me, "Yehovah has said, You shall have peace!" And they say to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, ‘Evil shall not come on you!’ For who has stood in the counsel of Yehovah and has seen and heard His Word? Who has listened to His Word and heard?" (Jeremiah 23:15-18)

"Then I said, ‘Ah, O Lord Yehovah! Behold, the prophets are saying to them, "You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine; but I will give you true peace in this place."’ And Yehovah said to me, ‘The prophets prophecy lies in My name. I did not send them and I have not commanded them, nor did I speak to them. They prophesy to you a false vision and a worthless divination, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus says Yehovah concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, and I did not send them; yet they say, "Sword and famine shall not be in this land": By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.’" (Jeremiah 14:13-15)

In these passages a definite pattern unfolds. First, the prophets erred in their visions. Therefore they are unable to judge correctly. They were not walking according to God’s will. Second, what they prophesied they had not received from God but had created themselves. The Scripture states that they spoke a vision of their own heart, out of their soul, not as a result of a revelation from God by the Holy Spirit through their human spirit to their soul. Thirdly, the people who accepted the teaching of these false visions were willing to do so because they themselves were following after their own lusts, desires and visions instead of seeking God’s will for their lives.

"And then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. And for this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they might believe what is false." (2 Thess 2:8-11)

Moses records Yehovah speaking in Genesis 6:5, "Then Yehovah saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the imagination of his heart was only evil continually." The word imagination is the word in Hebrew rx,yE (yetzer). This word is the same word Moses uses to express God’s forming man from the dust in Genesis 2:7, which is the same word Isaiah used in Isaiah 26:3 to describe the mind. It was through forming a vision that God formed man, but God is telling us here that man is creating in his heart, his mind, his imagination only evil visions continually. This is because man’s soul and flesh are in bondage to sin.

Why were these people’s visions and imaginations so wrong? Because they were centered in self and in self gratification rather than in the will of God. They were visualizing what they wanted, not what God wanted. Only what God initiates by His Holy Spirit is acceptable to Him (Isaiah 30:1, Rom 14:23).

Lastly, the Scripture shows us very clearly that people forming visions from out of their own imagination get tangled up into the spirit world. This is why Paul states in 2 Corinthians 10:5,

"We are subverting computations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."

You have heard the saying that an idle mind is the playground of the devil. It really is. Paul in this passage tells us that we are not to allow our thoughts to wonder and to meditate on vain things. When we do we become open to the suggestions and control of evil spirits through our imaginations. We are to bring our thoughts into obedience to Jesus’ Word and His will for our lives. This is why we are to daily seek Jesus diligently for His will for our lives (Eph 5:15-17) and then focus on and carry out that will with our minds. To not do so is to live in the imaginations of our own heart, and thus sin, and to automatically open ourselves up to the influence and suggestions of Satan in our lives and to be serving him. Paul wrote,

"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the age of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest." (Eph 2:1-3)

"This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness." (Eph 4:17-19)

There is no in between. Our thoughts and imagination are to be filled constantly with God’s Word and revealed will for our lives. All vain imaginations lead to demonic influence and control. This is what Jesus was talking about in the following passages when He said,

"He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matt 12;340)

"The good man out of his good treasure brings forth what is good; and the evil man our of his evil treasure brings forth what is evil. And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned." (Matt 12:35-37)

Jesus said to His disciples,

"Are You still lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man." (Matt 15:16-20)

How we use our thought life and imagination is what defiles us, not by whether we eat with unclean hands or not. Brothers and sisters, you must see clearly from these passages that we are to serve Christ in our use of time and in our meditation and thought life. To do otherwise is to automatically be entertaining demonic spirits, to open ourselves up to the influence and control of demonic spirits and to serve Satan. There is no in between. You are either with Jesus and filling your heart and mind and use of time with His will or you are not.

In Jeremiah 14:14 God reveals to us that false visions are the same as divination, as witchcraft. A false vision is any vision which we ourselves conjure up or that we receive from an evil spirit rather than from the Spirit of God. The Lord tells us that whenever we initiate a vision through our own imagination, that because it does put us into contact with the spirit world that it is no different than divination or witchcraft. The Scripture clearly forbids and condemns witchcraft. Witchcraft is communicating with and consorting with the spirit world. God clearly commands us that we are not to contact or communicate with the spirit world. God said in His Word:

"As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people. . . . Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them." (Lev 20:6, 27)

"There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is an abomination to Yehovah; and because of these abominations Yehovah your-Elohim will drive them out before you. You shall be blameless before Yehovah your-Elohim." (Deut 18:10-13)

Spiritualism, Sorcery, witchcraft, the casting of spells, palm readers, fortune tellers, mediums, diviners, psychics: all these crafts require contacting the spiritual realm for their power and ability to do these things. God in these passages clearly tells us that they are abominations to Him, that we are not to have anything to do with these things. They are abominations to Him because these contacts with the spiritual realm are contacts with devils and demons, not angels or God or the Holy Spirit of God. All these things are the result of self taking the initiative to contact and communicate with the spiritual realm. It does not matter the method or means, God says we are not to do it. Not only does the Bible make clear that we are not to contact the spiritual realm but makes very plain that those who refuse to repent of these practices and surrender to and live for Jesus will not inherit the kingdom of God:

"But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." (Rev 21:8, Gal 5:19-21)

Not only are we not to do it, but if a spirit takes the initiative to contact us, we are to test that spirit to find out whether he is truly an angel from God or the Holy Spirit. See my article titled How to Test the spirits to See if They Are From God.

Our spirits are not to be accessed by us or by any evil spirit. On this side of heaven our spirits are only to be accessed by God’s Spirit alone by His initiative, not by ours. That is why Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the moment we turn to Christ that He immediately begins the work of severing between our soul and spirit so we can no longer access our human spirit.

Satan tries continually to get access to our human spirit to use for his evil purposes. Because of the fallen condition of our soul and flesh and their bondage to sin, if we access the spirit world we will not be able to resist the temptations that come with that access. Our human spirits have tremendous power like the angels who are called ministering spirits. As long as our soul and flesh are in their fallen condition, God does not want us accessing or using our spirits for any reason. He wants us to walk by faith, not by sight; faith meaning that He is a good God who cares about our needs who will not leave us as an orphan, but will come to us in our need at the right time.

This brings us to the issue of meditation. Meditation in the Bible, unlike all occultic practices, is an active practice, not a passive one. Non-Christian Religions teach their disciples to blank their minds, to open them up to the spiritual realm in order to communicate with evil spirits. They are also taught to do this to gain control over their spirits by the practice of visualizing the spiritual realm or whatever it is they want: fame, money, sex, anything but God’s Word and will for their lives.

How does one know if he or she has control over their spirits and are in contact with the spiritual realm? By whether you can see evil spirits and are in constant contact and communication with evil spirits. If you are, you need to ask the Lord to sever between your soul and spirit, break the link between your soul and spirit and to seal this break with His blood.

Are there any other ways that Satan gains access to our soul through our human spirit? Yes. Through sin. Sin automatically gives Satan access to our souls. When we sin, we need to immediately confess it to God, thank Him for His forgiveness through Jesus’ death and shed blood and then ask Jesus to sever between our soul and spirit and put a shield of His blood their so that neither you or Satan can access your spirit. This is why Solomon wrote in Proverbs 4:23-27,

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth, and put devious lips far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead, and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil."

Therefore, when the Bible talks about meditation it is not referring to the blanking out of one’s mind or by trying to contact the spiritual realm or to the practice of chanting and visualization. When the Bible talks about meditation it refers to actively using our minds and intellect to study and meditate on God’s Word. God speaking to Joshua in Joshua 1:8 states,

"This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success."

The Apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:16,

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (See also 2 Tim 3:16-17)

Graphic Right Relationship of Human Spirit

The only way we can keep out the infestation of demonic influences in our lives is through filling our hearts and minds continually with God’s Word and will for our lives. When we do this then we will have victory over Satan and success in our lives.

When we seek the Lord, we are to seek Him by worshiping Him and then by meditating on and studying His Word. As we do this, by His initiative He will speak to us through our human spirit to our soul. Otherwise we are not to try and access our spirits ourselves with our souls. This is what it means to wait upon the Lord and to only act out of His initiative, not your own: You bring your petitions before the Lord and then wait upon Him by studying and meditating upon His Word, do something actively, not passively, with your mind. As You do He will break through Himself by His initiative. The Apostle John writes:

"We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him. In whatever our heart condemns us; for God is greater than our heart, and knows all things." (1 John 3:19-20)

John is telling us that we do not need to fear whether God will get through to us with the answers that we need. This means that you do not need to blank or give control of your mind to someone or something. As You control your own mind and choose by your own will to study and meditate on God’s Word and obey His commands to You in His Word, at God’s own time and choosing, He will break through with the answer to Your needs. Jesus promises us in his Word in John 14:21,

"He who has My commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him."

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to You." (John 14:18)

God never asks us to surrender our minds to anyone or anything, not even to Him. When He does reveal the answer to our need, even then He does not take possession of our minds or our souls and force us to do His will. We are always the master of our will, mind and soul. God reveals to us what He wants us to do, but never makes us do it. We then decide with our souls whether we will obey Him and carry His will out. God will only tell you what you need to do, He will not make you do it. Only Satan tries to take possession of the souls and wills of men and women so He can carry out through their bodies his evil intentions.

This is one of the greatest deceptions of Satan when it comes to the issue of Evangelism. Christians will say to me over and over that they do not feel moved of the Holy Spirit to do so. God in His Word already clearly commands us to do so.

Matthew 28:18-20 "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. GO THEREFORE and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

John 4:35-37 "Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to You, lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest."

2 Corinthians 6:1-2 "And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—for He says, ‘At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you’; behold, NOW is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, NOW is ‘The day of salvation.’"

God’s Holy Spirit will never try to push you to do Evangelism. That is because the Holy Spirit has already told You in the Word of God that this is His will.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is given-by-inspiration-of-God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

2 Peter 1:20-21 "But know this first of all, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s-own authority-to-loose to-cause-to-come-into-existence, for no prophecy was-ever brought-forth by the will of man, but being-brought-forth by the Holy Spirit, men of God spoke."

Now it is up to you, the master of your will, mind and soul, to make the decision to walk in obedience to Jesus’ Word to do these things. God also commands us to submit ourselves to the Gift of Evangelism which is receiving Training in Evangelism to prepare to share the Gospel:

Ephesians 4:11-12 "And He gave some as. . . evangelists. . . for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ"

Ephesians 6:15 "Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of peace."

Why have I covered all this? When the Bible teaches that we are not to speak or act out of our own initiative, but only out of God’s initiative by the Holy Spirit through our human spirit, it does not mean that we are to blank our minds or go into a trance or surrender our wills and mind to anyone. It means that we come to Him with our needs and the needs of others and then while waiting for the answer to that need we meditate on and study His Word and go about our business until He chooses to reveal to us by His initiative and in his way and time the answer to that need. This is just the opposite of what cults ask you to do. They want you to blank Your mind, chant and visualize until a spirit contacts and possesses you. Once you are contacted by and possessed by an evil spirit, you are no longer in control over your life. you are now under the control of the evil spirit.

What is the problem then? The problem is being patient enough to wait on Jesus and not take things into our own hands until He chooses to reveal His answer to our need. God states to us in Psalm 27:14 "Wait for Yehovah; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for Yehovah." Jesus said in John 14:18 "I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to You." If you put your trust in Jesus, He will not leave you as an orphan and He will not be late. Paul wrote in Romans 10:11 "Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed."

In the Next two Chapters we will talk about demon possession and how to deliver a person from demon possession.

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*For More Information on These Subjects See the Following Books:

Brown, Rebecca M.D. He Came To Set The Captives Free. Chino: Chick Publications, Copyright 1986 by Rebecca Brown, M.D.

 

 


Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by Rebecca Brown.

 

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