Spiritual Warfare & Man’s Design – Spirit

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Genesis 1:27

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete.  1 Thessalonians 5:23

So far we’ve covered two of the three components that make up a person.  We’ve talked about the body or earthly tent that stores man’s soul and spirit.  And we’ve also discussed the soul which is the seat of man’s mind, will and emotions.

Just to recap, the body was designed to allow us to interact with the world around us through our five senses including sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch.  The soul was designed to allow us to interact with other people through our thoughts and emotions expressed to one another.

Our final component is the spirit.  This is also referred to as the inner man.  It is the God-conscious part of each of us.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, His spirit, the Holy Spirit, joins with our spirit and the two become one; one entirely new creation.  Once we are saved, our spirit or inner man is made right.  It is declared righteous by the sacrifice Christ paid on the cross that covered the debt of all our sins.  Essentially, sin, your sin, my sin, creates a debt that only death can cover.  And Christ died on the cross so that any who accepts His saving grace will spend eternity free of those debts.  Free from condemnation.  No longer bound by the burden their sins have created.  No longer doomed to sin again and again.  The new creation, the Holy Spirit joined with your spirit, is no longer a slave to sin or its penalties.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Think of it this way.  The body is for the here and now to interact with the world around us.  The soul is also for the here and now to allow us to interact with each other.  And the Spirit is for all time; the here and now as well as for eternity to allow us to enter into a relationship with God.  Through our spirit and the Holy Spirit, we are not only forgiven but also equipped to enter into a personal relationship with our Creator.  And as completely wonderful and amazing as salvation is, it’s only the beginning of a remarkable relationship with the love and power to change the whole world!

Have you accepted God’s invitation to join Him for the adventure of a lifetime? for eternity?  If you haven’t, I invite you to consider doing so now.  I have included a prayer below to help you.  However, we’re talking about entering into a relationship not simply citing a prayer, poem or religious law.  You can talk to God.  You can share real thoughts, real emotions with Him.  The prayer I am about to share with you is what I would say.  Tell Jesus in your own words what it is that you’d like to say.

Dear Jesus,

I truly believe you are the Son of God.  I believe that You died to offer the world forgiveness.  What I can’t understand is why You would ever do such a thing for me.  You know all the terrible things I’ve done.  You’ve also seen how hard I have tried over the years to somehow make up for those things.  And even though I still don’t understand why You love me so much, I’m at the end of my rope here.  I’m tired.  I can’t do this on my own.  I’ve tried!  More than many, I would guess.  But the harder I try to fix things, the more I mess up.  I am not a god that I could ever be perfect.  And I’m so frustrated with feeling alone in this fight.  I need You.  Please come into my heart and forgive me.  I want to be at peace.  I want to be one with You.  I know that what You have planned for me is better than anything I could ever dream is possible.  I want to share my life with You.  I want to have the world-changing, earth-shaking kind of love only You can offer.  The very love you designed me to need.  Forgive my sins.  Fill my spirit and guide my steps.  From here to eternity, no longer alone, but a new creation in You!  That is my desire.  Amen

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