From conception the human spirit begins to believe truth or lies, primarily lies, because there is usually little defense for the child being formed at that point. The Lord in His omniscience formed the human spirit before the brain in an effort to jumpstart our lives in the right direction, but the enemy of our souls had other plans.
Science is continuing to verify what God taught us in His Word about the miracle of formation in the womb – what we can know, understand and even judge. Thus a child being formed can be blessed or cursed by what he or she hears and experiences. “I bless you with the joy of the Lord and the knowledge that you are infinitely loved!” Or, “I don’t want this child!” “We cannot afford this baby right now!” “It’s your fault for wanting this blankety-blank child!” These words sink deeply into our innermost being:
“The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly” (Prov. 18:8 KJV). Interestingly, some translations for heart in the Scriptures are “chambers of the belly.” In other words, we could conclude that different aspects of the heart are affected by the words that are spoken to us.
Clarke’s Commentary on Proverbs 18:8: ?The words of a talebearer – ???? ???? dibrey nirgan, “the words of the whisperer,” the busybody, the busy, meddling croaker. Verba bilinguis, “the words of the double-tongued.” – Vulgate. The wordes of the twisel tunge – Old MS. Bible. “The words of a slanderer.” – Coverdale.
Our words and the brain
Neuroscience and the newest research in biology, now show that only 5% of our mind-brain daily functioning is on a conscious level. 95% is on a subconscious level, out of our awareness. Our conscious mind processes information data at 40 bits per second. The subconscious mind processes data at 40,000,000 bits per second, so it is 1 million times faster. When the subconscious mind is in conflict with what the conscious mind believes or a goal it wants to accomplish, our behaviour will be determined by the subconscious.
Wired for love
According to Dr. Caroline Leaf, author of Who Switched Off My Brain, “Traditionally the fields of clinical psychology and psychiatry have operated in the medical or disease model. In the disease model the health practitioner looks for what is wrong in the patient, or what disease process is present. Once the disease is diagnosed, it is corrected by a cognitive or pharmacological intervention. The focus is on the negative aspects of the mind and brain. However, recent research has shown that there is an ‘optimism bias’ wired into our brains. We seem to be ‘wired for love.’ In other words, we are wired to expect good things for ourselves; we are wired for the positive. It has been shown that this bias has a positive impact on our mental, physical and financial health. This discovery is at the core of the recently emerging fields of Positive Psychology and Positive Psychiatry.
In contrast to being wired for love, we have to be conditioned to fear according to Pavlovian principles. In other words even though we are naturally wired for love, we have to learn fear. There is even a state called ‘Learned Helplessness’ in which a person has to be forced into- a type of depression. In summary, therefore, the preponderance of evidence is pointing to the fact that we are wired for love (positivity) and we have to learn fear (negativity). This will have huge implications in the health care industry.”
The spirit is primary
God made us with a human spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23), with the spirit to be in the lead role. The Adamic Fall caused the soul (mind) to take the lead, reversing God’s plan for dominion. Whereas once we were conditioned to seek and hear God’s leading through our spirits, the focus now became human reasoning and analysis. As Arthur Burk says, “The spirit in most people is like a stickman, and the soul is like a sumo wrestler!”
God made our incredible brains, and He loves them. I never cease to be amazed at the brilliance of some people, while at the same time regretting their spiritual darkness and lack of wisdom that is found in God’s Word. Even with these terrific minds, God’s intent was to be able to talk to us, lead us and direct us via our spirit, and there is nothing in the Bible that intimates He stopped communicating with us in this manner.
“9But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [[e]who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
10 Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the [f]divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man’s scrutiny]. 11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man’s thoughts except the man’s own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (I Cor. 2:9-11 Amp).
The slumbering spirit
Individually, we all slumber in our spirits to a certain degree (see my blog “Awakening the Slumbering Church” for additional understanding). In fact, some Christians don’t even know they have a spirit! And if they do, to what degree do we/they recognize and obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, as He gives us the “downloads” in our spirit from the Father?
Truth and consequences
The lack of teaching and emphasis on this subject in most churches borders on the unbelievable since God’s Word is full of His knowledge and encouragement, and yes, consequences, if we are not taught to walk in this instruction. The daily warfare with the other side is won, not by arguments and reasonings, but by overcoming evil spiritual beings with our own spirituality empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Here are just a few verses on how we function in our spirits:
Job 32:8: “But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty that gives him understanding.”
Proverbs 20:27: “The Lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of man;
it searches out his innermost being.”
II Cor. 4:16: “Therefore we do not despair, but even if our physical body is wearing
away, our inner person is being renewed day by day.”
Ecclesiastes 12:7: “The dust shall return to the earth as it was and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.”
Some things we can do in our spirits, experience with our spirits:
John 13:21: Jesus was “troubled” in spirit.
Acts 17:16: Paul was “distressed” in his spirit.
I Cor. 14:14: If I pray in a tongue, my spirit “prays”
but my mind is unfruitful
:15: “sing” with my spirit.
:16 “praising” with my spirit.
James 4:5: “Or do you not think Scripture says without reason that the spirit He caused to live in us “tends toward envy.”
As you can see, the human spirit is an amazing vessel designed to respond to life, but it can experience numerous sensations both good and holy and yet sometimes very
negative. For example,
1 Sam 30:6:
6 “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each
one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.”
“My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me.”
Lies planted early
If our spirit receives lies early in life, either inutero, or later in childhood development, we can be “arrested,” sidetracked and literally stopped in our spiritual tracks, as long as we continue to believe what we shouldn’t. We can have a head full of Bible, which is wonderful, but if the lies we received early overwhelm that knowledge, we can become walking scriptures with little functionality with the living God. I deeply believe in Romans 12:1-2, but that truth coupled with a minimally functioning spirit, leaves us only part of the way “there” in our walk with the Lord.
Many believers unknowingly struggle with legitimacy lies – we think our legitimacy comes from what we know, what we do or how “successful” we are, even in our ministry to others. This is a major drawback to our growth in the Lord. Our legitimacy comes from one place – union with Jesus:
“16 The Spirit Himself [thus] testifies together with our own spirit, [assuring us] that we are children of God” (Rom. 8:16 Amp).
Further, Scripture says the Lord has given us all we need through the new birth that pertains to LIFE and godliness:
“3 For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [[a]full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).
4 By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
As our spirits are healed and cleansed (2 Cor. 7:1), new things begin to happen – revelatory things, spiritual dreams, and words of knowledge, begin to break forth out of us like water breaking through a proverbial dam. Of course, all these things are always to be checked by the Word of God.
Calling your spirit forth and blessing!
The slumbering spirit in us needs our help; it lies dormant for most of our lives with little or no use. The spirit is you just as much as your soul is you, only in a different realm altogether. Like sugar at the bottom of a tea glass, the spirit needs to be stirred up. One of the ways you can do this is by speaking to your spirit. As odd as this sounds, it works! There is much teaching on this, but I would recommend two works that will help you understand and apply this teaching. The first is Blessing Your Spirit by Sylvia Gunter and Arthur Burk, and You are Blessed in the Names of God by Sylvia Gunter.
The Church of God needs our help. We’re in dire straights, as we stare in the face of what may be “The Last Days.” Apathy and indifference abound in the US. Can our country return to the Lord?
“18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isa. 1:18-20).