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The Human Spirit (3/7)




Intuition prompts the mind and can promote caution in any natural activity, It is an out working of the human spirit

The human conscience is in the human spirit and promotes an inherent knowledge of good and evil.

(Romans 9:1 NIV)  I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit-- In the following verse of scripture reference is made to instinct, which in this case is in unredeemed man (not born again in the spirit). Acting instinctively is spirit activity.

(2 Corinthians 1:12 NIV)  Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God's grace.

(Jude 1:10 NIV)  Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals--these are the very things that destroy them.

Creativity and inspiration are deep, fragile  and an often damaged part of the human spirit. We are made in the image of our Creator God and creativity it is a precious gifting in this.

(Genesis 1:1 NIV)  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(Genesis 1:27 NIV)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

It is only through the human spirit that we are able to pray and offer true worship to our Father God.

(John 4:24 NIV)  Jesus said "God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

There is a special  bonding  between the spirit and the emotions of human beings. The emotions reflect in the human soul (mind, will and emotions) the true state and health of the human spirit.

(Hebrews 4:12 NIV)  For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even todividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

(1 Samuel 1:13 NIV)  Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk.
(1 Samuel 1:15 NIV)  "Not so, my lord," Hannah replied, "I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD.

(Job 3:20 NIV)  "Why is light given to those in misery, and life to the bitter of soul,

It is through the human spirit that we yearn for spiritual bonding. In unregenerate man this search  is to fill a void , which is rightly God's abode, for the spiritually reborn. This bonding is a spiritual love and acceptance.

(Job 19:26 NIV)  And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God;
(Job 19:27 NIV)  I myself will see him with my own eyes--I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

(Psalm 84:2 NIV)  My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

(Isaiah 26:9 NIV)  My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. 

A human spirit is redeemed or unredeemed, but it contains all the above elements.

Functions of the Human Spirit

The primary function of the human spirit is to be the life-spring of the being.

To receive from God the life for our body and soul.

(Luke 23:46 NIV)  Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

(James 2:26 NIV)  As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.


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