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The Human Spirit (4/7)


Functions of the Human Spirit (continued).

To receive new birth.

(John 3:16 NIV)  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

To communicate and encourage life to others, spirit to spirit.

(Colossians 2:5 NIV)  For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

To bring comfort to body and soul.

(Psalm 42:5 NIV)  Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.

(2 Corinthians 7:13 NIV)  By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you.

To reveal the things of God.

(1 Corinthians 2:11 NIV)  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

(Ephesians 1:17 NIV)  I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

To bring conviction through the conscience.

(Romans 2:15 NIV)  since they show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.)

To release creativity.

(Exodus 31:6 NIV)  Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you:

To enable true worship of God.

(John 4:23 NIV)  Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.
(John 4:24 NIV)  God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

To empower the whole being.

(Proverbs 18:14 NIV)  A man's spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

To facilitate the plans of God.

(Psalm 37:30 NIV)  The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.
(Psalm 37:31 NIV)  The law of his God is in his heart; his feet do not slip.
(Psalm 37:32 NIV)  The wicked lie in wait for the righteous, seeking their very lives;
(Psalm 37:33 NIV)  but the LORD will not leave them in their power or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
(Psalm 37:34 NIV)  Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.

(2 Kings 5:26 NIV)  But Elisha said to him, "Was not my spirit with you when the man got down from his chariot to meet you? Is this the time to take money, or to accept clothes, olive groves, vineyards, flocks, herds, or menservants and maidservants?
(2 Kings 5:27 NIV)  Naaman's leprosy will cling to you and to your descendants forever." Then Gehazi went from Elisha's presence and he was leprous, as white as snow.

(Proverbs 15:13 NIV)  A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
(Proverbs 17:22 NIV)  A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

(1 Thessalonians 2:20 NIV)  Indeed, you are our glory and joy.


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