Alignment of Your Spirit Man

Alignment of your spiritual man is best accomplished by being led by the Holy Spirit.  
God designed us to have our spirit man rule over our soul and body.  When we are
born again, our spirit man is renewed immediately, and as we renew our mind to the
word of God, we become aligned (I Thessalonians 5:15-23 says “see that none render
evil for evil to any man, but even follow that which is good, both among yourselves,
and to all men.  Rejoice evermore.  Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  Quench not the Spirit.  
despise not prophesying.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.  Abstain from
all appearance of evil.  And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God
your whole spirit and soul and body be  preserved blameless to the coming of our
Lord Jesus Christ”.

Jesus describes levels of spiritual alignment in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:11-
15) “now the parable is this. The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are
they that hear, then comes the devil, and takes away the word out of their hearts, less
they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they which when they hear,
receive the word with joy, and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in
time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they which when
they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this
life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they which in an
honest and good heart, having heard the word keep it, and bring forth fruit with
patience”.  The first group hears the word and not having understanding, are not able
to retain the word thereby not receiving the benefits of the word.  The second group
hears the word with joy for a short time, but when trouble comes for the word sake,
they began to waver and fall away.  The third group hears the word but the cares of
this world chokes out the word.  Then you have the forth group which hears and keep
the word and brings forth much fruit.  The same word was heard by all four, but only
those who have their spirit man aligned produce fruit.

Ephesians 6:10-18 is a scripture that we should meditate on, in short it tells us to put
on the whole armor of God, so that we can stand.  It lists the armor the belt of truth,
the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet
of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  This allows us to be
able to stand firm.  The devil came at Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, He
suffered to the point of death, dropping drops of blood through His sweat (John 18:1).  
However Jesus said “Your will be done”.   Just like Jesus gave up His will to fulfill God’s
will, we also have to come to that point.  Paul said “I crucify myself daily”, self denial.  
And in Galatians 2:20 Paul says “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I
but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me”.  John the Baptist said “I must
decrease so He can increase”.  James 4:7-8 says “submit yourselves therefore to
God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw
near to you.

Jesus said “if a man love Me he will keep My words, and My Father will love him, and
We will come to him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). Step aside so that
God can step into you.  In other words let go and let God.  Remember that Jesus is
the author and the finisher of our faith.

You have to know how to hear from God.  Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice” (John
10:27).  When you read the word of God, you enable God to speak to you.  Many
times a scripture will enlighten you and you will know how to get out of the
circumstance that you are in.  When you hear from God, it will go against the things of
the world.  Remember that the kingdom of God operates by love.  It will always require
faith and courage.  The Bible says “God haven’t given you a spirit of fear”.  God
doesn’t operate through fear.  It will line up with the written word.  Tune, balance and
confirm what you hear with the scriptures.  Peace will be present.

The world’s school system will pass you, they have a rule “no one left behind”, but
God wants us to grow into Christ likeness (Ephesians 4:15).  Galatians 4:1-3 says
“now I say, that the heir as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though
he be lord of all.  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the
father.  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of
the world”.

In fact Romans 8:29 tells us that we “are predestinated to conform into the image of
His Son”.  Romans 8 also tells us “there is therefore no condemnation to them which
are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit”. And “so then they
that are in the flesh cannot please God” and “for as many as are led by the Spirit of
God, they are the sons of God”.  Galatians 5:16 says “this I say then, walk in the
Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”; in verses 17-26 shows us the
difference between walking in the Spirit, in the word and will of God; from walking in
the flesh, in selfishness – in your own will.

Presenting your body a living sacrifice is a requirement (Romans 12:1-2) “I beseech
you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not
conformed to this world, but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”.

Come in line with the word of God; James says “but be you doers of the word, and not
hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  For is any be a hearer only, he is like to a
man beholding his natural face in a glass.  For he beholds himself, and goes his way,
and immediately forgets what manner of man he was.  But whoso looks into the
perfect law of liberty (the Bible), and continues therein, he being not a forgetful
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed”.

The devil cannot tempt you to do anything, that you don’t think about, he will give you
a thought and see what you do with it.  But II Corinthians 10:3-5 shows us how to win,
it says “for though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.  For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of
strong holds.  Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against
the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ”.

We have to acknowledge that we have a part to play in fulfilling God’s plan for our life.
The Bible says “beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in
health, even as your soul prospers” (III John 2).  The key in that scripture is that your
soul prospers, you soul is your mind, will and emotions.

Paul prayed for the church of the Ephesians and the Colossians, that they would be
filled with the knowledge of His will and we can pray these prayers for ourselves and
others as well (Ephesians 1:16-19, and Colossians 1:9-12).  

Colossians 3:14-17 gives us good guidelines to follow, it says “and above all these
things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  And let the peace of God rule
in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body, and be you thankful.  Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to
the Lord.  And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him”; then in Hebrews 12:14 tells us to
“follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”.

Good news is found in Romans 8:11 which says “but if the Spirit of Him that raised up
Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you”.  Remember that Jesus is
the author and the finisher of our faith.  As you yield yourself to Him, He does the work.


Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: October 23, 2009
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