One of the most important bits of knowledge that a Christian can have is
that mankind is triune --- the understanding that man is a spirit, he
has a soul (personality and intellect), and he lives in an earth suit
we call a body. This scripture sets out all three parts of mankind
very plainly. However, there are numerous Christians who still don't
understand about the makeup of man, and so they are somewhat limited in
their ability to gain necessary revelation knowledge from the Word of God as
In this lesson weíll only deal with one of these three parts. Weíll only
learn about the spirit of man, which is often times referred to as "the
inner man". We'll discuss four ways that we can train our spirit (or
inner man) so that we might increase our ability to discern and understand
Godís will here on Earth. So the title of this lesson is "Training The
WHAT THINGS BECOME NEW?:
Many times we hear someone say, "The Spirit of God told me to do
so-in-so" --- or, "God led me to do such-in-such." Iím sure that
you, from time to time, have had an inner leading to do some particular
thing. And when that happens, do you ever wonder how you can know where that
inner leading came from? Did it come from the enemy, or did it come from
God? And how do I know that this isn't just me? All of us have had those
kind of thoughts from time to time. Amen?
Well, in order to answer those questions we must first understand when we
say "me", we're not talking about our "flesh". When we say
"me", weíre referring to our spirit man, our inner man --- the
"The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward
parts of the belly."
Sometimes things happen to us that we don't fully understand. So let's go
back and review something that happened to us when we were first saved - - -
when we first accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior and
asked Him to abide within. The Apostle Paul said at that particular time,
"all things became new", didnít he? Well, what did he mean by that? When
we were first saved did we get a new physical body? NO! Did we receive a new
intellect or a new ego or personality? NO! Then Paul must have been
referring to our spirit? Amen?
You see, when we became a child of God, only our spirit man, our inner
man, became born-again. Our inner man was reborn spiritually.
What does that mean? That means our spirit received a new, eternal, and
completely different nature from that which it previously
possessed - - - from the time we were physically born up until that moment!
And with that rebirth came a brand new ability - - the ability to hear God
and begin receiving directly from Him. Before that re-birth event, it was
impossible to hear or receive anything from God.
So the "new creature in Christ" to which Paul was referring is our
spirit man. At the very moment we received and confessed Jesus as Lord, our
old sinful nature died (passed away), and all things concerning our inner
man (spirit) became new. Our old spirit had the nature of Satan which came
down to us through the generations beginning with Adam. With the new birth,
our new reborn spirit immediately took upon itself the nature of God our
Father. Our former inner man desired and preferred the things of the World.
It preferred the ways of the world, because it was under Satanís control.
But when we receive Christ, our spirit has the very life and nature of God
in it. Godís own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, also took up residence within our
spirit. When God adopted us, our spirit became in close fellowship with Him.
And as long as our fellowship with God remains, our spirit man, (our inner
man) is not going to tell us to do something that's against God's will. It's
very important that every believer be "filled" with the Spirit of God
because only a "spirit filled" believers have the fullness of
God (the power of God) residing in the inner man.
You see, it's not the INward man of the Child of God that
wants to do wrong and sin, itís the OUTward man, the flesh, that
wants to do those things. So we must learn to distinguish between our outer
man and our inward man --- between our flesh and our spirit! Amen?
Natural children take on the nature of their natural parents, and
likewise, true Christians partake of God's nature, spiritually speaking.
There's a tremendous battle going on in the life of every Christian. It's
the battle between our inner man and our outward man. As Christians, our
Holy Spirit indwelt spirit man, is supposed to be in control of our being.
But thereís a problem. Our flesh also wants to be in control.
Satan attacks through mankindís soulish realm. The effects are manifest
in the believerís mind and flesh. But always remember this: He always
attacks us from the outside --- through the outer man. On the other hand,
God communicates with believers on the inside - - - through manís re-born
The spirit of a born-again person possesses the very nature of God,
therefore itís Godís will for our spirit man, our inward man, to dominate
all of the rest of our being. In other words, we believers are to receive
our orders from and are to be led by our spirit man because our spirit man
is submitted to the Spirit of God. We are to no longer be led by our flesh,
by our outward man.
If we allow our flesh to control and dominate, it will cause us to miss
the will of God every time. Why? Because thatís Satanís realm and deception
is his speciality. Manís flesh never wants to agree with the Word of God.
The Bible refers to being fleshly led as being "carnal" - - - as
being "body-ruled". Unfortunately thatís the status of most
Church-going Christians today. If you recall, the apostle Paul reprimanded
the Corinthians about being carnal minded.
Carnal mindedness hinders the re-born spirit and prevents spiritual
growth and maturity that most believers must possess in order to be fruitful
and useful to God. This is why the Church today appears to be weak and
ineffective! That's why I'd rather not hear church people say something
like, "I just feel the Spirit of the Lord."
TWO COMMONLY HEARD FLESH WORDS:
Two of the most commonly heard "flesh words", even among full gospel
church goers is "touch" and "feel". "Touch"
and "feel" are sensors of the flesh - - - theyíre carnal by nature. "Feeling"
is the voice of the flesh. "Faith", on the other hand, is the voice
of a God-led re-born spirit. What kind of people are we to be? Weíre
supposed to be people of "faith". The Word says that we are to walk
by faith - - - not by sight.
Hereís the point: If we program our re-born spirit with the Word of God,
then we'll become a partaker of God's very own divine nature. And because we
have His divine nature within our spirit, our spirit is not going to mislead
us and cause us to do something contrary to the Fatherís will. Whatever our
spirit tells us to do will be the right thing to do. Can you see that?
Jesus, as the Son of man, said that He only spoke and did what His Father
told Him to say and do.
Every time we become concerned about a particular situation, we ought to
stop ask ourselves, "What does God's Word have to say about this?"
What would Jesus do? How would He handle this situation? Our spirit
ought to be so trained with God's Word, that when we ask ourselves these
questions, the Word will automatically come up from within our spirit and
give us the answer. Can we can back this up with scriptures?
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
When that Word of God does come to our remembrance through our spirit
man, then we ought to give it first place --- top priority --- and apply it
to our situation. Now letís look at four steps which are necessary in
training our spirit man - - - our inner man.
STEP NUMBER ONE: MEDIATE ON GOD'S WORD.
You see, before we can do anything with Godís Word, the first thing weíre
going to need to do is learn and understand God's Instructions (His
Word). Amen? Well one way to learn and understand the Word so that it will
become the focal point of our life, every day, twenty-four-seven, is to
Mediate On The Word Of God! The word "meditate" means "to mudder" - - -
mudder over and over again. Have you ever muddered about something? If so,
then you found yourself saying it over and over again, searching for the
truth of the matter as you repeated it.
If we truly want to be a spiritually educated person and learn about the
deeper truths of God, then we're going to have to be committed to take the
necessary time to mediate on God's Word. And the only way I know to
accomplish that, is by setting aside a certain time every day for Word study
and then sticking with it. Spiritual wisdom does not come without
"meditation dedication"!. Right after the death of Moses, God made this
fact known to Joshua at the very beginning of his ministry.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt
MEDITATE therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good
It seems obvious to me that God wanted Joshua to be both prosperous and
successful or He wouldn't have told him how to go about it! You know what?
God wants us to be prosperous and successful in this life too! Heís no
respecter of persons. Amen? He doesnít love Joshua any more nor any less
than He loves you and me! Anyone who says God wants to keep us humble by
keeping us poor is simply being misled by a wrong spirit. That kind of
thinking is "false humility"!
If you and I ever want to be spiritually and materially prosperous and
successful in this life, we're going to have to take the time to mediate in
the Holy Scriptures. In other words, first things first. And when it comes
to meditating in the Word of God, that's something that you and I must set
our free will to do because it won't happen automatically. It's not a matter
of time, itís a matter of our willingness to be dedicated and committed.
To paraphrase Joshua 1:8 it would read something like this: "The
Word of God --- particularly the New Testament --- shall continually be in
your mouth in the form of your everyday speech. When you do this, you will
be given the ability to live according to the manner which it sets forth;
And when you live out your life in this manner, you will be prosperous
spiritually, physically, and materially. You will also experience good
success in everything you endeavor to do during your time on planet Earth."
Another Bible translation states the latter part of this scripture like
this: "you shall be able to deal wisely in the affairs of life." "Well
Brother Benbow, there must be something missing in my spiritual life
because even though I know I should, I just don't seem to have the desire to
spend time like that in the Bible." My answer to that is, "Yep,
there's something missing alright. Either you've never been empowered by the
Holy Ghost Baptism experience and filled with Godís Spirit, or you need to
Now even if weíre diligent to practice Step Number One and set aside a
portion of our time every day to meditate on His Word, that alone will not
be sufficient to train our spirit man unless we are willing to accomplish
Step Number Two:
STEP NUMBER TWO: WE STILL MUST LEARN TO GIVE THE WORD OF GOD FIRST
PLACE IN OUR LIFE IN EVERY SITUATION.
The training, the developing, and the educating of our inner man will
only come when we give Godís commandments priority over all other laws and
"My son, attend to MY words; incline thine ear unto MY sayings. Let them
not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they
(My words and My sayings) are life unto those that find them, and
health to all their flesh."
You see, God is telling us to give heed, which means to pay attention, to
His Word and to give it first place in our lives on a continual daily basis.
In other words, He says, "Listen to My Words because all the issues of
life are met in what I am saying and conveying to you." Unfortunately
most believers spend about ten times more time watching TV then they
do reading and studying Godís instructions! These are the same people who
wonder why theyíre having so many physical and financial problems.
To help prove my point, permit me to ask you this question? Which do you
hear believers say the most: "God says . . . ." or "The Doctor
Says . . . . .?" Well, I think we know the answer to that one! You see,
it's not only a matter of knowing the Word of God, and meditating on it,
it's also a matter of the importance we give it in our everyday lives --- in
the everyday affairs of this life.
"You mean if I attend to God's Word and give it first priority in
everything I do, that I will be a healthier person physically, be more
prosperious, and maybe even live a longer life?" Yep! That's what God
says! Think about this: Hebrews 4:12 says, "For the Word of God is
quick ....." That word "quick" means "alive". Our God is
the God of life, not death. Sickness and disease come from death's camp.
Jesus said that Heís the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was
God (John 1:1)."
You see, both God and His Word are ALIVE! So when we speak His
Word, we're speaking LIFE! --- not death! And if we truly believe
that God cannot lie, then He told us a truth in Proverbs 4:22 when He
said, "For they (My Words and My Sayings) are LIFE unto
those that find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh."
The reason I'm teaching this very subject is because God said it, and
that's good enough for me! It ought to be good enough for every child of
God! Amen? So we've got to meditate on God's Word and give it first place in
our lives 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
STEP NUMBER THREE: PRACTICE THE WORD OF GOD:
James 1:22, 25
"But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own
selves. But whoso looketh into the perfect (complete) law of liberty,
and continueth therein (lives in it 24-7) he being not a forgetful
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed
(whatever he does)."
A lot of saints talk "about" the Word of God, but talking "about"
the Word and "doing" the Word are two different things. Amen? And again,
this is one of those things that no one can do for us. It's something we
ourselves must set our will to do.
Some think that being a doer of the Word means keeping the ten
commandments. But we're under the New Covenant and under it we only have one
commandment. Itís called "The Commandment Of Love". James is talking
only to believers about doing what's written in the Epistles, because
theyíre the letters which were written to the Church, of which you and I are
a part. For example:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep
(guard) your hearts (spirits) and minds (souls)
through Christ Jesus.
How would you like for the peace of God to guard your spirit and soul?
Sure you would! Every born-again believer wants to partake of that. But you
know what? You and I really can't expect to have the peace of God UNLESS
we're willing to be a doer of His Word! Here in Phil. Chap. 4, verse 6 tells
us not to be anxious or fretful.
Have you noticed that those who worry and fret a lot seem to continually
think on the wrong side of life? Theyíre always thinking on the negative
side of situations! Worry, doubt, and fear are all blessing stealers. Since
the Word tells us that God hasnít given us a spirit of fear, then guess
where that spirit does come from!
The Word of God is so very precise and complete. Verse 8 even
tells us what kind of things to think about. It begins with, "If there be
any virtue,......" Now the word "virtue" here means "manliness
or valor". And "valor" means "courage and strength". Are
you beginning to see the connection between the Word of God and our physical
health? What Paul is saying is this: "If there be any manliness, if there
be any courage and strength, if there be any praise, then think on things
that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report. In other
words, think on the positive side of situations!
Itís unfortunate, but most people think about negative things. You can
tell they do because of what they say. From the abundance of what resides in
their hearts, their mouth speaks. Their words reveal what they have
programed in their spirit. And since they continually think and speak on the
negative side of life, they continually create even more negative
Job is a good example of that. He said, "That which I have greatly
feared has come upon me." In other words, by being fearful, Job
programed his spirit with fear. Then because of the fear that filled his
spirit, he spoke accordingly. He spoke fearful words. And when he
did, he created the very things he did not want to happen. He Feared
--- He spoke - - - He created - - -And He received. That's one of the major
principles of God that governs the life which you and I are now living. Itís
also known as "Sowing And Reaping". The words we sow, determine the
results we reap! Today, we are what we said yesterday!
In the New Testament epistles the Holy Spirit is speaking only to the
Church. So I believe if we'll meditate on what the Holy Spirit tells us in
these letters and if weíll set our will to be a doer of it, then we'll grow
and mature spiritually just the way God wants and expects us to grow and to
STEP NUMBER FOUR: BE QUICK TO OBEY THE VOICE OF OUR INNER MAN:
Mankindís spirit has a voice. We sometimes call it "conscience."
Sometimes we call it "intuition", an "inner voice", or "a
leading". The unsaved World refers to it as a "hunch" or a "gut
feeling." But really, it's mankindís spirit speaking. Everyone, (both
the saved and the unsaved) has a spirit and every person's spirit has a
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove (test by doing) what is that good,
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
As Christians, when we give our re-born spirit the privilege of
meditating on the Word of God, then the Word becomes our source of
information instead of the world being our source. When we program our
spirit man with the Word of God, then our inner man will become strong and
our mind will become transformed to be like that of Jesus. We are to have
the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16b). And because our spirit has been
educated in Godís Word the voice of our spirit, will become a true and