The Intuition Of The Spirit

We know that the Bible tells us that all good gifts come from God.

If the gift is material, like foods or goods, we can often trace the source.

Trying to trace a gift such as creativity, talents, inventions, or the peace that

surpasses our understanding, etc., may present some difficulties. We can

wrongly believe that we are the origin if we lack understanding of how these

things came to us.

 

God created mankind to be three parted. Adam was formed from the earth

(his body). God breathed into him His breath (His life, His Spirit) and Adam

became a living soul.

 

Thus, we are three parted; we are a spirit who has a soul and we are

contained, for a time, in a body. Each of these three parts can be further

divided endlessly into three parts.

The three functions of the spirit could be classified as intuition, communion,

and conscience. While these three can be distinguished, still they are

closely entwined. It is therefore difficult to treat of one without touching

upon the others. These three are merely the functions of the spirit.

(Furthermore, they are not the only ones; according to the Bible, they are

but the main functions of the spirit) None of them is the spirit, for the spirit

itself is substantial, personal and invisible. Our spirit is not material and

yet it exists independently in our body. We desire to learn the functions

of the spirit, out of which arise various abilities for the performance of God’s

demands on man. (The Spiritual Man, vol. 2, pp 67, 68. Watchman Nee)

INTUITION –ability to receive revelation from God

COMMUNION -desire and ability to worship and communicate with God

CONSCIENCE –distinguishing good from evil

For example: If an idea comes into light, one could feel proud or even

separated from others. It would be better to receive this gift as a steward-

ship responsibility.

Then, being grateful and checking to see if this squares with our conscience

and our communion with God, the idea is then presented to the soul.

While it is there it may stimulate checking with ones understanding

of Scripture to determine where the idea or information could be put to good

use.

The soul then stimulates the body to action. Perhaps in speaking, or singing or

Inventing or serving or whatever would give glory to God.

Great inventions, discoveries, prophetic words, inspired teaching, new

songs, and perhaps all creativity comes to mankind via this route. Since

God Is The Creator, and He has made us in His image, He allows us to be

involved in the creative process.

Praise God for including mankind in this revelatory process.

We Are Creators, All

If I were to choose which value that

I hold most dear, what would it be?

My thinking would go in a circle and

Come back to “I can choose” that’s what I see!

To exercise free will and make a choice

Is both a privilege and an awesome thing

Each action, thought or word brings change

We are the creators! Something new we bring.

Unique, like leaves or snowflakes – are our creations

We Change our lives, and those around us.

As images of our creator, we now create.

Choices made by everyone surround us.

As each day is new, has never been before

We write upon it like a brand new slate.

By our choices we create new pictures

Some are savers, some have another fate.

Such an opportunity to produce anew

Some situation, made by what we do or say.

So create and use your choices to delight

Whoever sees what you have changed this day.

We Have Invited Everyone To Inspect Our Fruit

“just as you can identify a tree by its fruit,

so you can identify people by their actions.”

Matthew 7:20  The Bible- New Living Translation

 

Using this analogy of a fruit-bearing tree, we recognize, first of all,

the fruit is of no use to the tree. In fact, if the tree is not strengthened

nor supported, a good crop could over-burden it or break some branches.

The fruit is for the nourishment of others and for development of mature

seeds for reproduction.

 

The condition of the root will determine the condition of the fruit.

Sunlight and water are obviously also needed.

 

To be known or evaluated by our fruit requires some thought about the

source and use of that fruit. Notice the word is singular, not fruits.

Although there are many parts, we observe the whole fruit.

 

“The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace

patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”

Galatians 5:22-23. NLT.

 

It may be of help to consider this description of fruit as being progressive

In nature, needing the reception of these nine attributes in the order that

they are given to properly produce the rest.

The nine attributes may be divided into three groups of three:

         The only source of the first three is God, being elements of His nature:

                  God is Love

                  The Joy of the Lord is our strength (gladness)

                  The Peace of the Lord is beyond comprehension. The Prince of Peace

         These three are given to us to be able to relate to others in hospitality.

                  Being patient, longsuffering, even-tempered

                  Extending kindness to all

                  Allowing God’s goodness to be delivered through us

         The final three describe value attributes of character maturity

                  Faithfulness – loyal commitment – word is bond

                  Gentleness – strength under discipline. meekness, humility

                  Self Control – bringing desires under correct boundaries

 With the help of God’s Holy Spirit, let your fruit grow and be seen and used.

 by Loren Siffring.

 

 

 

 

God The Designer

Many things that God has designed, seem to have a rhythm; breathing, heart beat, days and nights, and seasons. So, it seems, with times of ease and distress.

When using a sponge for cleaning, we use a series of squeeze and release movements.

If God had designed each of us as a sponge we would have some substance and many open spaces.

Let us picture a time of distress as a time of being pressed, perhaps even something being squeezed out of us. While we are in that state, we immerse ourselves in the attitude of our choice.

Our choice may be self-pity, or anger or blame or any number of complaints. On the other hand it might be that we become aware of an opportunity to learn something and become alert, grateful, or repentant. Our choice could be that we would be immersed in God’s Holy Spirit.

When the pressure is released we will be filled up with whatever we have been immersed in. Beware – as a filled up, wet sponge, anyone who gets anywhere close to us will get an overflow of our contents.

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you may become mature and well developed, not deficient in any way.

                      James 1:2-4 MSG

 Plan before how to respond to the next squeeze.

Generous in love – God, give me grace.

      Huge in mercy – wipe out my bad record

      Scrub away my guilt,

        soak out my sins in your laundry.

      Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean

      Scrub me and I‘ll have a new-white life.

      God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis

      week from the chaos of my life.

      Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so that

      the lost can find the way home.

      Unbutton my lips, dear God;

      I’ll let loose with your praise.

Psalms 51:1,2,7,10,13,15. MSG

By Loren Siffring.

Brokenness – Not Humpty-Dumpty  Style

Often we hear statements such as “we are held together by our mutual brokenness.”  Does this imply that we are destroyed like the egg which cannot be mended, even with much help?

Perhaps we are using the term unadvisedly or in not appropriately. We might be referring to the scripture found in Psalm 51:17. “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart – these O God, you will not despise.”

The above would imply broken-open or released rather than destroyed or rendered useless.  The only things over which we have control are the hardness of our heart and the stiffness of our neck.

These areas may have become hard and inflexible in order to try to protect ourselves from pain or the problems related to making a change.

Broken  Open – the hardness removed

Apart – from destructive behavior

Away – from harmful and self-protective thinking

Out –  of darkness into light or out of some prison

The purpose of such brokenness is to bring us to be

Released  From bondage an

Rejuvenated From death to life

To true Sonship

To ones natural and faith family

Restored  To Function

To Life

To Usefulness

To Share Life and the path to freedom and Redemption

Galatians 6:1 If anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are living and walking in the Spirit should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.  Keep watch lest you also may be tempted.