THE HUMAN SPIRIT (Part 4)
| But keep away from those godless legends, which are not worth telling. Keep yourself in training for a godly life. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it promises life both for the present and for the future.
1 Timothy 4: 7, 8, GNB
The Greek word for exercise in these Scriptures is gymnastics. Paul the apostle wrote this epistle during the era of the Greek Olympics, which included gymnastics. Paul wanted his spiritual son Timothy to understand that apart from physical exercise which profits little, there is another kind of exercise which guarantees spiritual fitness and it is profitable to all things. This exercise is not mental but spiritual.
The way an athlete takes energy and time to develop his skill, body, speed and stamina is the same way we should exercise ourselves for spiritual fitness. Spiritual stamina entails deliberate and consistent training.
Spiritual exercise is consistently engaging our human spirit in training for its development. It is training our spiritual faculties and senses to respond to spiritual activities. It is developing our human spirit to be able to discern both good and evil no matter how they are coded. It is training our spirit to withstand the assault of demons when it is engaged in a spiritual battle.
The three organs or faculties of the human spirit:
Communion is the organ of worship; it is through this organ that we are able to connect to God in a spiritual dimension. Worship here is beyond worship songs. The first time worship was mentioned in the Bible it was not related to singing. “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” Genesis 22:5
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4: 23
Intuition is the organ of perception; through the organ of intuition, an individual is able to have divine knowledge and understands with his mind. This organ is actually what gives a man access to revelation knowledge. This kind of knowledge of course cannot be accessed naturally.
And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, why reason ye these things in your heart?
Mark 2: 8
Conscience is the organ of discernment; it is the leading organ of the human spirit.
They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
Romans 2: 15, NIV
The conscience is the discerning organ of our human spirit which distinguishes right from wrong. It does not often work by the influence of the knowledge stored in the mind. It is spontaneous and direct in judgment. Sometimes what our reasoning will justify our conscience will condemn. The conscience of a believer condemns all conduct which is contrary to Scripture and unnatural. If we do something wrong before God or man, we will have an evil conscience; a conscience with offense and condemnation.
When we are fit spiritually, our intuition is sharpened and our conscience is much alive and we will easily perceive the mind of God in a situation. Spiritual fitness is needed for agility and alertness in responding to the will of God. It will be difficult to understand and interpret spiritual things if we are unfit spiritually.
It is important to note here that there is a difference between religious and spiritual activities. Religious activities are basically some Christian rituals that do not have spiritual benefits or impacts. Notwithstanding, spiritual activities can be done religiously, this is the reason we need the Holy Spirit to guide us in engaging ourselves with spiritual activities that will help us in building our spirit. These activities are the principles of training for spiritual fitness.