The Lamp of the Lord

Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.
This verse is a good example of what it means to be led by the Spirit of God. His spirit on the inside of us is what illuminates our life, giving us guidance, direction, and clarity. When we are led by His spirit the decisions we make in life will be better than if we choose to ignore His leading. Brother Kenneth Hagin often says We are a spirit, we have a soul and we live in a body. If we have been made spiritual beings and through salvation then have God’s spirit on the inside of us, why then do we make decisions in our lives based on what we think or feel, or what things look like in the natural? We need to learn to train ourselves to listen to the Spirit of God then be obedient to His leading.
Our soul is made up of our mind, our will and our emotions. The things we think, how we feel and what we are determined to do are constantly fighting with our spirit. Our body will just go along with whoever is stronger. That’s why it’s so important to build our spirit man so that it can override our soul. The greatest way to build our spirit man is by spending time in the Word of God, becoming convinced that what it says is true.
We have to allow God’s word to transform our thinking. Romans 12:2 says Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. This verse is telling us that when we renew our minds with the Word it will change us and our resulting actions will enable us to walk in the will of God for our lives. This is not always easy to do. In the verse before this, Romans 12:1 it says I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable (rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship. Paul says, I beg you to decisively dedicate yourself as a living sacrifice. , A Sacrifice is somehting of value or importance that is given up.We have to learn to give up what we want for what God wants. We have to choose that even when we don’t particularly want to do what the Word says that we will anyway.  The benefits of walking in God’s perfect will for your life will far outweigh the sacrifice we have to make of giving up our lives.Today I encourage you to take that first step. Spend some time in the Word and allow what it says to begin to transform what you believe. What you believe will then affect yout thinking, which affects your actions.

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