The Lord tells us in Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” Just as the human mind can be trained intellectually, so the human spirit can be trained spiritually. It can be built up in strength just as the body can be built up. We want to look at four ways this can be accomplished. If we will apply these four principles to our daily lives, we can come to know the Will of God even in the minor details of life. God communicates with us from His Spirit to our spirit, and not with our reasoning faculties. As we learn to instantly obey our spirit, we will find we are obeying the Holy Spirit. In this verse here in Proverbs, The Lord is telling us, He is going to use our own spirit to guide us by His Holy Spirit.
In Joshua 1:8 God gives Joshua some instructions, “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.”
When God anointed Joshua to lead the Children of Israel after Moses died, God told him at the outset, the importance of meditating in the Word. Another translation of the last phrase of verse 8 says, “You will be able to deal wisely in the things of life.” Certainly, we wouldn’t have good success if we couldn’t deal wisely in the things of life. God told Joshua if he would meditate in the Word, he would make his way prosperous and he would have good success. You cannot develop spiritual wisdom without meditation in God’s Word. The word “meditate” means to mutter or to speak over and over again! The first way we can train our human spirit is to meditate in the Word of God.
In James 1:22 he says, “But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” Practicing the Word is what James called being “a doer of the Word.” Some people think that being a doer of the Word is keeping the Ten Commandments. But under the New Covenant, we have a New Commandment, and that is the Commandment of Love. If you love someone, you won’t steal from them. You won’t lie about them. Paul said that love is the fulfilling of the Law. If you walk in love, you won’t break any law that was given. In this verse of Scripture, James is urging Believers to do primarily what is written in the Paul’s letters: to act upon this Word.
For example, Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The Amplified Bible says, “Don’t fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests], with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”
Usually, we practice only part of this. We don’t mind practicing the part that tells us to pray, but if we practice one part and not the other, we aren’t practicing the Word. We are not being a doer of the Word. First, the Lord said not to fret. If we’re going to fret and have anxieties, it isn’t going to do us any good to make requests. If God said not to fret, this means we can keep from it. God is a just God, and He won’t ask us to do something we can’t do. When you take your requests to God, and then begin to thank Him, it quiets and pacifies the troubled spirit that the devil would try to make you have. If inner turmoil continues, just simply go right back to this verse, and read it again and keep claiming by faith. It will cost you some time!
If we follow Paul’s advice and “don’t fret or have anxiety about anything,” we can believe God for the promise of the verse that follows: Philippians 4:7 “ And the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Many people want what this 7th verse talks about, but they don’t want to do what the 6th verse says to do in order to get it. However, in order to receive this “peace…which passes all understanding,” we must “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” God’s peace… shall keep guard over your mind and your spirit. The education of our spirits comes by practicing the Word of God. Can you reap the results and have peace without being a doer of the Word? Absolutely not! The second way we can train our human spirit is by practicing or doing the Word of God!
In Proverbs 4:20-22, God instructs us further, “My son, attend to My Words; incline your ear unto My Sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those who find them, and health (medicine health and healing) to all their flesh.”
With so many different voices surrounding us every day, it’s difficult to stop and listen to the Voice of the Word of God. Family and friends always are ready to give us their opinions and advise. However, an essential part of training the spiritual man is learning to listen to what God’s Word has to say to us. It’s giving the Word first place in our lives. In these verse we just read; God tells to do three things with His Word: (1) Listen to it! (2) Read it! (3) Memorize it! In verse 20, He said, “Incline your ear unto My Sayings.” Anytime the Bible is being read aloud—in Church, at home in your personal devotions, on a Christian Radio or Television program—always give careful attention to its words! Make sure they are lining up with God’s Word!
Verse 21 says, “Let them not depart from your eyes.” In other words, spend time alone reading God’s Word. Let it sink deep into your thoughts and your spirit. Memorize it, as verse 21 tells us, “Keep them in the midst of your heart or spirit.” If we do these three things, we will find that God’s Words are “life unto those who find them and, and medicine, heath and healing to all their flesh.” We will enter into the abundant life in Jesus Christ We will find physical healing for our bodies. All we need to do in the third way to train our human spirit, is to give God’s Word first place in our lives.
Now, we already read Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.” The human spirit has a voice. We call that voice our conscience. Sometimes we call it intuition, or we call it an inner voice of guidance, or an inward witness. It is our spirit talking to us. Every man’s spirit has a voice, whether he is saved or unsaved. But the New Birth is the rebirth of the human spirit. Your spirit gets its information as you meditate in the Word. We as Christians need to learn to obey our spirits. Your spirit has the life and nature of God in it because the Holy dwells within you. The devil can’t be giving you the information because he is not in you; he is on the outside of you.
God has to communicate with you through your spirit because that’s where He is. He isn’t in your head. He isn’t in your reasoning faculties. He is in your spirit by the Holy Spirit. Your spirit gets its information through Him. You might hear some people say that your conscience is not always a safe guide, but this isn’t always true. The conscience is a safe guide in the Spirit-Filled Believer because God is dwelling within your spirit. The Believer’s conscience—the voice of his spirit—becomes the Voice of God. God is speaking to him. Paul said he obeyed his conscience, in Acts 23:1.
“And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” God will use your spirit to guide you. He will use your spirit to enlighten you. As your spirit meditates and feeds upon the Words of God, it becomes a safer guide. It is trained in the Word. The Holy Spirit does speak a little differently to those of us who have certain Ministry Gifts. But, as a rule in the lives of Believers, the inward voice is the voice of the human spirit speaking, not the Holy Spirit. We all have to receive guidance for ourselves, and we do this by the inward voice. As we learn to obey the voice of our spirit, we will come to the place where we know what we should do in all phases of life. The Lord will guide us.
Finally ,as we look at Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon tells us to, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” The fourth way for us to train our human spirit is to instantly obey the voice of our human as the Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit!
As always, I want to encourage you to stay in faith, stay in prayer, stay in the Word; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and remember “God loves you; we love you and JESUS IS LORD!”
In the Service of Our King,
Darrell G. Harrelson