There are several false doctrines being taught concerning the Spirit. Instead of addressing each one of these false doctrines, in this Article i will discuss things concerning the Spirit within us, in a general manner and hope it covers them.
There is a belief that our physical bodies will raise from the grave, that flesh will rise from the grave to live in the flesh again. Scriptures does not support this belief, it is a false doctrine.
It is a misconception to believe Angels have wings, and fly around like they do in the movies. Scriptures themselves do not portray this at all. Now the Cherubim’s have wings, and 4 faces and these are a special kind of Angel. But most Angels are not Cherubim’s.
If you look at Genesis 19 two Angels went to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. They every bit looked human, even to the point in (Gen 18:2) called these Angels “men” they ate food as humans do, walked like humans, and talked like humans do, yet they were Angels according to Scriptures. Even the Angels that appeared at the grave of the risen Jesus, appeared to be men, so much like men, that they thought they were gardeners, yet they too were Angels. How can ordinary looking men – be Angels?
Matters of Fact NOWHERE in Scriptures does it describe Angels as having wings and the such (excluding the Cherubim), We know that satan can make people see what they “think” are Angels, wings, halo, and all. But never in ALL references to Angels in the Bible does it refer to them, other then human looking, with the exception concerning the Cherubims.
My point is, it is a great misconception to believe Angels in Heaven look any different then how Scriptures reveal them. To assume that they look somehow Superior (i.e. with majestic wings and the such) is not Scriptural. They are Spirits, they are not flesh and blood, but they are the spiritual bodies that we also will receive when Christ Returns, we will become like the Angels are and that is not flesh and blood, but is a Spiritual body that can eat, drink, and everything else that Angels are able to do.
Angels walk this Earth, they look like you and me (humans), they do not have wings, nor do they appear to look like how society today says Angels should look like.
Demons were Angels, but only when they dwelt in Heaven, when they were cast out of Heaven, this is when they ceased to be Angels, and became demons. We ourselves use to be Angels, but when we were put on the Earth to be tested, we became spirits, and when that spirit entered into a flesh body it became a soul.
God is a Spirit, according to :
We must remember, according to Genesis we humans were created in their image for Scriptures say “Let US make man in OUR image”. We do not have wings. We look like the Angels in Heaven, Every reference in Scriptures that talks about Angels confirm this as well. Even to the point where Jesus Himself says we are EQUAL with the Angels.
Scriptures also teach we will bear the image of those in Heaven.
Scriptures also reveal that our vile bodies (flesh) will be changed or fashioned like unto Jesus Christ’s Glorious Body.
Now there are some who teach that the Spirit is born. Nowhere in Scriptures does it refer to a Spirit that is born. The Spirit within us comes from God, and if that spirit comes from God which dwells in Heaven, then that Spirit comes from Heaven where God is.
The Earth is incapable of creating a Spirit. How can something physical create something spiritual? Scriptures clearly says that the flesh and the spirit are contrary one to the other (Gal 5:17) and (Rom 8:7). A human man and a human woman cannot, nor ever will be able to create a spirit. The breath of life is given to us by God, that breathe of life is the Spirit. We see in (Luk 8:55) that when the girl died she did not have the spirit in her – we know this because Jesus made her spirit return to her again, and she lived. We see Elijah doing the same thing, returning the spirit to the dead body so that person can live again. (I King 17:21-22) The Spirit is what makes us a living soul.
The Earth can only make things physical, the Earth makes the flesh, but flesh does not, nor can it live, without the spirit, without the breath of life given to us by God. Without the spirit the flesh dies and does not live.
A spirit given to a fetus at the moment of conception, sleeps or remains dormant until which point the Holy Ghost comes to that person who has the dormant spirit and awakens it through the teachings of Jesus Christ. The Spirit within this person’s body (with the help of the Holy Ghost) now tries to convince the person (flesh, human, mind) to the Truth of Scriptures. Now if the human mind rejects the teaching of the Spirit, because of things they are not willing to give up for Christ and the Truth, The Spirit is suppressed by the flesh, and cannot do what it is capable of doing, because of the flesh.
But when the mind, body, heart, and strength of the person, obeys and believes the Spirit, then the Spirit within such a person is fully awake with its full powers, with full faith and all things become possible to that person, not because of the person, but because of the Spirit that is within that person and anything they ask in prayer comes to pass.
Everyone has this Spirit in them. But far too often the flesh, or mind, or heart conflicts with the Spirit given to them by God (Gal 5:17) . And in most people the Spirit is dormant or semi-dormant. The best way to describe this, is to think of a pendulum hanging down from a fixed point. The Farther it swings to the right the more awake the Spirit is and the more dead the flesh is. But the farther it swings to the left the more dormant the Spirit is and the more the desires of the flesh are being fulfilled.
The more we walk in the flesh the farther left the pendulum swings, or the more we walk in righteousness the farther right the pendulum swings and the more awake the Spirit becomes. Sad to say but most people’s pendulum is hanging straight down (lukewarm) (Rev 3:16) they altogether feel they will be OK as long as they are doing more good things then they are doing bad things, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For they fail to understand Biblical Truths, such as a little bit of leaven leaveneth the entire lump. And if a good tree produces even one bad fruit it is no longer a good tree but a bad one.
Their Spirit is neither totally dormant nor is it totally awake. The Spirit does not grow, in the since, as flesh grows. A Spirit is not physical and does not grow, a Spirit only becomes more aware of itself when the body (person) who houses the Spirit changes toward the Truths that are taught in Scriptures. Even though the Spirit does not physically grow, it is considered a Spiritual growth the more awake the Spirit becomes. The more a person’s mind and heart turns to righteousness the more aware the Spirit becomes, in turn the more Spiritual that person becomes.
My point is this, the Spirit that is in a newborn baby is the same as a Spirit that is in the elderly. However the Spirit that is in the newborn baby is totally dormant, asleep (pendulum to the far left) while the Spirit in the Elderly varies depending on how much that person has conformed his/her life to walking the walk of a True Christian (pendulum can be far left, even as a baby or far right fully awake, or somewhere in-between these two)
It is extremely difficult for a mind, which is made from the Earth, which is prone to carnal thinking, to grasp things that are Spiritual.
The more Spiritual a person becomes (pendulum to the far right) the more information (that is Spiritual) that is revealed to that person. Pendulum reaches a certain point, prophesy is possible, to another point, hearing the Lord audibly is possible, to a certain point healing is possible, to a certain point, whatever you say come to pass, God (the Holy Ghost) reveals to whom He reveals depending where they are at on the pendulum.
The Spirit needs to be fed, if it is going to experience a Spiritual Growth. And how you feed that Spirit is accomplished by reading or hearing the Word of God. Of course the more you read the Word of God, the more your Spirit is fed, the more your Spirit is fed, the stronger your Spirit becomes, and the stronger your Spirit becomes the more it is able to help you walk the walk of a True Christian, to live in obedience. For without the Spirit to help you, it is impossible to do.
Want to live a righteous life that is pleasing to Jesus Christ, Continually read the Word, so that your Spirit will grow and be strong enough to help you when you are tempted to commit sin. And when you are tempted to commit sin, repeat the Lord’s Prayer until that temptation is gone or get your Bible and read it until it passes. Eventually satan and his demons will tire trying to tempt you, knowing they always fails when they try, therefore they will tempt less and less. Therefore the more you win the victory over temptations, the easier it is to win the victory over them when they come again, AND the less frequent they will come. So then it gets easier and easier, all one needs to do, is to start winning the victories over temptation.
satan does not tempt me very much any more, he knows when he tempts me to commit sin, all he is doing is giving me blessings. When satan tempts me to commit sin, first i will thank God that i am being tested. Then i thank satan for allowing me to the opportunity to please my Lord and Savior by not doing what he is tempting me to do. This upsets the devil a great deal. So when satan tempts me and i don’t do that sin, satan has failed and Jesus has won, and God then will bless me sometimes thirtyfold, sometimes 60 fold, and sometimes 90 fold. And since satan KNOWS that every time he tempts me to commit sin, that i will not do it, i will not obey him, he rarely ever tempts me to commit sin any more, he knows by tempting me to commit sin, all he is doing is allowing God to bless me abundantly. i think he has counted me as a loss he doesn’t bother me much any more. Don’t misunderstand me, satan will never give up trying to get you to live in sin, if he fails one way he will try another, and as long as you live in the flesh, he will use that flesh against you. i am only saying it gets easier and easier to walk away from his temptations, the hardest part is starting.