Let's look at the following verses from the 4th Chapter of Proverbs
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
In training the human spirit you have to give the Word of God first place in your life.
You can no longer make decisions because of circumstances or feelings.
You can't be moved by emotions. Its keeping yourself under the discipline of the Word. You need to stay in the arena of faith.
Keep yourself (Your heart) from unforgiveness, or any evil force or influence that would try to dull your hearing.
When we are attentive (KJV says attend to my Words) means that we are paying attention to it. I have a granddaughter who has just started walking. Its great that she can go from one place to the next on her own, but we have to watch her constantly because she has opened up a whole new realm of
possibilities. She doesn't know what is good or bad yet. She hasn't learned what hurts and what doesn't hurt. She wants to explore ALL the possibilities.
My wife and I, being Good grandparents stay on top of the situation never letting her out of our sight.
Our Heavenly Father does the same. When we place His Word first in our life and endeavor to obey Him and It, He watches over us to make sure we don't get hurt. If we are paying close attention He will always show us the right thing to do and the right direction to go.
If we are paying close attention to Him and His word, and we are meditating and and obeying what we learn from the Word, then the Word
becomes Life to those that find them and health to all our Flesh……
What a blessing God has provided for us.
4.) Instantly obey the voice of your spirit.
When you know God has spoken...OBEY!!
Don't let your mind or natural reaction stop you from doing what God says. You can easily talk yourself out of it.
While you are learning to hear from God He will give you little tests to see if you will hear and respond. He may ask you to do something as easy as putting an extra five dollars in the offering!! Or he may ask you to pray for a friend or family member in your prayer time. He may tell you to slow down on the highway ,
If we will learn to hear and obey Him in the little things it will save us a lot of heartache, and we won't miss Him in the big things.
Years ago my wife and daughter were driving down the street we lived on and my wife began to break and slow down for no apparent reason… Then all of a sudden a ball rolled out into the street followed by a young boy chasing that ball. She had plenty of time to stop and avoid catastrophe .
My daughter looked at my wife and said "Mom you slowed down before that ever happened!" she was able to use that moment to teach our daughter the importance of always paying attention to your spirit and obeying His promptings.
Then there was the time when she didn't obey the prompting. She had been out all day with her elderly parents driving all over the state with them. She had dropped them off and was on her way home. She noticed a car pulled off to the side of the road, a pregnant woman having car trouble.
She was prompted to stop to make sure that the woman was okay, but she saw the woman on her cell phone and there was another person with her, so she decided that all was fine and kept going. What she didn't realize was that she was speeding and there was a police officer waiting for her to pass by. If she would have stopped she would have never gotten a speeding ticket.
The Lord loves us so much He watches over us in every way. We don't know what lies in wait for us and it is so important that we obey every prompting weather we understand the reason or not. Our reasoning will always talk us out of the plan or will of God for us.
Publish Date: July 15, 2013 :: Author: Thomas Peetz
"Observe to do all that is written therein: be a doer of the word."
"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
You are completely deceived if you are not acting on what you know the Word says is for you.
Though, you are not alone, you are only fooling yourself if you think you can do this on your own.
Phillipians 4:13 AMP
"I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me. [I am ready for anything and equal to anything THROUGH HIM Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self- sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency]."
The strength we have is in HIM. He empowers us to do what He has called us to do. He never intended for us to do His will with our own strength.
Once you see how the Lord wants something done you need to act on it. The scripture is clear concerning this.
Once you see something in the Word that belongs to you , you need to be acting on it. It will become a vital part of your life.
James 4:6-8 "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble , submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Two very important things we need to act on: drawing near to our Father God and resisting the temptations of sin and not spending time with God. The enemy knows how vital it is to spend time with the Father. He will do all he knows to do to keep you out of that secret place with God. Have you ever noticed when you want to sit to read your Bible, or spend time praying, or even try to listen to a teaching tape, all of a sudden you remember three things you have to get done? Or someone you haven't heard from in months decides to call and catch up? Or you sit in your favorite chair and before you know it you're asleep?!?! It happens too often to be a coincidence. The enemy uses everything in his bag of tricks to keep you from personal time with God.
You can take authority over it and make time for God. If you don't you won't have time when you need it…...
Begin saying with your mouth, "I love spending time with Father God and I hate sin."
If you say it with YOUR mouth, you'll be surprised at the change you'll see in yourself.
Another example of the way we need to be is in Ephesians 5.
17 "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding WHAT THE WILL OF THE LORD IS."
18 "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT." KJV
We need to be consistently aglow with His spirit.
"Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; BUT EVER BE FILLED AND STIMULATED WITH THE (HOLY) SPIRIT." AMPLIFIED
Read all of Ephesians 5. It instructs the believer how to live by the spirit.
"So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house upon the rock.
And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a stupid (foolish) man who built his house upon the sand.
And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and great and complete was the fall of it."
Here we have two different men, hearing the same thing, dealing with the same storm.
What makes the difference?
Is it God's sovereignty? Does He give different foundations for our lives as He determines? Or is it left up to each individual to create his own foundation that he builds his life on? Many people in the body of Christ believe God determines everything because God is sovereign. Yes, our God is sovereign, but not over each individual's will, which is also sovereign. Remember Jesus taught His disciples to pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". That has not yet fully manifested. Take note of all the wars, murders and abortions, etc. that happen every day here on the earth. If God was sovereign in everything, then He would be to blame for all those acts of atrocities. Of course that's not what is going on here, God has given all of us a sovereign will of our own. We can choose to do whatever we want. We need to choose to build a strong foundation with the Word of God.
So what Matthew says here is that whosoever hears the Words of God and obeys them, it won't matter how bad of a storm hits your house, you will be victorious over it. You will be able to stand in the face of anything the enemy can throw your way.
So if you want to be obedient to God begin being obedient to His Word.
Publish Date: July 9, 2013 :: Author: Thomas Peetz
On the topic of developing the human spirit, Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin said this statement many times,
" IN THESE LAST DAYS THE SPIRIT OF SEEING AND KNOWING WOULD BE MORE IN OPERATION."
You have the ability within yourself to see and know in your spirit what God is saying.
II Cor 5:17 (NLT) This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
The human spirit is the lamp of the Lord that sheds light on ones inner most being. The real you! The Bible teaches us that we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a physical body. When you got born again, your physical appearance didn't change and neither did your soulish realm (mind, will, and emotions). The part of you that changed is your spirit, the Holy Spirit came inside and took up residence and recreated you.
The Lord enlightens us and guides us by our inner most being, our spirit. This is the #1 way the Father desires to lead us, unfortunately most of the body of Christ does not understand this truth. Rather, they let emotions and/or circumstances lead them.
"How can I train my spirit Pastor Peetz?" You can train your spirit just like you can train your body.
Joshua 1:8 (KJV) This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
You have to do whatever it takes to get the Word of God on the inside of you.
When I was newly married, my mother-in-law gave me a set of teaching tapes along these lines, and I began to devour the Word. I would shut myself away, turn off the lights close my eyes, and listen over and over again to the same tape over and over and over. Then I would get my Bible and look up the scriptures. I meditated on those tapes so long that I could preach you those messages!
"So Pastor Peetz, how do can I do this for myself" Well, I'm glad you asked that question. You can write scriptures on index cards, make notes on your phone, or write scriptures in places where you can easily read them a number of times everyday. When you see that scripture, stop a moment and read it out loud to yourself, mutter it to yourself. (that is repeat it over and over until it gets down on the inside of you.)
1. Meditate: in order to meditate on the Word of God you must murmur and/or mutter the Word over and over to yourself. In the verse in Joshua we read above the Lord commanded Joshua to meditate in the Word day and night. The definition of the word meditate is to mutter to one's self. It is turning a scripture over and over audibly. Not just as a mechanical repetition but imagining the meaning of the verse. Ask the Holy Ghost to help you to see what the verse means to your particular situation. He is our Helper!
Example: Read Psalm 23:33, and then imagine each word in the verse.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
He desires to open the Word up to us and reveal Himself to us. We have to spend time with Him in order for these pictures to develop within us.
He restores my soul, our soul is our mind our will and our emotions. He desires to restore us to our original state…before the fall...
1 [A Psalm] of David.] Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name.
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
6 The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
7 He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel. God showed Moses His ways, He sent the HS to show us…Reveal mysteries
8 The LORD [is] merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9 He will not always chide: neither will he keep [his anger] for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. His mercy endures for ever
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we [are] dust.
15 [As for] man, his days [are] as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more. Matt6
17 But the mercy of the LORD [is] from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the LORD, all [ye] his hosts; [ye] ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
The more you can meditate on this scripture the better picture you get of our Loving, redeeming, forgiving, healing, merciful Heavenly Father. You need to KNOW a person before you can TRUST Him. You need to TRUST before you will follow.
You need to see before you can do. This is your first step in training your Spirit.
Publish Date: August 18, 2009 :: Author: Rev. Thomas Peetz
As a believer we will face many obstacles on the road of life. As one minister said, "The storms of life will come on all of us at some point in our in our life." How do we deal with these things? Some may believe that God may be doing this to teach us something. Others may not know what to believe and just grin and bear it, like the world. What does the Word say in such matters? In the past thirty years that I have been involved in ministry, I have come to see some things about our heavenly Father.
First, He is a Good God. In James 1:16,17, it says, " do not err, my beloved brethren, every good gift and ever perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of turning."
The second thing is that God loves us, and wants only the best for us. John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son..." One of the most quoted verses in the Bible, revealing His immeasurable Love toward us by sending His Son to be the sacrifice for the world. Hard to imagine, but not hard to believed when understood.
"Jesus said unto him, If thou can believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Mark 9:23
What is it that you are facing in your life? Is it a physical, financial or family problem? No matter what you may be looking at, it can change! "And what can make it change?" you ask. It is what you believe.
In the gospel of Mark chapter 9, verse 17, we see a man who has a son who is suffering with some kind of demonic spells. One time the demon would throw him into the water, another time into the fire. His father had his mind on what Jesus could do (verse 22). This is where many of us have missed it. It is not about God's ability in this situation, but about what you can believe God will do for you in this situation, using His ability. One definition of "grace" (God's divine favor) is God's willingness to use any or all of His ability to meet whatever need you may have. Paul wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." The word "salvation" comes from the Greek word sozo, which is total wholeness and well-being to everyone that believeth.
Over twenty years ago, I was an associate pastor in a large charismatic church. A woman in the church came to me and asked if I would go to the hospital and pray for her nephew. I told her that I would, and I went. Now this young man, who was about twenty years old, didn't go to church and you could say he was a long way from God, but his aunt was praying and believing for him. Tragically, he had been in a serious motorcycle accident without a helmet, and was pronounced dead at the scene, but on the way to the hospital, they saw he was still alive, though barely. When I saw him in the hospital, he was in intensive care and in a coma. I began to talk to him and tell him that he would live and not die. I told him that God loved him and wasn't finished with him. I said this many times while there. I went to see him a few times while he was in the coma, and then one day he woke up! Most everyone had given up on him, but I hadn't. I believed what Jesus said, "All things are possible to him that believeth," and I believed! The last time I saw him, he was sitting up in bed with a head clamp, watching a tennis tournament.
His aunt and I believed, and his life was saved.
What is it that you believe God can do for you and your situation?
Publish Date: August 1, 2009 :: Author: Rev. Thomas Peetz
Has it ever occurred to you that we could be the generation that could experience the catching away of the Church, or what has come to be known as the Rapture of the Church. Well, if the Bible is true and is the infalliable word of God, then we very well could be that generation. I realize that many would say that throughout church history this has been said of their day, but up until recently there always was a very important part of the puzzle that was not in place. That most important part of the puzzle was Israel.
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