Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. The spirit of man experiences sensations in much the same way that we see, hear, feel, touch and taste but while the flesh and blood experiences these senses in the natural realm, the spirit experiences them in the spiritual realm. One of the best ways to discover this is to read the visions that were experienced by men in the bible. Let us look at examples:

THE HUMAN SPIRIT CAN SEE

This explains how Elisha was able to hear the military actions planned by the king fo Syria against Israel and report them to his king (2 Kings 6: 8-14). The King of Israel therefore was always ready with a counter action based on the prophet’s instructions and this exasperated the king of Syria greatly. Who wants to look like a fool? He therefore sent armies to capture the prophet of God who saw chariots and horses with fire around the city and around the armies of Syria. Take a read or 2 Kings 6 to see how Elisha played around with the armies of Syria. Please pay attention to the contrast in the chapter. Elisha’s servant Gehazi had no spiritual discernment and was so afraid at what he saw in the natural realm. More importantly, we learn about the calibre of protection that we have around us. Angels are not just encamping around us unarmed. They are ready for war – so beware enemies. Elisha was wide awake and seeing the armies of heaven. This could be called an “open vision” as mentioned in 1 Sam 3:1. Jesus Himself had an open vision at His baptism when He saw the Spirit descend like a dove from heaven and heard the audible voice of the Father (Lk 3: 22). John also saw this vision as he reported in Jn 1: 32. Jesus, Peter, James and John also saw an open vision on the mount of transfiguration (Mt 17) and this was also the experience of Moses who saw God live and direct (Ex 3:2, 33: 9-11). This revelation just answered my question “what is an open vision?” There is more to say on this topic, but later.

Numerous other examples abound in scriptures in relation to people who saw in the spirit. Abraham saw the sacrifice made by God while in a vision, Isaiah saw the Lord (Isa 6), Ezekiel saw strange things like wheels in a wheel, enough to send any man crazy, John the beloved saw the new Jerusalem. Paul saw things that eye hath not seen nor ear heard while he was caught up into the heavens, Peter saw the unclean animals descend from heaven with the instruction to rise, kill and eat (Acts 10). This is the pattern we must follow to instruct us that the spirit of man does indeed see.

THE SPIRIT CAN HEAR

As previously stated, Elisha heard the military secrets of the King of Syria. Abraham heard the Lord’s voice in the vision of Gen 15: 1-6 and in others. The dead daughter of the ruler of the synagogue heard Jesus call her to arise (Lk 8: 51 – 55). Lazarus also heard Jesus call to him (Jn 11). The dead bones in Ezekiel’s visions heard him prophesy to them (Eze 37). Jesus preached to the spirits in prison when He descended into hell (1 PEt 3: 19). Even inanimate objects heard the command of God to come into being (Gen 1). Winds and waves heard Jesus tell them to behave and calm down (Mk 4: 39). On the resurrection day, only those who hear Christ in life will respond to the sound of the trumpet and the voice of the archangel (whether dead or alive), according to 1 Thes 4: 16:

 ” For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first”.

Why will the dead rise FIRST? God is teaching us that dead things will hear when we speak life to them, like the old testament example of the valley of dry bones. What have we spoken life into recently? Furthermore, the dead will rise at the sound of music, teaching us about the power of music ministry in deliverance. This was a new angle on this revelation for me. When God speaks in dreams, it is the spirit of the human being that hears, responds and obeys, as in the case of Abimelech (Gen 20: 3), Joseph (Mt 2: 19-23), the three wise men (mt 2: 12) and many others.

The Lord instructed me that the effect of the spoken word of God (Logos and Rhema) on the human spirit shows that the spirit of man desires to walk in obedience to God. We can create things that are not yet in existence as though they were. For example, Paul imparted gifts into young Timothy that were his once spoken.

THE SPIRIT CAN FEEL

The rich man was in torment in hell and lifted up his eyes (Lk 16: 22-23). In hell “their worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched”. I just checked this reference and realize that Jesus repeated the phrase three times between Mk 9: 43 -50. Why? There is no escape from physical torment in hell. If you don’t believe me, Jesus said so three times in one teaching.

THE SPIRIT EXPERIENCES EMOTIONS AND OTHER HUMAN REACTIONS

In support of this, the scripture shows that it is in the spirit that we experience real emotions and feelings. For example the spirit can faint (Gen 45:27; Josh 5:1; 1 Sam 30:12; Ps 77:3; 142:3,4; Isa 57:16; Eze 21:7), can be stirred up (1 Chronicles 5:26, 2 Chronicles 21:16; 36:22, Eze 1:1,5), can be anguished (Ex 6:9; 1 Sam 1:15; Job 7:11), can be contrite (Ps 34:18; Isa 66:2), broken (Ps 51:17; Prov 17:22), unruly (Prov 25:28), faithful (Pro 11:13), without guile or pretense (Ps 32:2), hasty (Prov 14:29; Ec 7:9), perverse (Prov 15:4), sorrowful (1Kings 21:3; Prov 15:13; Dan 7:15), humble (Prov 16:19), haughty (Prov 16:18); excellent (Prov 17:27; Dan 6:3), patient (Ec 7:18), proud (Ec 7:18), wounded (Prov 18:24), vain and vexed (Ec 2:11, 2:26, 4:4, 4:16, 6:9) and unclean (Mt 9:25; Mk 5:2; 5:8; Lk 8:29). A person who is zealous has a fervent spirit (Acts 18:25). An individual can have a meek and quiet spirit (1 Cor 4:21; Gal 6:1; 1 Pet 3:4) or can have a strong spirit that does not easily faint in tribulations (Lk 1:80; Eph 3:16). An unstable person does not have a steadfast spirit (Ps 78:8). An individual can have a spirit of understanding but the spirit that errs from the truth lacks understanding (Isa 29: 24)

The spirit can be troubled (Gen 41:8), wise (Ex 28:3; 31:3), willing (Ex 35:21), jealous (Num 5:14,30), hardened (Deut 2:30), grieved (Isa 54:6), gracious (Zec 12:10), treacherous (Mal 2:15,16), poor or needy for God (Mt 5:3). The spirit can rejoice (Lk 1: 47; 10:21); can be troubled (Jn 13:21; 2 Cor 2:13); groan (Jn 11:33), can be holy (Rom 1:4), be sanctified in contrast to being unclean (1 Cor 7:34; 2 Cor 7:1; 2; Thes 2:13; 1 Pet 1:22), can be saved in opposition to being lost (1 Cor 5:5); can be transformed (Ps 51:10; 2 Cor 3:18; Eph 4:23), can be disobedient (Eph 2:2). The spirit can depart from the body in death (Lk 8: 55; 23:46, Acts 7:59), can be convicted (Acts 18:5). Paul told the Romans that it was by his spirit that he served God (Rom 1:9; 2 Timothy 4:22). Why is this information important? Outward behavior reveals the dimension of the individual’s spirit, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. Thus, when we are dealing with characteristics of the individual, we are dealing with the characteristics of the spirit. Change will therefore not be accomplished by psychology or other human efforts, but by the spirit of the Lord.

Blessings. Next time I return, I will continue by talking about – the spirit can remember, can touch, can taste, can move, can pray. You can discover this by searching out the experiences of men like Ezekiel, Abraham, John the beloved etc. God bless you richly.

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