We Write the Narrative ~ Season of Holy Spirit Activation YOU ARE A SPIRIT – Pt. 2

Bible Verse:
John 4: 21-26

Preacher:
James M. Moody

Date Preached:
08/20/2017


Sunday

8/20

Proverbs Ch. 20; Genesis 2: 4-14

Monday

8/21

Proverbs Ch. 21; JohnN 4: 1-25

Tuesday

8/22

Proverbs Ch. 22; John 4: 26-38

Wednesday

8/23

Proverbs Ch. 23; John 4: 39-54

Thursday

8/24

Proverbs Ch. 24; Luke 15: 1-10

Friday

8/25

Proverbs Ch. 25; Luke 15: 11-32

Saturday

8/26

Proverbs Ch. 26; Luke 8: 1-20

 

  1. Genesis 2:7 – Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
    1. formed a man from the dust of the ground”
      1. This is the body of the man only.
      2. It is the package that contains the thing of greatest value.
    2. and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
      1. This is who we really are!
  2. “YOU ARE A SPIRIT THAT HAS A SOUL & YOU LIVE IN A BODY!”
    1. You are spirit. Spirit is that which connects with God and thereby establishes reality of existence.
    2. God breathed into you the very breath of God which gave you life
      1. (nishmat ruach chayyim)
      2. breath of the spirit life
    3. Your spirit connects you to God, who is Spirit.
    4. God breathed Gods own breath of life into man.
      1. It is the life and power of God, given to man to animate you.
      2. The Hebrew word for spirit is ruach, which means wind, breath, air, spirit.
      3. The life of God lives on and on; the immaterial part of man was designed to live eternally.
  3. Your soul (will, intellect, & emotions) was given to you by God to express or articulate your being. Your soul is not who you are. It is a tool for presenting who you are & therefore must remain under the authority of your spirit.
    1. Soul must remain under the authority of spirit which is under the authority of the Holy Spirit!
  1. Your body (physical body, reflexes, drives) is simply the vehicle assigned to carry you, a spirit and the Spirit of God, as you command it through the tool of your soul. The body must always remain under the authority of the spirit as articulated through your soul.
    1. You are a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body.
    2. The question is, HOW will we live WHILE ON THIS EARTH?
      1. Will we live as spirit?
      2. Will we live as soul?
      3. Will we live as body?
  2. We live with constant conflict within ourselves as to whether we will live as spirit vs. soul and body. The beauty of the Father’s love for us is that the Father is constantly working in our lives that we will live as spirit!
    1. Jesus shows us what it is to live as spirit.
      1. He exhibits the Spirit of God to us as we’re operating as soul and body.
      2. He comes to the meet us as we live as soul and body.
      3. Then Jesus lifts us as we now operating as spirit, who God created us to be!

Jesus Exhibits Spirit You Live as spirit

Jesus Comes to Us as We

Live as Soul and Body

JESUS MEETS US IN OUR MESS

  1. John 4: 21-26 – “Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”

26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

    1. Jesus encounters a woman who lives as soul and body
      1. Her will, intellect, and emotions guide her living.
      2. Her physical body and drives
    2. She consistently attempts to keep their interaction at the level of soul and body while Jesus speaks to her about things of the Spirit.
      1. Jesus demonstrates Spirit as he speaks to the Samaritan woman despite the cultural taboos. (v. 7)
      2. Jesus speaks from the Spirit and the woman speaks from soul and body. (vv. 9-15)
      3. Jesus comes down to where she is – in her mess (vv. 16-18)
        1. Not to condemn or shame her
        2. He comes to connect and get her out of it
      4. She is lifted to spirit with Jesus (vv. 19-26)

JESUS WILL MAKE IT SIMPLE

  1. Luke 15: 1-7 – Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
    1. Jesus is demonstrating the Spirit, by connecting to the Tax collectors and sinners.
    2. The Pharisees were stuck in their souls. Judging, condemning, putting themselves in a superior position.
    3. Jesus makes it simple by telling them the parable of the “Lost Sheep.”
      1. This is how God see you and everybody you’re condemning.
      2. See them through God’s eyes
    4. All of Luke 15 is about Jesus sharing parables with the Pharisees to lift them to live as spirit and not as soul.
      1. The lost coin over which the woman rejoices
      2. The lost son for whom the father has a feast
      3. Who do you need to see through God’s eyes?

INVITATION TO CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP

JESUS BENDS DOWN TO SAVE

  1. John 8: 3-11 – The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

    1. Woman stands guilty of adultery
    2. Jesus bends and writes a “V” in the dirt. Then he straightens up and said, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And he stopped down again and wrote on the ground.
    3. Finally, Jesus stood and pronounced forgiveness over the woman commanded her to live as spirit.

I AM A SPIRIT WHO HAS A SOUL AND I LIVE IN A BODY!