Knowing our Spirit and Exercising our Human Spirit #2016SpringUniConf

It was such a blessing to be able to attend the 2016 University Spring Conference in Wales. Even though I had to leave a day early due to classes, I still thank the Lord that I was able to enjoy the Lord with the saints through the weekend. Throughout the conference, there was a verse that I was so happy to be reminded of once again.

...Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him. Zechariah 12:1b

…Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him. Zechariah 12:1b

Praise the Lord for our human spirit! I was so nourished by the importance of our human spirit. But to appreciate this we need to see God’s intention for man.

God made man in 3 parts – body, soul, and spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The body is for contacting the material world; our soul is for expressing our personality, our very self, and is composed of our mind, emotion and will. What about our spirit? Since man’s spirit came out from the breath of God (Genesis 2:7), there can be a transmission between God the Spirit and man’s spirit. Hence, it is compatible to receive, contain and contact God (John 4:24). Hallelujah!

But why is it so important? A brother shared a phrase that really touched me,

Our spirit makes us human. Without it, we are not complete.

In Zechariah 12:1, God made the heavens for the earth, and the earth for man, and man was created with a spirit to contain God; this is the meaning of our human life. Without our human spirit to receive God, man has no meaning. Even king Solomon, a man who had attained all the fame, wealth and power in world, stated that everything under the sun is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2).

On God’s side, He had to become a man and pass through human living as a man called Jesus Christ. After that, He died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected and ascended to become the life-giving Spirit (1 Corinthians 15:45). He had to go through all these processes since He, as the righteous God, could not enter into sinful man without dying for our sins. Now, as the life-giving Spirit, He is able to enter into man to be received and enjoyed by man (John 6:51, Galatians 2:20). Thank You Lord, we can receive and enjoy You!

However, I also enjoyed throughout this conference that it is not merely enough to know the importance of our human spirit, we have to exercise to use it. Just like our muscles, we need to exercise our spirit in order to strengthen it. There’s so much to share on exercising our spirit (and I’m sure that there will be a lot of sharing on this), but I enjoyed that one of the easiest and simplest way to exercise our spirit is just to call upon the name of the Lord, O Lord Jesus! (Romans 10:12-13)

O Lord Jesus! Keep us exercising and enjoying You in our spirit!

Sharing from the 2016 Uni Conference in Wales by Terrance L. (Cardiff, UK) from his top enjoyment. If you attended this conference, why not share something of what you enjoyed in this time by emailing us at enjoyingthelord@gmail.com.