The 2016 Spring University Conference in Wales helped me first treasure my human spirit a little bit more than before. I got to see the significance of my spirit in God’s eyes: it is ranked with the heavens and the earth amongst God’s creation (Zech. 12:1b)! Furthermore, it is the means for me to contact God, receive God, contain God, worship God, fulfill God’s purpose for God, and be one with God.
My spirit is the key to God’s economy! How amazing and important is that? I hope this fact will continually be impressed upon me increasingly in my entire lifetime. The best part of me is my mingled spirit – where God is one with me – not my good character, my good behavior, my outward appearance, or my morality (2 Cor. 4:7).
Second, I appreciated the importance of having my heart turned to the Lord. At the very beginning of the conference, the speaking brothers gave an introductory word to prepare us for this time. The Lord wants to bring us up to a mountain to see Him alone; but in order to see Jesus only, we need to have the veils in our heart taken away, and to turn from every other distraction to face our Lord. God wants to show us the center of His heart – Jesus Himself (Matt. 17:5).
2 Cor. 3:16 – “But whenever their heart turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.”
Isa. 25:7 – “And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering that covers up all the peoples, Even the veil that veils all the nations.”
Third, God’s economy is to flow Himself into our entire being through our spirit. For this, we need to open to Him so that He may flow in! The brother gave an illustration of a cup – if the opening is closed or covered up, God cannot flow in. But, if the covering is taken away or if there is an opening, God can flow in! God is always ready to flow, there is no problem on His side. The problem lies with us, we need to be open and let Him flow in!
How can we do this? We open our mouth, open our heart (turn our heart to Him), and open our spirit from deep within – “O Lord Jesus!” Many times, it may take us some time to fully open up our whole being, to warm up our spirit (and fan it into flame). But that’s the same when we are preparing for physical exercise. We always need to spend some time in warming up before doing more vigorous activities. So, it’s normal! We just need to force ourselves, spend time, and PRACTICE exercising and turning to our spirit. With time, we will build up a habit of exercising our spirit at every time and every place – this is how we should live!
Fourth, the word of God is the only thing that is able to discern our soul from the spirit (Heb. 4:12). One thing that was said in the meetings that stuck with me is: “If we want to know how to use something, we need to know what it is!” In order to exercise our human spirit, we need to KNOW what our spirit is! In other words, we need to be able to DISCERN (distinguish) our spirit from our soul. The fact is, our spirit is so close to the soul as seen in Hebrews 4:12, where it compares the dividing of the soul and spirit to the dividing of joints and marrow. I’ll just quote this paragraph from the excerpts:
Although the Lord is in our spirit, our spirit is very much stuck to our soul. This is why the writer of Hebrews tells us that our spirit must be divided from our soul by the word of God. Just as the marrow is encased within the bone and the bone must be broken before it can be seen, so our spirit, where Christ dwells, is so much sealed within the soul that our soul must be broken before it can be revealed.
It was repeatedly stressed that ONLY the word of God can discern the spirit from the soul. In my experience – and I’m sure for many of us as well – many times we wonder if certain decisions are made in our soul – composed of mind, emotion, will – or our spirit. However, thinking about it will not help us, because we are still in our soul (the mind)! The only way is to go to the Word in prayer. Go to the Lord and pray-read a verse or two.
Maybe even pray read this verse!
Finally, we are all LEARNING to turn to, to exercise our spirit. May the Lord teach us, and may we all endeavor to learn. Praise God for our mingled spirit!
Sharing from the 2016 Uni Conference in Wales by Natalie L. (London, UK) from her top enjoyment. If you attended this conference, why not share something of what you enjoyed in this time by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.