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Our spirit is that inner voice within us--our inner being--created to be in communion with God, listening to Him, receiving affirmation, wisdom, direction, and revelation from Him. Our spirit is then to express these revelations from God to our whole being through our soul--our mind, will, and emotions. Our body is then to act according to the directions given by our soul, renewed by God through our spirit.
When man sinned, he chose to listen to satan. Like satan, he wanted to "become like God," determining for himself what was best for him. He did not listen to his conscience, but ignored the commands of God and let his desire for food and satan's lure of independence from God's voice motivate him. Man chose to become like satan--doing what he wanted--reasoning by himself what he thought was best for him, and abandoning spiritual communion with God. As a result of sin, man's spirit was deadened to the things of God; he became a being ruled by his senses, rather than one led by the Spirit of God.
Because his spirit was now dominated by his senses, man's own soul became his dominant part. Man came to be ruled by his will, doing what he himself wanted. He became dominated by his mind, doing what he thought was best, figuring things out for himself rather than being dependent upon revelation from God. Along with manís mind, his feelings began to dominate him; he began living for self-pleasure and the gratification of his own desires.
Even when God revealed Himself and His ways to man's external being through the Ten Commandments and other revelations, man was unable to consistently follow God's ways. For example, David, the King of Israel, seemingly had everything. He had personally experienced God's power working through him when he slew Goliath. He knew God and His ways and worshipped Him. He was honored by the people. Yet all this was not enough; the lusts of his body were greater than his conscience could bear. His love for sexual pleasure overwhelmed his conscience, and he lusted after another man's wife and arranged to have her husband killed. He then married the woman he had lusted after.
God spoke to David through His prophet Nathan, and David was convicted of his sin. He sought and received forgiveness, but David knew the problem was deeper than his outward sin; his problem was a sinful heart, filled at times with lust, and a dysfunctional spirit.
Had David lived today, he might have blamed a difficult childhood and dysfunctional parents for his behavior. Instead, he took personal responsibility for his actions, recognizing that the real problems were a heart filled with sin, and a dysfunctional spirit. He cried out, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10 NKJV) David knew his need of a heart cleansed from lustful desires and self-centered ways. He knew he needed a "right spirit," a strong and active conscience.
God heard the prayer of David and of others like him. He spoke His promise through the prophet Ezekiel. He said, "A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you." (Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV) He then explained how He would do this. He said, "I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes." (Ezekiel 36:27 NKJV) Through the prophet Ezekiel, God promised to put His very Spirit within us. As His Spirit would come into us, our own spirit would once again come alive. Our conscience--our inner voice--would speak to us, directing us in keeping the ways of God. A new heart would be formed; new attitudes and new desires would come forth. We would become a people led by the promptings of His Spirit within us, our own spirit receiving these promptings and communicating them to our soul. Our own will, feelings, and thoughts would then be filled with the urgings of the Spirit of God, enabling us to behave accordingly. Instead of being ruled and dominated by our "self-life," we would become a spiritual people, living by the energy and promptings of the Spirit of God.
How would this new way of living come into the world? How could we learn to live in this new way, being led by the Spirit of God? What about our old ways, our sinful bondages, our self-centered motives? How could these die? What about God's anger toward us for rebelling against Him and leading and encouraging others to live for themselves as we were? What about satan's right to hold us in captivity to the sinful nature we had received and developed by being like him? What would take away satan's right to keep us in hell with him?
God not only had an answer--He became the answer. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, one of the three Persons of the Godhead, became a man. He became weak like us, and He modeled for us a life dependent upon the Spirit of God. Living in continual communion with His Father, He did only what He perceived, through His spirit, that the Father was doing. He exemplified for us the kind of life God had promised through Ezekiel. He was the kind of person David wanted to be. He was and is our perfect example.
Jesus showed us how to give up our self-life so that we can live for God, receiving life and strength from Him. Amidst the reality of His suffering and death for us, He said, "Not My will, but Thine be done." He received the Father's will as His own, giving up His own will. Jesus took our sin and our rebellious nature upon Himself. He said, "No!" to sin for us. He became sin for us. He suffered for us the righteous wrath of God which was due us.
Jesus took upon Himself the suffering and pain, the sorrows and the sicknesses of men. God placed our griefs and sorrows, our sickness and our sins upon Jesus. "Surely He bore our griefs and sorrows," the Bible says in Isaiah 53:6 NKJV. "By His stripes you were healed," the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 2:24 NKJV. "The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all," the Bible says in Isaiah 53:6 NKJV.
Jesus went into hell for us. Through His death on the cross, He took away satan's right to hold us in captivity to sin, death, and hell. The Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead, and He ascended into heaven where He has been exalted and glorified. And now, the Bible says, "He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you." (Romans 8:11 NKJV)
Jesus modeled a new nature for us. Now as we confess our need of Him and invite Him to dwell in us, through His Spirit, we can receive a new nature--a new life source, a new spirit, an awakened conscience. His Spirit will reveal to us the sins we have committed and the sinful desires in our heart. As we confess these things before God, we receive forgiveness and become cleansed from them. Jesus not only pardons our sins, but He also cleanses us, removing our sins from us. Our spirit becomes alive, no longer weighed down by the guilt and shame of our sins.
As we continue to walk with Jesus, focusing on Him, learning of Him, and listening to the voice of His Spirit within us, we become aware of His love, His presence, and His mercy, and we begin to experience new attitudes, desires and thought patterns. He reveals wounds in our spirit caused by rejection, broken relationships, inferiority, anxieties, etc. Through His words He reveals His truth, His love, His everlasting concern for us, which brings healing to these wounds in our spirit. He opens our eyes to His desires for us, and to His plan for our life. We become aware of His activities and ways in our life--past and present. We become a new person. We find that our old ways and attitudes die, while a new person comes forth; that new person becomes a reflection and a manifestation of the Spirit of Jesus Christ within us. Our conscience is ever reminding us of God's love and desires for us. Our spirit has become alive; there is a bounce in our step and a deep smile on our face. Jesus has become our source of life. He has brought healing to our dysfunctional spirit.
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"God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him." (Acts 10:38 NKJV)
Jesus came to heal all who were oppressed by the devil. He came to heal the wounds and the brokenness in our spirit, our innermost being (Luke 4:18). He called those "Blessed," who were weak in their inner being (Matthew 5:3). He came to free our inner being from the bondages of sin, fear, anxiety, and other forms of oppression.
Many, like me, have been oppressed by fears. The fear of being rejected, for example, often leads us to try to be something we are not. We hide our shortcomings. We deny what we really are or feel, pretending to be something we are not, or we pretend not to feel the effects of our present circumstance
We begin to live in an imaginary world, pretending to be strong when we are weak, pretending to be OK when deep inside we are hurting or troubled or fearful. We're afraid of revealing what we really are, or what we really are feeling. We're afraid of being rejected. IN REALITY WE HAVE REJECTED OURSELVES. We have let the fear of being rejected by others lead us into rejecting ourselves.
Jesus came to show us God's love for our true selves. He came to bring us back into the reality of who we really are, and into the knowledge and experience of the love and power of God to make us into who He has created us to be. He came to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8) He came to free us from the vain imaginations we have received from satan and his forces. The world tries to impart to us certain "success images" as well as a fear of "not measuring up," causing us to deny who we really are, and to attempt or pretend to be something we are not.
JESUS LOVES US AS WE ARE. He came to make us into what God had in mind for us when He created us. Jesus came to take out of us our sin, to give us His strength in our weakness, and to impart His Life--God's Life--to us. THROUGH HIM, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). THROUGH HIM we can be ourselves, just ourselves. THROUGH HIM we can fulfill the unique purpose for which God created us (Ephesians 2:10).
Each of us is a uniquely created child of God, created for specific tasks, given unique talents, able to fulfill our calling through His power made available to us in Jesus Christ.
The Bible says: "We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV)
Paul prays : "...that you may know what is the hope [purpose] of His calling,..." (Ephesians 1:18 NKJV, brackets added)
Through Jesus Christ we can be restored to God's original plan and purpose for us. We no longer have to let the fear of rejection oppress us. We no longer have to deny what we are, or try to fulfill what someone else thinks we should be. We can each say, "I CAN BE ME!"
Many people have been oppressed by physical, sexual, or verbal abuse. They have built walls of protection around their inner being, fearful of being hurt again. Still others, like me, have lived in a fear of not being able to be good enough, or a fear of what evil might do to us. Jesus can meet us in our pain, fears and shame. He is able to show us His love and His power, to completely heal us and to bring us into a life of freedom and purpose.
Some have become addicted to lust, alcohol, drugs, food, or even work, resulting in a life of guilt or fear when we can't overcome these addictions. Our spirits have been wounded, and we have become weighed down by sin, guilt, shame, and fear.
Some of the 12-step programs offer help, only to bring us into new bondages. When I was in AA, for example, my worship of alcohol became transferred to a "fear of alcohol" and to a worship of the 12-step program. Jesus, however, promises and delivers complete freedom.
Through the cross of Jesus, we can exchange our patterns of addiction and sinful bondages for His life and freedom. We can give Him our insecurities and fears, and receive His power and acceptance. We can give Him our depression and shame and receive His joy. We can give Him our sinfulness and receive His righteousness (Isaiah 61:3). We can be changed. We can be delivered. We can be set free. All this can be done by the work of Jesus Christ, as He reigns in glory and imparts the life of His Holy Spirit into us. Old things are passing away, and new things are coming forth!! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Jesus can, has, and is bringing freedom to me and to others. He is healing and delivering His oppressed people. He lives today! He can use you and me in bringing this message and His life-changing experience to others. Jesus said, "As the Father has sent Me, even so send I you." (John 21:20). Hallelujah!
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While praying for God to protect His disciples, Jesus went on to pray for us--for those who would come to God through the word of the disciples. He said:
"I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one." (John 17:20-22 NKJV)
Jesus wants us to be made one--one with God. He wants our oneness with God to be like the oneness that exists between Him and His Father. He wants us to live in God--in His will--doing what God is doing, being dependent upon God for wisdom and strength. He desires that God would live in us--that His life would be in us--that His character and nature would be revealed to a lost and hurting world through us.
Jesus Christ is the vehicle through whom God can come to us. As we receive life from Jesus, we receive life from God. He is the Way for us to come into the presence and the will of God, and He is the Way for the life and the love of God to come into us. Jesus said:
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10 NKJV)
"...My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world....I am the bread of life...." (John 6:32-35 NKJV)
"For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself," (John 5:26 NKJV)
As we come into Christ, we come into the will of God; then the life and the will of God come alive in us. We receive wisdom and understanding from God; we become changed, and Godís glory is imparted to us. Godís purpose is for us to receive His life, His nature, and His character through Jesus Christ. His purpose is for us to come out of the will of the world and of our natural self, and to come into His will. Through receiving His life in Jesus Christ, we can receive a life that has the desire and the ability to do the will of God. We can be changed by receiving Jesus Christ and His life into our heart. The Bible says:
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12, 13 NKJV)
"But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-- and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-- that, as it is written, "He who glories, let him glory in the Lord." (1 Corinthians 1:30, 31 NKJV)
"...the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Colossians 1:26, 27 NKJV)
The life of God, living in us through Jesus Christ, develops Godís character in us. We become united with God in His desire to see satanís kingdom cast down and destroyed. We become one with God in seeing the sin and pain of His people brought to the cross of Jesus. We become one with God in desiring that hopeless people, caught up in sinful passions, self-pride, self-dependence, or worldly lusts, would come to Him and receive His life.
The life of God, working in us through Jesus Christ, will lead us into deeper levels of spiritual freedom and holiness. It is Godís will for us that our spirit becomes healed and cleansed from sin and its effects. The will of God for us is that we receive and live in a new nature, showing forth the attitudes and character of God. The will of God for us is that the inner hurts, fears, and sorrows in our hearts be brought to Christ. The will of God can be accomplished in us by the life of God, through Christ, working in us. The Bible says:
"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV)
"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." (2 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV)
"...casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV)
"...He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted..." (Luke 4:18 NKJV)
We can be made one with God, and one with His plan to use us to bring to others the message that His holiness and righteousness are offered to the world through Jesus Christ. We can be made one with His plan to use us as His instruments to destroy evil and the kingdom of satan. We can be made one with ourself, freed of our double-mindedness, loving our God with all our heart, soul, and mind. We can be made one with all of the body of Christ--loving all Christians of all denominations, races, and nationalities.
Do you know this Jesus? It is not enough that you just know about Him. Satan and his demons know about Him, but they have no place in His kingdom. Is Jesus active in your life? Is He changing you? Is He imparting the nature and life of God to you? He is willing to do this--He wants to save you from your earth-bound and self-focused life, into His heavenly and God-centered life. Will you join Him daily in His wish for you to be one with God as He is?
Heavenly Father, we agree with the prayer of Jesus. Father, make us one--one with You and one with Jesus Christ. Let Your glory be made known through us to a sinful and hurting world. Cleanse us, change us, heal us, and use us to let the world see and know Your greatness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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