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The Process Of Becoming An Overcomer (Pt. 2)



The word said that man was made from the dust of the ground, not clay or mud.  Dry dust

cannot be molded


Genesis 2:7 

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.   

 

Man was created to live in two realms: the soul life or the earthly and the spirit life heavenly. In Genesis 2:7, did you know that the word life is really plural? He was formed soul and breathed into spirit.

 

There is a reason the bible mentioned dust; man was created to be dependent, not

independent.  By being in this state, man could continue to commune with the lord.  When man disobeyed part of him which is spirit died. The word death in the bible never means cease to exist, but simply separated from God.

 

Genesis 3:8

8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.  

 

The natural man acts the way he does before he is saved because his life is gone, but when

God's life comes back into him that which Adam lost, he can function in the purpose for which he was created.

 

John 3:6-7

6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  


7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.  


1 Peter 2:2

2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby


As a spiritual baby, this restored part of our being (spirit) must be developed.  After the new

birth, there is a new awareness of these two realms.  We must learn to live in the spirit realm, realizing that an enemy is constantly trying to keep us earthbound.  But in that realm, there are ever-increasing levels of relationship with the lord available to us.


1 Cor. 2:21-14

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we

might know the things that are freely given to us of God.


13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  


14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.


Paul says in redemption, we are given spiritual senses.  These spirit senses are a counterpart to our five senses. And are just as real.  The finite man can relate to and commune with the infinite God.  Notice what Paul said in 1 Cor. 12:1 now concerning spirituals because the word gift is not in the original language.  Once the new birth takes place, these spiritual senses are restored and must be developed.  It is very important that we spend quality time waiting on God in his presence in order to develop our ability to sense, which is spiritual; feel, which is the soul; and hear, which is the body.


2 Corinthians 4:18

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


Genesis 1:26

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  


There are three areas in which the Lord intends us to develop and function.  The image and

likeness of God, and then dominion.  The image is the created natural and spiritual potential,

and likeness is the developed natural and spiritual compacity and abilities.  This will make it

possible for us to exercise dominion, which is spiritual authority.  This is the result of a process of testing-chastening and scourging.


1 Corinthians 2:7-11

7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 


8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  


9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 


10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 


11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  


These spiritual senses are further developed and matured through our obedience to a process of testing, which is designed to draw us up into a higher realm of spiritual awareness, understanding, and experience.


Just as the Lord tested Adam by placing the tree of Life beside the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, we also must face a process in which we are tested to determine the outworking of the Lord’s [purpose for us.  Therefore, these two trees are placed within us.  The Tree of Life represents our dependence upon him, the tree of knowledge our desire to be independent.


Isaiah 53 gives us a prophetic picture of Jesus, which is comparable to the Tree of Life.  Thus, it can be said that Jesus is the tree of life.  Therefore, he told us that we are to eat his flesh and drink his blood, just as Adam was told that he was to partake of the tree of life.


Isaiah 53:2

2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.  


When Adam lost his covering and his ability to stand before the presence of God, he was kicked out of the garden also to keep from eating the tree of life again and not ever dying.


Genesis 3:21

21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.  


This killing of an animal involved the shedding of blood as a type of redemption. Now Adam was covered and brought back into the possibility of a relationship.  This skin covering was a

substitute for the shekinah glory that was lost; it gave Adam acceptance, but he was still

prevented from coming back into the realm of spiritual life.


Jesus died on Calvary’s cross to become our covering for sin.  But there is more to our

redemption that we are yet to experience.  On the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus was

transfigured into his manifest shekinah glory.  Which was not yet available to us, but now, in his resurrection and ascension, the shekinah glory is made available to us.  The flaming sword has been removed; the veil has been rent for us to identify with him in a new way.


The difference between Adam and the new creation is that they did not have god living inside

them.  The tree of in the garden sustains his glory, and the holy spirit by the tree life within us

who is Jesus, sustains us.  What I am saying we can continue to abide in the covering for sin that Jesus provided through his shed blood upon receiving his forgiveness, but never coming back to the place that Adam lost- our being clothed upon with his Glory. And having our spiritual senses quickened.


Ephesians 1:18

18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  


Remember when God asked Adam where are you he spoke back to him out of his soul, not his spirit.  This means you can commune with the lord from there but never come back to the place of full and open communion with him in the higher realms of the spirit.  Many saints are

satisfied with only the redemptive covering that has been provided for them through the

atonement of Jesus on the cross and feel comfortable to stay there.  However, the Lord greatly desires us to come beyond this, and experience the full redemption of all that has been lost – intimacy in communion and fellowship with Jesus.


Matthew 16:24

24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  


Just as Adam, through disobedience, lost his spirit life, we must, through obedience, die to our soul life until the soul is totally restored.  Our spiritual senses only function as they are

quickened, or sensitized, in his presence.  Their development must be cultivated, which takes

time.  While experiencing a time of communion with the lord in his manifest presence, or when we respond and enter into a moving of the Holy Spirit, our spiritual senses develop and

function.  These responses to his presence are far more important than most realize.


The Lord is looking for those who want all that was lost. we have experienced forgiveness, but this must give way to much more.  Why because he wants to demonstrate to the world his glory through overcoming people who have chosen the higher realm of spiritual life, those who have died to self by refusing to respond to the pull of their soul.


2 Thessalonians 1:10

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints


Isaiah 60:1-3

1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 


2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  


3 And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  

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