But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The inner man is the temple where God dwells and it is the centre of His strengthening operation. The inner man refers to the spirit inside the body of a man. May the Lord grant us understanding as we study in Jesus Christ Name, Amen!
Understanding The Natural State Of The Inner Man
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Nobody can understand the human heart. It is the centre and breeding place of all sins. Thus, the product of the heart affects the soul, mind and body. It either builds or defiles.
Building The Inner Man
“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”
As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Engage yourself in true worship
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
Through prayer and fasting
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Reading Christian literatures
In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Organise personal retreat/quiet time
Genesis 32: 23-24
After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak.
Benefits Of Building The Inner Man
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[a] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[b] And so he condemned sin in the flesh,
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.
2 Corinthians 2:15-16
For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task?
36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor.
37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.
38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”
39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
You cannot build anything for God if your inner man is yet to be built. Remember, He is interested in a spiritually built house. Submit yourself to the making of the Holy Spirit and you shall be built for Him.
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