She cried profusely for three days after her encounter with the Holy Spirit and on the fourth day she said, “Felix, I know I love you and you love me too, but I have to let you go. At this moment, I have surrendered to Jesus. It will be better to lose you than to lose that crown that I saw…” Felix narrated how he lost his girlfriend to Jesus after an anointed guest minister in a revival program they attended raised this song, “Something more than gold, something more than silver, the Word of God in the heart of a believer, is something more than gold.” Are you in a relationship that is not in line with God’s principles or addicted to a bad habit and you think it is normal? If so, I pray that you will have a life changing encounter with the Holy Spirit today in Jesus’ name.
I mentioned in the first part of this message that before we can sow any other seed to God, our lives must first be sown to God. You must accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and let the Spirit of God dwell in your spirit. By the persuasion and conversion of the Holy Spirit, Felix’s girlfriend realized she was in an ungodly relationship and decided to quit. Sowing one’s life to God enhances a close and rewarding relationship with Him. The Apostle Paul said, “.. I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ” (Philippians 3:8). So for us to win Christ, we must let go the selfish, physical, and egotistical desires of this world. The spirit, soul and body of a believer must be blameless before God and the believer must continually sow to the Spirit of God to have eternal life.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1st Thessalonians 5:23)
Blameless Spirit, Soul and Body
Man is a spirit being created in the image and likeness of God, has a soul and lives in a body. The spirit of man is known as the inward man and the body is the outward man with senses that enhance worldly consciousness. Through the spirit, man interacts with the spirit realm and through the body, man interacts with the world of senses. The soul is where the spirit and the body meet. When God formed man out of dust, He breathed into his nostrils and man became a living soul (see Genesis 2:7).
The soul is made up of man’s controlled will, emotion and intellect. The Holy Spirit dwells in and recreates the inward man of any one who receives Jesus Christ. It is the spirit of man that is born of God’s Spirit (born again) – John 3:6. So what happened in the case of Felix’s girlfriend was that her spirit communicated with the Spirit of God and thereafter her regenerated spirit started influencing her will to conform to God’s will and then her soul influenced the body to discontinue her relationship with Felix. After the spirit is born again, a believer must be transformed through the gradual salvation of the soul. This is achieved when a believer continuously renews his or her mind (will, emotions, imaginations) with the Word of God (James 1:21).
“Therefore lay apart all filthiness and the superfluity of wickedness, and receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.”
Furthermore, a believer must present the body to God as a living sacrifice, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1). One acceptable and reasonable service we can give to God is sowing our lives as a sacrificial seed.
Sowing to the Spirit
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
We sow either to the flesh or to the Spirit daily. How is this so? Every moment we think a thought, say a word, or perform a deed, we sow a seed. We sow to the Spirit of God each time we think, say, or do anything for His glory. It is a believer’s responsibility to sow to the Spirit of God. A believer sows to the Spirit when he or she studies, believes, confesses and applies the Word of God and by so doing the fruit of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control begins to manifest (see Galatians 5:22-23).
If you yet to sow your spirit, soul and body as a seed to God, you can do so by saying this prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that you died and rose again to save me. I sow my life to you as a seed and I declare that I am born again. I receive the gifts of forgiveness and righteousness. Thank You for accepting and glorifying me. Amen!