THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR SPIRIT BY SAMUEL EXCELLENCE
5th August, 2019
IPR DAILY DEVOTION
Topic: THE HOLY SPIRIT IN YOUR SPIRIT
1 Corinthians 6:16-17 (NKJV)
 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a harlot is one body with her? For “the two,” He says, “shall become one flesh.”  But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
In our previous devotion, we concluded that, fasting humbles the soul; it compels your soul to submit to your spirit, and therefore brings your flesh under control. The reason was that, once your soul submits to your spirit, your flesh will have no choice than to follow in that direction.
But we’ve got to bear in mind, that, although God’s order in our tripartite being is spirit, soul, and body, and that, the spirit is supposed to lead the way, the order was reversed to body, soul, and spirit when man fell, and the flesh has always sought to lead the way since the fall. Hence, it does not take mere abstinence from food or drink to get your soul to submit to your spirit; you’d need a certain enablement in your spirit that will empower your spirit to take up his/her leadership role. And that is where the Holy Spirit comes in; and that is why God sent His Spirit to come and live in the recreated spirit of the one who is born again.
The verse 17 of our theme Scripture says, “…he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” Here, the Lord refers to the Holy Spirit, because 2 Corinthians 3:17 (KJV) says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” He who is joined to the Holy Spirit is one spirit with Him. The Holy Spirit in your spirit, gives your spirit the ascendency; He gives your spirit the awakening force that compels him/her to take up the leadership role in your tripartite being. Hence, our fasting as Christians will not be effective, and it will not yield its ultimate result of making your soul submit to your spirit, without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Never you attempt to fast without giving the Holy Spirit His due place in your spirit; until you’re cognizant of the Holy Spirit in your spirit, you may abstain from food and drink, but may not achieve the highest goal for fasting, which is, bringing your soul in submission to your spirit, and therefore, bringing your body under your check and control.