The “Functions of the Human Spirit” is an expanded extract from Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce’s book “Time to Defeat the Devil – Strategies to Win the Spiritual War,” pages 223-6.
“The functions of the spirit are intuition, testimony, and communication. Our spirit is what becomes alive to God and must remain alive to God. Though the spirit is invisible and cannot be seen, it is the driving force of our life. That is why the enemy wants to vex our spirit so we cannot operate in freedom. Here are ten qualities of the spirit:
The spirit must be willing.
Matthew 26:40“And He came to the disciples and found them asleep. And He said to Peter, What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?”
The spirit can know or interpret something before it happens.
Luke 1:4“… so that you might know the certainty of those things in which you have been instructed.”
Mark 2:8“And instantly knowing in His spirit that they reasoned so within themselves, He said to them, Why do you reason these things in your heart?”
Our spirit worships and flows in exaltation to God.
John 4:23“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.”
Our spirit senses or can be troubled.
John 13:21“When Jesus had said this, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, Truly, truly, I say to you that one of you shall betray Me.”
Our spirit can travail.
Mark 8:12“And He sighed deeply in His spirit and said, Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly I say to you, There shall no sign be given to this generation.”
Our spirit can have the quality of fervency.
Acts 18:25 “This man was instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in the spirit, he spoke and taught the things of the Lord diligently, knowing only the baptism of John.”
Your spirit must be determined but not stubborn.
Luke 9:51“And it happened in the fulfilling of the days of His taking up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”
Acts 19:21“After these things were ended, passing through Macedonia and Achaia, Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have come there, I must also see Rome.”
Our Spirit sings and blesses.
First Corinthians 14:15-16“What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the mind; I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the mind. Else, if you bless in the spirit, he occupying the place of the unlearned, how will he say the amen at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you say?”
Faith arises in our spirit and works through live.
Second Corinthians 4:13“For we, having the same spirit of faith (according as it is written, “I believed, and therefore I have spoken”); we also believed and therefore speak….”
Colossians 1:8“… he also having shown your love in the Spirit to us.”
Galatians 5:6“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any strength, but faith working through love.”
Our spirit must be filled with wisdom and revelation.
Ephesians 1:17“… that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”
Without a renewed, vibrant spirit, our spirit doesn’t operate in the above. And that’s why David, in Psalm 51, began to pray “Make me have a right spirit.” That means, “Bring me back into alignment with You so I’m communing, so I’m gaining testimony, so my intuition is working.” We need to be renewing our spirit as well as our minds. Just as our mind has three parts, which make up the house of our personality – mind, will and emotions – our spirit also has three functions that we need to understand to come into renewal. These functions are intuition, testimony, and communion.
The sense of our spirit is intuition. This is when you just know something is. Activated by the Holy Spirit within you, intuition includes wisdom, knowledge and discernment, and other such supernatural understandings of what is going on around you. Ordinary senses become aroused through soulish desires. However, the intuition of the spirit come directly from an inner knowing. In Hebrews 4:12 the soul and spirit are very similar to each other, except the spirit has power and a supernatural ability. Intuition is where God’s anointing arises within us and eventually brings us to spiritual breakthrough.
Communion is worshipping in Spirit and Truth. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). It takes both to produce reality. If a demon force blocks the power and strength that you have to worship, you cannot gain the daily revelation of who God is when you’re worshiping Him. This causes you to be blocked from the strength and the renewal that your spirit needs on a daily basis. Worship and communion should be a daily occurrence because it keeps the flow of God’s Spirit moving through us. Demons will block us from that. We need to pray and connect with God.
Testimony occurs two ways. You can build as testament within you from the Word of God. That’s where the commandment is written on your heart, as we see in Romans 2:15“… who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.” A testament also occurs when you prove God. The word testing is part of testimony. Therefore, when you go through a testing and come out on the other side victorious, He proves Himself in you. This proof of God is when you come in contact with a situation that you know is contrary to God’s ability, you speak that testimony forth.
What does a testimony do? It overcomes the devil. “And that overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the words of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11). A testimony comes out of your mouth by the Spirit of god and has the power to dismantle demons. That’s why we must allow the testings we go through to become our testimony. If we whine through our testings, we lose any strength in the end to overcome. Whining is a part of the soul; it loves self pity. When you’re whining, it means that self is trying to draw attention upon our circumstances so attention is drawn to us as an individual and away from God’s purpose. Satan surely doesn’t want the circumstances we’re in to become a testimony. If a testimony occurs, then the overcoming power of God’s nature within us will displace the enemy and overthrow the devil’s strategy within us from that day forward.”
This article comprises the sub-section entitled “The Functions of the Human Spirit” pages 223-226 of Dr. Charles D. “Chuck” Pierce’s book “Time to Defeat the Devil: Strategies to Win the Spiritual War.” We at His Kingdom Prophecy highly recommend this book to you.
|Charles D. “Chuck” Pierceserves as President of Global Spheres, Inc. (GSI). This is an apostolic, prophetic ministry used to gather and mobilize the worshipping Triumphant Reserve worldwide. GSI facilitates other ministries and participates in regional and national gatherings to develop new Kingdom paradigms. Peter and Doris Wagner complete the leadership team of this new wineskin. Chuck is President of Glory of Zion International Ministries, a ministry that aligns Jew and Gentile and is known for his accurate prophetic gifting which helps nations, cities, churches and individuals understand the times and seasons in which we live.|