What Is Our Spirit Man Part 2
We have a “spirit man ” the Holy Spirit strengthens, Ephesians 3:16 KJV
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;” It is the Holy Spirit that gives us “power” his power Ephesians 3:20 KJV “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Not only does the Holy Spirit give us power, but God has given us “gifts” as well, see Ephesians 4. My focus right now is not on the gifts but on the power. So let’s set the scene according to God’s word, not man’s teaching. In Acts chapter 8, just before Paul gets saved, you have a believer named Philip who is preaching Christ. You notice in Acts 8:3-40 Philip is preaching and miracles are being done but notice verse 7 mentions unclean spirits? These are evil spirits, and this guy Simon, who was into sorcery believes what Philip is preaching and gets saved. Simon goes with Philip and sees the miracles done.
Then the apostles hear Samaria received the word so they sent Peter and John. Notice verse 15, Acts 8:15 KJV “Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:” Then what did they do?
Acts 8:15-17 KJV “Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
 Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Notice what Simon said to Peter and John? Acts 8:19 KJV “Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.”
The power comes from the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit and they believed the Holy Spirit was received through the laying on of hands. Laying on of hands we will discuss later but now we are looking at the power of the Holy Spirit working in believers. According to Paul, once we believe on Jesus we receive the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13) and the power of the Holy Spirit works with our inner man (Ephesians 3:16,20).
Paul then explains our battle is not with flesh and blood. Friends, if you know it or not, you and I fight against evil spirits in the spirit realm. When’s the last time you heard that taught at your local Baptist or Pentacostal church? I asked God one night, how do I fight something I can not see? I heard him, I do mean literally, say, with the word.
I know evil spirits can not hurt me because 2 Timothy 4:18, and 2 Corinthians 10:4. So if evil spirits cannot hurt me, how do they attack? I know my spirit serves God, my spirit is born again, revived. I also know the Holy Spirit is in me and greater is he who is in me than he that is in the world, 1 John 4:4. So evil spirits cannot affect my spirit man. Can evil spirits affect your soul, your mind, will and emotions? Can evil spirits affect your body? Clearly the answer to these two questions is yes. Even a Christian. That is the warfare Paul was explaining in Ephesians 6.
There is no place in scripture that shows or says that a blood bought, born again, bible believing Christian can be “possessed” by evil spirits. But Christians can be “influenced” or be “tormented” by evil spirits. Tormented means extremely teased or harassed. Where does this harassment happen? Mostly in the mind (the soul) but can also be the body the flesh, but not your spirit.
I believe most if not all mental “diseases” are really evil spirits tormenting people, based on scripture and scripture gives several examples.
The way we fight these harassments in our body and our mind is by using scripture. How did Jesus fight Satan when Satan went after Jesus in Matthew 4? Jesus quoted scripture at Satan. How do we fight? We are to quote scipture out loud at any attack from evil spirits.
How do you know if you are under attack from evil spirits? Paul says in 2 Corinthians 2:11 KJV “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” Are you? Are you ignorant of Satan’s devices? I was. As a saved Christian I did not know for nearly 30 years how Satan works. It was never taught in my independent fundamental Baptist church, for 30 years. And when I thought I would really try to learn more about the Holy Spirit and visited a Pentecostal church for 2 years, I didn’t learn how evil spirits attack nor did I learn much about the Holy Spirit because their focus was on tongues and healing, not our spiritual warfare. Most of my teachings and learnings have all come from the Holy Spirit. I have spent a lot, a real lot, of time reading and studying scripture and prayer asking God to show me the truth. I told God out loud, Jesus promised the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth. I pray you fulfill that promise for me. He has and he continues to fulfill that promise.
We are told to renew our mind and this is a daily thing because attacks from the devil and his evil workers is daily. If you stand fast and fight back God’s way, Satan and his evil spirits will leave you alone, for a while. Just like they left Jesus alone for a while. Friend, if you are a believer and you stand fast with the Lord Jesus Christ and you will not quit, bend or give in, Satan is going to take notice and so will his evil spirits. Satan will get to know you and he already knows God Almighty has a hedge of protection around you, just like God put a hedge around Job and God put limitations on Satan when it came to his children.
Look at Acts 19:13- now Paul is saved and preaching. Again we have exorcists (people who pretend to expel evil spirits ) these exorcists called people to them that had evil spirits and the exorcists, in the name of the Lord Jesus saying,
Acts 19:13 KJV “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.”
Look what the evil spirit answered in Acts 19:15 KJV “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?”
You will not hear that preached in a Baptist church. Oh they will read the verse but they do not preach or teach about evil spirits. I am not knocking them, I am speaking truth. The point is the evil spirit knew Jesus and knew Paul but these exorcists were phonies not real believers at all.
What happened to the phony exorcists? Acts 19:16 KJV “And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” The evil spirit leaped on “them” on the phonies, the exorcists. And what happened? The exorcists went out naked and wounded. They did things that a person in their right mind would not do.
We fight evil spirits that attack our mind and flesh and try to get us to quit on God. They hurt, they injure, they bring depression, they give wrong ideas, they play head games with you and they lie to you because their boss, Satan, is the father of lies.
Pray God help your spirit man and your soul to know when you are under attack. Don’t forget, Satan and his evil spirits are subtle and deceivers. Then even if you know only one verse from scripture, rebuke Satan out loud and quote that scripture. Use one Jesus used, Matthew 4:10 “Then said Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and him only shalt thou serve.” Just keep rebuking and quoting scripture if you have to do it 10 times. It is a battle and we don’t always get an enemy on the first shot.
We will pick this up from here next time.