This new Spiritual Life series begins by outlining how God intended for our personalities to work and how they have become perverted through sin.
What does it mean to walk according to the Spirit? This talk will focus on the functions of the soul and the spirit.
The Fall of Man talks about the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin and how it affects us even today.
Salvation through Jesus’ death is the only way our perverted personalities can be made right so that we can receive the Holy Spirit.
Ernest O’Neill in his sermon about the carnal Christian looks at what this means and how we come to be carnal instead of spiritual
There are two kinds of Christians, carnal and spiritual. This sermon focuses on what a carnal Christian is and how we come to be carnal even though we are born of the spirit.
This talk clarifies what it means to be a carnal Christian. Then it looks at the two steps it takes to be delivered from carnality.
The sermon on the mount by Jesus depicts the perfect life – which some say is impossible. He didn’t preach to frustrate, but to reveal.
We may feel that God is distant – then probably we’re living a life that’s got an agenda. We can ask to be filled with God’s Spirit – sharing His life.
Do you find yourself trying to find out how to obey God and how to get your own way at the same time?
Often we try to do good work for God but in our own way with our own ideas. Our spirits are not led by His Holy Spirit, but by our minds and emotions.
Envy, jealous, anger and greed are examples of sin that Jesus has delivered us FROM. We can be free FROM our sins instead of living IN them. Matthew 1:21
We can depend on people for love and significance. They then control us because we’re depressed if they criticize us. Is it possible to depend on God instead?
Oversensitivity, argumentativeness and confusion are marks of a Christian who lives by his soul (mind, emotions) instead of depending on God.
Are you irritated by some Christians who blast their opinions on you or try to manipulate you intellectually? This is the soul life (mind, emotions).
Often we’re friends with someone because they need us — not because we really love them. Where does real love come from?
If we are Christians, do people meet our strong personalities or do they meet Jesus? Why do our talents sometimes get in the way? How can we be changed?
As Christians our personalities (souls) can so dominate our lives that God’s Spirit is unable to direct us through our spirits. How can this change?
We can believe truth but not be changed inside because we still live like the rest of the world instead of receiving life from God through our spirits.
Have you ever met someone who not only said they knew God — but who acted and loved like him? And was free from anger and jealousy? Is such a life possible?
Can you really change your personality or just suppress the parts you don’t like temporarily? Who can change our personalities? Is it possible?
Were we created to receive all we need from the world? Or were we created to be transmitters of our Creator’s spirit to the world? Is this possible?
Can repression and suppression solve our guilt and dissatisfaction we have in our lives? If not, where can we find release from our guilt?
Do you have real peace of heart? If you spend time waiting on God you will find peace, you will get from Him what you need.
What does it mean to be a spiritual man? Is it possible to live how our Maker wanted us to live, enjoying his approval and love?
Does your world fall apart when you’re criticized or when others don’t think as well of you as you think they should?
Have you got to a place where you enjoy God? Or do you only come with your shopping list?
Prayer is a precise relationship with God. We make His actions possible by prayer.
We by our prayerlessness are making black and white gray so that we are all wandering and drifting like jellyfish. Why do you pray?
Do you feel that churches today are filled with hypocrites? What is that so?
God’s plan is for our lives to be transformed.
Why were you created? Are you unique?
Is there more to guidance than what we can figure out with our minds?
Are you glad for where you are right at this moment? If not, do you know that you’re meant to be and that there is a way to be? Sound impossible?
Think there’s a God, Feel there’s a God, Met God, Heard from God, Following God, Child of God, Friend of God, With God continuously.
If we need glasses, it’s hard to read, or see the path. Spiritual intuition doesn’t plot out a path – instead it teaches us to hear God’s voice
Do you know there are secret things God intends to share with you alone?
What does it mean to be born of God?
There is a peace you can know that no man can shake.
Do you find your relationship with God has become vague and coarsened?
If you don’t have a sense of God as your Father, how can you change that?
Even when we’re far from God our conscience continues to witness to us when we’re wrong.
Where are you looking for your sense of security or happiness or importance?
Are you still trying to work out what the purpose for your life is?
There is a distinction between sin and sins.
Where does our conscience fit in? What’s it’s purpose in our lives?
our conscience is always our guide
Are you willing to be remodeled into all God meant you to be?
Impatience, jealousy, anger are not part of the normal life of one who believes they are Christian. Are they part of your life?
Strain in our lives are symptoms of where we are at dis-ease with our Maker.
The real you–your spirit–determines what affect your life has on other people.
Are you battling with sin in your life?
If you become a Christian, God’s Spirit wants to influence how you think, express your emotions, and take care of your body.
Does love and joy go out in a continual flow from your heart to others? If it never has, is this kind of life possible?
God does his work in the world through us. He gives us a burden so that we will pray, speak or act. How does God’s burden differ from Satan’s weights?
Trouble is a good thing as it throws us out of any sense that we can control it.
We are meant to be joyful and full of trust in God but often we feel anything but. What is the secret to this kind of life and how can we enter into it?
Does having faith depend on putting your mind in park? It’s absurd that the most fascinating object known (mind) – wouldn’t be used to apprehend God.
The discovery of our real self is what happens when we are born again and have our dead spirit renewed in a new birth.
Life with Jesus and cooperation with his Holy Spirit free us to be the unique men and women that we were meant to be.
We can only find our true self by coming to the one person that is truly alive. How do we become born again so we can become who God wants us to be?
To live fully alive to God means that we must be baptized with the Holy Spirit. What does this mean and what will be required of us?
When we have aligned the purpose of our life with God’s then we can be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to be his witnesses around the world.
It’s easy to change on the outside, but are you still in control of your will? There’s no mystery about living the victorious life through your spirit.
We are all different from each other. When we talk with God we can find out what He wants us to do and to learn what it means to live from within.
Do we depend on others for security? Do we need emotional healing? We can be made whole and new –not by works– but by faith in what Jesus has done.
Emotions are a big part of our personalities. Do we let the world govern our emotions — causing us to have so many ups and downs?
Are your affections based on the need to satisfy yourself ? through your spouse, friend, children or is it an outgoing expression of love without demand?
Do you think the only way I’ll ever have any one who will truly love me is if I get somebody to marry me?
Real love is putting yourself in the other person’s shoes. It’s wanting the very best for the other person.
Has guilt and fear taken over your life? Living by our emotions can make life difficult. How can we experience spiritual health?
It’s dangerous to live by our emotions as they are influenced from our environment. When we lack feelings it is God’s way of drawing us to Himself.
Where does our excitement, significance, peace and comfort come from — food, sex, power or being understood? Our natural desires can be perverted.
Are we careless in our minds? The mind is where the battle is: the gap between thought and action, making way for rationalization and disobedience.
If you leave your mind passive and blank, it makes it a playground for evil. You can get into trouble by using your mind to contradict God’s word.
Do you suffer from unusual dreams, insomnia, anxiety, forgetfullness or depression? Perhaps your mind has become passive.
Do you go through the motions in your job? Are you dead inside: boring, depressed, disappointed? These are symptoms of a passive mind.
Have you accepted any lies intro your life? Perhaps you are ill or your environment is in chaos. This is your opportunity to exercise faith.
We often believe that lack of concentration, talkativeness, gossip and critical thoughts are just wayward habits of the natural process of our minds.
If we try to rely on our mind there will be great uncertainty in our lives. God calls us to Himself so that we can become friends who understand Him.
Do you feel that you are living a half-hearted, second-best kind of life? A dissipated old mind is unfit and can create a blockage of the spirit.
Do we find it hard to communicate with God? Is there one thing that we won’t give up that is making our lives agony? The will is key to everything.
After we are born again, we need to deal with the garbage heap in our hearts. Obedience to God delivers us from being a troubled carnal Christian.
There’s only one question in life to ask yourself: On whom will I depend?
God’s power can come into your life-in a way different than how you probably expected it would.
We know what’s right to do, but often aren’t able to do it. We’ve tried increasing our will power. Is there a solution so we can do what’s right?
Most of us live our lives by what’s profitable & convenient for us. What would happen if instead, you made yourself available to serve & love others?
If you want to follow God, is it possible to be willing to want and do everything he directs you to do?
Are circumstances hindering you from God’s blessing? God may be using them to show us our need for brokenness of soulish powers. These may hinder us in being a blessing to others. Be thankful for the circumstances and cling to Him for release.
Why do our lives so often contradict our words? Does the loving Jesus ask us to do what we can’t do? Is straining to be good the best we can do?
Is sinning every day normal? Is ending up doing what you really don’t want to do normal? Is there a way out of that contradiction?
Why do we keep falling back whatever we do to get our life right? Is there a secret to freedom and cleanness and joy?
Is our sinful nature something we must live with? Did Paul live with it? Is–He Will Save His People From Their Sins–just hyperbole?
Why do so many Christians settle for the good that I would I cannot do? If that’s not normal what is the secret to victory saints like Luther knew?
Is continually struggling against our evil nature just normal? Why do all our self-help attempts work for a while but end us back where we started?
Do we find ourselves sinking into self pity? Are we often irritable and critical of others? Can this personality be recalled and remade?
How has the human race got so screwed up? Why can’t we be patient when we know we ought? Why do we lose our temper instead? Is there a way to freedom?
Do we feel a deadness and emptiness in our lives? Have we ended living like everyone else by our own knowledge rather than faith in him who knows?
Are we often defeated? Have we prayed and felt ready but then hit it and failed again? What is the key to victory?
Are we comfortable in life but dry inside? Do others see us as good Christians but nothing that makes them hungry for the same?
If we have been made God’s child by a power outside ourselves, what are our chances of living that life by our own power?
Is purity a process? Why does it seem we have an enemy inside? Can we make our old nature gradually die? What can we do? What part does God do?
Have we tried and failed to come through to victory in our lives? Why do we not experience the deliverance others have? Have we met God’s Spirit?
Is our life full of I? I tried this, I did that? How can people that are all full of self become sweet and fragrant like Jesus?
Could that gentle dove at Jesus’ baptism dove stay with us? How can we not frighten him away?
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