The heavens and the earth are for man, but there’s something of man that’s for God.
The Bible reveals something marvelous—in the eyes of God, our human spirit is ranked with the heavens and the earth.
Not just man, but a specific part of man, the human spirit, is counted as significant as the entire universe.
There are two verses that tell us this:
- The burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel. Thus declares Jehovah, who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundations of the earth and forms the spirit of man within him (Zech. 12:1).
- Thus says God Jehovah, / Who created the heavens and stretched them out, / Who spread forth the earth and what springs up from it, / Who gives breath to the people upon it / And spirit to those who walk on it (Isa. 42:5).
Now we see why God created everything—the heavens are for the earth; the earth is for man; and man has a spirit.
Genesis not only tells us that God created man in His image and after His likeness (1:26) but it also tells us how He created man.
First, He created a body for him with the dust from the earth. Then He breathed into him the breath of life (2:7).
After the breath of life entered into man, it became a part of his human constitution…dust outwardly with the breath of God inwardly. This inward part became his spirit. Man’s body and spirit came together to produce a living soul (Gen. 2:7).
From this we see that a human being is a soul with a body outwardly and a spirit inwardly.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 we are told that a whole man is composed of spirit, soul, and body.
- And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly, and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Why is this important? In the whole universe there are three realms — physical, psychological and spiritual.
If you want to contact anything physical, you have to use your eyes, ears, mouth, or nose (our body).
To come into contact with the psychological realm we may use our mind, emotions or our will (our soul).
But the Bible says that God is Spirit, so if you want to contact Him, you have to use your spirit.
- God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truthfulness (John 4:24).
Now, how do we use our spirit? It starts by opening our mouth and speaking to Him from deep within.
Not to ask Him for things but just to contact Him.
In order to have genuine prayer, we must always turn to our spirit.
This is the way to contact and receive God.