God has stated in scripture what the dietary needs of Our Inner man are.
All living creatures on Earth that God has made require food to not only grow into maturity, but to prevent from dying. This is because any shortage of food leads to starvation and death. The same goes for the human soul, which needs an appropriatediet for our Inner Man to grow and to thrive:
“… but thoughOUR OUTWARD [physical] MANperish [through ageing], yet THE INWARD [spiritual] MANis renewed day by day [by feeding upon God's words].” (2 Cor 4:16)
“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in THE INNER MAN;” (Eph 3:16)
Jesus Christ warned His people that they MUST “feed upon EVERY word of God” so as to prevent starving their ‘Inner Man’:
“But he [Jesus] answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone [to feed their Outer Man], BUT[to feed their ‘Inner Man’] BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.” (Matt 4:4)
This article demonstrates that we each have an “Inner Man” which must be fed regularly for ‘him’ to remain healthy. The article also reveals the various ‘diets’ that our ‘Inner Man’ should consume as God intended.
Most Christians do not appreciate that they have their own personal Spirit which is contained within their physical Body termed the Outer Man. The Outer Man also contains their Inner Man that the scriptures refer to as the Soul.
The presence of both the human Spirit within the Soul is termed the “Inward Man” as shown in the scripture verse below. It is this invisible spiritual component of “mankind” that departs the deceased body to spend the remainder of eternity elsewhere.
…but though our OUTWARD MAN perish, yet the INWARD MAN is renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16
This article is the first one in a series that aims to help Christians understand more about their spiritual ‘organs’ that our Creator has given us—and from this, obtain a better understanding as to how the spirit world around us functions.
Part 1 of the Spirit, Soul and the Body series examined the spiritual ‘organs’ God has provided to us within our “Inner Man”. This article examines the MIND and how it relates to the other spiritual ‘organs’ and how they function in the controlling of the body.
This article covers the following topics:
Mankind ‘s MIND
Mankind’s MIND and our five physical senses
Mankind’s MIND and the SOUL’s Influence on it
Verses that refer exclusively to “the MIND <AND> MAN“
This teaching aims to emphasize the spiritual level of understanding about how our bodies function. This is because Jesus said:
“For to be CARNALLY MINDED is death; but to be SPIRITUALLY MINDED is life and peace.”
Our physical BODY also contains our SPIRIT and SOUL, and the Bible indicates our SPIRIT (with our CONSCIENCE) is located in the purely spiritual realms.
The highlighted section of the image below represents the various ‘organs’ of our bodies that we will be looking at in this series—in particular the SPIRIT and how it impacts the MIND, the SOUL and the HEART .
This article looks at how Evil Spirits reside in our Body and influence the various ‘spiritual organs’ in and within our Soul. It also looks at how our Spirit can oppose these influences.
The highlighted section of the image below represents the “evil spirits” that can adversely affect our health, our emotional welfare and our spiritual relationship with our Creator. We will also look at how evil spirits communicate with our spiritual ‘organs’ during their enticement of us to commit acts of sin.
This article looks at how God communicates with mankind through our personal Spirit, to our Soul and the various ‘spiritual organs’ within our Soul and Body. It also looks at how God attempts to influence the decisions we make in life.
How does God communicate with mankind?
The highlighted section of the image below represents our Creator’s role in every individual’s life.
When a “little child” in God’s kingdom matures spiritually to become a “young man“, his diet also needs to change. The Bible indicates that “strong meat” is the change in diet that is necessary for continued growth to take place.
"But STRONG MEAT belongeth to THEM THAT ARE FULL AGE, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Heb 5:14)
Notice from this statement that Christians who mature at this level of spiritual growth:
Have reached “full age” (or are fully matured) and represent the “Strong Young Man in Christ” referred to in Heb 5:14;
These consume “strong meat” – spiritually speaking;
Christ also subjects them to having, “…their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” both inside and outside the church.