A spirit is the personality or character of a being, whether it be an angelic or heavenly being, or a being in a flesh body. It is spoken of in both masculine and feminine terms. It is the part of us known to God, before He placed it in a flesh body, and it is the part of us that returns to Him when we die; Eccl. 12:7. The spirit is the part of us that if it is wrong, must be changed or perfected, in order to attain eternal life.

A flesh man apparently is not always aware of the nature of his own spirit. A spirit is a part of us that can be taught. A spirit doesn't take any form, but has an ambiance or atmosphere. A spirit can exist without a body, but a body without a spirit is dead; James 2:26 ; Stephen, calling . . . receive my spirit; Acts 7:59



Gen 1:2 Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters; 6:30 My spirit shall not always strive with man; Num. 11:17 I will take of the spirit which is upon thee; 27:118 Joshua . . . in whom is the spirit; 1Sam. 16:14 (19:9) evil spirit from the Lord troubled him; 28:7 Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit; 2Kings 2:9 let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me; 1Chr, 28:12 the pattern of all that he had by the spirit; Neh. 9:20 Thou gavest also thy good spirit to instruct; Job 4:115 a spirit passed before my face; Ps. 31:5 (Luke 23:46) Into thine hand I commit my spirit; 32:2 in whose spirit there is no guile; 34:18 Lord . . . saveth such as be of a contrite spirit; 51:10 renew a right spirit within me; 51:17 sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; 27:8 generation . . . whose spirit was not stedfast with God; 104:4 (Heb. 1:7) Who maketh his angels spirits; 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit; 143:10 my God: thy spirit is good; Prov. 1:23 (Isa. 32:15; 44:3; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17); Eccl. 8:8 no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; 11:5 thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit; 12:7 spirit shall return unto God who gave it; Isa. 11:2 spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; 40:13 (40:7) Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord, or . . . taught; 42:1 (Matt. 12:18) I have put my spirit upon him; 44:3 I will pour my spirit upon thy seed; Ezek. 1 :12 whither the spirit was to go, they went; 1:20 (1:21; 10:17) spirit of the living creature was in the wheels; 2:2 spirit entered into me when he spake unto me; 3:12 spirit took me up, and I heard; 8:3 (11:1, 24; 43:5) spirit lifted me up between the earth; 11:19 (36:26-17; 37:14) I will put a new spirit within you; Dan. 4:8 (5:11) in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; 6:3 Daniel was preferred . . . because an excellent spirit was in him; Hosea 4:12 spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err.

Joel 2:28 (Acts 2:17) I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; Hag. 2:5 my spirit remaineth among you; Zech. 4:6 Not by might. . . but by my spirit; 6:5 those four spirits of heavens; Matt. 4:1 (Mark 1:12; Luke 4:1) Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness; 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit; 8:16 he cast out the spirit with his word; 10:1 (Mark 6:7) he gave them power against unclean spirits; 10:20 it is not ye that speak but the Spirit of your Father; 12:43 (Luke 11:24) When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man; 12:45 (Luke 11:26) taken with himself seven other spritis; 14:26 (Mark 6:49 saying it is a spirit; Mark 1:10 (John 1:32) Spirit like a dove descending upon him; 5:8 come out of the man, thou unclean spirit; Luke 1:47 my spirit hath rejoiced in God; 4:36 commandeth the unclean spirits, and they came out; 9:5 Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of; 23:46 into thy hands I commend my spirit; 24:37 supposed that they had seen a spirit; 24:39 spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me; John 3:5 born of water and of the Spirit; Heb 12:23 spirit of just men made perfect.

The Bible references evil spirits, and spirits that can beguile and contrive false impressions to make lies appear as truth. We are to avoid those who would conjure up spirits, and we are to discern and test the spirits of those with whom we come into contact, so as not to be manipulated or deceived. Evil spirits can also be sent by God for specific purposes. More than one spirit can inhabit a flesh body at the same time. Spirits don't have any power of their own, but can be given power by their host. Jesus often demonstrated how to make undesirable spirits leave their human hosts.

Lev 19:31 regard not them that have familiar spirits; 20:6 soul that turneth after . . . familiar spirits; 20:27 hath a familiar spirit . . . shall surely be put to death; Deut. 18:11 charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits; 1Sam. 16:23 evil spirit from God was upon Saul; 28:7 (28:3-14) said Saul . . . Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit; 2Kings 21:6 (2 Chr. 3:6) dealt with familiar spirits and wizards; 23:24 workers with familiar spirits . . . did Josiah put away; 1Chr. 10:13 Saul died. . . asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit; Isa. 8:19 Seek unto them that have familiar spirits; Matt. 8:16 cast out the spirit with his word; 10:1 gave them power against unclean spirits; 12:45 seven other spirits more wicked than himself; Mark 1:23 man with an unclean spirit; 3:11 unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down; 5:8 Come out of the man, thou unclean spirits; 9:25 he rebuked the foul spirits; 16:17; Luke 6:18 vexed with unclean spirits; 9:55 know not what manner of spirit ye are of; Acts 8:7 unclean spirit, crying with a loud voice, came out; 16:18 Paul . . . said to the spirit, I command thee . . . to come out; 19:15 evin spirit . . . said, Jesus I know; 1Tim. 4:1 giving heed to seducing spirits; 1John 4:1 try the spirits whether they are of God. Jesus preached to the spirits in prison; 1Pet. 3:19 .

A spirit can not be seen, but it can be felt, experienced, sensed, perceived, discerned, examined, trusted, believed, considered and changed. A spirit has no power of its own, with the exception of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears testimony of God's presence, and reminds us that God is always with us, to comfort, guide and protect.

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