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The Inward Man: The Real You by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

The Inward Man: The Real You by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

But let it be the hidden man of the heart,
in that which is not corruptible, even the
ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,
which is in the sight of God of great
price (1 Peter 3:4).

n 2 Corinthians 4:16, Paul clearly distinguishes
between the outward man and the inward man
when he said, “ For which cause we faint not;
but though our outward man perish, yet the
inward man is renewed day by day.” The one Peter calls
the “hidden man of the heart” in our opening verse is
the same the Apostle Paul calls the “inward man.”

The outward man is the physical body and its
five senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
These senses are man’s medium for relating with his
environment. The human body can only receive
information from this world through its five senses. The
inward man, however, is the human spirit and his soul;
the seat of his mind, will, and emotions.

The “inward man” is the real you. He’s not seen
with the natural eyes, because he’s the “man within the
man”; the real person living in the physical body. That’s
the one who receives Christ’s salvation and relates with
God. When you believed and confessed the Lordship of
Jesus, it wasn’t your body (the outward man) who was
reborn; it was your inward man—your human spirit.

When you speak, it’s the inward man that talks
through your mouth; he’s the one expressing himself
through your physical body. That’s why it’s so important that a man is born again. Being born again is the
recreation of the inward man—the human spirit—to
become God’s dwelling place; His holy tabernacle.

Too many are more concerned about what’s
going on in their bodies, the outward man, not realizing
that they’re indeed spirit beings. The premium should
be on training and educating your inward man because
that’s the person and character of your being.

The Bible says, “The spirit of man is the candle of
the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly”
(Proverbs 20:27). The Lord relates with your spirit in
leading and guiding you; He contacts you through your
spirit, the inward man. Therefore, practise the exercise
of educating your spirit, the inward man, with the Word.
We’ll discuss this further in our next study.

I refuse to live by the dictates of the flesh; I’m totally
submissive to the lordship of the Word and yielded
to the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit. I live
the transcendent life of glory inherent in my spirit, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen.

2 Corinthians 4:16; Job 32:8; Ephesians 3:16

John 9:1-41 & 2 Kings 4-5

Mark 11:27-33 & Numbers 23

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