I Hunger to Live Like Jesus Did, But I Don’t Know How to Sense the Spirit World
Discover How Easy It Is to Live Constantly Aware of What Your Spirit Is Sensing
Jesus, aware in His spirit…said to them… (Mark 2:8)
Have you ever noticed that Jesus lived tuned to His Spirit? Has your heart longed for what came so easy to Him to be available to you too? Are you amazed and disappointed that no one has been able to teach you step-by-step how to live this way?
I know exactly how you feel, and it spurred me to invest a year into laser-focused research. Now together, in a fraction of that time we can explore a treasure trove of 500 key verses which discuss “heart” or “spirit” and thus hold the answers we seek. We will go right to the source, the Bible, and prayerfully meditate over these vital Scriptures to uncover their meaning in our lives. Can you imagine any better way of learning how to sense your spirit, thus unlocking the spirit realm?
Watch Mark Virkler’s 90-second introduction to this message
Do you quench, grieve, blaspheme or HONOR the Holy Spirit?
Earlier in my Christian life, I was completely unaware of the presence of the Holy Spirit Who is joined to my spirit. Today, I am 100% aware of Him, what He offers, and what He feels like, and I have a biblically-based, practical vocabulary for describing His sensations. This is because I decided to take that year of my life to prayerfully review all 1400+ verses on heart and spirit, with one passionate goal: “Lord, teach me to sense my spirit, and the movements of Your Spirit within my heart.” He did, and now I get to live and walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:25)! Since the flesh profits nothing (Jn. 6:63), how important is it to sense your spirit?!
How I moved from grieving and quenching to honoring the Holy Spirit
When I first got saved I knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. My church never talked about Him. They even taught me to judge and scorn those who prophesied, received dreams and visions, and healed the sick. So I began my Christian life scorning and grieving the One who lived within me. Wow! How’s that for an incredibly terrible beginning to my Christian walk?
Hungering for more of God, I came to realize that the Holy Spirit must be allowed to play a greater role in my life. I decided that I wanted to do what the New Testament said I could do: be baptized in the Holy Spirit, receive dreams and visions, speak in tongues, cast out demons and heal the sick.
That desire led me to discover that Jesus did miracles by the power of the Holy Spirit, which made me hungry to learn more about the Holy Spirit! As the months flew by exploring in depth the wonder of the Holy Spirit Who lives within me, I put the revelation I received into a course called Living Naturally Supernatural. Since the Holy Spirit is joined to my spirit (1 Cor. 6:17), I decided I needed to take another year and become aware of the movements of my spirit. I knew nothing about my spirit so I decided to explore every truth I could find in Scripture concerning my spirit.
Discovering the heart/spirit connection…
Not only are there over 500 verses in the Bible on “spirit,” but there are another 900 or so on “heart.” The New Testament says that the Holy Spirit has been placed in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22; Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 6:17). The heart/spirit connection is extremely close as revealed in Psalm 51:10,17 and Ezekiel 18:31. This means there are 1,400 verses we can explore as we seek to learn to live and walk comfortably in our hearts by the Spirit. Wow! Amazing! Excellent! I don’t want to live according to my mind, because my thoughts are not His thoughts (Isa. 55:8,9). So now let’s dive in and master living from our heart/spirit.
Learning about our hearts/spirits
Let the fun begin. Here is a bit of what you will discover as you prayerfully explore these 500 verses with me.
Heart is defined as: underlying attitudes, underlying motivations and underlying character traits. Jesus ministered heart to heart. You sense one’s heart when you sense whether they are meek, humble, proud, hostile, or gentle. You could minister heart to heart by releasing the attitudes of Christ within your heart (faith, hope, love, mercy, compassion, boldness, etc.) to the needs within the hearts of those you meet.
Always joined: I discovered that my spirit is designed to be joined to another spirit. It is not designed to operate on its own. I choose to yield to the Holy Spirit, or to walk according to the spirit of the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2,3). Even though my spirit is always joined to another spirit (which determines the major flow within me), the Bible says my spirit can still be affected by five other things. Here’s just one of those five: 1 Samuel 30:12. Interesting!
Deep emotions: Emotions in my spirit – really? I was taught emotions were part of my soul and thus unreliable, untrustworthy and to be cut off. However the Bible disagrees! The Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me (Ezek. 3:14). Jesus, moved by compassion (an emotion) healed (Matt. 14:14). The miracle-working power of God rides on the carrier wave of compassion. No wonder satan wanted me to consider emotions soulishand cut them off. That would be a great way to make sure miracles didn’t occur when I prayed for healing for others.
Heart’s activities: How about 17 specific activities of the spirit which the Bible mentions? How many can you name? How many are you aware of throughout the day? Here is one activity of the heart: The heart of the wise instructs his mouth and adds persuasiveness to his lips (Prov. 16:23). Wow! So when I speak from my heart (i.e., with pictures and flow and emotion) I become a powerful communicator! As a public speaker, I love knowing and experiencing this reality.
Wholeheartedness: All ten wholehearted activities are directed toward God. Can you name them? Do you do them wholeheartedly? Do you know what wholeheartedly means? I used to think it meant grunting harder. That is not the correct answer.
Things done to man’s spirit: The Bible lists 13 things which can be done to man’s spirit. Can you tell from James 1:26 one thing you can do to your heart?
Twelve things God gives to the heart: Here is one of them which I have asked God for. God gave Solomon … largeness of heart (1 Kgs. 4:29). If you have largeness of heart that means you have the capacity to ______ (Hmmm – do you know?) Do you have largeness of heart?
Five ways the Spirit communicates: We explore the eyes, ears, mind, will and emotions of our hearts.
Sensing God within: We learn to present the five senses of our hearts to the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to fill each of these five senses.
Birthing the miraculous: When we allow all five senses of our Spirits to be filled by God, miracles are released!
Sharpening the spirit: Jesus grew strong in spirit (Lk. 1:80; 2:40). What steps can we take to strengthen our spirits?
The day dawns – the Morning Star arises in our hearts: We have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; (2 Pet. 1:19).
Lives transformed as people “Walk by the Spirit”
Pastor Keith Carlisle has completed this training module with Christian Leadership University
I was amazed as I began to look at all the scriptures that speak of our heart/spirit and its various activities that Dr. Virkler points out in his book How to Walk by the Spirit. By searching God’s Word I gained insight as to not only what man’s spirit is, but also what my spirit feels like when it is moving within me. I have found that extremely helpful in my day to day journey with the Lord. I had not considered defining my spirit until Dr. Virkler suggested that man’s spirit is the deep, underlying motivations and attitudes and character of a man.
Following is some of Keith’s two-way journaling for this course:
You realize that without My anointing on a person’s life they are simply attempting by self-effort to do what only I can do. I want you to seek My anointing on your life above all other things. Without it you are just spinning your wheels, as you would say.
My anointing doesn’t come by your trying harder in your life to gain it, for it is not by your works. The anointing can only come from Me and you don’t earn it. However, I do fill those who hunger and thirst after Me. Realizing your need is important and I know that you understand that. Consecrate yourself to Me, My son, and continue seeking Me with all your heart.
Remember the times you have prayed for people and your hands felt as if they were on fire? That was My anointing upon you at that moment. You didn’t work that up, I placed it upon you.
Lord, I have felt that from time to time but never on a consistent basis. Why not?
You still struggle with believing how much I really love you and the yielding of yourself completely to Me.
Lord, I don’t know how to change that.
Believe My Word simply as a child would believe and trust Me just like your children trust you. I do not desire to withhold any good thing from you. Rest in Me, My child, and My love for you. I know what I am doing, be patient and wait. Remember, My strength is made perfect in your weakness. Delight yourself in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. I love you!
Remember, I am the one who will sanctify you for your life’s work. I will not let you miss this, My child. The more you get to know Me and listen for My guidance, the clearer your ministry and anointing will become to you. Be patient, My child, and follow Me as I lead you. I am delighted that you are getting to know Me as a person. I love you as Father loves you and as Jesus loves you. Rest, My child, and trust Me to reveal Jesus to you in new and fresh ways.
How much time should we invest learning to sense our hearts/spirits?
If living and walking by the Holy Spirit is the heart of the New Covenant, with hundreds of verses on the topic, then how many sermons should we hear on how to walk by the Spirit? How much time should we spend meditating on what it means to live by the Spirit?
I spent a year on this subject, meditating on every Scripture I could find on being “in Christ” and having Christ living in me, and what the Holy Spirit within me provided. My book on these findings was initially named Abiding in Christ – Parts 1 & 2. This is now divided into two training modules which are renamed. The first is called Living Naturally Supernatural; the second is How to Walk by the Spirit.
In these two courses we guide you in exploring over 500 verses on what Christ, living within you, offers you. Another 500 verses are then explored on learning to live and walk by the Spirit.
The result is that my Christian experience has turned from a religion of laws coupled with my inability to keep them, to a relationship of intimacy with the Holy Spirit and the release of His indwelling power. How much is that worth?
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I guarantee that in the training module How to Walk by the Spirit, you will discover the keys to living by the Spirit! You will need to practice turning to Him throughout the day to make this effective and life-giving. We can teach you in just three months what it took me a year to learn because I have gone ahead and prepared the way. God has revealed and guided me in laying out the truths concerning sensing your heart/spirit. This devotional training is structured as a prayer, meditation and journaling time which can easily and comfortably be completed during your daily quiet times.
My daughter and I even co-host a members-only online chat room where you can come and post your questions and get answers. As you get started, you can share your revelations and questions and issues so we can confirm if you are on the right track and help you along the path of abiding in His presence. We will become personal coaches to you during this three month training experience.
Look at ALL you will receive in this interactive Spirit Life Training Module!
All of these electronic resources are instantly downloaded to your computer or smartphone, available for immediate access. You will also receive a coupon code after you enroll which allows you to order hard copies of all these materials at 40% off.
- The 130-page ebook, How to Walk by the Spirit, is an eighteen-chapter workbook which guides you through meditating upon 500 key verses which describe how our hearts/spirits function. It explores the topics mentioned earlier.
- How to Walk by the Spirit MP3s – 9 sessions, each 40-55 minutes long, where Dr. Virkler teaches the keys to living and walking by the Spirit. This allows you to listen to the training over and over in your car, while exercising, or anywhere you’d like!
- How to Walk by the Spirit Videos – These can be accessed streaming online or downloaded for offline viewing. Identical to the MP3s and ideal for evenings watching the sessions together with your family or small group.
- The ebook – Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God. Once I learned to hear God’s voice, I let God lead me to Scriptures and reveal them to my heart and I experienced what the disciples experienced: my heart burning within as Jesus was opening up Scriptures (Lk. 24:32). Verses now leap off the page. Revelation flashes. This happens every single day, every single time I open the Bible.
- MP3 – How to Speak in Tongues. Initially, I made the gift of speaking in tongues hard. Once I discovered how easy it was, I received my breakthrough. I will explain exactly how you can experience this wonderful miracle in your life and the amazing benefits of speaking in tongues. It’s a simple, step-by-step approach that will allow you to help others get their breakthrough too. I show you that to receive God’s gift is easy! After all, it is the GIFT of speaking in tongues!
- A comprehensive online lesson plan which takes you by the hand and guides you step-by-step through the whole process, integrating all your learning materials into a cohesive and well-rounded experience. This Learning Management System also leverages interactive self-scoring quizzes to reinforce all of the key takeaways from each section, making sure that you “own” them before moving on.
- Printable Certificate of Completion as you finalize the course, awarding you five CEUs.
- Option to apply credits toward an undergraduate or graduate degree from Christian Leadership University.
- Coaching – Access to a members-only online chatroom where my daughter and I will answer your questions and be a sounding board for your journaling. Wow! Now this is a personal touch to speed you on your way! (If you’re not familiar with Charity, get to know this prophetic seer by reading her recent series of blogs: Angels – God’s Servants, My Friends.)
Team up and focus with a coach at your side — experience your Promised Land!
There is no easier way to grow than to get into a group of like-minded people, and focus intently, under the direction of the Holy Spirit and a coach who is ahead of you in the area you are pursuing. A cord of three is not quickly broken. You support one another through the training process and by “focusing intently,” you become a doer of the Word and not a hearer only (Jas. 1:25). No one wants to die in their wilderness, so make sure you are taking the proper steps which will allow you to occupy your promised land!
The Lord spoke to me: Mark, nothing is MORE important than living from your heart/spirit. The only alternative is to live from your mind, or to live from your flesh, both of which are easily controlled by satan. I have called you to live from your heart, from My Spirit which I have placed in your heart. You turn to Me, tune to Me, ask of Me, receive from Me and yield to Me. It is as simple as that. Your granddaughter can do it. You can do it. All can do it.
I AM the RIVER which flows within. I am Immanuel Who stands at your right hand and whom you are to fix your eyes upon. Turn to Me ALWAYS and all will be well with your soul. I am alive and within. Do NOT quench or grieve My Spirit. HONOR ME! Honor MY SPIRIT and all will be well with your soul.
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