THE FLOW OF THE SPIRIT
What do we mean by the use of this term? I only recently heard this term used in an article by John Hamrick entitled "Unity in Worship". It was an excellent article about how worship should start with praise and then flow naturally into worship. Praise is a function of our soul, whereas true worship of God is a function of our spirit. (John 4:23-24) As we know, when God created Adam from earthly clay, and then breathed life into him, at that point he became a living "soul". (Gen 2:7) God warned Adam the day that he would disobey the one restriction placed on him, he would die. (Gen 2:15-17). We know that Adam did disobey this command of God, but lived for some 900 years. So what part of Adam died that day? His spirit died, or lost the ability to connect with his Creator. All of his descendants down to our present generation have all suffered by this act of this "first" Adam. (Rom 5:12) and (Eph 2:1-10). But we know that God gave His one and only Son Jesus, to become the "last" Adam to reverse the curse brought into creation by the first Adam. Paul speaks of this in (1 Cor 15:45), and we know that anyone who repents of their sinful condition and receives Jesus as Savior has their spirit made alive by a "new birth".
So now we can connect with God through our human spirit coming into a relationship with His Holy Spirit. At this point we change from being a natural man, to becoming a spiritual man. (1 Cor 2:10-16). Most versions of English translations of God's Word use "natural" to describe a person who has not received the Spirit at conversion. Actually it should be "soulish" for anyone who is nor spiritual, but our language doesn't have a word for it. But this is a proper word for people who have not yet become followers of Jesus, or even believers who are still not mature. (Heb 5:11-14) These are people that Paul refers to in (Eph 4:14), who can easily be lead into deception by false teachers. This is also very important to realize that in worship services where there are believers, who don't know the difference between soulish and spiritual, they don't know when God is in the process of changing the service from praise to worship! This is what is meant by the term "Flow of the Spirit", and once you have experienced it in its proper context, its hard to settle for anything less! It would seem to me that this is an important principle for those leading worship services to learn, to improve the quality of our times of "gathering together unto Him"!