In past blogs, I’ve talked about Spirit, Soul, and Body but I want to continue on that topic because there’s so much to know and understand if we’re going to walk in the victory that God has for us.
First of all, let’s review some foundational truths. You are a spirit; that’s the real you. Your spirit is the part of you that came alive to God when you got born-again. You are a new creation, a new species of being that never existed before! That’s how you communicate with God — spirit to Spirit because God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (KJV) 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
John 4:24 (KJV) 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Next, you have a soul, which is not the same as your spirit. Your soul is your mind, will, emotions, and includes your character, personality, and conscience. More about that later.
The third part of you is your body which houses your spirit and your soul. Your body is governed by your five physical senses and that’s not how you’re to be led. You’re to be led by the Holy Spirit in you. So to recap: you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body – three parts in one, made in the image of God.
When you got born-again, it’s your spirit that changed not your soul or your body. Now your part is to renew or re-educate your soul (your mind) to think the way God thinks, according to His Word. When you do that by getting into God’s Word and getting His Word into you, then your spirit and soul agree with each other and your physical body goes along with it. But if you don’t renew your mind, then your mind will still think the way it thought before you got saved, and that’s not going to agree with your re-born spirit. The result will be conflict.
Your soul (mind) chooses to agree with your re-born spirit or your body, depending on how much your soul is renewed with the Word of God. And you always want your soul to agree with your spirit, not your sense-ruled body.
Ephesians 4:23 (KJV) 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Romans 12:2(KJV) 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Since the last three blogs had to do with the words we speak, I want to go a step further and show you one of the most important things you’ll ever learn about spirit, soul, and body. And here it is:
Your re-born spirit’s job is to do what you speak – to do what you have said with the words of your mouth! When you speak words, whether they’re positive or negative, your spirit endeavors to cause those words to come to pass because your spirit, the real you, thinks that what you say is what you want to happen. This is a big “ouchie” if you’ve been saying negative words! That’s why it’s imperative that you only speak words that line up with God’s Word and his way of thinking and doing. If you get hold of this, it will not only change what you say, but it will actually change your circumstances.
Psalm 19:14 (KJV) 14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Think about where you are today in your life: spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, etc. Now think of the words you’ve been confessing regarding those areas – words that you’ve spoken over the years to get where you are today. If you’re honest, this will be an eye-opener! As I’ve said before, simply listen to yourself as you go about your daily life and you’ll see what I mean.
Let me give you some examples: some people say that when spring comes, they always get allergies or their allergies are killing them! How long have they been saying this? Probably for years and look at the harvest they’ve reaped!
Or here’s another one: we can’t afford this or that we never have enough money. How ‘bout this one for seniors: I’m getting old or I’m having a senior moment! I would never let those words come out of my mouth and I’m a “seasoned” citizen and enjoying every minute of it and will ‘til the rapture!
Too many times, and probably most of the time, people say things that, if they thought about it, really don’t want those things to come to pass in their lives. The problem is that we’ve been so programmed by the world’s way of talking and thinking that we fell right into the trap of the devil, who is the god of this world and doing his very best to influence everyone he can with his evil thoughts and ways. Don’t be one of his pawns!
The GOOD NEWS, brothers and sisters, is that we can put a stop to all that by putting God’s Word in our hearts and renewing our minds with His Word. Then when we speak, we’ll be speaking faith-filled words that will change our lives and future. Go for it!
Praise the Lord of Glory!
2 Corinthians 4:4 (KJV) 4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Ephesians 4:27 (KJV) 27 Neither give place to the devil.