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Understanding the Soul
Spirit, Soul and Body
When you are born again, your spirit is instantly transformed into the image of God. The spirit is that part of you which takes on the nature of God, we are made new creatures in Christ (2 Cori 5:17- 18 amp).
Our born again spirit is reborn in the image of Christ, everything we will ever need for life and eternity has already been placed in our spirits (Eph 1:3; 2 Peter 1:3 amp).
According to the Word, once that happens you should immediately start the process of changing your soul. The Bible calls it "renewing the mind. (Rom 12:2 amp)
The transformation that took place within our spirit has to work its way into the soul and body.
The Holy Spirit will speak, or commune with our born again spirit and then depending on the word of God that we have received into our soul, the Holy Spirit will use this word in our spirit, to transport the word of God and revelation of the word, into the soul bringing understanding.
Then the image of Christ begins to form in our soul, mirroring our born again spirit.
2 Cor 3:18 (amp) The Bible calls this being transfigured into, or walking in Christ from image to image
And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
This transformation occurs in our soul, which is our mind, will and our emotions. Spiritual growth is determined by how much your soul has been changed by the Word of God , moving into Christ, forming the image in the soul from your spirit.
Eph 3:20 (amp) Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]
You are indwelt by the Holy Ghost. But you are hindered from living a spiritual life by a soul (mind) that thinks like the world instead of as God thinks. (Is 55:8)
Before we are born again, the soul rules our life and the spirit is in submission, as our mind begins to be renewed to the word of God, our spirit takes over and the soul is brought into submission.
To renew our minds means to take our thoughts and exchange them for God?fs thoughts (Romans 12:2).
The mind is the battle ground for our thoughts and words, our choices, actions and destination in life are all determined by our thoughts and words, every attack from the enemy starts in the mind.
Satan wants us to agree with our senses, what we see, hear, or feel., he wants us to be dominated by our senses.
However, we can defeat him by keeping our minds in agreement with God?fs Word.
Your Body Is Just Your "Earthsuit"
Once you have been born again, the Bible instructs you to "put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness" (Ephesians 4:24).
This means your soul takes on the same image as your spirit. This happens through the process of changing your mind, your will and your emotions to understand and walk in the ways of God.
We live in a body during our time on earth and our body is the vehicle or 'earthsuit' in which we are allowed to live in this natural physical realm.
However, just because we have a body, it does not mean that we are to follow what the body dictates. If we follow our bodies wants and desires, it will continually try to dictate to us the way that it thinks that things should be done.
Our spirit man, the real you should be in charge at all times, especially over our body. Our body is the house that our spirit man lives in.
To live in God's perfect will you must renew your mind. You must learn to live from the inside out. There is no other way to live victoriously.
Our human born again spirit cannot be contacted through natural, physical means or even through the emotions, it can only be contacted through the Word of God.
In other words, you can?ft withdraw supernatural resources based on your feelings or by any physical method. Many people mistakenly think that if they cry, beg, or plead with God to answer their prayers, something magical will happen in the spiritual realm.
On the contrary, the way to withdraw what you need from your recreated spirit is to align your mind, will, and emotions with the Word. When your soul and spirit are in agreement, your natural circumstances will have to change.
The spirit of a man that has been born again believes the Word of God because it was born from the Word of God. However, the un renewed soul must be continually washed with the water of the Word.
Renewing the mind is the key to getting the spirit, soul, and body to function together as one cohesive unit.
When we choose to believe what the Word says, rather than the things we see in the natural, physical realm, we are able to release the power of God in our lives.
Constantly meditating on the Word, confessing it, and acting on it will enable us to renew our thinking so that it lines up with the Scriptures.
The more time we spend focusing on the Word and allowing it to change the way we think, the more our minds will come into agreement with what our spirits already believe.
No matter what is going on around you, remember that your born-again spirit has been programmed for success. Take time to make contact with the Word of God on a daily basis.
Think about it, ponder it, and allow it to transform the way you think and feel. By allowing the Word to dominate your thinking, you will release your spirit to dominate your life.
"Be ye transformed," Romans 12:2 says, "by the renewing of your mind." "Transformed" is the Greek word from which we get the term "metamorphosis." This Greek word is used in the Scripture in two other places.
One such account is when Jesus was transfigured on the Mount. The other is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." "Changed" is the same in the Greek as "transformed" and "transfigured." Our souls are changed when we spend time beholding the Lord in the Word and in prayer.
Renewing our minds causes our outer being to be transformed in much the same way as a caterpillar is changed into a butterfly. As we behold Him, our outer man changes to match the inner man which is created in righteousness and true holiness.
The Spirit of the Lord is in us so that we can walk with God in the faith of Christ and please Him.
The Battle Is in the Soul
The more you know of the Word, the more you conform to the image of Jesus. The world would have you think that God is a liar. Yet God tells you that Satan is the liar. In between stands your soul, where the spiritual battle is fought.
Therefore, your soul must be anchored. Anchored to what? To hope. To eternal things. If it is moored to this world, you will never walk in victory or in the power of God. If your soul is not fixed on eternal things, it will not hold steady in the time of crisis.
When you become a Christian, you are sustained from the inside. Your spirit is steady in adversity. You are upheld and maintained by your spirit man and not by your intellect or reasoning. "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12).
God's Word divides (distinguishes between) the soul and the spirit. Nothing else can cause you to recognize whether you are being led by your soul and natural thinking or whether you are following your spirit which is led by the Holy Spirit.
Every problem, weakness or difficulty you have could be solved immediately if you knew the mind of God. But it takes effort, dedication and faithfulness to renew your mind. Mind renewal is not like the new birth. It is a process and doesn't come overnight.
Though your spirit is reborn and transformed, your soul must be constantly renewed by the washing of the Word in order to function in harmony with your reborn spirit and God's Spirit (Ephesians 5:26-27).
The Soul Is the Seat of Will and Purpose
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." (Proverbs 23:7). The Word says we are what we think we are. Again, this is a process. You never do something that you haven't already thought about.
Thinking about something eventually leads to making a decision, which determines your actions.
If you're not happy with your life or the things you find yourself doing, examine what you are spending the majority of your time thinking about - what's influencing your thought life.
As you meditate on the Word of God, your thoughts and emotions will align themselves with the Word, changing worldly decisions into Word-based actions.
The Scripture says that God energizes and creates in us the power and the desire to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13, The Amplified Bible). He works from the inside out, not from the outside in.
Many think that God is working from the outside in, influencing our lives in a supernatural way and that all we need do is to live our lives as normal and the Holy spirit will miraculously change us, without any effort on our part.
The misconception is that if we live our lives just believing and relying on God to change us, that we will continuously become better and better people and that one day we will begin to walk and talk just like Jesus.
In reality, the reverse is true, God is working through the Holy Spirit from the inside (human born again spirit) out (into the soul, mind renewed).
He takes the image of the Word that is in our spirit and grafts it into our soul as we behold Him. Only then can we outwardly express the image of Jesus that we inwardly possess.
But this takes conscious effort. If you are just going to give God a couple of hours a week, your mind will not be renewed. The Word won't be implanted in you.
You might know some of it with your head, but it's the Word in your soul, coming out your mouth that changes you. It's the Word of God that controls your thinking and transforms your life.
So, take the time to get away from the world and study God's Word. Meditate on it and let it change you from the inside out. Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you.
Make a conscious effort to graft the Word of God into yourself. Only then will you begin to understand His Word and His will. Only then will you be on your way to Understanding the Soul.
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