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THE IMPERATIVE SOUL SPIRIT CONNECTION
by linzy bruno
5/01/2019 / Christian Apologetics
Society has always thrived on the propetual pursuit of happiness; also appropriately named: the desires of the self. This push is just the way of the world, it's evident in our education systems, the work place and especially prominent in the media. We were all raised to think our main focus should be our own autonomy and independence. We're told to "chase our dreams" and encouraged to indulge all our aspirations. The secular community even goes so far as to claim we are doing ourselves a disservice if we don't strive for this totally soul-centered lifestlyle. Futhermore, we are mocked if we declare or dare utter a word about putting others before ourselves or living in obedience to God. Satan, the prince of this world, is behind this clever mental deception all the world engages in. Being a member of the human race seems on the surface to be all about "me;" it's physical and we model ourselves and our lives accordingly. We concentrate heavily on our bodies, our looks, our health, our wardrobes, car, etc...... This problem stems from what the Bible calls: the"uncrucified flesh;" allowing and even encouraging the soul to run a muck and live only on the surface, which leads only to a continual downward spiral. This is a tragic end no believer has to even flirt with. Generally speaking, the believer is aware of his spirit man, but still, defining feelings coming from soul verses spirit can be tricky to discern. The soul is our personality--our mind, will and emotions and is sometimes referred to as our "human nature." Our spirit comes from the Lord; it is our eternal part and the true essence of being human. That's human nature is the excuse we always hear right? "Well, that's human nature for ya!" Well, God doesn't like excuses, He likes the TRUTH. For those of us who hunger to please Him, this discernment is crucial. What am I implying? Our souls lie to us; by following those feelings, we are only led into a life of confusion. Fortunately for believers, the Holy Spirit is our standby; waiting for the chance to intervene and thus, make us able, plus, we can summon His Help, His Answers to all our questions, (and anything else we are struggling with.)
The various and powerful feelings of soul verses spirit can be discerned upon close examination. When we feel these things, they can be explained by learning their origin:
praise, worship rejoicing in self &
joy in the Lord circumstantial happiness
godly sorrow due to sorrow for the self
unexplained peace physical/emotional comforts
righteous anger for anger for self/offense
spirit controlled stability moodiness that is pretty much
and contentment uncontrollable
temptation is viewed temptation is often seen as an
as a test to be resisted opportunity to "live outside the
box" or one of self-promotion
The spirit rejoices in God's correction, while the soul feels offended, the spirit enjoys God's Presence above all else, while the soul is unaware; not interested. The spirit longs to please the Father, while the soul delights in and craves rebellion and self satisfaction. Thank God we have His Holy Spirit help, so we can develop and abide in the things of the Spirit:
No matter if it's natural or takes some effort to develop in this manner, it's crucial to make this soul/spirit connection; it's imperative for living the Christian lifestyle, obedience and pleasing God, peace with ourselves, others and our God, resisting temptation and discernment of all of the above. BUT of course we cannot do any of this without Holy Spirit intervention. Once we have become born again in the spirit, we all ought to continue in Christ; pursuing and focusing on the things that are higher:
"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Philippians 2:12)
And as we continue in Christ, He will shine that marvelous light of His on all we need to know and which path to take:
"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105)
"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God," (Hebrews 6:1)
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