Man is three parts; spirit, soul
and body. You’ll find in the New
Testament that after salvation your spirit is never a topic of change, growth
or renewal for the believer.
- You will pray with your spirit
- You set your mind on the things of the spirit
- You hear the voice of God in your spirit
The soul (mind, will, emotions, reasoning, imagination) is
where the believer is told to effect a change by the washing of the Word and
the power of the Spirit. Paul wrote
about this in virtually every book.
Ephesians 4: 22…in reference to your former manner of life,
you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the
lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which
in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the
Romans 12: 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable
James 1:21 Therefore putting aside all filthiness and
all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which
is able to save your souls.
In all of these passages and more the writers are not
talking about saving faith. These
writers are addressing redeemed believers, encouraging them to progressively
grow in their faith by working on their soul (mind, will, emotions, reasoning
and imagination). Several writers show
that the development of the soul is the key to prospering in all of life.
III John 2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may
prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. NASB
In the soul is locked up the memories, the hurts, the
vengeance, the anger, the hatred, the self pity, the despair, the profanity,
the rebellion and all negative thinking from your former way of life in
Adam. Here too is the rejection,
abandonment, inferiority and fear. Yes
your recreated spirit is testifying of better things and testifying of God’s
truth. Now you must teach and train your
soul to agree with your spirit, as it is the two that make up the heart of
man Yes the soul and the spirit make
up the “heart of man”.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and
sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul
and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and
intentions of the heart.
This section, Part II, is all about helping you think
differently and thus react and respond like a new creation. The Word of God is filled with the spiritual
medicine to heal and repair every wound in your soul. Not only heal and repair, but through the
Holy Spirit, your advocate, you can receive restoration from everything that
Satan has stolen from you. The
scriptures and truths are outlined to point out ways (snares) that Satan will
use to keep you operating in rejection and drag you back in just when you were
getting out. If you’ll apply the
scriptures as I describe you’ll well be on your way to daily victory…spirit,
soul and body! (I Thessalonians. 5:23)
James 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect
law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer
but an effectual doer, this man shall be blessed in what he does.
Regardless of the depth of your battle with rejection you
can win and keep a sound mind by using the wisdom found in the Word of
God. Remember your adversary is going
about seeking those who are not wise to the Word. You are vulnerable if you are not building
your life on God’s Word and cooperating with His precious Holy Spirit.
Matthew 7: 24 “Therefore
everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts upon them, may be compared to
a wise man, who built his house upon the rock.
God’s Word gives you clear sight
and enables you to see the traps Satan has laid for you. He takes the old scratched glasses off of
your face and puts on crystal clear 3-D lenses that enhance your vision for
real living. One of the first truths we
must clear up is our perception of God.
Those old scratched lenses from Satan have perverted our vision of God
and His intentions for us. Many well
meaning people blame God for their hurts and shortcomings. Let’s see if that is valid.