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Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged 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.
1) You are a SPIRIT, which is connected to your SOUL -and you live in a BODY
Big Outer Court, building with two parts inside the Court-entrance to structure/building inside (soul) which then leads to separate, inner chamber (Most Holy Place) -Spirit
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your BODY is the temple [“tabernacle”] of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
Just as there are types and shadows throughout the entire Bible, this passage-along with the main scripture above from Hebrews-points out that each of us has and is made up of three (3) parts.
We ARE a spirit, we have a soul (“connected”) and all of that is housed in a ‘body’.
2) Got to emphasize this. You are NOT a ‘human being’, you ARE a spirit being. You came out from God -Who IS a SPIRIT (Spirit-John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.) and when your life here is over, your SPIRIT will remain and go to its eternal home. Good choices? Up. Bad choices-down.
We have a hard time with that because to often (the church as a whole-in the past) (but were getting better-aren’t we??) (!) we are usually so ‘unversed’ and unaccustomed to ‘REAL’ spiritual things. Truth is, your spirit is the REAL you,
>> what you “REALLY” look like, really are,etc
-and all that happens in the body is simply a reflection of whats’ going on in someones spirit. Spiritual things are ALWAYS first , primary and they are the ROOT of EVERYTHING we “see” (natural eyes) here.
>>>Mark 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the ROOTS
Jesus prayer was SPIRITUAL, its effect-hit the ROOT-and came out in the natural. Everything else is this way, also, including YOU. Your ‘spirit’ !! (what you look like -on the outside -is a REFLECTION-of what is going on on the inside of you-where your spirit is)
3) For example, even for someone in hell, although their BODY is obviously in a grave-their SPIRIT (the REAL “them”) is still very recognizable, talks, feels, thinks, reasons, etc.
Luke 16:19-25 There was a CERTAIN* (“certain”-NOT a parable..) rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain* beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom (where the righteous went,BEFORE the work of the cross by our Lord Jesus): the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell (his BODY is in the grave-where is/what is this “he”?) he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
His SPIRIT, the ‘REAL’ him-was talking, thinking, speaking , was reasoning AND was ‘recognizable’(by Abraham)
Also, further scripture to bear out that our SPIRITS have eyes, ears, etc-are the real “us” -is:
Ephesians1:18 (KJV) The EYES of your understanding (your heart) (your SPIRIT) being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Revelation 2:7He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
Now, in these two passages, it is NOT that we as born again believers do not have the eyes or the ear to see or hear-it is whether we have DEVELOPED our spiritual eyes/ears enough-to be able to discern what they are seeing or hearing-while we still inhabiting our FLESH (earthly body)
You ARE A SPIRIT. You-where the LIFE is, connected to your SOUL (first court-as you go into the tabernacle)-all of which is found INSIDE the BODY (the outer court)
4) Ok. The spirit is the real you. What then is the /your SOUL? Why and how are they DIFFERENT?
The soul is your MIND , your WILL and your EMOTIONS.
Your LIFE is in and from your Spirit (the “God breathed part-Genesis).
This is why if you have been in the church for any length of time you have heard people ,or preachers, reference (CORRECTLY) things like “ungodly soul ties”. They may have even gone so far as to teach about them or pray against them, etc. Recognizing it or not, they are trying to ‘set you free’ to live from YOUR Spirit (the “God” part of you-after being born again), without hindrance.
Which is not getting down to the meat and the heart of the matter:
>>>Throughout life, all of us are born with (generational) or go through certain experiences (good OR ‘bad’ ) that affect our mind, our will and our emotions. We tend to favor , gravitate, become attached to, run away from, or “learn” even certain ways of doing things, certain habits, certain doctrines, certain lifestyles, certain favoritisms, certain discriminations-etc etc etc-that MAY OR MAY NOT (and far to often DO NOT) line up with the Word of God. These can range from what may be called mild favoritisms all the way to extravagant bold -and obnoxious- ERROR.
A good “shining” example of this is racism. This is just ONE example. The Bible clearly states that we were all created from one man and that ALL of us are brothers and sisters to one another, by one blood-yet you can easily see racism right below the surface in multitudes of supposedly God honoring churches and Christians lives-today. The whites may know they are supposed to love their black brethren but are incapable of sitting next to them on a pew at a church where the Bible is taught. Or, vice versa. Or, if they can or do sit next to anything or anyone that is not OF THEIR ‘BRAND” they tend to stay among themselves, will not or do not reach out and will do blatently obvious things to avoid being placed in any position that would make them in the least bit uncomfortable . . .
James 3:9-10 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
There are MANY examples of some “comfort”/PROBLEM, etc zones (SOUL-Not necessarily SPIRIT !!) that we as “Christians” fall or stay STUCK in-but, to give one more example is:
-following religiously accepted practices in an area, region or country-but NOT following the WORD OF GOD.
The Bible clearly teaches that (in a nutshell) the principle that “Jesus died for you-have you died for Him?”. Please reference Rev 3:16, Matthew 7:14, Luke 6:46 and Galatians 6:7
YET, in to many American churches we give the portrayal that -“if you just show up at church and do your ‘religious’ duty, once a week-“God don’t ‘require much’-it it will all be ok”. Our unregenerated SOUL would love to hear that-but it simply is not TRUTH.
God (for your OWN GOOD !) wants ALL of you.
-Luke 10:24-28 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
-1 Kings 17:12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
RADICAL, yet, BIBLICAL-“Christianity”
-or Soul ??
6) Please understand, soulish (NOT “spirit led”-but soul ‘dragged..” ) Christianity creates division, strife, denominational-ism, people not ‘knowing or recognizing the Will of God’, lack of power, lack of change and can get ‘well meaning Christians’ in places, ruts and problems-that WITHOUT recognizing or teaching in this area just what it is that ‘going on’-can lead to all sorts of confusion, strife, problems and heartache.
This is why the Biblical “Gift of Tongues”, through a personal experience with the Spirit of God, is so important. Through praying in tongues, your spirit is built up and it becomes easy to see (“feel” ) the difference between your soul pulling on you-or your spirit “TALKING TO YOU”. You see -religion hates this (Jezebel), peoples SOULS will want to ‘avoid the conflict’ BUT, BUT, BUT (!)
-the Word of God says to “be FILLED with the Spirit’ !! Right ?
the Bible says to “not forbid to speak in tongues”
the Bible says that “tongues is a SIGN , not to believers, but to UNBELIEVERS !”
the Bible says that “the Spirit Himself intercedes FOR US , , , ”
[ Look these scriptures up-start in Corinthians 🙂 . . . ]
[Did you know that ministry of Kenneth Hagin pretty much went ‘no where’-until he started praying-at night-in tongues, for hours at a time? It was soon after that that his ministry began to be known AND recognized-all across the US ?]
7) Last, I wanted to give two “radical” examples out of scripture. Examples of the Pitfalls -the TRAPS-of living and allowing your SOUL to control you, to lead you . . .
A) One of Lots wife, whose soul MUST have had something ‘STUCK’ in it so much for her to not only turn around while FLEEING Sodom but also was of enough importance that the Lord was sure to share it in His Holy Word ) (!) :
Genesis 19:26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
B) Someone who was ANOINTED to be a leader, was fighting battles for the Lord-even-but BECAUSE THEY followed their SOUL, they got into trouble (and in their case-BIG TROUBLE -at that..)
2 Samuel:21: Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil.
Saul WAS ‘anointed’. Scripture SAYS he was. That was NOT his problem.
1 Samuel 15:10-24 Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the Lord all night. And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal. And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul, Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night. And he said unto him, Say on. And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel? And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king. And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
Sauls’ problem/issue was FEAR (the OPPOSITE of faith!) that led him, in his soul, in his WILL, to be MORE afraid of the people-than the Lord.
Dont’ EVER be that way !!
8) How do you live out of YOUR Spirit ?
In your BELLY. Your recreated spirit. Where HE is. Your GUT. Your heart.
Your mind was never meant to guide you, fully, as a Born Again Christian. Your SPIRIT was-and IS !!
YOU Fill up your SPIRIT, continously-always be SEEKING Him, in ALL things-with CORRESPONDING Actions
-BE FULL AT ALL TIMES WITH THE SWORD OF THE WORD OF GOD
then…like the lady at the wedding…simply..
John 2:1-5 And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants,
Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. (!)
Study taken from “Live Out of Your Spirit”-from the “Free Online Bible Studies” section of www.getreadyrapture.com