Spirit, Soul, and Body

Now may the God of
peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and
body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
(1
Thessalonians 5:23).
   
A close, overcoming walk with God begins by knowing how you
“tick.” Here’s a simple overview that helps me.
    
I am a spirit
being, I possess a soul, and I live in a physical body. The real, eternal part me is spirit. God is a
Spirit. I am made in His image as an eternal spirit.
    
My conscience is the voice of my spirit. My conscience must
be trained in the Word of God and obeyed implicitly. If I train my conscience
in the Word, it can become the primary way God leads me. I call a trained
conscience the “inward witness.” I must instantly obey the Word that I know,
and never violate my conscience. When I violate my conscience, I am allowing my
mind and my body to usurp that first place that my spirit should hold in my
life.
    
I, as a spirit being, possess a soul. My soul is made up of
three parts; mind, emotion, and will. The dominant part of my soul is my will.
With my will, I can direct my mind and my emotions to obey my spirit through my
conscience.
    
My mind and emotions are like tag team wrestlers. They work
together to seek to rule my life. They play on one another, my mind alerting my
emotions, and then both of them working together to get me to respond to life
the way I did before Jesus redeemed me.
    
My mind is very keen and seeks to dominate my life. It
thinks it knows how best to protect me. It has this fight or flight mechanism
built in and seeks to protect me from what it perceives as harm. I must retrain
my mind to listen to my conscience, the voice of my spirit. My mind must be
continually renewed with God’s Word, or it will revert back to old ways of
responding.
    
In my soul there is a residue of sinful thoughts, emotions,
responses, and motives left over from my before
Christ
days. It can make think something is real when it really isn’t. My
soul is clever and frequently seeks to undermine the rule of my spirit. I must
be very cautious and careful to keep my soul submitted to God’s Word and to my
re-born human spirit.
   
My body is the part of me that will perish in 80 or 90 years
or so of living on earth. It is my earth suit that I must have to live on this
planet. I must never let it dominate my spirit or my soul. My body easily
responds to earthly things and has an appetite for anything to which it is
exposed. I must control my body and keep it disciplined so that my spirit can
manifest through it. I must use my body as an instrument of righteous and godly
living, and must not use it in a selfish way.
   
The Father can help me build up my spirit through the Word
and then through prayer, particularly praying in the spirit or in other
tongues. The Father can help me keep my mind and my motions submitted to my
spirit through His Word. And He can help me keep my body under strict
discipline. He wants my whole spirit, soul, and body to flow with Him!

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