YOU AND YOUR SPIRIT-SOUL CONNECTION
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
You are a three-part being. First of all, you are a spirit. Then you have a soul. Finally, you have a body that houses your spirit and your soul
Each of your three parts (spirit, soul, and body) is also comprised of three parts. Last time we said that your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions. Your body is made up of water, tissue, and bones. Your spirit is made up of your conscience, your intuition, and your communion with God.
The soul and the spirit have different functions, yet they are intimately connected and affect your daily life. When your soul (your heart) and your spirit are in harmony, you will experience peace and joy.
How can we get our souls and our spirits to be in harmony? The most important key is to understand that your spirit was designed by God to rule your soul and your body. But, unless your spirit is connected to God (communion), your spirit will not be able to do its job properly. In fact, a spirit disconnected from God will wreak havoc on your soul and your body.
So, the first rule of order is to make sure your spirit is connected to God. How? By accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. (If you don’t know how to do this, click here).
Once your spirit is connected to God, it can begin to commune with God. This means that your spirit will begin to hear from God, to talk with God, to receive from God. Romans 7:6 says that we serve God “in the new life of the spirit.”
Understanding that your soul is separate from your spirit and must be subject to your spirit is critical when dealing with matters of the heart. When we confuse the two, we get into trouble. Watchman Nee wrote: “But sad to say, due to long years of bondage to the soul, many Christians know very little of their spirit. We ought to tremble before God, asking Him to teach us through experience what is spiritual and what is soulish.”
If you are confused about the different functions of your soul and your spirit, ask Holy Spirit to reveal this difference to you. Read the Word of God diligently. In Hebrews 4:12 we learn that ” . . . the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.“
The Word of God will help you to understand the spirit-soul connection. As you grow in this understanding, you will learn how to submit your soul to your spirit and, in so doing, to experience the joy and peace God intends for you.
If you would like to know more about your triune nature, check out my book YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS!
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