For a fruitful and productive life, a life that is well pleasing to God, we must live from the spirit outwards. Because man is a spirit, he lives in a body and he possesses a soul.
Never mistake the house for the resident.
Many leave their spirit man hungry, which is the real man, and pay so much attention to their soul (mind, will and emotions) and body
It’s important to know that the food for the spirit is the word of God
For the soul, the food is mental work, education, and it is also the word of God
For the body, it is plant, animals, clothes etc
Plus, your body is made to be a servant to the soul and your soul to the spirit man
When you make the servants, lord, you start having problems
God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship him in SPIRIT.
we cannot communicate or receive instructions from God via the soul but our spirit. So when we have a robust spirit, a spirit that is well fed, a spirit that is functioning maximally, we can hear from God and communicate with him, and ultimately, do his will.
Education is food for the soul. In other words, when we go to school we develop our soul, which is our mind, emotions and will, but it doesn’t have the capacity to grow our spirit. That’s why we have so many educated people who are fleshly
Since the spirit is the real man, while the rest are servants, If it is fed well, it can pass on what God is saying to our soul (it dictates your will, mind and emotions) and this carries the message to the body, who then performs the instruction. But if the spirit man isn’t fed with the word of God, you live from the soul outwards which is fleshly, because there’s no instruction coming from the spirit and the soul isn’t renewed.
It is great to go to school to develop your mind (soul) with material things, but do not leave your spirit man in the process.
5 For they that are after the flesh do MIND the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
And you know that they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
And pleasing God is the ultimate for our existence
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the RENEWING of your MIND, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, WILL of God
. You renew your mind via a renewed spirit, which is feeding it with the word of God
The place where the Devil fights us, is the place of our mind, which is our soul. He cannot touch our spirit. He attacks the soul because that’s where your will, emotions and mind are. If he can get your soul, then he has you.
It’s no wonder that Jesus said
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
In the same vein, an emaciated spirit cannot dominate the soul and the body. It has to be robust to give instructions to your soul and then your body. A robust spirit can help you in times of trials and temptations, it will help you discern things that are poisonous to your soul (mind, will, emotions)
No matter how you try to please God, you cannot do it if your spirit is hungry- has not been fed. So go to the word of God and eat. You’ve fed your body enough, it’s time to feed the REAL YOU.
If you don’t have a renewed spirit, you can never have a renewed soul.
The principle of the PLACEBO EFEFCT is a mystery of the mind (soul)
People have determined the outcome of their lives based on their body. They have made their potential a victim of their bodies. However, some people deemed it fit to go beyond their physical nature- the limitations of their body, and they reached out to their spirit man who is the real man and who knows the extent of their potential. Take for instance, Hellen Keller, who was blind. She didn’t make her potential a victim of her body’s limitation. Rather, she saw beyond the limitation of her body (blindness)into the spirit man. She knew there was more to life than her physical body, she knew it was just dirt. Therefore, she searched deeply and made waves. What about Cobhams Asuquo? These people and many more have attested to the fact that your body should not define you. Rather, let your spirit and then your soul (a renewed soul) take hold of your life.
Never let the grade on your test or your teacher’s comment determine your potential. There’s so much to you and you can only see it if you start living from the spirit.
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
God will do nothing without our will. He can’t and won’t give us his spirit if our soul (will, mind emotions) is not ready to receive it. He gave us a will and he respects it so much. So we must will it first before he can give us his spirit and you know that you can’t put new wine in an old bottle; they must all be new. Your soul(mind,will, emotions) must be willing to accept Jesus before God can give you his spirit
And until God breathed into Adam’s body, the soul couldn’t live. The breath of God is the spirit man. When he takes his breath (our spirit man) from us, we would die (the body goes back to the dust and soul-will, mind, emotions, for judgement) . In other words, the soul depends on the spirit to be alive- to will like God and have the mind of Christ. Until you are born again you are spiritually dead
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul
But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. Rev 11:11
If you are set to surrender your life to him and give him a place in your life, if you are ready to have the mind of Christ and do only that which is pleasing to God, if you are ready to start leaving from the inside out, please say this short prayer: Dear Lord, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I know I am born again!