If there is one thing you must learn, it is that you will determine whether or not the life of God flows into, or is blocked away, from your flesh. Without a doubt, this can very well be the most profound lesson you need to learn. This truth will transform your life, give you better grasp of the Word of God and your perception of God.
Let me begin by reminding you that if you are born again, the same power that raised Christ from the dead is resident within you. When you got saved, the Holy Spirit came to take residence in your spirit. You therefore have, regardless of how you feel; joy, peace, and love in your spirit, even though you may be feeling unhappy, depressed, bitter or even angry. It is very important that you grasp this very fact.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” – 2Cor 5:17-18.
The text above is weighty. It says if you are in Christ, old things have passed away. You are no longer who you used to be. It says all things, not some things, have passed away. All things are brand new. For this to make sense, you will need to understand that God made you as spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. You are a tri-partite being.
“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.” 1The 5:23.
It is important that you grasp this. We are spirit, soul and body. Understanding this will totally transform the way you live. The real you is not your flesh. The real you is your spirit. That it is the part that became totally new when you got saved. It is your spirit that gets born again. It is here that you contact God. God lives inside you in your spirit.
Your soul is the Control Tower, where command and control is issued. It is the seat of your will, your emotions, your personality, your conscious and sub-conscious mind. It is the seat of your beliefs, attitudes, feelings, memories, thinking, reasoning, choices. If you see your soul as a gate keeper, it controls whether or not you will allow the life of the Spirit to flow into you or the death of the flesh into you. It controls your mind, your heart, your emotions and your conscience, otherwise referred to as your will, mind and emotions.
Let me explain it just a little more. This that you are reading is your way of contacting my soul. If I were speaking to you face to face, you will see my flesh but talking soul to soul. Your soul therefore encompasses your mind, will, emotions, conscience, thinking, imagination, your personality. You are constantly receiving impulses from your soul and your flesh. That’s why you feel the heat or cold around you. It is also how you feel happy or unhappy. But it’s not the same with your spirit.
“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” – Rom 8:13.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” – John 3:6
The things of the spirit and the things of the flesh just don’t mix. You will either be a person of the spirit or a person of the flesh. This is an extremely important assertion. Only spiritually regenerated people can grasp the things of the spirit. It can be explained a hundred times, yet the carnal, worldly folks cannot grasp it.
“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” – 2Cor 2:14.
Your born-again spirit and the Word of God are in synch. They are in agreement. The Bible and mind of God are one. That is the way you know the mind of your spirit.
There is so much that Christ already got for you by His death, burial and resurrection. They are done deals. You don’t have to cry or beg for them. But they are all stored up in the Testament, waiting for you to grow into them.
You see, between your born-again spirit and your flesh is your soul. Your soul is not born again. Hence, you may think your old thoughts and you may struggle with your new reality. Nevertheless the massive supernatural power that saved you permeated your total being, spirit, soul and body. That is why, in your own interest, God commands you to do something about your soul. How quickly you fulfill your destiny, to become like Jesus, is determined by you. You alone control it, not God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” – Rom 12:2.
You can pray and command from here till kingdom come, nothing will change. Change occurs when you renew your mind by reading, and adjusting your life, your behavior to what the Word of God says. You alone will determine how quickly you grow, by choosing to renew your mind with the Word of God. Your soul is like a gate keeper. It controls the volume and the rate that the things of the Spirit will flow into our body. The more renewed your mind is, the more the flow. The less renewed your mind is, the less the flow.
If you don’t learn to release or tap into the power of resurrection that is resident in you, you could well die of sickness or disease. It’s like living in poverty, lack, disgrace and pains in the midst of surplus. You must learn to tap into the boundless resources of God within you – by simply agreeing with the word of God. The greatest good you can do to yourself is to feed on the word, and ensure that your soul is in agreement with it. That’s how you release the flow. If however you don’t conform your soul to the word, the flow of the spirit will be blocked, you will do as you are feeling and body dictates.
Your soul has ultimate power to release or keep you bondage to sickness by blocking the very life of God from within you from flowing into your circumstances. As a believer, everything you need is already inside you. You are the one that must release it, from within. You don’t need to impress God to do anything. You do what you do because you appreciate Him. God has not only done, He has also delivered them all to you. You are called to release the treasure from within. This changes everything. Grace has already been released inside you. You don’t need to perform to get anything from God. Jesus paid it all.
If there is one master key you need as a believer, it is the knowledge that you are spirit, soul and body and that you can release the power of resurrection from within you by simply renewing your mind with the word of God and conforming your life to scriptures.
May God bless you richly!