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I tend to things I see. Or at least that I will feel a sense of accomplishment when it is “tended.”   It is easy to evaluate my hairstyle or if my house is clean.  Is my laundry basket empty or full?  Human nature leans towards activities that we can count or analyze–make a graph or even gamble on.  

 

Why do you think that there is not a waiting list for Bible Study classes at church?  The spirit and soul are not high priority for western culture.  

 

The spirit and soul are portions of our being that we cannot see.  Do you tend your spirit? Let’s get deeper—-  Do you bless the spirit?

 

“Spirit (pneuma) is the element in man which gives him the ability to think of God.  It is man’s vertical window, while the soul (psuche) is man’s horizontal window making him conscious of this environment.”  –from The Complete Word Study New Testament with Parallel Greek, S. Zodhiates, 1992 p.931IMG_4017

 

The soul depends on the functioning of our heart, brain, and blood circulating to express itself.  The spirit has a separate existence.  

 

From Scripture, there is a difference between spirit and soul.

 

Hebrews 4:12  “For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

 

The spirit will continue –even when the body ceases to exist.  From the stories of people who have died in surgery, we can say that the spirit seems to stand apart from anesthesia.  They report that their spirit left the body and perhaps went to an upper part of the room and watched the commotion.  It may have an encounter with a loved one or God.  It sees a light, and does not want to come back.  Later the soul can report what the spirit experienced.  

 

Jesus affirmed this as he raised the dead daughter of Jairus.  “He took [the girl] by the hand and said, ‘My child, get up!” Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up.  Then Jesus told them to give her something to eat.  Her parents were astonished.”  Luke 8:54-56  

 

When our spirit is centered in the fruit of his Spirit and is larger than our soul, it takes care of a lot of things–it will push out the worldly harms and agreeing with the enemy’s lies (examples: addictions, discouragement, depression, unforgiveness, rejection)

 

God’s pattern is spirit, soul, body.  “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through.  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1  1 1 1 Thes 5:23-24

 

Prayer:

God’s design is that we respond to him and live out of our spirits led by his Spirit.  

Bless your spirit today. Join with me and stand quietly and ponder these blessings–for you and for those you are praying for:

 

To God Our Father Who Blesses:

 

The LORD said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.  Say to them:

The LORD bless you and keep you;

The LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious t
o you;

  The LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.  Numbers 6:22-26  

 

And to all who are blessed in his names and nature:

“As it is written: ‘No eye has seen no ear has heard no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him–but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things even the deep thing of God.  For who among men know the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”  1 Cor 2: 9-12  

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