TOPIC: HOW TO HEAR FROM GOD – PART 3
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
TEXT: ROMANS 8:14
*For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God*.
Until we understand the difference between spirit, soul and body, we won’t have right understanding on how to relate conveniently with God. Man is a spirit, he has a soul and lives in the body. Whenever you see the word “spirit’ with small letter “s”, the Bible is referring to your own spirit. You real person is not the physical body structure but the man inside. This body will end on heart. Wherever you see “Spirit” with capital letter “S”, it means the Holy Spirit.
Through your own spirit, you you contact spiritual realms
Through your soul (mind), you contact intellectual and emotional realms
Through your flesh, you contact the Physical realms.
God is a spirit and dwells in the spiritual realm, it takes spiritual beings to contact him and he contacts believers through our born again spirit. The relationship between man and God is spiritual. If you’re not spiritual sensitive, you will always miss God’s voice and appointed time.
In John 4:24, the Bible says:
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
If you want to indeed have relationship with God, it has to be spiritually motivated.
When a believer says “I don’t feel like praying”, that is the flesh in action because feelings is the voice of the flesh. If you want to pray, you don’t need to feel anything. Beloved, waiting for when you feel before praying is waiting for the time your flesh will be ready for prayer.
Your soul is the decision making organ of your tripartite being. Mind you, flesh prefers pleasure to prudence. Don’t make decision base on feelings because your flesh will always want to go against the instruction of your spirit and the Word of God. When the flesh is controlling your soul, it is called carnality.
In Romans 8:6, the scripture says:
*For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.*
Flesh is enmity with God.
*Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.*
That is why the Bible says “those who live after the flesh, that is, those that are controlled by the flesh shall die-
In Romans 8:13, the scripture says:
*For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.*
Also, we need to learn about the voice of the soul but it depends primarily on influence of the flesh or spirit on it. If you flesh is dominating your soul, it produces emptiness, dissatisfaction, unfulfiment, wickedness, evil imaginations that could result to depression, guilt and all forms of emotional and intellectual trauma.
But if your soul is influenced by spirit man that is new in Christ, you will have the mind of Christ, think on those things that are pleasant, just, honest etc. Being led by the Holy Spirit through your own spirit is called spirituality. You will be able to make right decisions about in all spheres of life when your soul is in subjection to your spirit and the Holy Spirit. The soul receives instruction to make right decisions from our regenerated spirit which is our real personality. If you are in tune with God, he speaks to you through your spirit and from there, your mind receives illumination and direction on what to do.
The spirit is the link between man and God. You can’t reach God in the flesh and he doesn’t reach through the flesh. Everything done in the flesh can’t have God’s approval or attention. God speaks to our spirit. When we receive God’s word in our spirit, it reflects on our soul and body.
For example, thou shall not steal is a word of God you receive in your spirit. When temptation to steal comes, your mind which is in your soul decides whether to steal or not. If you’re spiritual, that is, you are not led by your flesh, the soul will obey the word in your spirit that is against stealing but if you are ruled by the flesh, your soul will obey your flesh that says, steal it, afterall everybody is doing it. Whichever your soul obey shows your spiritually state. If it obeys your flesh, you are a carnal Christian and it obeys your spirit, you are spiritual.
To be continued
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