The Sin Nature
From Heaven Or Hell?
What is Faith?
Your Legal Rights
Do You Hear Voices?
Take Thought Captive
End of the Earth
A Deadly Demon Duo?
Who d'ya think ya'ar
You-a True Believer?
A Spirit of Religion
KJ Version vs Others
Power Over Sickness
AA in the Church?
Did God Create Evil?
Sickness is a Curse!
Evil Spirit from God
Israel, Gog, & Magog
Measure of Your Walk
Torment Sneaks In
1 Minute to Midnight
Where Was Adam?
Who You Are?
Just Who Do You Think You Are?
If I asked you to describe for me who you think you are and how I would know you if we met at a cafe, what would you say? I’m betting it might sound like this:
So far I know some of the physical characteristics and your knowledge base. If I am allowed to go any further I might find out something about what you think about politics and religion; perhaps even some more personal issues such as Gay marriage, a woman president, and the death sentence.
The bible says that God made you in His image (Gen 1:27). He also tells us we are a three part being in the fifth chapter of I Thessalonians. You would have just touched on two of the three parts and left out the one most vital to your future.
I Thess5: 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I have found that most people, who do know about the fact that there are three parts, when asked, will nearly always say body, soul and spirit in that order. Without thinking, the first one that comes to their mind is the body. Is it not true that it is through the body (the flesh) that Satan can most easily deceive us? Our five senses are hard to control when we smell fresh homemade bread, when we taste cashews or chocolate, when we touch the “untouchable”, when we see a gorgeous person of the opposite sex, and when that person seduces us with words. Think of all the addictions and personal downfalls that are related to our flesh. Our actions and behavior can only be accomplished by our bodies.
The soul includes such areas as the mind, will, emotions, thinking and feelings. This is the next area in which the enemy will harass or torment you. Here is where deception gets its foothold. The devil will lie or deceive you by getting you to question yourself, causing you to second-guess what you believe is the right thing to do. II Timothy 2:25 says that we often “oppose ourselves” and verse 26 speaks to “recovering ourselves” out of the snare of the devil. He is able to get you to not only to think wrong things, he is even able to get you to do the right things for the “wrong reasons” (wrong motives).
Think for a minute, of all the negative feelings and emotions that you might have from time to time. The list can be very long: sadness, rejection, fear, hopelessness, anger, insecurity and unforgiveness are just a few. Let me ask you a serious question. Would you say that these and all others on “the list” are from Heaven or Hell? Have I made a valid point?
Now remember, when a thought first comes to you it is not yet a sin. It becomes a sin when you act on it…or even dwell on it as is the case in “lust.”
The soul is also the “Psyche.” The world’s programs and response to problems in this area are, as we know, Psychology and Psychiatry. The Greek word is “Psuche.” Psuche is the only word translated "soul" in the New Testament; The seat of the desires, feelings, passions, appetites, and emotions (Dake's Study Notes).
It is most often said to be the mind, will and emotions. But in my research it appears to be “the natural mind”, “the will as it applies to the flesh”, and is the part of us that “feels”.
Finally, we come to the less understood part of man—the spirit. Genesis 5:1 says that God created man in His likeness, and we know God is a spirit. So the truth is that man is a spirit, who has a soul, and lives in a body. Is it not also interesting that man is then, also a triune-being (three part)? The Hebrew word for spirit is “Ruach.” The root meaning of ruach is “invisible force” and as this force has so many manifestations, several renderings of it are necessary to better harmonize the various ideas. It is the invisible life that came from God and goes back to God (God's Plan for Man).
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).