The Workings of Soul and Spirit
If God’s desire is for us to be in a state of contentment, why are our lives in constant chaos?
Is it because we think it’s up to us to supply our daily needs, or does it go beyond the necessities to filling the emptiness inside us with something meaningful?
Life will never be complete no matter how much money is in the bank, how well known and respected you are, or how many people remake their bodies to look like yours. Life is never completely satisfying without our spirit connecting with God’s Spirit as intended from the beginning. Everything else is a fake, a phony, and a fabrication of the real thing. Our frenetic lifestyle keeps us from never quite getting things together.
Even though the soul and spirit sometimes cross into each other’s territories, the soul is the one that often trips us up. The soul occupies our mind, our will, and our emotions. If not kept under control, the soul will govern everything you do. It is the soul that receives messages from your senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch; and the power of feelings. Our senses will most assuredly put you on an uncertain road with many mountain highs and valleys low. Therefore, I cannot, nor can you, trust our soul to run our lives. God knows this and wants us to experience the Sabbath rest spoken about in Hebrews 4:9-10 New International Version (NIV)
9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
What is God’s rest? It’s resting from trying to find fulfillment, peace, and happiness through our efforts. Living by the Spirit is allowing the God of peace, love, mercy, and joy to be your center; the one you turn to for everything. You haven’t experienced the freedom that this affords you if you are not living in the spirit.
Even Jesus said He relied upon His Father to not only tell Him what to say but how to say it.
John 8:28 Amplified Bible (AMP)
28 So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man [on the cross], you will know then [without any doubt] that I am He, and that I do nothing on My own authority, but I say these things just as My Father taught Me.
Jesus allowed God the Father complete control. That’s why He was at peace. He lived by the Spirit that lived in Him, and you and I have that same Spirit in us. We too can live at rest above the fray of this world in the presence of mighty God.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”