What is Soul? What is Spirit?
Is it possible to live the Christian life without the roller-coaster highs and lows? There better be, or Christians will find themselves with joyous experiences part of the time and a life of misery the rest of the time.
God’s promise is for a place of peace and rest.
Isaiah 26:3 Amplified Bible
3. You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character] Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
The words “perfect” and “constant” tell us God’s purpose calls for a peaceful and restful existence.
The first thing we should understand is the distinction between the soul and the Spirit and how it affects our behavior.
The soul is the essence of who we are, our personality, and the unique DNA that makes you, you and me, me.
The soul is subjected to external influences and inclines to react to those influences, such as politics, education, and controversial causes.
The Spirit, on the other hand, is the one thing God breathed into humanity that connects him to his Creator God. The Holy Spirit lives in every person surrendered to Christ. That Spirit speaks to our spirit in communion and directs and teaches us how to not react to every adverse circumstance. The Holy Spirit will keep us from falling into depression whenever we don’t measure up to the standard we set for ourselves or the standard we think God has set for us. In allowing Christ to enter our heart and mind, our DNA is slowly developing a oneness with Jesus DNA. His DNA moves us from living according to the soul to living, as Jesus did, according to the Spirit.
“How does He do that”, you ask? A method often used is trusting the promises written in the Bible for building trust in God. He ordained those promises to supply every need. And since it’s not possible for God to lie, they lie tucked away in Scripture just waiting to spring into action when requested.
I want to talk more about this subject in the next blog. Knowing the difference between a person’s soul and Spirit is the first step toward finding a constant and peaceful journey in our Christian walk. There must be a noticeable contrast between the responsive behavior of the unbeliever and the follower of Jesus. The role of Spirit and soul plays an integral part in understanding self.