Day 2 Dividing Asunder
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.
Yesterday we looked at being ‘wholly’ committed to the Lord, that is, with our entire spirit, soul, and body. Here we see how the Word of God, which is alive and active, is able to divide between the soul and spirit. Why is this important?
While it impossible to condense the fullness of this concept into a brief segment I want to start with this question: Do you realized what happened at your ‘new birth’? Jesus said to Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the spirit is spirit.” When old things passed away and all things were made new, where did the transformation take place? In your flesh? Surely not! In your mind? Not possible. Where else, but in your spirit? Your spirit is joined with the Lord, and you are one with Him. Can you see it?
So where does the soul come in? Your soul is the seat of your emotions, of your will, of your desire, of your mind.
So why divide between your spirit and soul? Because any spiritual activity for God, any spiritual growth, any progress in the Christian life, any experience worth remarking on, must be a spiritual experience. It cannot be born of the soul or born of the flesh. You must learn to live and walk in the Spirit.
Your soul naturally follows the tendencies of the flesh, and is opposed to the operation of the spirit. By abiding in Christ, and abiding in His Word, you are retraining yourself (that is, your soul) to deny the flesh and follow after the Spirit. Ask the Lord to show you the areas where you are in the flesh versus in the spirit.