Last Sunday we concluded with: ‘You are primarily a Spirit, with a Soul, living in a Body.’ Here’s one of the diagrams we saw:
The external, physical and most visual part of us is – the body. Everybody has a body and it is easy to see it, touch it, feel it, etc. If I were to ask you, “How are you?” You may respond, “Oh, my shoulder is killing me!” You are describing one of the five senses of your body: hear, feel, smell, taste and see.
But if I were to ask, “How are you feeling today?” and you reply, “I am so excited, so happy!” you are describing your soul, the seat of your emotions, feelings (not the five senses), mind and will. Unlike your body your soul is not visible, and yet can “feel” people’s words and experience all kinds of emotions.
Look at it another way. When someone taps you on the shoulder, you would immediately turn to see who is touching you; they touched your physical body. But without touching you one of your friends says, “Wow, you look amazing!” Your unseen, invisible soul immediately rises as you respond, “Thanks, I do feel great!”
But how would you reply to the question, “How’s your spirit today?” That’s not so easy to answer, is it? We don’t normally talk about how our spirits feel. And here is why:
The body and the spirit are so far apart that there is no direct connection between them (except the soul). John 3:6 makes this distinction crystal clear, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” Flesh (body) is flesh (body). Spirit is spirit. They are so disconnected that your five senses cannot access your spirit. Your five senses have no clues to what is going on in your spirit.
Talking to the Samaritan woman Jesus described God this way, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) Note the relationship between God being Spirit and His worshipers must worship Him “in” spirit. Why? Because God who is Spirit sees the worshiper’s spirit. It’s a Spirit to spirit communication. God sees you in the spirit. Listen, “man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) ‘Heart’ and ‘spirit’ here means the same. God sees your spirit. God sees you as a spirit being.
Seeing yourself as God sees you, will have a huge impact on your life. It affects the way you think. Seeing yourself as a born-again Spirit who is now fully possessed by Christ (Galatians 2:20), can transform your emotions (i.e. mind, soul, Rom. 12:2) and bring health to your body. When your born-again spirit and renewed mind/soul agree on anything, look out! The ratio is now 2:1. Even your stubborn body will have to fall in line! Today, start seeing yourself primarily as a born-again Spirit, with a Soul (mind, will, emotions), living in a Body.