Why would a believer ever walk away from the Father? We’ve all done it whether it was for a few hours, a few days, or for years. The reason we do it is that we would rather follow what we think, what we want, and what we feel. That’s our soul-making our choices. Our mind is what we think; our will is what we want, and our emotions are what we fee. That’s following what our soul wants not what the Spirit of God wants.
The Bible says that “babes” in Christ do this, they follow their soul and we have to learn to follow our spirit. If you have been a Christian for a while then you should not still be a babe in Christ. We are three parts, spirit, soul, and body. When we become born again, our soul has been the one in charge for so long that it has to be trained to obey the spirit.
Genesis 2:7 – And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
The body was formed from the “dust of the earth”; God breathed into Adams’s nostrils the breath of life, Spirit; and man became a living soul.
God created our spirits to relate to Him. He created our souls to relate to Him and His creation, and He created our bodies to relate to His creation. When Adam and Eve sinned, their spirits died. Their bodies didn’t but death set in and eventually they did die. Their souls didn’t die either because Adam became afraid when he heard God walking in the garden – emotions.
So Adams’s mind will and emotions took over when he sinned and he hid from God. Ephesians 2:1 – and you made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins,… He made us alive, in our spirit, when we come to Christ. Jesus said, “I’ve come that you might have life.” So yes, we are dead without Christ! People are existing, but they aren’t alive without Him.
Adam and Eve’s spirit died and they learned to relate to God only by what hey could reason in their own minds, what they wanted, and what they felt was best. This is the main reason why Christians have so many problems. We get into a situation and we make a decision based on what we think, want, and feel.
We should care about what God thinks, what God wants, and what God feels. Taking what God says in His word is the only correct way to make any decisions as a Christian.
When Christians make a “soulish” decision, it’s selfish! Our soul has to mature.
The Soul is Selfish
We all came into this world with a dead spirit. So for years we related to God with only our minds and remember, we have to “renew” our minds after being born again. We have to have the mind of Christ.
Think about how many people who aren’t saved yet are trying to figure out God with a dead spirit. Their thinking will be off because they’re only relating to God by what their own intellect can figure out.
Our minds know everything that we’ve ever seen, heard, or experienced. It’s our computer. All these things we can’t remember is in our “sub-conscience.” When we are trying to remember something, we’re trying to bring it to our “conscious” mind. The reason this is so important to know is that when we have a problem that causes us tension or stress, our mind will wonder have we had this same problem before?
The Soul Must Submit to the Spirit
Keep in mind that everything in the Old Testament happened in the natural is a spiritual truth in the New Testament. Many times when the New Testament quotes Scripture from the Old Testament, the New will explain the spiritual truth.
King David talked to his soul. Soul means self, so David talked to himself. He would tell his soul not to be discouraged: Psalm 131:2 – Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. How do you wean a child? You take them off of milk and put them on solid food.
1 Corinthians 3:1 – And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. (Verse 2) I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able;
Hebrews 5:12 – For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
The Soul Must Die
Our selfish thoughts, our selfish desires; and our selfish emotions, need to die. We die to self. Do you know any Christians that let their emotions rule every aspect of their lives? I sure do and they aren’t very pleasant to be around.
Hebrews 4:12 – For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The word of God will divide between what we think is right, what we want to do, and what we feel we should do, but the word of God will tell us what God thinks is right and what we should do.
Hebrews 4:13 – And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
A lot of people don’t connect verses 12 and 13 in this passage, however, it is a continued thought. When verse 13, says, “naked and open,” it means God wants to take away what is killing us and sometimes that includes our emotions. Not all emotions because God gave us emotions to have compassion and empathy for others, but the emotions that cause us to make bad decisions and get us in trouble.
God would love for us to think about ourselves the way He thinks about us! He would love for us to know what He thinks and desires for our lives, and He would love for us to know how He feels about us!
This concept of dying to self is all through Scripture: Matthew 16:24 – Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”
1 Corinthians 15:31 – I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I died daily.
This doesn’t mean that Paul got saved every day, it means he had to crucify his flesh, his desires, his wants, every day! Stay in God’s word and it will teach you how to walk in the Spirit.