Understanding Our Spirit Man Part 1
Man is used gender neutral. I say man referring to mankind.
Whether saved or lost, we all have a spirit man. You received this spirit man when God gave you life.
Question: If you are a good plumber, carpenter, technician, musician, lawyer, doctor, builder – what part of you is doing that activity?
Okay – now let’s look at – when you cook, clean, do laundry, go shopping – what “you” is doing these activities?
John 6:63 KJV
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Remember, when God formed man from the dust of the ground, man did not have life, he was a pile of dirt. It wasn’t until God breathed into him the breath of life (spirit) and man became a living soul, (Man then had a mind, will and emotions). So what caused Adam to have life? The breath of life – giving him a spirit.
Your flesh, in and of itself, can do nothing. It is just flesh, a body, a house – there are a lot of bodies in cemeteries, they cannot do anything. But put their spirit back in them and they come to life again. People spend lots of time and money pumping up their body, exercising, painting their body, cleaning their body, manicuring their body and many other functions.
So what determines what your body does? Two things – your heart and your soul. An example of this is Adam. After God made Adam and breathes into Adam the breath of life – Adam could have just laid there or stood up and done nothing. But Adam’s soul (mind, will and emotions) wanted to explore as we see in Genesis 2:15 – 20.
I ask God “lots” of questions. I asked God, How do I walk in the Spirit? How do I live in the Spirit? And how do I be led by the Spirit? Christians are told to do all 3 of these in Galatians 5:16, 18, 25.
 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
It wasn’t until God showed me all the decisions we make as man (mankind), come from our mind, our soul, that I understood. We think things through, we research ideas or products and processes. We study applications. We will look at what kind of a fitness program we start based on our research. We research products we buy, how to clean our house or how we take care of our property (land, house or products). We determine how we will do things based on our research.
We look at how do we raise our children, how to have a good marriage, what type of work we should pursue. We investigate geographic locations on where we should live, cost of living and retirement or savings. We base our decisions on our thoughts, our research, our emotions and even our desires. These are all soul decisions.
When we seek answers for direction – what job should I take, should I get a divorce, should I sell the house – are all questions we reason in our heart and mind – Our soul. When you ask someone, did God tell you to do this or that? And they do not know the answer – it is because they’re so used to making their decisions based on what they think – their soul. They live for themself. They live the way “they think”. Their way. Themself. We all do this.
Society – aka the world’s way – tells us to get educated in a field, work hard and you will make your worldly desires come true. Although they do not say worldly. Society also tells us to follow their ways, have their morals and do things the way they tell you to do them. This is not bad in itself – but when society’s ways go against God’s ways – we clash – Houston, we have a problem. Sadly, Christians, instead of being a light in this world, have compromised.
Mankind as a whole is not very patient. Especially today, in the 21st century, everything is instant. But God is very patient and sometimes we do not want to wait for God to teach us, show us or guide us, so we make decisions that negatively affect our life. And when you choose to be led by the Spirit – your soul – your mind – is going to give you a hissy fit. You’ll come up with all kinds of excuses why you should not let yourself listen to and hear what God is trying to tell you. Need an example? Okay.
We listen to our children play. And we hear them play. But if one starts to cry and we are busy doing something else, we don’t hear them. The results could be minor or catastrophic depending on why they cried. When we act out what our mind/soul tells us, or what our flesh is desiring, we aren’t listening to God. We are listening to our mind our soul and leaving God out of the decision. Keep in mind that our soul’s attributes include imagination, conscience, memory, reasoning and our affections.
There are many, many people – Christians included – who live life and do things based on what they think. They try to reason things out and then they act on what they decided. Sure they may pray about it or seek godly counsel – but their decisions are usually based on what their heart and mind decide. I was guilty of this for years, even after I got saved. But then God started teaching me things I knew nothing about – as a Christian – how to be led by the Spirit of God and not my own will or my own mind. We will look at this method of life, next time. God loves you – never forget that.