Our soul and spirit are two different entities in our human make-up. The spirit is dead in sin until reborn in Christ. Our soul is our thoughts, feelings and choices and it never dies.
Our soul and spirit successfully experience fulfillment in this life only through our relationship with Jesus Christ and by digesting every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
Jesus lived as the example of a human who spent more time ingesting the Word of God than He did consuming natural food (John 4:32). He preferred doing the will of God over eating.
In the same way that eating processed food makes us sick physically, the lack of a pure spiritual diet will make us ill spiritually (Romans 8:6).
We will kill our self by feasting on the wrong ingredients both physically and spiritually. We can adopt Paul's diet plan and feast only on what is pure and righteous (Philippians 4:8).
Satan attempts to keep us unhealthy, but he has no power or authority over us unless we grant it to him (1 Peter 1:18-19). His only tool is deception through lies.
As we submit to God and resist the devil, he flees. When we mature spiritually in Christ (James 4:7), Satan's deception, temptations, influence and accusations are weighed against the truth of God's Word and come up lacking every time.
Father God, at salvation the free gift of Your Spirit abides in us, and we no longer walk in the flesh; yet, if we make sin our lifestyle, this is proof that Your Holy Spirit does not dwell in us and we are not Born Again (Romans 5:15-25, 8:9).
Your mercy and righteousness are always available to wash us in regeneration and to renew Your Holy Spirit within us (Titus 3:5-6). You seal us in Christ with the Holy Spirit that You promised to send once Jesus resurrected into Heaven (Ephesians 1:13). You dwell within us and lead us each moment of the Day.
Thought for the Day:
When we focus our physical and spiritual eyes on Jesus, the initiator and perfecter of our faith, He enables us to take captive every thought that is not of Him and we are set free from Satan's influence and the flesh's desire to sin.
- Hebrews 12:2; 2 Corinthians 10:5