The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

July 10: Differentiating Between the Spirit and the Soul

1 Corinthians 14:14

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful.”

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.”

 

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.”
There is a clear cut difference between the soul and spirit of man. It is important to be able to tell the difference between the soul and spirit of man because God leads us through our spirit. Confusion sets in when one cannot tell whether a prompting is from one’s spirit or from the soul. God wants us to have good discerning to be able to tell the difference between the witness of the Spirit of God to our spirit and soulish promptings. Romans 8:16 tells us that the Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. The Spirit of God does not bear witness with our mind that we are children of God; He bears witness with our spirit. Therefore, when it comes to truly knowing that we are children of God, we must look inward within our spirit for the testimony of the Holy Spirit. In the same vein, the Spirit will bear witness with our spirit as to the knowledge of the will of God for us. It is therefore paramount to know the difference between the soul and spirit of man.
It is easy to differentiate between the spirit and the body because one is spiritual and the other is physical; but differentiating between the spirit and the soul is not as easy since both are in the unseen realm. Many believers pick signals from their souls, and assume it to be from their spirit. Today’s opening Scripture shows us clearly that there is a difference between the spirit and the soul. It says the Word of God is life-giving 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. Hence, there is difference between the soul and spirit of man since the Word can divide between them.

You must know that your spirit is different from your soul. 1 Corinthians 14:14 also shows the difference between the spirit and soul of man. Meditating on God’s Word will help you discern the difference between your spirit and soul. Through meditating on God’s Word, your soul becomes renewed, and is able to easily discern the will of God. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be conformed to the world but to be transformed by the renewing of the mind to be able to prove the will of God. Therefore, meditating and practicing the Word is our ability to discern between the soul and
spirit. Praise God!

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I give attention to meditating in God’s Word consistently, hence I am able to easily differentiate between the promptings of my spirit and the suggestions from my mind. I declare that I am not confused. Amen.

Further Meditation: Psalms 23:3; James 1:21-22.

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