Have you ever thought about the egg? It’s hard shell – sometimes white, sometimes brown, sometimes clean, and sometimes dirty. The shell of the egg is what touches the world. They are nice to decorate and then sit around and stare at the beauty you have created. But basically they are not really good for much more than holding the insides in place. If you break the shell and separate it from the egg you can’t even say that the shell is an egg anymore. It’s just a shell and therefore good for nothing more than tossing in the trash. Then there is the lovely white that sits between the shell and the yolk. It can be used to make the sweetest desserts that appease the palate and tempt the flesh – mmmm. And finally there is the yolk. The ‘meat’ and life of the egg.
Have you ever thought about you; your body, your soul, and your spirit? Have you ever compared yourself to an egg? It’s a pretty good analogy. Your body is like the shell of the egg. You can decorate your body, make it look real pretty and then sit around and stare at the beauty you have created. Your body is what physically touches the outside world with its five senses. It can hear, see, smell, touch, and taste. But if the body is broken and separated from the soul and the spirit, it is then good for nothing more than to be buried or burned. The soul is like the white of the egg. It is a barrier between our spirit and our body. Our soul is what carries our emotions and our feelings. Then there is our spirit; the ‘meat’ of who we are and our very life. For where there is spirit, there is life. There cannot be life without a spirit. Our spirit is who we truly are.
Just like you can scramble together the yolk and the white until the two seem the same and inseparable, in your mind you can scramble together the soul and the spirit until the two seem as though they are one. We are constantly ruled by our emotions and our feelings. We feel sad – so we act sad, we feel mad so we act mad, we feel happy so we act happy, etc., etc., and on we go with this roller-coaster of a life.
But if we look at ourselves in the mirror of God’s Word – the truth of who we really are, we will see that the soul and the spirit are different and separable. However, only the light of the Word of God can truly separate the two. (Hebrews 4:12) This is done by the renewing of the mind with the truth of God’s Word. Who does God’s Word say that you are? It says you are God’s child. It says you are fearfully and wonderfully made, it says you are the healed, the saved, and the sanctified child of the Most High God. It says you have been made righteous, it says you can enter into the very throne room of God. It says you have the same resurrection power in you that raised Christ from the dead. It says that you don’t have to receive any words that have been spoken against you, but you can refute them as part of your inheritance and therefore they can do you no harm. The list goes on and on and on- God’s promises are amazing and freeing! But only to those who know them, believe them, and apply them.
So often we wonder how we can have peace in the midst of a storm. If we live according to our soul with its emotions and feelings then we can never have real peace and the imitation peace we get is fleeting at best. But if we learn to let the spirit take its rightful place in our lives (first place) then we will teach our soul the truth so it will come in agreement with our spirit and our bodies will have to submit. However the spirit will never have first place within us as long as God’s Word is not first in our lives. A renewing of the mind is a conscience effort. God’s Word says, “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman who needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”. (2 Tim. 2:15) God’s Word does not say, “Read to show thyself approved”, it says, “study…” and it also calls those who do so “workmen” not “hobbyists”.
How is it that so many Christians seem to be very good worriers when God commands us throughout His Word not to worry about anything! And it says not to fear approximately 365 times. Worry and fear go hand in hand. The reason we worry and fear so much is simple. It is because we have not renewed our minds with the Word of God and so we are ruled by our flesh, and our emotions, and not our spirit. To live a victorious life it is essential that we learn to look intently into the mirror of God’s Word and learn who we truly are in Him. Then we must apply this to our lives and act upon what we have read. Faith without works is dead. Only then will we live the fullness of this life that we are supposed to be living.
Here’s an example – we read in God’s word and know that it says we are conquerors and more than overcomers, but when we make a mistake or something goes wrong in our lives, we sit down and have a pity party. This is when we are not being doers of the Word. We are allowing ourselves to be ruled by our emotions and our flesh. God’s word says that we must crucify the flesh daily. Look at what Jesus suffered through when He was crucified on the cross. Crucifying the flesh is not easy, but we are to be doers of the Word, so crucifying the flesh is what we must do – daily.
So now, let me encourage both you and me that the next time we have a seemingly bad day, or week, or year, let us open up the mirror of God’s Word and find out who we truly are in Christ. Do not allow this world that Satan is the god of (2 Cor. 4:4), rule our emotions. Command our spirit to take control of our emotions and our flesh. Let’s be the children of God that we were created to be!
In summation; we are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. Our body has a purpose but only does what the spirit and soul lead it to do. Our soul (emotions) will desire to automatically take control because this is how we have been trained since we were born. But the born again child of God has a re-created Spirit made in the image of God and is filled with the fullness of God. God’s Holy Spirit abides in our spirit. There He will lead us, guide us, and teach us. We are the temple of the Holy Ghost. Our soul and our body should be in total submission to our spirit. As we renew our mind in the mirror of God’s Word and learn to listen to and obey the Lord, we will live the full overcoming, fulfilling life that God has already provided for each of us to live. Let’s do it!
The mind of sinful man [Or mind set on the flesh] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (Romans 8:6)
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body,” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” (Eph. 3:14-21)