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Witness Between the Soul and the Spirit
The issue now is the same as it has always been:
Will we live out of our spirit, or will we live out of our soul?
The spirit is not opposed to the soul, but to the life that drives it. The spirit wants to rule the soul and direct it. But under domination of alien life, the soul refuses to be ruled. The spirit knows that the alien life must die. It must be cast out if there is to be peace. But the soul must decide if it is willing to submit to the spirit at the expense of suffering the death of its present life.
The spirit is an offense to the soul. Those ruled by the soul are offended by those who walk after the spirit. To walk out of the spirit, we must first have put down the authority of our soul. Our soul is to be subject to our spirit. The life of the soul is centred in self awareness. We must lose our self-centred awareness if we are to live in the spirit.
How do we know when we are walking out of the spirit? It is when we are dominated by the awareness of the presence of the Lord. The soul is the seat of our personality. The spirit is the seat of Christ’s personality in us. The personality of Christ wants to be Lord of our personality with all its limitations. The life of Christ begs to shine through our personality. This cannot happen unless we lose the first life of our personality.
The soul is continually offended by the life of the spirit. The spirit illumines the soul’s self-centredness for what it is. It condemns it in the flesh! Yet the soul does not repent of its sinfulness, but blames the spirit for its offense! The soul is self-centred and therefore interprets all in terms of itself. It interprets every confrontation or difference as a personal attack. But it is slow to repent.
Will we continue living out of our soul, or will we mature through offense unto self-denial and repentance to live out of our spirit under the authority of the awareness of the presence of the Lord?
At every offense we must ask, “What am I responding to?” Self-centred hurt or spirit galvanized conviction? Am I quick to blame the one I see as the source of my offense, or do I realize my primary responsibility for my own reactions?
If I am quick to blame the other, it proves the self-centred source of my offense. If however I perceive my responsibility for my reaction, I am quick to release my feeling to the Lord through forgiveness. For by forgiveness, I am released from the soul-life by which I found blame. My soul is saved a little bit more…..
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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