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Walking Life Out in Flesh or Spirit – The Difference

Getting balanced in life is hard for me.  Trying to focus on one thing is hard for most women because God made us multi-taskers.  Since I have been focused lately on my health I have neglected my writing in this area.  Although I did start another journal blog for my weight loss, I miss the depth of searching and writing for soul sake.  I have tons of projects going on in my head!  We moved and are remodeling in the entire process, along with the boys and helping them “grow up” makes me want to scream for more time.  I started a Bible study group here at my home so that has helped me too.  I know God is getting ready to do something amazing in my life and I must be healthy mentally, emotionally, physically and yes spiritually.

One way to view our nature is that we have a material part, our body, and an immaterial part, our soul and/or spirit.  We must live balanced in all these areas but we must also walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.  We constantly war against the flesh because we don’t want to die to self will.  Let me explain:

Our Body

It is by our body that we function.  It’s through our bodies that we connect to the physical world with our five senses.  Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit once we are saved.

Our Soul

Our soul is what gives us our personality and it’s through our soul that we live out our relationship with God, with other people and with our self. Our soul has three major components — our mind, will and emotions. Our mind has a conscious part and a subconscious part. The conscious mind is where we do our thinking and reasoning. The sub-conscious mind is where we hold our deep beliefs and our attitudes. It’s also where we have our feeling, our emotions and retain our memories. Our will is what gives us the ability to make choices. Through a very complex way, our mind, our will and our emotions are connected to the body through our endocrine, nervous and immune systems.  “The mind and body communicate constantly. What the mind thinks, perceives, and experiences is sent from our brain to the rest of the body.”

Our Spirit

I believe that it’s in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It’s through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God.  Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong.

Our spiritual health will have a significant impact on our emotional health , which will have a major influence on our physical health.

Many of us are affected by how we handle the stress that life brings us. If chronic stress is left unchecked, over a period of time our bodies will take a toll. A strong faith can help us to cope with the stress that we experience in our life and enable the impact of that stress to be less significant. Without a strong personal faith we must resort to our own resources to cope with the stress present in our life. Often we attempt to cope with this stress through addictions and other methods of escape. This behavior can further exacerbate the effect of stress on our physical health. A strong personal faith can be a resource that helps to manage stress.

Our beliefs and attitudes, determined in large degree by our faith, will play a major role in our thinking patterns. Our day to day thinking will have an impact on our emotions and feelings, and our emotions and feelings will have a major impact on our behaviors. In this regard, our thought patterns play a significant role in our emotional and physical health. It is important to control our thinking patterns so we can change our thinking, which can transform our life.

1.  To Live according to the Flesh: I Corinthians 3:3,   Romans 8: 8

Body:  Tension, migraine headaches, nervous stomach, hives, skin rashes, allergies , asthma, arthritis, heart palpitations, respiratory ailments, etc….

Mind: Double minded

                  Emotions: Unstable

                  Will: Gal 5:16-18

Spirit: Alive but quenched Romans 8:9 , I Thess 5:19

                                                      OR

2.  To Live in the Natural: In the Flesh : I Corinthians 2:14

Flesh: Romans 8:8 Though flesh can mean body, it is the learn independence which gives sin its opportunity.  The natural man who tries to find purpose and meaning in life independently of God is going to struggle with inferiority, insecurity, inadequacy, guildt, worry and doubts.

Body:  same as above

Mind: Obsessive thoughts, fantasy, etc.

                  Emotions: Bitterness, anxiety, depression

                  Will:  same as above (immoral, jealous, envy, drunkenness, strife, anger, etc)

                                                      OR

3.  TO LIVE IN THE SPIRIT – SPIRITUAL PERSON I Corth 2:15

Flesh:  The crucifying of the flesh is the believer’s responsibility on a day by day basis as he considers himself dead to sin.

Body: Temple of God (I Corth 6:19,20) We are to present as a living sacrifice, holy… Romans 12:1

Mind: Transformed, Single minded, Girded for action Romans 12:2, Phil 4:6-8, I Peter 1:13

                  Emotions: Peace (Col 3;15, Phil 4:4)

                  Will:  Walk after Spirit : produce fruit

Spirit: Salvation, Forgiveness, Assurance, Security, Acceptance, Worth. (Romans 8:9, John 3:3, I John 3:1,9, Acts 2;38, Heb. 8:12, Romans 8:16, Eph 1:13-14, 2:10

It is HIS SPIRIT that gives us the balance, rest, peace and joy to live in this world.  Grasp it!

 

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