Today I want us to be able to mediate on something: that we are a spirit, with a soul, and housed in a body. Now this is definitely to deep for us to go into all in one post, but the Lord has helped me to break it down like this.
When Jesus spoke to Nicodemus in John 3:3 saying "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." He was letting him know that spiritually he would have to be reborn. And we know this is true because when Nicodemus asked him, "How can man be born when he is old? ...Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born!" Nicodemus was talking about being reborn flesh wise. So Jesus let him know that was not what He was referring to saying: "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. FLESH GIVE BIRTH TO FLESH, BUT THE SPIRIT GIVES BIRTH TO THE SPIRIT.
What am I saying here? I'm saying that you are a spirit! From Genesis 1:26-27
"Let us make man in our image, in Our likeness....So God created man(kind) in his own image; in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them. To solidify this...in John 4:24 the scripture says: "God is Spirit..." so know that you are spirit. This is where the Lord communes with us. It is the part of us that Jesus died to save! It is who will dwell with Christ forever(for those of us who accept Him as Lord and Savior).
So that's why when you read in 1John4:1 "Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world," we are to know that when someone is speaking, we are to discern what's coming out of their mouth by the word of God.
In doing this we then dictate to our Soul. Our soul is NOT our spirit...they are two different parts of us. How do we know this? Well Hebrews 4:12 "For the WORD OF GOD is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to DIVIDING SOUL AND SPIRIT, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart(spirit). Now remember our spirit is reborn(saved) but our soul must be transformed, conformed to the will of God. Soul=mind will emotions...Romans 12:2 "'Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
When we come to know the will of God for our lives (we all out here seeking out our purpose, not understanding that it's in being transformed in the way we think..your spirit was reborn but you have to cultivate your mind to not think like SOCIETY) we can walk in peace do all that God has created us to do, by faith in Him to complete what He started in us.
Now this leave the body. The body will die. It will perish. It's simply the "housing' unit that our spirit dwells in. It's the part of us that others see. Yet remember God looks at the heart. (samuel 16:7) ..side bar: it's always funny when people say, "God knows my heart" and I'm thinking He sure does, so I pray that your heart(spirit) desires to do right...lol. Your body was never designed to dictate to you. Ever! Your body suppose to get it's "orders" from your soul, which received it's orders from your spirit..which got instructions from: GOD THE FATHER.
So when doing anything ask yourself which one is dictating this decision? Spirit/Soul/Body...if the instructions didn't come in that order..stop! And start the decision making progress over. Pray/Listen/Act