For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
When I was growing up, I was taught that I could lose and gain my salvation at least 30 or 40 times a day. I was raised to think heaven was given to me by virtue of being perfect. My biggest fear was I would stand before God and still have some sin on my plate. By trying to live a perfect life, I was really in bondage. I would constantly ask myself, “Is there anything I need to repent of now?” If I couldn’t think of anything, I would just assume I needed to repent of being prideful. That was the way that my religion churned inside of me every day, and it was more of a battle than a lifestyle. It wasn’t until years later the battle ended, and it was the Word of God that defeated it. See, the Word of God can be alive and active in our lives and we need it for the battles that take place inside of us.
When God created us, He did so in His own image with a spirit, soul and body—and only one of those three can be in charge. Adam and Eve were ruled by their spirits because they had constant communion with God. However, after they sinned, they were ruled by their souls. That’s how we came into this world, too, ruled by our souls, which are comprised of the mind, will and emotions. Essentially, we have the knowledge of good without the power to do it, and the knowledge of evil without the power to avoid it. Our souls are in charge. Thankfully, though, someone shared the Word of God with us—Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”—and we were given the ability to commune with God.
Here’s the problem. We’re ruled by our souls until we give our lives to God—that could be 20, 30, 40 years—and then the spirit comes alive on the inside and we say, “I want God to rule my life.” But the soul says, “No way,” and a battle begins. The good news is the Word of God comes to cut us free from being controlled by the soul, and reestablish the very created order God desires for us. So when a battle between our soul and spirit is raging inside of us, we need to reach for the Word of God—it’s a sharp weapon that brings freedom.
Father, thank You for allowing me to hear Your Word and for the ability to commune with You each and every day. Give me not only the knowledge of good and the power to do it, but also the knowledge of evil and the power to avoid it. Allow my spirit to be in charge of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
John 8:31–32; John 10:28–29; 1 Thessalonians 5:23
by Marcus Brecheen
Taken from It Is Written, a Gateway devotion.