Soul or Spirit?
Drug addicts have an extremely hard time of it. In the same way, Christians have a struggle breaking free from the influence of the flesh. Sometimes, though, we have to step apart from what we feel or want. Our desires and instincts have such a powerful hold on us that every once in a while we should be ruthless about stepping away from their influences. Why? It is because the natural man or, more accurately, the soulish man has a difficulty in accepting what the Holy Spirit wants to teach us or to lead us toward. A soulish man has been captured by the emotions, moods, and instincts of the flesh. Paul spoke of that in 1 Corinthians 2:14:
But a natural [or soulish] man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1Corinthians 2:14).
But even after we shake loose of the influence of the flesh, we have to be careful to understand the things of the Spirit of God. The word appraised in Greek means to carefully examine and peruse. The spiritual man still has the responsibility of prayer, study, and reflection. He will find that a joy and not a burden because he will be examining the beautiful truths of God.