“Watch, I’ll show you what I’m made of,” we say when we want to show others our strength or capabilities. Wouldn’t it be cool to figure out what we are really made of? And I don’t mean like skin and bones. I mean how we are put together.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete… 1 Thessalonians 5:23
the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Genesis 2:7
In the Bible we find an account of the creation of man that can be really helpful in figuring out the make-up of our being..
“God formed the man from the dust of the ground…”
God formed a physical structure which had no life in and of itself.
…He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”
The Spirit of Life, the Spirit or breath of God entered the inanimate form
The man became a living being…( a self or a soul)
The man became an independent entity, still containing the breath of life, the Spirit of God.
Man became a physical form, made to be an independent being (a soul), containing the breath of God. What made the man who he was came from the fact that he was born from the breath of God.
Living from this center, from the Breath of God, meant that through his physical self, God Himself was empowering Adams life.
When Adam sinned, it was the Breath that left him. The “self” remained, but it was disconnected. A soul without the Spirit. While the spirit had been the way the man connected to God and the spiritual realm, the soul was how the man interacted with his natural environment. Without the Spirit his mind, his will, andhis emotions, became his source of power, and source of truth.
When we are “born again” it is this Spirit which is birthed in us, or gives us birth from the Heavens (spiritual realm).
Once the Spirit of God is re-established in us, we are still faced moment by moment with the exercise of the will as to whether we will live from the Spirit within us, or whether we will live out of our soul.
Living by the Knowledge of Good and Evil still has us living from the soul, our disconnected self. Knowing God, the Tree of Life, restores a power source, greater than us.
Thinking from the mind, will and emotions is different than tapping into the Spirit of God and having your mind renewed. This is the kind of “thinking differently” we are after.