I have come to realize that I am broken.
We are all broken.
We were born broken -and- Our problem is too complex for us to fix!
Can we look at the instructions God gave Adam & Eve?
In Genesis 2:15-17 The Bible tells us that ”The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”
The question is what died that day?
- I think they died in their spirit
- They were separated from God
In Ephesians 2:1-5 It says that ”As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.”
- So before Christ we were followers of the ways of the world
- We gratified the desires of our bodies and followed our bodies desires and thoughts
- Now Jesus has made us alive where we were once dead (in our spirit).
In 2 Thessalonians 5:23 Pauls prayer is ”May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This passage tells us of the three components that make up our existence
- Physical body
- Our spirit is what allows us to have relationship with God
Hebrew 4:12 ”For the word of God is alive 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.”
The soul is the place where we have:
- We can see and touch our body
- We operate within our five senses
- We can easily fix and heal brokenness within our physical body
Matthew 22:37 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”
Jesus separates it like this:
- Mind – thoughts
- Soul – Personality
- Heart – Emotions
Galatians 5:16-17 “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not able to do what you want.”
I believe they are fighting for your soul:
- Fighting to get your emotions to side with them
- Fighting to get your thoughts to side with them
- Fighting to get your will to side with them
Luke 9:23 “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
Titus 2:11-12 “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”
Romans 8:5-8 “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.”