KNOW HOW WE WERE CREATED
Knowing how God designed us is essential to discover an untapped power within our soul. In this the soul cleanse is crucial. We begin in Genesis 2:7 where it states, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. God created man of the dust. God shows us that man is a compound being, comprised of a spirit, soul, and body. The body came out of the dust of the earth; the soul as a result of the breath of God. Hence, the soul and body are distinct as the Spirit, but the spirit and soul are tightly woven together. Often the soul and spirit are synonymous with each other.
While the body derives its origin from the earth, or as עפר aphar implies, the dust, the soul was "God breathed into Adam’s nostrils where he received the breath of life and became a living soul". By this breath of God expanded his lungs and set them in play, carried by his inspiration, both spirit and soul. The man became a living being (lit., "a living soul"). From that point, we became the highest life form on earth. Although history proves man's behavior is a distant reality from this at times, nevertheless, man became a spiritual person with a capacity for serving and fellowshipping with God.
The Hebrew words, Nefesh, neshama, and ruach, signify the soul. The soul is likened to the breath of air. Think of the air in the mouth of a glassblower ready to inflate the hot glass. With metaphor, it breaks down the processes into three parts.
1. The first part, neshama, is the divine puff waiting to be released because it is still in the glassblower's cheeks. It corresponds to the divine air or breath, s neshama is our divine connection to God.
2. Second, when the air leaves the glassblower's mouth, it flows down a tube, the tube connects the glassblower and his work. In the same sense, the ru'ach dwells in the connection between the physical and the spiritual. The wind, or the ru'ach, flows through the tube enters the material, Adam, as he became a living soul.
3. Third, his Nefesh, or soul, is given shape, character, and distinction by God in His hand to form man into His image.
Since the fall of man, and God's subsequent plan to redeem humanity through His Son Yeshua, a man was destined to take authority over his soul upon coming to faith. Remember, your soul always wants to go, rogue, until it begins coming under the authority of the Spirit of God. This struggle between the two endures as long as we are in this corporal shell on earth as well. It gets easier though. The Apostle Paul deals bountifully with this in Romans 7:15-20
“ 15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. 16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me"..”
The psalmist gives his version in chapter 43: 5, “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why are you disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Indeed, carnal mindedness has its roots in the temporal realm, and it hinders our soul. But also, notice how he speaks in the second person to his soul. This is a clue of what you will discover during the time of the soul cleanse. Every individual is a composite creation of body, soul, and spirit. We were created in the image of God, received the breath of God, and became a living soul.
When we received Yeshua, the Holy Spirit entered our life and redeemed our soul, then an emotional and spiritual metamorphosis began, whereby our God-given spirit man, begins to take reign over our soul. Your spirit man comes under the transformative work of the Holy Spirit, called “sanctification”. Recall, every person is known by the spirit within them; it proceeds and follows them. You can see it on their body language, their eyes, how they speak, and their facial expression. Some people have a critical spirit, a downcast spirit, a depressing and negative countenance. Conversely, there are those that are positive, encouraging, uplifting, and do not have a judgmental spirit. Man’s spirit is part of the woof and fiber of our soul, and both are inseparable because our soul becomes an expression of our spirit, and the body becomes an expression of our soul. This is explained further as we proceed. But even when a man grows as the Psalmist says, “estranged from the soul,” his life is carnally driven because he has a carnal soul not yet redeemed by the power of God.
PARTNERSHIP OF SPIRIT,
SOUL AND BODY
What is being stated simply is this that man’s unredeemed spirit shapes his soul towards carnal things, while a man’s redeemed spirit shapes his soul towards Godly and Christ-like character. What is revealed is a composite creation made of a tri-unity, of spirit, soul, and body.
But how do they interact with one another? The Spirit drives the soul, and the soul drives the body. Notice, the diagram on the left, and the diagram below exhibit the more defined relationship. Visualize the Spirit of God or the Holy Spirit as your command center. Your soul is the brain center, and the body carries out the commands that have come from the soul.
Of course, this all happens faster than lightning. So fast that we are unconscious of the chain of command that occurs every minute and second of the day. A triunity of our creative process is always operating. To an extent not seen before, I discovered these processes first hand when God unhinged my soul and spirit upon physical death. But God didn’t put back the same way either. I live each day with daylight between my spirit and soul. Needless to say, I live differently now. I am aware of my spirit, and the spiritual realm as real as the material and earthly realm now.