Joyce Meyer - Soul Control
How many of you know what your soul is? Eh, not everyone raised their hand, well, you know, I was probably in my 40s before I realized what mine was.
You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. A tri-part being. And when we're born again God comes to live and dwell in our spirit man. And God can't live anywhere that's not clean and holy, so He makes everything in our spirit right. That's why the Bible calls us saints and holy and says we've made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
It's everything that He's put in our spirit. We have the fruit of the Spirit in there. Do you know that deep in your spirit if you are born again you have love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, meekness, gentleness, and so, when we say, "I'm the righteousness of God in Christ," we're talking about that that God has given us as a gift and put in our spirit.
And you can even say, "I'm patient, I have self-control," because you do have it and I'm kind of like the coach that helps you learn how to use it. And so God wants everybody in the world and everybody that we deal with to see coming through our lives the good things that he's done in us and the good things they can have through a relationship with Him.
But if our soul, which is kind of the part between our spirit and our body, if the soul is all clogged up with junk and the soul is not brought under the control of the Spirit... See, you can be a christian and still have your soul be controlled by the flesh. But we can learn and that's what our journey's all about, to be honest. We're all on a journey of learning and becoming and changing and growing and maturing.
So, we're learning how to let the soul be controlled by the spirit man and when we take in the world and it's not just about reading a chapter a day or whether you need to or not, really you can sit in every meeting that I do for the rest of your life but if you don't really lock in and pay attention and kind of, like, eat that word and take it into you, even that won't do you a whole lot of good.
Because we've got information, information, information and we don't need more information, we need revelation. Things need to become real to us, amen? But when you really take the word in and I love how the amplified Bible puts it in Psalms, in some places and Proverbs, He says that we are to, "Hear the Word, love the Word, receive the Word and do the Word".
So, when we do the full package and we take that in our spirit man, now stick with me, gets stronger and stronger and stronger and stronger and when we stop feeding our flesh, giving into it all the time then it gets weaker and weaker and weaker and before long, our soul, which is our mind, our will, and our emotions, are being controlled by the spirit and we learn how to think right.
We learn that even though we feel something, we don't have to always do what we feel because we have become something and we can use our free will to do the will of God and that's what He wants us to do. Come on, give God a praise.