Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:23
When we talk about sin, we are referring to the wrong actions done in the flesh. It is our spirit that got born again when we gave our lives to Christ. The life of God is in our spirit. But God does not want it to end there. He wants His life to flow also to our soul (mind, will, conscience) and to our physical bodies - which carries out the bidding of our mind. This is very essential for us to be the perfect representation of God. The truth is, it's of no use being born again when you will not work towards renewing your mind and changing your actions (Ephesians 4:17-23)
1 Thessalonians 5:23 says: "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." This scripture makes us understand that God is not just interested in the state of our spirit but also the state of our soul and body. That is why scriptures say in James 1:21- "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." The Word of God is the instrument God uses to sanctify your soul. To change the way you think and channel your will-power to do His will (Philippians 2:13).
When He takes care of your soul through His Word, your body will naturally follow suit, because your will-power is now only receptive to the biddings of God. Because your affection is now on God's will, you are now capable of "mortifying your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry" (Colossians 3:5) God wants to give us the total package - spirit, soul and body, not just the spirit.
Keep winning daily.
Dear Lord, thank You because You are not only interested in the salvation of my spirit, but You are also interested in the salvation of my soul and body. I come under Your tutelage and guide, and I experience the total salvation You have for me, in Jesus' name. Amen.
By Ese Ehimare Dave