The transition from soul to spirit is exactly the same as the transition that was made by Israel after they had celebrated the Passover on the plains of Jericho.
9 Then the LORD said to Joshua, “Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” So the name of that place is called Gilgal to this day.
10 ¶ While the sons of Israel camped at Gilgal they observed the Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month on the desert plains of Jericho.
11 On the day after the Passover, on that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain.
12 The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year.
Israel had crossed over the Jordan River and entered Canaan, the land of promise. They would no longer be wandering in the wilderness, but possessing their inheritance. Crossing the Jordan was significant. It was leaving one realm behind and entering another. Upon crossing the Jordan, all the men of war were circumcised because they had not been circumcised during the 40 years of wilderness wandering. They then celebrated the feast of Passover. Verses 11-12 are significant. On the day after celebrating the Passover, Israel ate some of the produce of the land. The day after eating the produce the manna ceased. Israel had eaten the manna for 40 years during their wilderness wanderings. They did not have to do anything to receive the manna, just go outside their tents each morning and pick it up. Entering the land of Canaan constituted a new realm of relating to God. Now, they would have to vanquish their enemies and take for themselves God’s provision. Being nourished from the promised land would be far different than just having manna appear each morning. From the crossing of the Jordan onward, everything they received in the way of their inheritance would have to be taken.
Jesus told the disciples in Mat 11, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” It’s significant that Jesus referenced John the Baptist. John came preaching “the kingdom of God is at hand.” He was the forerunner of Christ, and of a new age opening. It is also important to understand that “the kingdom of God” was preached by both John the Baptist, and Jesus. It is the kingdom that is taken “by force.” What came after the day of Pentecost was the opening of the church age, which has been an expression of the predominately soul realm. But the message of John and Jesus was, “The kingdom is at hand.” Mystically, the day of spirit was being proclaimed although it would be another 2000 years before its full expression. We are entering that expression now.
Our transition from soul to spirit is the same transition that Israel made when they entered Canaan. The Lord has been preached primarily as a God apart from us on whom we must wait in order to receive His blessings. The day of spirit, in which we relate to God solely through our own spirits, is far different. The soulish realm has within it the realm of religion, and religion is filled with passivity. Functioning in the realm of spirit completely eliminates passivity as it is based upon a continual appropriation of God’s provision for us. It is true that God fought for Israel, helping them possess their inheritance, but He didn’t do it for them. They had to literally take what had been given to them. God told Joshua, “You are old and advanced in years, and very much of the land remains to be possessed” (Josh. 13:1). We are just beginning to appropriate our inheritance in Christ. It is a sobering realization that we will not move forward at all without our conscious, deliberate appropriating of God’s provision.
In the day of spirit opening, God is not going to “bless us” beyond our drawing it with our spirits. Drawing and receiving from God is a faith endeavor. It is based upon His word to us, not our feelings and emotions at any given moment. Each new step we take into this new day dawning will be because we have deliberately reached into it with our spirits. We are to become the “children” who inherent Canaan.
26 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
27 “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me.
28 “Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you;
29 your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me.
30 ‘Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 ‘Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey — I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.