From Soul to Spirit

Many books have been written on the visions, dreams, and miraculous ways in which God leads us. I do not discount these leadings of the Lord. Many dreams, etc., have come to me over the years revealing God’s purposes. However, I have found that the further we move into God, the less these manifestations occur. You would think it would be just the opposite, but it is not so. God is not interested in putting on a show for us. His one goal is to create the maturity of sonship in us. Because this is true, we learn to walk with the never ending pressures upon the soul life. These pressures crush the soul life  that we might be free in our spirits to know Him. We should all be able to discern and identify our spirits as separate entities from our souls. This new day of the Kingdom that God is opening is a day of spirit. It is a great transition from soul to spirit. It is in our spirits that changes come. It is in our spirits that we take on the nature of Christ. As anyone who has ever had an experience with God knows, the blessing lingers for a season, then fades. It is like the glory that Moses had when he came down from the mountain. He face so shown that he had to wear a veil so that the people could look at him. But that glory eventually faded. So it is with the soul realm. The soul life cannot sustain the blessing of the Lord indefinitely. As the blessing of the Lord fades, it is the nature of the soul life to begin looking for a fresh blessing. And so it becomes an endless cycle. How is it that people can go for years, having great experiences, and still not mature into the deeper things of God? If the blessings and revelation we receive from God do not penetrate deep into our spirits, we don’t change. The day of spirit is a day of impartation. The soul life learns through process, here a little, there a little. But the transformation we desire comes through exposure. The Lord imparts to our spirits, and as the revealing of the Lord is established in our spirits, we change. The blessings that don’t penetrate into our spirits are superficial, regardless of how wonderful they may appear at the time.

A few days ago my wife had a moment of frustration and exclaimed, “It just seems like I am hobbled, I can’t get anything from the Lord.” She was looking for the leading of the Lord on certain issues. She left the room and what she said just kept lingering in me. It just kept building in my spirit until I realized it was God speaking. It is the soul life that wants God to draw us a road map. It is the soul life that desires for God to give us clear and unmistakable directions. The soul life wants it easy. And when we are young and spiritually immature, God does lead us in a straight line with unmistakable manifestations. But as we grow in Him, the leading of the Lord changes. It becomes more difficult for the soul life to ascertain God’s leading. There is a brother I have known for over 30 years. He likes to tell the story of how God spoke to him in an audible voice one day. He went for a few days after that feeling very spiritual. Then the Lord spoke to his heart telling him He spoke audibly because he couldn’t hear any other way. This humbled him as he realized God spoke audibly because he was immature, not mature. This is not to imply that if God leads us in obvious supernatural ways we are automatically immature, but rather to give us understanding of why certain areas of our relationship with Him dry up. The soul life will have more and more difficulty knowing the voice of the Lord as He brings us forth. Everything of sonship is geared toward knowing the Lord inwardly in our spirits. His voice becomes like the still, small voice that Elijah heard.

1st kings 19:
11  Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12  and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
13  So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

The great and strong wind, the earthquake, and fire are all symbolic of the clatter of the soul realm. God’s still, small voice is indicative of His presence in the Holy of Holies, our spirits. As mentioned in the message In the Secret Place, with God, less is more.

Acts 17:
24  “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;
25  nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things;
26  and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,
27  that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28  for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children
.’

As we mature, God continually disappears on us. There is something very specific He is after in these disappearing acts. Verse 27 speaks of groping to find Him. This is exactly what God ordains. There is a “groping” for him that occurs in our spirits. This groping is a reaching and searching to lay hold of God in a new way. The groping is an exercise that strengthens our spirits in Him. It establishes His word in us. It is very much a faith endeavor.

The manifestations of the Lord that thrill us grow less as we grow up. When God ordains a new phase for our lives, nothing of past ways of relating to Him will work. Hence, we begin to grope, we “search” for Him afresh in our spirits. All the wonderful words and prophecies that are spoken to us begin their fulfillment in such a manner. Prophecies over us may begin with a bang, but they are fulfilled in devastation. The wisdom of the Lord ordains this because it is the means by which we are perfected in our spirits. Everything of a lasting nature in our lives is established in our spirits first. Soul and body are transformed according to the work done in our spirits. The anointing of the Lord always flows from top to bottom (Ps.133). The frustrations we may feel at times in trying to get hold of God are designed to work His nature deep into our spirits. At times our soul lives may feel as if we are losing out with God, but nothing could be further from the truth! This constitutes the rigors of sonship and there is no other way. When we realize this, we also realize that regardless of how much “teaching” is out there on becoming sons, only a few are entering in.

This message is not meant to be a put down of anyone. It is meant as an encouragement for those who might be languishing or unsure of what is happening to them. It is according to 1st Pet. 4:

12 ¶  Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;
13  but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

 

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