There are seasons of sorrow we must pass through. These seasons are inevitable. God Himself is the creator of them. When we are abiding on a certain spiritual level, we can only see our need from the level we have attained. It may seem that all is right and wonderful in our lives; God is speaking, and we are learning and ministering. But as we ascend upward into new realms in God, these new realms bring an exposure. They bring an exposure of our need in a way that we could not see before. This is why Jesus told the disciples what He did in John 16:
12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
Jesus had many things to say to the disciples, but they were not yet on a level where they could hear them. Jesus was telling them that the Holy Spirit would guide them into the truth as they were able to bear it.
The soul realm within up has many drives and motivations we do not recognize until we come to a level in Christ where our eyes are opened. When we see things about ourselves and we have the realization that what we see does not pass muster in the kingdom of God, it produces grief. And it should. This is God’s design. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not a regression. It is only because we are spiraling higher that we see our need in a greater way. If we are not seeing our need in a progressive way, then we are not ascending spiritually. We only think we are. This is the great downside to drinking from many waters. When we jump from revelation to revelation, a false sense of spirituality is created. We deny the Holy Spirit the opportunity to work a true, living word deep within our hearts. The seal of a living word operating in our lives is the progressive exposure of the Adamic soul life.
1 ¶ In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.
2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”
4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.
5 ¶ Then I said, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”
It took a greater revelation of the Lord for Isaiah to see his deeper need. The revelation of the Lord to us will progressively reveal our needs to us. “Need” is defined here, not as some hidden sin, but as the innate drives and motivations of the Adamic soul-life itself.
When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”
5 Simon answered and said, “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but I will do as You say and let down the nets.”
6 When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break;
7 so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.
8 But when Simon Peter saw that, he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
9 For amazement had seized him and all his companions because of the catch of fish which they had taken;
The manifestation of the Lord caused Peter to fall at Jesus’ feet saying, “Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” Until this manifestation of the Lord Peter had no consciousness of being “a sinful man.” And so it is with us. A progressive revelation of the Lord will always lead to a greater revelation of our soul-flesh nature. This is the practical means by which we experience the separation of soul and spirit.