It’s very difficult to make the transition from soul to spirit. This is because we fail to recognize one realm from the other. When we use the term “spirit,” we are referring to our human spirits. This is the part of us that is joined to the Lord. All of our emotions and feelings belong to the realm of our souls. When we “feel” the presence of the Lord it’s because our soul lives have come alive in some way to His presence abiding in our spirits. The transition that God is ordaining is one in which we become aware of Him in our spirits, regardless of how we feel. The fact is, when we get “in tune” with our spirits, our soul lives always follow. Christianity however, experiences it exactly the opposite. Christians tend to wait until they “feel” God’s presence before they act or believe He is leading or speaking to them.
What is happening at this juncture in time is that God is opening a higher realm for His people to move into. We must walk with a consciousness of our own spirits. We must be able to discern between our souls and our spirits. God has granted an unlimited access to Himself. In our spirits there are no barriers to beholding the Lord. In our souls this cannot be said. When God pulls away from our soul realm consciousness of Him, we say God is dealing with us, or He is putting us through the fire. These are terms that apply to the soul realm, and they are accurate if we live in that realm only. In days past, God dealt with His people in the soul realm because that was the realm in which He manifested Himself. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross opened the dispensation of soul to God’s people. Prior to Jesus’ first coming, God’s dealing were predominately on the physical plane. His blessings were on a physical plane. You don’t read too much in the Old Testament about the inward man. This is why Jesus came proclaiming such things as, “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus was elevating things from one level into a higher one. Now, it wasn’t just a physical act, but a matter of the heart. The drives and intents of the heart embrace the soul life. This is a higher realm than the physical.
The pressures and work of the cross in the realm of our spirits do not come to deal with behavior, good or bad. The pressures come to drive us out of the soul realm completely. God will allow the pressures of life, the adverse circumstances, and the absence of His presence to continue in us until we think we are going to burst. Unconsciously, we try to hold on until “God meets us.” This is still soul realm thinking and it is ingrained in us. If we think God is trying to accomplish something in us by what comes our way, then we are thinking on too low a level. He is pushing His sons out of a lower realm so that they can experience the fulfillment of His word in a higher realm. It is important to understand the dealings of God upon the soul life have been very valid. This is why we revert back to soul realm thinking when God begins to allow pressures to build up in us. The truth is, that if we are contending to walk as sons, it’s because God has brought us to this place. And if He has brought us to this level of hunger and contending, then the soul realm dealings in our lives have been completed. Accepting this is of the utmost importance. If we cannot accept it, and feel the need for God to perfect us on a soul level, we will always be going through some trial until they are pitching dirt on our graves. We will wander in the wilderness as the Israelites did for 40 years before dying. If we cannot make the transition, we are still God’s people, that is not the issue. He still loves us. Nevertheless, we will not inherit with the sons God is bringing forth. His inheritance is made manifest in the realm of our spirits. We must be abiding there to experience it.
We would be quite surprised to know how deeply God is not interested in putting His sons through things simply to correct their soul life. We need to crucify that kind of thinking. It is a renewing of the mind that brings us into the realm of our spirits. We must think differently. We must react differently to the adverse circumstances that come our way. God will allow our worlds to collapse on us, not because He is refining or dealing with us, but to prompt us to relate to Him on a higher level. Period. Moving into the realm of our spirits is the sum total of all His dealings that come on a lesser level.
There are some simple exercises we can do to validate this message. God can teach us how to become aware of our spirits apart from the soul life. We can learn how to rise in our spirits until we are consciously aware of His presence. Each time we do this, we will experience the reality of the plowman overtaking the reaper. The growing season disappears because it exists only in the soul realm. There is no time or distance in our spirits. This is the entrance into the kingdom of God. Sons must come forth in the higher realm of their spirits. All the lessons we learned in previous days concerning God’s grace, of trusting Him explicitly, of His unchanging love for us, come into focus here. They become the foundation on which we stand in rejecting a realm that has very convincing feelings that often times contradict what God is really saying to us. Do we see how it all dovetails together? God spends a lifetime teaching us of His love and grace, of how He thinks of us, in order for us to apply these lessons in such a time as this. It’s time a for sons to appropriate their inheritance.
1 ¶ Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything,
2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father.
3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world.
4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
6 Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”
7 Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.
Let’s apply the above verses to leaving one realm to abide in another.