1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “And may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This scripture makes it clear; there are three parts to man:
- And, body
Most people would not disagree, but the part of the body we identify ourselves with will drastically change our perception of who we are and life around us.
I have always identified myself with my body, the outside part that I see. I would find myself getting frustrated when the things that I desired to manifest supernaturally didn’t.
A girlfriend of mine one evening was texting me about her health issues. She was very frustrated because she was believing for healing, and wasn’t seeing it manifest in her body. The Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me to tell her to separate her spirit from her body. Now I know this had to have been from God, because I had no idea what I was talking about.
This statement from the Holy Spirit really got me thinking, “What did you mean by that God?” Scripture started coming to mind, “That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of spirit, is spirit,” (John 3:6). “You however, are not in the flesh but in the spirit,” (Romans 8:9).
God was showing me that we are not our flesh. We shouldn’t identify ourselves with our flesh. My friend was identifying herself with her pain (the flesh) so she could not walk in the victory her spirit has in Christ.
Look at John 3. Here Jesus is teaching that unless you are born again, you cannot enter into the Kingdom. Nicodemus, a Pharisee was asking a pretty logical question: “Well, how can I enter into my mothers womb again?” Jesus tells him “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”
As believers, we were born of flesh first, and when we gave ourselves to Jesus, we were born of Spirit. In order to run this race called life – we have to have the proper equipment to qualify – which is a body. Equipment doesn’t win the race, the person operating the equipment does.
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 says, “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come.”
How cool! I know I have recited that scripture over and over again, but I didn’t understand what I was saying. We see here that we are to look at no one from a flesh perspective. Even Christ Himself is not regarded as flesh. If we are in Christ, we are a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come!
When you were born again, did anything on the outside change? No.
If you had straight teeth before, they were still straight. If you were overweight before, you were still overweight. The outside didn’t change; it was your spirit man that changed. Your spirit man has been made new.
Now if you look back at Romans 8:9 and John 3:6, you can see that you are now of the Spirit, and not of the flesh. When you identify yourself with your spirit, you see the things of Heaven show up here on earth!
In my next blog I would like to discuss with you what the benefits are of identifying yourself as spirit and not flesh. May God’s love overtake and overwhelm you!
By Jennifer Doebel, Guest Blogger