The Book of 1 Thessalonians 5:23 says, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This is proof that God Himself is very interested in our spirit, soul, and body. Furthermore, we see here that man is a spirit who lives in a body, and has a soul. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Here, we see that once you are born again, your spirit man becomes a new person. Even though you cannot see or feel it with the five senses of the human body, it doesn’t change the fact that you are born again. However, if your mind is still carnal, it is impossible to actually see who Christ has made you to be spiritually. You live a defeated life because you’re yet to see who you are spiritually as God’s child.
Galatians 5:16 says, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” What does it mean to live by the Spirit? This means allowing your spirit man to be sensitive to the Word of God. Jesus said in John 6:63, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” When Lazarus died in the Book of John chapter 11, his body and soul, together with his senses, were dead; but his spirit was alive. When Jesus arrived at Lazarus’ tomb four days after his death, John 11:43 says, “…Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus heard Jesus’ voice and arose from the dead immediately! This was so because his spirit man was alive, and was able to hear Jesus’ voice (God’s Word). We have to train ourselves to always allow our spirit man to hear God’s Word at all times, irrespective of the circumstances we find ourselves in, because we have God’s Spirit in us.
In the same manner, we have a life-giving spirit. Whenever we speak to the Spirit, He hears us beyond the carnal realm. The NLT version of James 1:21-22 says, “1 So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the message God has planted in your hearts, for it is strong enough to save your souls. 2 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself.” When you carry out an action, what informs your decision? Is it the Spirit or your emotions? When you’re born again, God’s Word constantly renews your mind, emotions, and will, thereby compelling you to obey God completely. The proof and the results in your Christian life are actually responding to the Spirit, and responding to the Spirit means responding to God’s Word—that is the meaning of living in the Spirit. When you live in the Spirit, your analysis of life is not based on the natural or flesh, but based on the Spirit.
James 1:23-25 also says, “2For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” The mirror of the spirit man is the Bible. If you trust your physical looks on the physical mirror, then as a believer, you should trust your spiritual looks on the spiritual mirror—God’s Word, which is the Bible. Make your decisions as a spirit man henceforth, with full confidence about what your spiritual mirror, the Word of God, says you are.