Body, Soul, and Spirit

This winter I was sick for 14 days. I had the flu and a sinus infection. I was stuck in the house and didn’t feel like going anywhere. Yes, I did go to the Doctor. He gave me some medicine and recommended rest. Doesn’t the bible say, use every method to heal yourself?  

He who is loose and slack in his work is brother to him who is a destroyer and he who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him who commits suicide. Proverbs 18:9 (AMPC) 

I decided I would use God’s Medicine too. I played the bible on my Kindle, Soaked in Christian Music on Healing, and listened to God’s Medicine by Kenneth E Hagan. Brother Hagan will even read you his book  on YouTube:  

 I fed on this Bible Medicine for the next 14 days and found it very helpful. This medicine heals the body, soul and spirit.

One night while I was soaking, my daughter came into the room. She snuggled into my bed to keep me company. Nick was in another room healing from the same ailments.  I was feeling better and coming to the end of most of my symptoms. Heidi and I went out to YouTube. We started watching an old Dolly Pardon/Porter Wagoner song and soon I was jumping through all the old-time country music I used to listen to when I was a kid. It was fun. We had a good time and lots of laughs, especially about the hairdos.   

The next day my sinus’ were really acting up. I had a sinus headache all day. That night I decided again to let my kindle read the bible to me. However, I found that I wanted to hear more of the music from the night before. It was a real struggle. Finally, I said to myself, “Listen, we are not going to listen to that music.” Most of that old music was not edifying. I enjoy love songs, but much of the music ended up saying something like, “your cheating heart” or “here’s a quarter, call someone who cares”. My daughter and I listened to a few of those songs but quickly moved on when we heard a few phrases about what the song was really saying.  I told her, “I don’t like the words to those songs” and we would move on. As I mentioned, I struggled to do the right thing. My heart really wanted to go back to God’s word. This is where my healing comes from.  Then the Lord reminded me of Paul’s letters.  

 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.  Galatians 5:17 (NIV) 

We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So, I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.  For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me.  What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death?  Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7: 14-25 (NIV) 

Wow, Paul went through the same struggles. I was encouraged by these words. I said out loud, “No, I am not going to listen to that old music. It’s not edifying. I want to hear the bible read out loud to me.” I turned on my Kindle and started listening. It took a few moments for my flesh to stop complaining but it finally settled in.  

Nick and I were talking about this a few days later. He asked, “Are you going to stop listening to that music completely? Are you going to avoid T.V. shows?” 

I said, “I am not going to put myself under condemnation and make rules. However, if I feed my flesh and soul with earthly things, then I need to give my spirit at least equal opportunely to feed on spiritual things.”  

This experience taught me another thing. My soul will join in with either my flesh or my spirit. My soul chooses the one that is stronger and bigger. If I constantly consume non-Christian music and T.V., I grow my flesh. My soul will lean toward the things my flesh hungers for.  But if I more regularly feed my spirit the Bible and Godly music, my soul begins to enjoy the things of the spirit. My soul goes where the banquet is. God’s spiritual food is an acquired taste though. We need to make an effort and start eating. The old phrase is true, “We are what we eat.” 

You know, we are a three part being. We are body (flesh), soul and spirit. I will conclude with a few verses that describe these three parts.  

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28 

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29 

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:26

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind Matthew 22:37 

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain Hebrews 6:19