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4/2 Our Human Spirit and Total Wholeness

A.  WELCOME BACK TO OUR BLOG ON TOTAL WHOLENESS!

You have come to a very different blog….but don’t they all say that?  Here, we have been examining what makes ‘Total Wholeness’.  It is our position that when all seven of the ‘parts’ of your personality meet in unity and harmony will you have wholeness as your Creator intended.  Do you remember what those seven parts are?

So far we have discussed two very important ‘parts’, seen as members in the setting of a ‘Boardroom’: the Mind and the Will.  We talked what they are and how these parts of your personality influence your total wholeness.  We even presented a Personal Worksheet for you to see the condition of your Will.

We even included a ‘Statement for your Will’ for you to pronounce for more wholeness for your Will.  Have you been practicing as we go along?  Would you like share about their adventures with the Mind or the Will in your boardroom?  If you have a good story, please let me know !!!

Today we continue on our journey for Total Wholeness by looking at another very important part: your Human Spirit.  Researching and writing about this ‘member’ of our Boardroom has been more important than I originally thought.  Much has been written from many different angles on this topic so we will venture into what has been written and what the Bible lays out as the foundational truths.

What is Creator God’s purpose for your spirit? Then what condition is your spirit in right now?  How can the spirit be brought into line with the Creator’s purpose?  We can tell that whenever the spirit loses this capacity to seek and embrace God, the soul’s desire to find God also begins to slip.

If this continues, the body joins the downhill slide until the whole being is further “darkened and blinded”.  The spiritual dimension also influences the physical body and life gets harder and harder.  As you can see, it is important that we stop and look at this very important part of our personality to reach any level of Total Wholeness!  We have written a practical worksheets, even found some YouTube videos and the included a guest post.

 

B.   WE ARE ONE BEING WITH DIFFERENT PARTS

1.  We are a one whole being yet with different parts

Our culture has tended to shift to the Greek, scientific way of thinking about life.  Certainly it is impossible to separate you from your Mind, your Conscience or your Will from your Emotions.  All of these ‘parts’ we are discussing on this Total Wholeness Blog overlap to make you, the whole person that you are.

However For the purposes of using the concept of the Boardroom, we have attempted to find a definition for the seven areas that makeup our personality.  We have presented these as the Mind, the Will, the Human Spirit, the Conscience, the Heart, the Emotions and finally the Body – which receives the benefits or illnesses of these other parts.

Only when we have seen how all these ‘parts’ fit together in unity can we have the health the Creator wanted for us.

2.  The Bible clearly shows that we are a three part being:

The body is the easiest to define.  This is our outer ‘house’ that we live in and what others see when they look at us.  We have our connection with this world through our five senses:  Sight, Smell, Hearing, Taste and Touch.  However, your body is not the total you.

The two following passages from the Bible clearly establish the fact that man is a tribune being composed of spirit, soul, and body:

“I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

…or another translation makes it even stronger:  “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

1 Thessalonians 5:23

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow (body), and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12

3.  What is the ‘Soul’ then?

For the purposes of our Boardroom example, we have defined the soul as the Mind, the Will, the Conscience, the Heart and the Emotions.  This leaves the body and the spirit separate yet very much influenced by the soul.

The soul is the place where your passions, feelings, desires of man and affections can be found.  Rights or wrongs, of love, hate, lusts, and even the appetites of the body are found in the soul.

We also have five entrances to the soul: Imagination, Conscience, Memory, Reason and the Affections.

It is easier to define ‘soul’ than ‘spirit’ for the simple reason that the word ‘soul’ in the Bible almost always refers to a human soul.

The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul….” Genesis 2:7.  The Creator gave the breath of life to Adam – and he became a Human Spirit.  By having this spirit, Adam became a living soul.

By laying out our terms, it is easier to see how the ‘parts’ of our personality either work together or against each other.  For example, the Conscience with its voice for right and wrong, may over-ride the emotions….or the Mind might dominate any heart need for security and healing.  For the majority of us, this journey towards harmony starts with the ‘parts’ in disarray and division.

So we continue with our journey toward Total Wholeness in our next post by looking at just what we mean by ‘human spirit’.  We’ll also spend some time looking at what our spirit is not.   In later posts, we’ll see how our spirit can be in different conditions, such as crushed, asleep or even broken.  So join us for our continued look at the Human Spirit,

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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