Shortly after I was born again, the Holy Spirit showed me some things about my soul. I had a particular life situation in my 20’s that I corrected from the bootstrap perspective. I turned a tramp into a lady.
Once I was saved, God showed me that even though on the outside I was a lady, I still held on to a tramp mentality in my soul which means I was still a tramp in my mind. As a result, my emotions and feelings were not healed because I had hid this fact from myself really well. However, once the Holy Spirit caused me to be born again by overpowering my dark spirit with the light of His presence, I actually became a lady immediately, well before my soul realized it.
My point is that even though I was born again in the spirit, I still had to work out the salvation of my soul, which is a lifetime process.
To work out our soul’s salvation, we need to understand what our soul is and what its nature is. The soul has two natures, one good and one evil. You know it yourself. You can even find some good in a serial killer.
According to psychoanalytic theory, every human soul called the ego, has a dark side that is ruled by its lusts and passions. Combined with the body, the dark side of the soul is disobedient, willful, unruly, rebellious, hedonistic, in a constant search for immediate gratification of the senses of our body. In other words, “I see it, I want it, I MUST have it.”
The body is instinctual— motivated by biological urges and appetites that can only be temporarily appeased. KEY WORDS FOR THE FLESH ARE “LUST” AND “DESIRE!” However, the good side of our soul is balanced by a rational mind, willpower, emotions and feelings— faculties that constitute our personality.
Now besides individual personality, the soul itself has additional parts: mind, emotions, feelings, the heart or the cardia. Our will is also a part of the soul. As the instrument of our thoughts, the mind is the source of information, understanding and reasoning. Likewise, The willpower is the faculty for decision making, with the power of choice. It expresses either willingness or unwillingness: ie. “I will or I won’t!” The instrument for our “likes or dislikes, is the faculty of emotion.
God does not control our souls. In fact, He gave us will power and intelligence, expecting us to control it.
So when The Lord spoke to me regarding my “Lady and the Tramp issue,” He was not criticizing me for using my own natural faculties to pull myself up by my bootstraps. THAT IS A GOOD THING. He was just explaining to me that now that I had become born again, the nature of my spirit was changed from light to darkness. Consequently, If I walk in the spirit, I will not fulfill the lust of my flesh as a born again child of God. In this instance, the flesh is not the body. The flesh is the nature of the soul.
Here is an important thing to remember once you are born again. The spirit is immediately changed from darkness to light. The soul is still the same but it will be renewed and transformed by your new life in the spirit. The body RARELY changes. Also, the flesh is not always the body. When the bible refers to “the flesh,” it is a synonym for the carnal mind or carnality, human nature without God.
Make no mistake. The flesh is STILL there when we are born again. that is why we must crucify it, rendering it dead.
This is our job also. That is why we work out the salvation of our soul with fear and trembling. The Holy Ghost with help but if He is grieved, He will stand back and let us self-destruct. I have my share of falling as a born again person but ultimately, I received grace once I repented.
Some who become born again fall for the teaching of the IC that now that you have a new spirit, just sit back, become passive and let God become your puppet master. I know from personal experience that if you do that, the fake Jesus aka Jesus Sananda Immanuel will send one of his religious spirits–a fallen angel or a demon—to leap in on you like white on rice. Since these evil spirits can not torment you, they will use yet another weapon: DECEPTION. Your spirit is off limits to him but your soul is not.
The books that best address teachings on spirit, soul and body are Faces of the Religious Demon, Recovery in Christ, and the latest one, The Church of the End-time Zombies: A Guide to Religious detox. Find these books by clicking here.