by Mark Heatherly
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The following is an illustration that came to me this morning in morning revival with the Lord.
This illustration is to show the problematic condition of the average Christian concerning his tripartite being. Since the believer has his spirit enlivened and regenerated at the moment of new birth he now has a newer third part added to his being. The outer most part is of course the body which relates to the physical realm, the inner part which we call the soul and it’s ability to relate to the psychological realm and then the newer part, the spirit which of course relates to the spiritual dimension. This latter part is deep within the soul. To illustrate you could draw a big circle to represent the body, then a smaller one inside that circle to represent the soul, and then a smaller one yet inside that one for the spirit. Thus you have 3 concentric circles.
Okay, now then imagine that the outermost part, the body, were a clear glass. The middle part was water and the very center there was a light bulb. (Let’s just assume that this light was somehow in the on position and sealed so that the water and electricity do not come in contact and we get shocked. LOL)
As for the present condition of the average Christian, let’s add into the water (the soul) another element which we shall call the world and all it’s activities, concerns, pressures, culture, pleasures and the “flesh“ which is very much attracted to all that is in the world. We will just liken all of this to dirt and pour it in the water and stir. What happens ? The water becomes very cloudy and murky. What happens to the light within ? It still shines bright but it cannot be seen from the outside because of the element of dirt that clouds and darkens the water.
In my reading this morning, the Lord related this to me as Jesus said, “He who loves his life (in this world) loses it and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to eternal life”. This actually speaks of the transformation that must take place regarding the place and the relationship of the spirit and the soul within our bodies and it’s relationship to the Father God.
God is the inner light that shines ever so brightly within our spirit, the innermost part of our being. However, this light cannot reach into the depths of our soul when the above mentioned elements are allowed to be poured in and stirred up. The more that is allowed in and the more they are stirred, the worse the condition for the poor believer. We must facilitate the dying to self, the world and the flesh in order for our soul to become clear for the illumination of the light of the Lord into our souls. Then and only then may the light shine out of our being so as to reach and touch the world in the manner that it should.
You could say that this dirt is the worries, cares and pleasures that Jesus mentioned as choking the word and bringing no fruit to maturity. There are numerous illustrations but the point is that our soul, the flesh, the world and our heart with it’s affections must be dealt with so that this dirt within may settle to the bottom. Then and only then does the water become clear and the light shine forth. The dirt will always remain within our souls but how we relate to it determines whether it gets stirred up and how much. I like what is written in the old testament which speaks to this very thing, “ Soul, be still and see the salvation of the Lord”. Wow. We can actually command our soul to be still… to calm down…to let the dirt of the world, the flesh and etc. settle to the bottom and then to wait upon the Lord for His saving, purging and purifying work within the soul for our perfecting.
Then the saying is true, "To the pure all things are pure".
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