We were designed to be one spirit with God. Hearts sharing with each other. Nothing between each of us and God. Aligned.
But Adam and Eve chose to listen to the tempter’s words promising them a wonderful life lived independent of God. It appealed to their pride. They didn’t know how messed up life could get. Today it still appeals to humans. Isn’t that the message? We can be anything we want to be. We are in charge of our destiny.
We are each born out of agreement with God. Separated from Him. Defective. Out of alignment.
Today we still think we can do very well on our own. However, God has created us to be connected to Him. So we are missing out on our destiny by choosing to be out of agreement with Him. Out of alignment.
Are you your own boss? Do you view independence and self-sufficiency as the best plan? Did you know that living independently is out of alignment? God designed us to be connected to His spirit which would then animate our spirit which in turn would control our soul (mind, will, emotions) which would control our body.
My soul was never meant to be in control. Until I give control to God, surrender to Him, unease, emptiness and lack of peace will be the result. Out of alignment, no agreement with His Spirit. Apart from God, separated from God the soul is in charge, in control leaving me feeling that something is missing. Not grounded. Not centered. Strife within. Our minds in conflict.
To yield the life unto God is the first step in a continuous walk in the Spirit. This step takes us by our own choice out of the realm of self-will into the realm of God’s will. In yielding to Christ we definitely align ourselves with the perfect will of God and choose it to be the rule of our lives in all things forever afterward.
The life of perfect alignment is wonderful. Surprisingly so. Giving up our independence seems like something terrible but is really quite terrific. Don’t let the deceiver convince you otherwise. He is a liar. He cannot stand God and doesn’t want anyone to be part of God’s family. Even when he loses one to God through the new birth, he still tries his best to keep us from knowing that complete surrender to God brings our life into complete alignment with God. A life of peace, contentment, and joy. Trouble free? No. However, it just looks different. As bad as life might get, from the position of perfect alignment, we still see Jesus and find Him completely satisfactory.
The spirit of man joined to the Risen Lord, is to be again the ruling power, governing the ‘soul,’ controlling the mind, the emotions and dispositions, and then the body the obedient vehicle at the command of God through the ‘new creation.’ This is the meaning of the Cross. The precious blood cleanses the heart, the affections, but the Cross deals with the old creation.
Even born-again believers can be out of alignment. That happens when we allow our soul to be in control when we allow our mind, will, or emotions to dictate how we live, how we react. We allow our soul to usurp the rightful authority of our spirit. Take it away from God’s spirit.
Our spirit is one spirit with Christ. But, when we look away from our source, when we choose not to listen to the Holy Spirit, our soul is in control. Out of alignment. Discord, emptiness, unease and no inner peace is the result.
We were designed to be in communion constantly with our creator. Independent living leaves us alone, on our own. We may be confused feeling like we have been abandoned. When in reality, it is we that have abandoned God, turned away from Him. We aren’t abandoned, just separated. Not because God has left us, but we have left Him even for a short time to do what our soul wants. Running our own life even with God’s help is still the soul in charge.
Day by day walking with God I know I will be who I was meant to be. Completely fulfilled. Aligned. Spirit connected to God. My spirit in control of my soul (mind, will, emotions), and my soul in control of my body. Perfect alignment.
Words to light your path
1 Cor. 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
John 14:20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you
John 17:21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me
Creator God, You have designed us to have a relationship with You with our spirit inhabited with Your spirit. Then with our spirit in control of our soul which would be controlling our bodies we would be perfectly aligned. We would have peace.
To read further about alignment this week:
Fellowship in the Gospel
What You Will Get
The Centrality of the Cross
Excerpt from The Centrality of the Cross:
Then through the channel of your spirit, "joined to the Lord one spirit", the quickening life of Him Who is a quickening Spirit comes into the 'soul' in resurrection power. For the 'soul' is not destroyed, nor is the individuality of the believer destroyed. We do not become automatons, but the 'soul' - the personality - should be animated from the spirit, instead of from the lower realm of the life of nature. We may say the same words, perform the same acts, but with a different source of animating life at the back of them. (From The Centrality of the Cross by Jessie Penn-Lewis, Jawbone Digital, Yuma, CO, 2017, p. 51-52)
Here is a link for an online version of The Centrality of the Cross