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Spirit, Soul, Body

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve attended two funerals. In both cases, the reality of man being made up of spirit, soul, and body was brought to my attention. When the spirit leaves the body our existence changes—and our geographical location changes. Why? Because the spirit lives on–unto the Lord, or separated.

In a Bible class, I attended in school, the teacher was Marcus Lind, an older man who loved the Lord. One day while teaching he smiled and said, “When I die, don’t call me Marcus, for all you’ll see will be my carcass.” His point was, that this body isn’t the real “me.” It is just a tent to house “you” and “me.”

My mother-in-law died about 15 months ago. In her last months, she could be mixed up, repeat things, state incoherent things, and be confused. But when my wife asked if she wanted to pray…amazing difference. She was clear, focused, and loved to talk to Jesus. Frail body. Strong spirit. More recently, we were with my mom who is 91. She gets confused, mixed up, repeats questions, and yet her physical body is fairly strong. I found it just amazing as we ended our visit with prayer. As we prayed, she sat on the couch with both hands, palms up, lifted to the Lord, and waving them as if participating in what was transpiring in the spirit realm, and nodding her head in agreement. It was similar to a choir director leading a choir. I think she was agreeing with, and welcoming the work of the Spirit in the heavenlies with her physical participation.

Today I woke up from a night of sleep and turned on some awesome worship music. As I listened, I was awakened in spirit, boosted in my inner man and experienced intimacy and closeness of the Holy Spirit.  It was life-giving—at the spirit level.

Psalms 59:16-17 says, “But I will sing of your strength. Yes, I will sing aloud of your loving kindness in the morning. For you have been my high tower, a refuge in the day of my distress. To you, my strength, I will sing praises. For God is my high tower, the God of my mercy.” David wrote this, in the face of enemy opposition, but knowing his confidence, strength, and mercy was found in his spirit communing with God. What strength and grace and mercy and comfort we find each morning when we do the same.

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