We understand that we are made up of soul, body and spirit. Our outward selves represents that part of us that we can touch, see and feel. Our soul relates to our desires, emotions and passions and is the seat of the human conscience and consciousness. The spirit man is the one part of ourselves that will continue to live after we die. “and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
When we invite Jesus Christ to be our Lord and saviour, we also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit which makes his home in us. Daily time in the word and in the presence of God, helps our inner man to grow and flourish. We have to balance the gratification of our outer selves to satisfy our flesh with food for example. We need to ensure that we also feed and nourish our spirits, so that we can remain alive in Christ Jesus and continue to bear good fruit.
How is it that many of us are more invested in our outward appearance and our physical selves and are less invested in the spirit man. Paul’s advice to us is this: ‘Walk by the spirit, and you will not carry out what the sinful flesh desires’ (Galatians. 5:6).
We need to live daily connected to God, so that our spirit man remains alive in him and as we live by the spirit, we are not ruled by the desires of the flesh. This helps us to maintain self control and keeps us at peace with God. We develop inner strength to resist temptations and to overcome adversity. Sometimes we sacrifice our flesh through fasting and prayer to strengthen our spirit. “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”