Does the Spirit of God Live in You?
Does The Spirit of God LIVE in you?
In Gen. 2:7, Adam became a living soul, "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." And this newly given breath the soul and the spirit were separate. The Lord give a command to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. "thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The fall came and went, and Adam lived nearly a thousand years old. So what died, what really happened that day. What happened was the soul opened up and swallowed the spirit as though it was a grave. Everything that can be seen in the physical also takes place in the spiritual, that which can not be seen.
"Thou takest away their breath (spirit), they die, and return to their dust. Thou sendest forth Thy spirit, they are created" (Psalms 104:29,30).
Psalms 104 shows the born of the flesh and reborn of the Spirit being. The fallen state returns to the dust and the spirit is released and returns to God. In the fallen state the soul and the body went into the grave. But when you are reborn of the Spirit and you die, the body goes to a grave but the soul and spirit are raised immediately.
 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
 But (Now) ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that (if) the Spirit of God dwell (inhabit) in you. Now if any man (any one) have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none (not) of His.
"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13,14) Look very carefully at this scripture. The word of God is living and active, meaning the Holy Spirit indwells in our spirit and we become imitators of Christ (firstfruits). In the Holy Spirit's indwelling we are allowed to see the difference between the operations of the spirit and the operations of the soul. Having the Holy Spirit reigning over the whole man divides the soul and spirit as cleanly as a double edge sword would cut through the joints and marrow. The soul encases the spirit and the Lord will divide the same way a sword would cut, to release the spirit from its bondage. When the will of the soul leans toward God, the Holy Spirit keeps it in check with judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before God, because His divine light penetrates the darkness of our soul. Therefore, nothing is hidden from His sight.
Pure spiritual walk is the dividing of the soul and spirit. It is important, to experience this division. The Christian should ask the Lord to show him explicitly his life in the spirit and his life in the soul. It should be noted a life that bounces from one to the other, is filled with frustration. You must will to have the soul and spirit divided. You must constantly bend your will continuously toward God and actively choose to have this separation. Stand and maintain the attitude found in Romans 6, "In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires." (Romans 6:11,12). This process leads to purification of the self. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, though the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:22,23). God's Word penetrates into the soul so the natural life can be purified.
Live according to your spirit. Knowledge will help you recognize the workings of the Holy Spirit in your spirit, enables you to recognize the workings of the other spirits. "Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:13-16) Through faithful obedience we will experience the dividing of soul and spirit. The Holy Spirit requires our cooperation, in order to experience a pure spiritual walk. The Bible is God's Word and Jesus is the Living Word. God's Word separates the soul and the spirit. Our obedience to God will lead us unto the spiritual path.
The Bible tells us we are God's temple. "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?" (1 Corinthians 3:16) "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?" (1 Corinthians 6:19) "For we are the temple of the living God." (2 Corinthians 6:16) The Jewish temple was set up in three parts: it had the outer court, the inner court and the inner sanctuary (called the Holy of Holies) where God dwelt. The body is also set up in three parts; the outer court is the flesh, the inner court is the soul and the inner sanctuary is the spirit. A better understanding of what the dividing of soul and spirit means, can be found in the Gospel of Mark, at the crucifixion of Jesus. "With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." (Mark 15:37,38) This curtain was torn from top to bottom by God immediately following the death of Jesus. This was symbolic as well as actual. In actuality, God waited for the completion of the cross, before moving out from the inner sanctuary of the temple.
Symbolically when we are born anew, the Holy Spirit indwells in our spirit (inner sanctuary). When we believe the flesh was crucified to sin when Jesus died on the cross and the soul's will becomes God's will, the curtain between the soul and the spirit is torn down. God then moves and operates over the whole man. This includes the spirit, the soul and the flesh. When the curtain is torn down between the soul and spirit our natural life renounces its independence and waits upon the spirit life for direction. Our works will be works of the Holy Spirit, we will be operating supernaturally not naturally. Our fruits will be the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Nothing will be of our own doing so that we may boast. We will no longer operate in the power of our own but in the power of God's Word, "humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you." (James 1:21).
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His Holy Name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits-- Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. (Psalm 103:1-5).