May your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NLT)
You see that God never takes ourwill away, nor our mind, nor our heart. Some people expect God tocome and do all their choosing for them, and all their desiringfor them, and all their deciding for them, while they are simplyto be poor things picked up by God and put into things which Hedesires and wills. God never does that. He is developing ahumanity. Were we spirits I do not know how we might act; wemight act spontaneously. But we are not. God has created a kindof being with a rational mind. The three-fold element of spirit,soul and body is still to be found, yet not now in Adam, but inChrist. God is developing the Christ mind; how He thinks, judges,understands, and when we see the Lord's mind we see how verydifferent it is from our own natural mind; and our own naturalmind is beside the mark altogether, and we must repudiate it.This is spiritual understanding, the mind of the Spirit.
The same thing applies to ourfeelings and our desires. They may lead us all astray. There is anew outfit in Christ for our hearts, but there is always thenecessity for our standing with the Lord in what is of Himself.Passivity may be a most ruinous thing. In all the values ofChrist risen there has to be a taking of that risen Life for theequivalent need of mind, heart, will; of spirit, soul, and body.
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