Many times I speak of the soul and it solicits a lot of combative responses! I know the reason is because if we speak of souls then we will also speak of the Living God who operates within the soul and by the Spirit. The root cause of the combative stance towards talking about the soul is because it separates us from reliance on worldly and fleshly desires. If we live according to the soul and Spirit, then we are not so concerned about the ways of the world and fleshly ambitions. The soul and spirit receives rewards from the Kingdom of God through what Christ did for us on the Cross, but the rewards of the flesh comes through the means of worldly materialism, money, etc. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. The free Gift of Eternal Life comes through the soul and Spirit, but the wages of sin that originate in this world is death. Because God speaks to us through the Holy Ghost within our spirit, we need to be alive to the Spirit, but responding to spiritual “intuition” through worldly ways separates us from God. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
There is a very interesting example of this situation that occurred between Balaam and Balak. Balak was the King of the Moabites, and Moab was very distressed in his soul and spirit when he saw the massive swarms of Israelites nearby. They knew Israel’s capabilities because they were delivered from Egypt. What is the response to the fear and distress that he felt in his soul and spirit? He wanted to fight against Israel with worldly weapons and drive every one of them far away from him. He received a message in his soul and spirit and responded with the means of this world instead of communing with the Spirit of God. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. We often get feelings or “premonitions” and resort to the ways of the world and the flesh as a response, but we should commune with the Holy Spirit of God as our response. Messengers were sent to Balaam to ask Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam had a reputation of when he blessed someone they were blessed and when he cursed someone they were cursed. The messengers brought with them the “rewards of divination” or rather the “wages of unrighteousness,” or the “wages of sin” to pay Balaam for his services. What Balak didn’t understand is that Balaam responded to God’s Spirit according to what he felt in his spirit in order to deliver a blessing or curse. There was nothing in Balaam’s fleshly efforts or worldly resources that gave him the reputation of being a man who was able to bless or curse. Balaam refused at the very first because he knew the Living God who said, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (See the note at bottom to read why Balaam was an evil man.)
We have a soul and spirit so that God can speak to us through His Spirit. When we listen to the Spirit of God, we find life that flows from the Kingdom of God. However, responding to our feelings according to the ways of the world and fleshly abilities results in spiritual death. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. Sin is what separates us from the Spirit of God and it is the Cross of Christ that reunites our soul and spirit to the Spirit of God. Commune with the Message that flows from the Cross. Jesus Christ remits sin. The world has many, many pleasant looking alternatives to satisfy the fear and distress that we feel in the spirit of the flesh. That is what caused Adam and Eve to fall from fellowship with God’s Spirit and caused the manifestation of fear and distress to occur in the human spirit. Adam and Eve saw the pleasant looking fruit on the tree and felt that if they disobeyed God and ate the fruit, then they would have the ability to solve their own problems with a worldly version of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead, they received the rewards of divination, or the wages of death. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
When we commune with the Spirit of Christ and accept what Christ did for us on the Cross, it puts sin in remission so that we no longer rely on the means of this world nor do we rely on the abilities and talents of the flesh. The remission of sin restores fellowship of our soul and spirit to the Spirit of God. It is then that all the treasures of the Kingdom of God flow into our spirit from the Cross of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.
“And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:
Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the Lord shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.”
King James Version Numbers 22:1-8
Note At The Bottom
One might say that Balaam was an “expert” on the culture of Israel. The bottom line, Balaam taught Balak how to seduce Israel away from Israel’s faithfulness to the Living God. Balaam taught Balak how to seduce Israel with sexual immorality and to worship their gods. (Revelation 2:14, Jude 11, and in 2 Peter mentions this) Three times Balaam warned Balak that an outright military assault would have terrible consequences for Balak. He prophesied rightly that God was with Israel in a mighty way, and Balaam refused to prophesy falsely about that. However, the following describes the type of man he was; he built seven altars to make seven sacrifices. There is only one altar, that is the altar of the Living God. The seven altars would be like building seven churches, one to the Church of Christ, one to the State of Islam, one to the Church of Scientology, etc. I would say that he was somewhat of an expert on the religious cultures within the world of that day. He was quite a politician who came to a horrible death within a military assault that he participated in. A very grave political and religious miscalculation.