The Extraordinary Personality

 

Our entire being is composed of spirit, soul and body.   The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 “May the God who gives you peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being – SPIRIT, SOUL AND BODY – free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”.

John Bevere in his book “Extraordinary” talks about this as three circles, contained within each other, starting with a small circle in the center, and then moving to a larger circle, and then a larger circle.  He says this:

“The outer, the flesh, is the part of our being that has contact with the natural world through our five senses.  The middle represents our soul.  Some have attempted to oversimplify the soul by stating that it is merely our mind, will and emotions.  Though the soul does consist of these attributes, it is much more complex.  The soul of a human being is what makes him or unique, it’s his or her distinguishing essence.”  

I’m thinking that is our PERSONALITY!  It is what makes us who we are – it is our area of BRILLANCE! 

He goes on to say:

“The inner circle represents our spirit.  Our spirit is the life source of our being.  If the spirit of a person is taken out of his or her body, the body collapses.  When God created man, He took the elements of the earth, which He’d already created and formed a body.  Once this was accomplished, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being.”  Gen. 2:7  Our spirit, illustrated by the inner circle is our seat of life.”

Think of it like this – 3 circles – the OUTER circle is our flesh.  It is our contact with the world.  It’s our every day goings and comings.  It is how we interact with other humans!   And then think of the smaller circle as our Spirit.  And then the middle circle as our SOUL – our PERSONALITY – what we think (mind), what we do (will), and what we feel (emotion).  

Bevere says “In regard to an unsaved person, his or her spirit is dead.  This doesn’t mean it doesn’t exists, but rather the lights are off and there is no contact with God, for its in a fallen state.  Therefore, the unsaved are completely influenced by their flesh and fully controlled by a mind that’s alienated from God.   The ways of God are foreign to them; they’re truly in darkness”.

I can give testimony to this!  When I was living in the world and unconcerned about God or the ways of God, my FLESH dictated to my SOUL!  When my Spirit was born again and became brand new – my PERSONALITY began to change!  It did NOT happen overnight, I can tell you!  But gradually, my “soul” (mind, will and emotions) began to listen more to the SPIRIT rather than to the FLESH.   When I would be drawn to something that I knew the Bible said was sin – I would have to stop and think – what am I listening to?  The world and my flesh?  Or the Word of God and the new born-again Spirit that is within me?

I heard once about a Grandfather telling his grandson that there were two wolves fighting within the young man’s heart.  One was dark and black and full of rage and anger.  The other was spirit and light, grace and truth.  The grandson asked “Which one wins?” and the Grandfather said “The one you feed the most”. 

Am I feeding my flesh – or my spirit?  And which one will be controlling my SOUL? 

It’s a process, as our fearless leader, Jake says!   And the process begins by the study of God’s word and allowing it to sink deep within you, and being guided by the light and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

 “For the Word of  God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit….and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart….” Hebrews 4:12

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1 Response to “The Extraordinary Personality”


  1. 1 Cindy Leger April 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Louise thank you for introducing “Land of Purple” and “Extraordinary” to me. I so want to apply this to my every day living so I can convey the spirit of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. I want to be a person that someone can look at and say I see JESUS shining through. I know that our main objective in life is to go to the “THE LAND OF PURPLE.” I love you Louise thank you for your inspiration.


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