Regarding the post about the wounded Sheltie that needed a collar and cone to prevent him from further damaging his neck: This warning does not have to do with your theology or your church’s belief system. The conflict of soul against spirit is one every believer will have as they mature. Paul said he died daily. When the soul seeks pleasure in an earthly sense, that soul grows strong in fleshly enjoyments. But the spirit was intended to hold dominion over the soul. After the person accepts salvation, the soul should diminish and the spirit should crescendo to leadership.
Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
The soul consists of the mind including thinking and memories; the will, including the protection of the person; and the emotions. In a very wounded person the will may be so protective that meaningful relationships are impossible because of fear or anger. Or the emotional part of the person may be extremely unstable with wide swings from joy to severe depression. The human spirit consists of the conscience, repository for wisdom, and a part that seeks communion with God. The created human being is a complicated creature – made in God’s image.
Notice that the Bible says we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus. Notice that God yearns for communion with each individual. Notice that a newly converted person begins to demonstrate wisdom. The spirit is enlightened and increases in authority over the soul – thoughts, feelings, will.
Before emotional healing and integration of alternate personalities, I was fairly emotionless. I dreaded getting too happy because when I came down I would “land” wrong. After healing and integration I enjoyed being happy and seldom had letdowns. When I did, I could go freely to Jesus for stability. Then Jesus started asking me to give up certain behaviors I used to bring me pleasure but bypassed Him. I agreed for I realized what was happening; however, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). Giving up pleasures of the flesh for dominion of the spirit left me with relatively little emotion at first and the Holy Spirit stayed very close to help me. A little at a time I became increasingly sensitive to the precious presence of the Holy Spirit and how He cared for me. The transition took longer than I expected, not being a new Christian, but I discovered just how much I still have to learn.
Philippians 1:6 (AMP) I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].