First of all I want to say a few things about the Joy of the Lord before I go
into the Soul. And I think that as we serve the Lord, down through life we get
hurt by different people, different things, whatever situations come into our
lives. I think sometimes if we’re not real careful, we lose this joy. Or we just
get involved with coming to church and doing the things of God. And we
forget the joy that this brought when we first came in. And it’s so important
not to lose this joy over life itself. There are periods of life that come in that
aren’t so joyful. And we’ll all go through those things, all in different ways, all
in different forms. I was thinking back to a time in my life that I was really
hurt by a church. Yet those people can hurt you and not even realize what is
really going on. Some people have no idea of what is going on. Yet we’re
involved in something where we are really going to get hurt. For myself, I
thought I was going to die, I thought, this is death itself. I mean I’d rather die
physically. Twenty years later the Lord showed me that if I hadn't somehow
came to the place where I would move on from that place we would have
never had this church here. I would have stayed there the rest of my life
probably. And yet it became impossible for me to stay but it was one of the
most painful things that I’ve ever gone through. Not the situation itself but
the effect and what went on I learned so much of how to treat others, what to
do towards others. How not to treat others the way I was treated or the way I
felt I was treated. I’ve seen things all down through areas of my life in
watching different people and watching situations and I realize now that we
all go through these things in different ways. But I’m going to give you hope.

God is taking you somewhere. God is bringing you into something that you
did not realize that you were going to step into. And I believe that’s the word
of the Lord. That there is something that God is going to bring you into that
had you not went through the situation, or at least what God did to you in
that situation, how God worked you in that situation you would have never
been. You would have never stepped into what God wanted you to step into.
You do step into something else and the joy will come back to you and you
will learn to let it go. It took me awhile to let it go. Believe me. In fact, I think it
took me years to let it go and to forgive the people who had hurt me. You
know, they called me on the phone and what they said was, forgive me
because I can’t reach God. You will get that kind of message. That person
will come to you some day and they will say I’m sorry, I did not know. I want
you to be encouraged that God was doing good. He’s working out of good
for you and in those who hurt you God is doing something good. The devil
may have meant for it to happen. But I tell you, I serve a God and you serve a
God who is miraculous and who has joy and who wants us to have joy in our
lives and He loves all of us. He will bring the same situations to the other
person or the other people or whatever is going on and He will bring them
into some things and He will teach them things too.

So God is doing a good work and that’s what we need to get a hold of for all us that God is
doing something. The devil wants to destroy us and God wants to do something good and
He is going to do that in each of your lives. I believe that with all of my heart because I know I
went through some of these things and I know what God did in me. God is no respecter of
persons. He loves you just the same way He loves me. I thank God. I don’t thank God for the
situation, but I thank God that I came through alive, finally alive. And anybody who has ever
gone through that knows what I’m talking about. We’ve all gone through some kind of hurt
from someone. So look to the good. What is God going to do with you? What does God have
in mind for you? And I know that it’s something good.

Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his
nostrils the breath of life.” In the Hebrew the word life here is lives, the word is plural-He
breathed into us lives. And it says “and man became a living soul.” So this is one place that
we see soul. There are many places in the Bible that we see soul.
I don’t know if I’m going to come against anybody’s doctrine or not and if I do you’re going
to just have to forgive me. I know this to be true, and it might conflict with your doctrine.
Even if you believe something that is contrary to what I’m believing, that’s between you and
God. Belief in soul sleep is not going to send you to Hell. I do not believe in soul sleep and
I’m going to prove it to you by scripture. When you look at the word soul in the scripture,
you need to look at the context of where it is at and what it’s talking about. And you will see
that many times, in fact most times, it’s not talking about the soul sleeping. When God talks
about the Soul He’s talking sometimes about the person’s life, the “old soul”. Have you ever
heard that saying, that old soul? It’s pretty much that old man or that old sweet person…
that old soul or it means the emotions, the mind. The different parts of man connected to the
spirit. In the Old Testament you will see the Hebrew people looked at the word soul rather
than spirit. That man has a soul. When you get to the New Testament it’s made clear that it’s
some kind of a difference between the spirit and soul. And we’re going to look at that a little
bit. But I believe that when a person dies and we all have loved ones that are going to die.
We’re all going to die, unless the Lord returns. I’m hoping that I’m one of them but if I’m not,
I’m going to go on with the Lord.

Genesis 2:7, Nephesh is the Hebrew word for soul. And it also can stand for the flesh of man.
It can stand for spirit, in the Old Testament. Nephesh in most places stands for the whole
person, not separating body, soul and spirit. You do not see the Hebrew people speak like
that. They speak soul. And so the word Nephesh here is Nephesh Chay, which means living
Genesis 1:20-21 and 24 “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving
creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters
brought forth abundantly; after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind; and God saw
that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in
the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth
day.” Verse 24, “And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,
cattle, and creeping thing and beast of the earth after his kind, and it was so. And God made
the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth
upon the earth after his kind; and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man
after our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and
over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image…” He did not
create animals in His image; He created man in His image, both male and female. And it
believed that they were created together, at the same time, that the woman was in the man
and God created her in him. Just like we are created as new creations in Christ. This is how
we’re created. We’re taken out of His side. “So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created He him; male and female created He them.”

Genesis 2:18 “And the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make
him a help meet for him.” God didn’t create man and then create woman. The creation He’s
talking about is one creation. He created once. “And out the ground the Lord God formed
every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air and brought them unto Adam to see what
he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name
thereof.  And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of
the field; but for Adam there was not found a help meet for him.” So God created animals out
of the dust of the earth. He brought them forth from the ground. And it says out of dust God
formed them. And it doesn’t say he breathed into them though like he did to man. Looking at
the Hebrew it says that God breathed into him a portion of Himself. He breathes into man a
portion of Himself. What would that be? It would be Spirit. Like God is Spirit. He breathes
into them. “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man made he a woman, and
brought her unto the man. And Adam said, this is now bone of my bone, and flesh of my
flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man
leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh.”
So what we see here is creation itself.

Now I want to read 2:7 again. “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of
the ground, and breathed into his nostrils”… now remember when Jesus
said He breathed on the disciples? He was talking about this. He’s looking
back to this. Genesis. He’s the creator. He was the creator. We have to look
at this. How many in here know that Jesus Christ, Yeshua, is God. Does
everybody know that? When I first came into the church as an adult, quite a
while ago. Anyway, I would go around asking people who is Jesus? And they
would say, He’s kind of God. I said, kind of God? He is either God or He’s
not God. But they were afraid to say He’s God. And they didn’t study. The
Lord has opened up scriptures since even as I was brought in and filled with
the spirit. I was saved as a child, but as an adult, you begin to study and to
really learn. And at that time they really wouldn’t say He is God. They would
say kind of God. But God has opened this up in the last few years. It says
then “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life…” So he gave him the natural breath and
He gave him life. Chay. And it says, “…and man became a living being.” He
became a living being, a living person--Body, Soul and Spirit. To the Hebrew
it was Soul and Body.

Luke 16:19 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and
fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day; And there was a certain beggar
named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate full of sores. And desiring to be
fed with the crumbs, which fell from the rich man’s table; moreover the dogs
came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and
was carried by the Angels into Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died,
and was buried. And in hell, he lifted up his eyes, being in torments…” So
notice that in this place where he was at there were emotions going on. He
was being tormented, he could lift up his eyes, he could see, and he could
even talk. Many people will tell you that this is a parable; it’s just an
illustration of something. It is not a parable. Parables do not have names.
This is a real live situation, which took place. This also tells us that He was
buried. His body’s not there, his body is in the grave. When it talks about the
body going to the grave and being buried and being asleep. When it says
you’re asleep, you’re sleeping. Your body is sleeping. Not your soul. Your
spirit is not sleeping. “And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy
on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and
cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. “But Abraham said, Son,
remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things and likewise
Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. Then
he said, I pray thee therefore father that thou would send him to my father’s
house; for I have five brethren, that he may testify unto them, lest they also
come into this place of torment. Abraham said unto him, they have Moses
and the prophets. Abraham said unto him, they have Moses and the
prophets, let them hear them. And he said Nay father Abraham but if one
went unto them from the dead, they will believe.” What’s He telling the
people who are listening? He’s telling them He’s going to come from the
dead and they’re not going to believe. “And he said, nay, father Abraham;
but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto
him, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded
though one rose from the dead.” It’s a prediction of His own resurrection. He
says you’re not going to believe. If you don’t believe Moses already you’re
not going to believe it when I actually do it. He’s telling a story that actually
happened but He’s telling them it’s going to happen to you too, if you’re not
real careful. So that’s telling you that a person has life after death. He goes
to a place. It’s not a parable because it has names of the people in it. And it
also tells you that Jesus knows that the majority of the people are not going
to believe in His resurrection.

Genesis 35:16-20. “And they journeyed from Bethel and there was but a little
way to come to Ephrath; and Rachel travailed and she had hard labor.” Now I
want you to get this scene in your mind. You’re watching this lady in labor.
 You’re watching her travail in birth. She’s going to bring forth a child here.
“And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto
her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul
was in departing for she died and she called his name Ben-oni; but his father
called him Benjamin.” Her soul was in departing. Did they see her soul
departing? They know that she is dying. She’s not going to make it. She is
going home. But they said ‘it’ departed. Did it stay in the body? It departed. It
went somewhere. It went where Lazarus was. That’s where it went. 

We know inside of ourselves what is true and what is not true and we sense
the spirit moving and we sense people’s spirits departing and all this.   If our
spiritual eyes could see into the realm of the spirit, if we could actually see,
out of Rachel that day. Rachel was in severe pain, she could barely bring that
child forth. She did have it but it killed her. What she did was she just took
herself out of that body and she just walked out. You could have seen her
standing there. You could have actually seen her standing there in the realm
of the spirit.

Philippians 1:20 It says here “According to my earnest expectation and my
hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that in all boldness, as always,
so now the Christ shall be magnified in my body,” Christ will be magnified in
my body. In other words Glory is going to come forth from this, Glory to
God. It says “whether it be by life, or by death.” Whether I live of I die. The
Lord is going to get the glory. He’s going to be magnified. He’s going to be
revealed. Manifest presence--God’s going to show Himself real. If he lives,
he’s going to be able to teach these people and go on with his life and bring
glory to the Lord. If he dies he’s going to be resurrected and he’s going to
go on in the end times. A resurrected body, wouldn’t you love to see one? I
would love to experience one but I don’t want to have to die to do it. But
we’re going to have to die. Either that or be changed, in the twinkling of an
eye. We will magnify the glory of God and when a resurrected body walked
forth from that tomb that Jesus Christ was in, it magnified the glory of God.
Death cannot hold us. You know why death can’t hold me? Jesus Christ lives
within me. This body is going to be glorified. It’s going to take on immortality.
That is going to glorify God. In that body I will live forever and I won’t be
sick. Sickness won’t be able to touch me. Death won’t be able to touch me.
Nothing will be able to destroy me. Ever! It says here “For me to live with
Christ and to die is gain.” How can lying in a grave for 100, 1000, 2000 or
3000 years be of gain to anyone? Where’s Abraham? Is he in the grave? His
bones are there in Israel. He is buried in that tomb, that big monstrous
building that sits over the top of them. They went down in there and they
can’t find any bones, they’re all ashes now. Abraham is not there, His soul is
not there. Abraham is where Lazarus is because he was talking back and
forth. You see that? And then it goes on to say “For to me to live is Christ
and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet
what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait between two; having a
desire to depart and to be with Christ;” To depart and be with Christ which is
far better. Where’s hope? He’s seated on the right hand of the Father in
Heaven, isn’t He? He is seated there with a resurrected body. So for Paul to
depart he’s going to be with the Lord Jesus in Heaven. “And having this
confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your
furtherance and joy of faith;” Paul is not talking about the second event here
at all. He’s talking about departing which is far better. Does this sound like
he’s sleeping? This is speaking of a conscious presence of the believer with
Christ at the death of his body. He’s going to have a place to go to. When
Jesus says I go to prepare a place for you… What place is He preparing? He
was preparing for us to come with Him.

I John 5:11-12 “And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life,
and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life: and he that hath not
the Son of God hath not life. We have eternal life now. It is a quality of life
that He bestows upon us now. I have eternal life now. I will life forever. Right
now I will live forever. I’ve started my journey, I’ve accepted the Lord and I’m
going to keep traveling. I’m going to keep packing my suitcases and moving
on. Do you see what I’m saying? And one of these days we need to prepare.

There’s a woman evangelist named Ruth Heflin. She traveled all over the
world preaching the gospel. She would take a year or six months and preach
in China…. She’d preach in India or she’d preach here and there. What she
did was she got to the point where she didn’t own anything. She got rid of
almost everything that it didn’t take her anytime to move. She kept a suitcase
packed by her door so if the Lord said for her to go to India she went. If the
Lord said to go to heaven, she was prepared. By the way, the Lord called her
home this last year. She went home and she had her suitcase packed. She
was ready to go. Meaning that her spirit and her soul were in tune with God.
That suitcase that she had by the door didn’t go because she went to
another place. So we need to begin to look at things like this. When we die
here on earth we’re not dead. Paul says, immortality comes at the
resurrection. That is bestowed upon the body at the resurrection. Some
people say that body is not going to be raised but that is not what it says. It
says those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall come up. Now, they will
be like our Lord. Whatever body He has we’re going to have, just like Him. 

I Thessalonians 4:13-18 The teachers before Paul came were teaching the
people at this church that the resurrection had already taken place. Wouldn’t
it be frightening to think that the Lord has come and gone without me? He
says “But I would not have you to be ignorant brethren, concerning them
which are asleep…” He uses the word sleep here; he is talking about the
body. “that ye sorrow now, even as others which have no hope” Or don’t
believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus” Jesus said that
He would come wherever you are. Wherever you are. But not from the grave.
He’s going to bring you from wherever He is. Because God brings Him with
Him wherever He comes. And he says, “in Jesus will God bring with him. For
this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and
remain…” Now at this time our brother Paul thinks he’s going to be standing
there. He’s going to be living when the Lord returns. He’s looking so forward
to it that he just believes that he’s going to be right there. He says, “We
which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent
them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven….”
He’s coming from Heaven. He says, “with a shout with the voice of the
archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise first;”
So those who are sleeping will come up first. But how are they going to raise
from the dead if they have no spirit and soul in them? God brings the spirit
and soul with Him from heaven. “Then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and
so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore, comfort one another with these
words.” So wherever the Lord is, I’m going. He’s not leaving me behind
because I’m going. The word Sleep is never used of the soul. The soul
doesn’t sleep. Are you listening to me? Only the body sleeps. So when it
talks about people who go to sleep, it talks about people who no longer hear
the Lord. But sleep never talks about the soul going to sleep, only the body.
The living will be caught up with the dead in Christ to meet the Lord in the
air. The living are changed in that moment, so they have the immortal body.
Paul said gain is Christ. Gain what? Paul’s existence would bring life and
death would enhance it. It said it would bring a closer communion than he’d
ever known before with the Lord. He’d have a closer communion than he’d
ever had before. A personal gain far better it would be to depart. Departing in
our understanding seems awful to say that but not to Paul. He knew where
he was going. So as Paul grows older he tends to identify himself with those
who will be raised from the dead because he can see. Paul’s been
shipwrecked, he’s been beaten half to death, the Lord had to raise him from
death because he was just beaten within an inch of his life. They thought he
was going to die. Paul could see death coming but he wasn’t afraid of it. He
knew there was life after death. He knew your soul didn’t sleep, only the
body. And that brings great comfort to you. Some people say well it doesn’t
make any difference if you think you’re sleeping. You know it’s like just going
to sleep and all of a sudden you’ll be awake. You know, it brings great
comfort to me to know that the soul and spirit just steps outside of the body
and is going home to be with God. I’d much rather be with God than in the

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed.” In other words we’ll not all die. There’s going to
be some of us standing. You know, it might be the younger people too. It
might be me. I might see this. I’m looking forward to it. But if it doesn’t
happen, I’ll not be afraid. And it says, “Behold, I show you a mystery; we
shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall
be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” Death is swallowed up.
Swallowed up. What do I mean by death is swallowed up? It’s almost like I
see you with a big pan of water and you drop an ice cube in the water. That
ice cube is swallowed up. It no longer exists in the water. Remember Moses
in Exodus when Moses threw his rod down and it became a serpent. What
did that serpent do? It swallowed death up. Jesus swallowed death up when
He died for us. It’s what He did. In other words it has no power over you any
more. You’re going to come up. If you love Jesus, you’re going to come up.
2 Corinthians 4:13-14 “Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall
raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. We having the
same spirit of faith, according as it is written; I believed and therefore have I
spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak: Knowing that he which raised
up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with
you. “ So we’ll be presented to the Lord. We’ll all be in this thing together in
the resurrection. We’re going to have a great reunion before then. I’m going
to be talking back and forth to you like Abraham did to Lazarus. We're going
to be talking back and forth. We’re going to be able to talk, wherever we’re
going here.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle
were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands,
eternal in the heavens.” In the Old Testament, the Tabernacle was God with
them. When God decided that He wanted the people to journey on the cloud
would lift and it would begin to move out ahead of them. Everything was
broken down, taken apart, put in its proper container and then the Ark of the
Covenant was placed in its container and covered with a cloth. It was
covered. It was broken down and covered. Just like this tabernacle, you are
as a tabernacle of God, you hold the Lord in your heart. He dwells within
you. We are the Ark of the Covenant. It was the Lord that dwelt in the Ark of
the Covenant then and you are the Ark that carries Him in this earth, right
now. But you’re going to break down and when you do, there’s going to be a
cloud put over you as God carries you to your next journey. You're going to
have a covering – a house not made with hands. The house not made with
hands is the image of Christ. Remember Adam. It says that before he sinned
they believe he had a covering of light all around him. They believe that he
had a covering and that he lost that. They believe that was the image of the
Lord. You’re going go on to heaven, but you’re going to be clothed with a
garment. It says here that you’re going to have “a house, not made with
hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be
clothed upon with our house which is from heaven; If so be that being
clothed we shall not be found naked.” And they believed that not to be found
naked is to be conformed into the image of Christ. “Now he that hath
wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the
earnest of the Spirit.” It’s similar to the earnest money put down on a piece
of property. When you received the Holy Spirit that was Gods earnest
money. He purchased you with His own blood. He put the spirit within you,
which says, this is mine. This is my property. This one with the spirit
dwelling in him, this is mine. I live there. That’s my property. Normally you go
put money down. God purchased you; His money was blood, the blood of
Jesus. The Holy Spirit was given to you and you having the Holy Spirit shows
me that God purchased you. It says “Therefore we are always confident,
knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the
Lord…” But Christ lives within me. Not the way you’re going to see Him when
you meet Him. You’re going to have such a close communion that you never
believe anything is possible like this. You’re going to have such a presence
appear to you. People it hasn’t even entered into your mind yet. It hasn’t
even dawned on us yet what we’re going to come into contact with. It is so
beautiful, so wonderful, and so beyond human words. This is what you’re
going to come into contact with. 

So Paul, he says here “Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is
God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are
always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are
absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight.) We are confident, I
say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the
Lord.” So what do we do? We labor in this earth whether present or absent
that we might be accepted of him. Do you know what it means to labor? You
know, just like Jesus said in the garden of Gethsemane, “Father, is there any
other way for this cup to pass over me? Then Jesus said, nevertheless, Thy
will be done.” And that’s what labor is all about. We say ‘Nevertheless, Thy
will be done’, so that we are pleasing to the Lord. When it says, well
salvation is free. Yeah, salvation is free. But then he says, what got you
salvation was fear and trembling. What does it mean? Let God work through
us. And let God cause us to grow and respond to God as He’s speaking to
us. If we don’t respond to God and we just go our own way and we don’t
listen to Him, we’re not going to grow in the Lord. It’s just like a baby. If the
mother stops feeding the baby then the baby is not going to grow. It will be
stunted. Even if you fed it late, it’ll be stunted, and we’ll be the same way if
we didn’t follow the things of the Lord. We’ve got to do the things of the
Lord with a heart that wants to do it.

How many of you here, when you first paid tithes it was hard? But you know
what, I obeyed what God said for me to do and in every other area of our life
we need to do the same thing. The first time it’s going to be hard. Second
time it won’t be quite as hard. We realize we’re allowing God to work through
our heart and we are responding to Him in our heart is what we’re doing. If
you don’t believe it, don’t do it. But I find out the things that I don’t believe
and I start doing it, I end up believing in the Word of God because I don’t
know what it means yet.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than
any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.” The word of God shall stand forever. It’s the Word of
God that brings us into rest. It’s sharper than any two-edged sword. This
sword, in the Greek, it has two mouths, which means a sharp knife that’s
sharp on each side. It cuts when it comes in - cuts asunder, takes things
away from us. Yet when we speak it, it does the same thing to whoever’s
listening to it. It has two mouths. The Word of God penetrates deeper into a
man than any sword. It enters into the soul and spirit into all of our
sensations, our passions, and our appetites and even to our very thoughts.
It sits as a judge of the most secret intentions. Piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit. When the Word thus distinguishes the soul from
the spirit by the former, it is meant that the inferior faculty by which we think
of and desire which concerns our present being and welfare. By spirit, it
means a superior power which we prefer eternal things, we begin to hunger
after the desires of God, we begin to search for him, to look for Him and
want to know Him. That’s our spirit and we are directed in our spirit to
pursue truth. We try to find the truth. That is the spirit that God has placed
inside of us. Remember I told you He breathed into us the breath of lives.
You’ve got two lives in you. You’ve got the natural man and you’ve got the
spirit man inside of you. Before they fell. And it says we prefer these things
so that we might be presented before the Lord. It can divide the joint and
divide the marrow and enter into the soul. The soul can’t resist it. It’s going
to come in. And it says, and produces what God wants produced in our heart
and take the wickedness and remove the wickedness out of us as it cuts, the
knife cuts. Cuts it out. Nothing is more quick and living and more powerful
and more irresistible, sharp and piercing. When the Word reaches you is like
lightning coming in and cutting it out. The Word of God is a judge to punish
and to bring life. It goes right down to the very thoughts and the modus of
the thoughts and the intents of the heart and cuts them away. What it does
is that it brings it up in front of us and shows to us what’s inside of our
spirit, the things that need to go. I don’t want to stand before the Lord some
day and say Lord, why didn’t you tell me that? The Lord’s not going to do
that. He’s going to tell me.

So then it goes on to say Sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating the
heart more than just does the body. Piercing quite through, lying open the
soul and the spirit the joints and the marrow, and even the deepest parts of
the mind will it reveal to us. What’s in there? It’s a discerner not only of
thoughts and intentions, but also of the intentions that we even have. And
you say, how will I ever make it? You’ll make it because you have a savior.
But that still doesn’t give us the excuse to leave it go when God shows us
something. God wants us to grow. You know what happens when we grow.
It’s growing something inside of us that makes us understand and know the
Lord even more than we knew before. That’s the growth God is after in us.
God is not after us to send us to Hell. He doesn’t want anybody to perish. He
doesn’t want anyone to go to hell. He doesn’t want anyone to stand before
Him and have to give a bad reckoning. He wants to reveal to us. The more we
know the more we’ll know Him. It says, by this sword, the man himself lives
and by it he destroys his enemy. So with the Word of God that comes out of
your mouth you’re able to destroy your enemy. You know the Bible says of
our enemy…. Many times He’s not talking about our enemy out in the world.
He’s talking about the brethren. Any time that we don’t have fellowship with
our brethren…. Three days? They’re our enemy. So what God says is the
words you speak destroy your enemy. In other words they become your
friend. You make peace with them somehow. You may call fire upon their
head. You know what heaping coals of fire upon the head means? Let’s just
look at it. I’ve got this man over here, and he’s awful cold and he’s mad at
me because I’ve got a fire over here. I know he’s mad at me but I want to do
something to restore my friendship with him. So what I do is I take two of
three little coals off of my fire and I go over there and give them to him. The
first thing when he sees me coming, he starts trembling. Not because he’s
glad to see me, but because I’m going to give him something that’s going to
cause him to come to shame. And then he’s going to be my friend, hopefully.
That’s what it means to heap coals of fire upon people’s head.

Revelation 6:9 “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar
the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony
which they held. And they cried with a loud voice saying, how long, O Lord,
holy and true, doest thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell
on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was
said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow
servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should
be fulfilled. And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there
was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and
the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth,”
There is heaven. The souls are in heaven. People, there is nothing to fear
about death. The soul goes to heaven when we die. It goes to go with the
Lord Jesus. You know God wants something good for each one of us. The
most that He wants is for us to be changed into the image of Jesus Christ.
That means I’m going to be crucified like Him. And when you hear the word
crucified you don’t want to be hurt. But you know, when we are hurt,
something does die. And when we get through it, something dies, and
usually the something that died is good. It’s according to how we take what
God is doing with us. And what we need to do is not labor on what’s
happened, but labor on what God is doing in us.

What is he doing that is so good in you? That to me is the most important
part. And so I’ve taught on soul. Now you understand what soul means,
right? It’s the emotions, the thoughts, but yet they’re alive. After you die,
they don’t go to sleep. And even when you’re sleeping, you know that it’s
still going on up there. I don’t know how we can sleep in our bodies,
physically, upon earth, without dying. And still our emotions and our mind,
everything’s churning up there. Why are you dreaming? See, everything’s
going on. See that’s miraculous to me, just miraculous. So isn’t that good.
Isn’t He wonderful?
God is so good. The more I know about Him, the more I love Him. And the
more I see, the more I come to being close to going home with the Lord, the
more He becomes real.

The Soul