*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*A TROUBLED SPIRIT IS A TROUBLED SOUL.*
John 13:21 *When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
As a troubled soul can lead to a troubled spirit, so also a troubled spirit can lead to a troubled soul.
Jesus, at the last supper, told His disciples that His spirit was troubled.
This was Jesus' human spirit common to us all. By His divine nature, He did not need to worry or be troubled because He knew the pains, agony and death waiting for Him at the cross.
Man is made of body, soul and spirit,
1 Thess 5:23.
Job says, *But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.* Job 32:4.
This tells us that before a man can do what God expects him to do, it will take a Spirit more than the spirit of man to do it. This Spirit is God's and man is able to do what God expects him to do because God's Spirit gives him understanding through his spirit.
The spirit of a man is not good on its own neither are his body and soul..
As also common to his body and soul, we see that man through his spirit, can be happy, joyful,, sad, troubled, and violent.
When Jesus was troubled in His spirit, he was saying, the spirit of the one who would betray Him did not align with His spirit and the Spirit of God (ref Matt 26:24).
Though His troubled spirit would later impact His soul negatively, He had His spirit under control. He was not violent in anyway, Luke 22:50-51.
John later recorded how His troubled spirit affected His soul at the garden of Gethsemane.
John 12: 27 *Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.*
Luke further expresses the impact on His troubled soul in the garden saying in Luke 22:44 *And being in an agony, he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.*
The troubled spirit is now made apparent by his agony. His troubled spirit was made visible by outward changes of His sweaty appearance. His soul, that is, the person of Christ, was not troubled.
His soul was His personhood. The soul as is often interpreted as a person (ref Prov 11:30, Ezk 18:4).
Though your spirit is troubled, no one may know how troubled you are. It is through your personhood that people who stand by could notice your agony.
Jesus' eventual agony, His extreme exhaustion and physical pain were manifestly driven by His earlier troubled spirit.
It is important our body soul and spirit are one with God. How we treat one will affect the others. None of them is at peace without the others, and each at peace with the others makes a perfect man before God.
We can commit our spirits to God and be in subjection to Him.
Heb 12:9 says *Furthermore, we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?*
Jesus controlled His troubled spirit. Though His soul was troubled, He subdued both through prayers.
You can rule your spirit, (ref 1 Cor 14:32)
You can control your spirit and avoid a troubled soul, if you pray!
God can tame your body soul and spirit.
*Call to Word action.*
1 Thess 5:23 *And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
You can tame your spirit through self-control. Rule your spirit.
Proverbs 16:32 *He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.*
Lord help me in prayer, in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and be blessed as you come into His presence today.
God bless you.