How to Divide Between Soul and Spirit

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She thought she lived a spirit-led life until the Holy Spirit revealed to her how she depended on herself when she made major decisions. (iStockPhoto)


Let me tell you, this feels more risky than giving up sugar and flour, than changing my mind, doing speaking or starting a coaching group. Even though I know God led me to do all of those, on some level they were also planned and processed through completely. This cognitive part of me was actually the one in charge.

To listen and follow completely the leading of the Spirit, even when it doesn't seem logical or prudent, is hard to comprehend.

Daughter of the King

Paul said, "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God."2 Remember 1994? To be a daughter of the King, I have to be led by Him. This was the rest of that prophetic declaration, the part I never paid much attention to, the addendum ... daughter of the King.

To understand that when I am over thinking things I cease to be led by my spirit and start being led by soul, floored me. To take it further when I do that I am stepping out of my role as daughter of the Most High God.

I had never seen it that way. That means when I pray and the solution doesn't come, kicking in my mind to look at it from every angle, dissect it, rearrange it, is not the solution. Praying and leaving it in Abba Father God's hands is the not just the best solution, but the only solution. Only then can the protection and provision of my Father activate.

God's mighty power and strength dwells within me when I am led by His Spirit. When I am led by my own soul, I can only do as much as humanly possible. When I allow the leadership of an unfathomable, all-powerful, all-knowing, everywhere-present God to take control, I can do all things3 because I'm following the God of the universe.

Again it's Paul who said, "May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the Holy Spirit Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality. May Christ through your faith actually dwell, settle down, abide, make His permanent home in your hearts ... and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself!"4

Today, from the depths of my being I cry out, I want my spirit to be totally led by God's Spirit, not ever once in awhile, but all the time, ever day, every hour, every minute.

I am still a sinking ship that only He can restore. That is exactly where I need to be.


I am undone.

And that IS a good thing.

Teresa Shields Parker is an author, blogger, editor, business owner, wife and mother. Her book, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor is available on Amazon in print, Kindle and Audible HERE. This story is from her blog,

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