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The spirit can be wounded just like our physical body can be wounded. If you have a broken leg it will impact your comfort level, your mobility, your activity level, many aspects of your life. A spiritual wound will also affect you on a multidimensional level, let me share some scriptures in that regard:
Pr 18:14 ∂ A manís spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
Physical body and spirit are different. The spirit will pick you up when the body is down. If the spirit is wounded and you are suffering a serious sickness, you then have a double whammy. Not only are you physically sick, but you donít have the spiritual side of you properly functioning to "encourage you in the Lord," with your suffering. You may start wishing to die, or think about suicide. It can impact you ability to cope, to trust God, to believe Him for healing, it will affect you in many ways.
I have been amazed in life how such a little wind can sometimes knock some people over so hard, and I have come to realize it is because they have a wounded spirit and donít have the ability to cope with the smallest of lifeís problems.
Pr 15:13 ∂ A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.
The soul and spirit are different, but they impact each other, when the soul is down the spirit can be broken. The spirit can be said at times to be in a broken, non-working condition. What exactly does that mean? Prayer will be difficult, faith and reliance on God will diminish, your spiritual immune system will be compromised and you will be subject to spiritual infections, of doubt, unbelief, overbearing temptations, a whole host of spiritual maladies will find it easier to take root in you.
Pr 17:22 ∂ A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The spirit can impact the physical body.
Lets look at another scripture that shows the difference between soul and spirit:
Ps 43:5 Ps 43:5 Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance, and my God.
In this passage of scripture, David is speaking to himself. Part of him is telling his soul not to stay sad, or to be discouraged, but to trust God that things will get better. To me this is one of the clearest scriptures in the bible that differentiates between soul and spirit even as Heb. 4:12 said the word would. The spiritual part of David was encouraging the soulish part of David. This is the very reason we are to speak to ourselves is psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
David encouraged himself in the Lord. If your spirit is well you will encourage yourself when things are glum, if your spirit is wounded you will discourage yourself when things are glum!
So then not only are things not going your way, but you find yourself throwing gasoline on the fire. By speaking to yourself in negative, self hurtful ways. Sometimes people say things to themselves that they would have to repent of if they said them to someone else. "You never do anything right." "You always fail." "I hate myself." "Nothing good ever goes your way." We have enough sense to know that we shouldnít talk to someone else that way, but we donít have enough sense to not talk to ourselves that way.
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