Pt 5 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God
Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.
“… Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21).
“And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
“He restoreth my soul …” (Psalms 23:3).
The spirit of man is the part of man that is born again. It is the part of man that receives eternal life, which is the nature and life of God. It is the spirit of man that becomes a brand-new creature in Christ Jesus. The soul is attached to the spirit, but it is not the part that is born again. The spirit is saved instantly upon conversion. The soul (mind, will and emotions) is saved (or renewed or restored) over a process of a lifetime.
The Epistle of James was not written to sinners, but to the Church. We know that because of James 5:14 where he says, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church …”
Referring back now to the first chapter of James, let’s pick up with verse 18:
18 Of His own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore, lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
James is talking to born-again believers. Of the Father’s own will, he writes, we were begotten, or born again by the Word of Truth. He calls them “my beloved brethren”, so they were in Christ. Yet he encourages these born-again, Spirit-filled people to receive the engrafted Word with meekness “… which is able to save your souls.” Evidently, their souls were not saved.
You see, a man’s spirit, the innermost man, the real man, receives eternal life and is born again. But his intellect and emotions—which comprise his soul—still have to be dealt with. They are not born again. They are to be renewed.
Paul speaks about the renewing of the mind, writing to the saints at Rome. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
The Psalmist David spoke of the restoring of the soul:
Psalms 23:3 says, “He restoreth my soul.”
The Hebrew word translated as restore in the Old Testament, and the Greek word translated as renew in the New Testament mean about the same thing. The soul—the mind—is to be renewed or restored.
Kenneth Hagin goes on to talk about an old chair that his mother left him. Once it was re-upholstered and revarnished, it became good as new, restored and renewed.
In the Word it is never written that God restores our spirits. Our spirits become brand new creatures in Christ Jesus. Our souls, however, must be restored and renewed.
How is the soul restored and renewed?
James 1:21 “Receive with meekness the engrafted Word, which is able to save your souls.”
Romans 12:2 “Be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
Psalms 23:3 “He restoreth my soul.”
Man’s soul is saved, or restored, when his mind becomes renewed with the Word of God. It is the Word of God that saves our souls, that renews our minds, that restores our souls.
When our minds become renewed with the Word of God, then we think in line with what God’s Word says. We are able to know and prove the permissive and the perfect will of God—because the Word of God is the will of God. We don’t have so many questions about the will of God once we get our souls saved.
The greatest need in the Church today is to have minds renewed with the Word of God.