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"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,

it penetrates even to dividing soul (psyche) and spirit (pneuma) . . ."

—Hebrews 4:12


Derek Prince: 

"Serving the Lord in your spirit is very different than serving the Lord in your soul. True service acceptable to God must be initiated in the Spirit. And I suggested that most of the service and the activity that we see in the church today is soulish. And it is not truly acceptable to God. Watchman Nee says in one of his books how much sweaty service we have today in the Kingdom. Busy people trying to do their thing, promote their objectives, extend their denomination, uphold their doctrine, so busy in the soulish realm. But service in the spiritual realm is service that’s clad in linen. It’s relaxed. It’s restful, it doesn’t push itself, it doesn’t argue, it doesn't promote, it relies on God, it has a quietness, a serenity, and an authority about it that is totally different.

You may say, "Well, Brother Prince, I want to know how to distinguish between spirit and soul. Will you tell me?" The answer is no, I cannot tell you, I can just lead you to the fringes of this study, and from then on, you will have to go in for yourself. There’s only one instrument that divides between soul and spirit, and that is the Word of God.

You have to live in the word to live in this understanding. No preacher can give you a set of 6 rules which hereafter you’ll always know the difference between the spiritual and the soulish. The only way to know it is through the revelation and illumination of God’s Living Word.


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