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  • Genre:RELIGION
  • SubGenre:Biblical Commentary / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:152
  • Paperback ISBN:9781667858326

Soul or the Spirit

Knowing the difference can change your life

by Raphael Giglio

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Have you been living at the mercy of your mind and emotions? Do you find yourself struggling to navigate your thoughts and feelings through the stress, anxiety, fear, and anger that is all around you? The problem may be that you have not understood the difference between your SOUL and your SPIRIT. "Soul or the Spirit" is a simple, easy-to-understand journey through key concepts and Bible verses that will help you learn to walk in God's Spirit. Understanding the difference between your Soul and your Spirit is the key to a life of lasting peace and fullness of joy.
Do you know the difference between your SOUL and your SPIRIT? How about the difference between your heart and your flesh? Many people can't clearly describe these things, let alone find Bible verses that clearly explain them, but having a clear understanding of them is key to having lasting peace and an abundant life. Scripture tells us that we are each made up of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1st Thessalonians 5:23 NIV) In this book, we will look carefully at each of these three parts to see what they are and how God created them to function. The BODY is of course the easiest to identify—it's simply our physical anatomy. The SOUL and the SPIRIT, however, are a little more difficult to understand because they are immaterial. We need help from the Word of God to fully understand them. A primary verse in this study is Hebrews 4:12 "The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit." Have you ever read this particular scripture and wondered what the writer was specifically talking about, or about the deeper meaning behind it? It's very important that we understand the difference between the SOUL and the SPIRIT. Without this understanding, we are at risk of experiencing a life of constant stress, discouragement, unfulfillment, and confusion, instead of the perfect peace and lasting joy that God intends for us.
About the author
RAPHAEL GIGLIO is the Founding and Lead Pastor of North Shore Fellowship in New Jersey and is ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He is a graduate of Pillar College with a degree in organizational leadership and has studied religion and journalism at Harvard and Rutgers Universities. As an accomplished young singer-songwriter, he signed his first recording contract with the Christian music label Myrrh Records in Nashville, TN, and worked as a professional musician. After a career in songwriting, recording, and touring, he went on to become a manager for Capitol Records Nashville, working in various positions within the music industry. His passion for teaching the Word of God led him to transition his focus to Christian ministry and church planting. He was eventually ordained as a pastor at New River Fellowship in Franklin, TN where he served for many years before being called back to the Northeast. He has been serving in pastoral ministry for over twenty years and has a strong desire to help people understand the importance of the Word of God, life in the Spirit, and the Hebrew roots of Christianity. Raphael and his wife Aly currently live at the New Jersey Shore with their twin daughters Abigail and Phoebe.