Difference between Spirit and Soul Development

Scientific studies have shown that it is impossible for the organic brain to think or remember until six weeks after birth.  Myelination of the nerve sheaths is the technical term for the process in which the organic brain is systematically matured through the insulation of the nerves in the brain.  This process begins six weeks after birth and continues methodically until the baby reaches 24 months of age.  Both the soul and body are entirely dependent upon the organic brain.  Before myelination of the nerve sheaths, data cannot connect and flow in the organic brain; therefore, there can be no independent thinking or memories in the soul’s mind, will, and emotions until this process is complete.  This explains why learning in babyhood and the toddler years takes place rather slowly.  The soul’s development is dependent on the organic brain’s growth.

We, however, already understand that the spirit is fully present at this point.  Without an interpreter (the C.I.A.), this can be a frustrating time for a baby whose large spirit is active and aware!  They grunt, groan, cry, and laugh to communicate.  Those are the options of communication for the spirit until the soul is developed enough to “translate” for the spirit.  (These are also the only options certain handicapped people have, as well as those who have suffered strokes.  To have lost our soul translator is extremely frustrating to our spirit, not to mention the dignity-theft.)  This line of communication is absolutely fine to our Father as He established praise from the mouths of children and infants to:  “confuse his enemies, silencing the foe and avenger,” says Psalms 8:2.  The best case scenario is that we nurture our children’s spirit to the point that they can direct their soul to properly translate once it has acquired language.  (And, for those who have not gained, or have lost, their soul translator, the Holy Spirit is speaking through you in groans that are secret ops.  Your voice is heard in Heaven.)

In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, our Father presents His order for nurture, “May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  What scientific discovery gave us is the exclamation point to God’s depth of commitment to the nurture of the spirit!  Since the organic brain functions only modestly by the time a child is two years old, our Father created a window of opportunity (a kairos time) to nurture our children’s spirits by intentionally shutting down their soul.  Nurturing the spirit of a baby in the womb gives a ten month head-start which is a solid foundation.  It can be rigorously built on until the child is two years old.  However, we don’t want to stop there!  If our Father’s order is recognized and implemented consistently, our children will be:

  1. very spiritually sensitive
  2. secure in our Father’s great love for them
  3. at peace with themselves
  4. understanding of others
  5. strong in their boundaries
  6. confident
  7. spiritually literate
  8. possessing the aptitude to direct their soul to translate
  9. enjoying the ability to easily connect to our Father’s Spirit in the heavenly places in worship
  10. having the ability to hear His voice, and
  11. being able to act on His instructions with great faith.

We have the opportunity to invest in our children so they begin life with a healthy, vibrant spirit instead of wasting years adding to their spirit’s wounding by acting out of sinfulness, rebellion, confusion, or internal turmoil.


At this time, our child’s spirit has an immense capacity to learn and to grow in the fruit of the Spirit, the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ’s grace and truth, the worship of our Father God, all with minimum effort.  All it takes is a willing, available parent or caregiver—the C.I.A.–to feed this incredibly hungry and open fresh spirit the truth and love of our gracious Heavenly Father.  There is no greater eternal return on investment.

(excerpt from Perfect Peace by Crystal Wade, copyright 2010)

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Crystal and Stephen Wade, owners of Hope Streams, received a commission from the Father to connect the generations to Him and to each other so that they can: Start well. Live well. Recover well. Build well. Finish well. As part of that commission, they release materials to assist people of all ages in connecting to The Perfect Parent. The couple carries the Father's passion to position the next generation to be grounded in His truth and love so they can fly in the Spirit. To that end, their family launched Let’s Wade In, a media portal, which is both a community for children, tweens and teens to be mentored and a tool for parents and caregivers to anchor students in truth and love so they can fly in the Spirit. They have three wonderful sons. www.hopestreams.net
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