Humanity is created as a tri-part being: spirit, soul, and body. Two parts of our nature are immaterial: spirit and soul. The body did not come to life until the immaterial was imparted into it by God breathing into man and the body ceases to live once the immaterial departs from the body.
As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. James 2:26
Our spirit is the part of our being that makes a relationship with God possible. God is Spirit and to become one with us, we must have a spirit to join to. The second part of our immaterial nature is the soul.
Soul: individual personality and sense of self.
The soul expresses our unique personhood and is shaped by our beliefs about self, others, God, and the world. Life can be like a war at times. In those times, our soul can be wounded. Wounding of the soul creates negative emotions and can negatively affect our ability to exercise faith in God. Wounding in the soul can make it hard for people to believe in the Word of God. If you are a believer in Jesus, nothing is wrong with your spirit, but you can have a lack of agreement between your spirit and your soul. This causes confusion, doubt, anxiety, depression, anger, rejection, disobedience, etc.
I want to begin to look at the healing of the soul today. The first healing agent I want to discuss is the blood of Jesus.
No man can by any means redeem his brother Or give to God a ransom for him– For the redemption of his soul is costly, And he should cease trying forever– That he should live on eternally, That he should not undergo decay. Psalm 49:7-9
The redemption of the soul is costly: it can only be changed and healed by the One who created it.
Jesus shed His blood for our souls. What does that mean?
Sin wages war against our souls:
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 1 Peter 2:11
Sin seeks to deceive the soul. It seeks to create beliefs within the soul that reject God as the One who meets our needs. Through these deceptions, sin seeks to damage and distort the soul, leaving behind pain and restriction of soul. When we practice sin, we restrict the full expression of our souls and repress the maturity of our soul.
Sin can damage the soul to the point that the individual has personality changes. What was once free becomes anxious; what was once expressive becomes dead; what was once happy now just exists.
And, I’m not just talking about sins we commit, but sins that have been committed against us by others. They also cause pain, damage the soul, and change our ability to trust.
Jesus’ blood provided for freedom from sin and its effects. Sin leaves behind disappointment, guilt, self hatred, hatred of others, victim mentality, helplessness, and other kinds of things that hinder our future. Jesus’ blood provided for the payment of sins, freedom from sins affects, and deliverance from controlling beliefs. You can’t make a dead person commit sin. You cannot wound a dead person. The world and others no longer have control over a dead person. In Jesus’ death, by His blood, you are dead to your sins, their effects and the sins of others against you and their effects!
The blood of Jesus broke the chains!
What is the basis of the power of the blood?
When you accept Jesus’ payment for your sins, you accept Jesus’ forgiveness of said sins. Then, you are free from them: their guilt, their control over your emotions and your future. You must accept Jesus’ payment as sufficient for your sins! This means that you not only are forgiven but you forgive yourself!
If Jesus paid the price, who am I to say that I am not forgiven?
The blood is enough!
The blood also provided the power to free me from the sins that others have committed against me! How do I experience that freedom?
By forgiving others – by releasing them to God! When I do this, I no longer carry the pain of what they have done to me; I no longer carry the guilt of their sins against me; I no longer am defined by what they have done to me and therefore, I am no longer restricted by what has happened to me!
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 KJV
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