Healing of the Soul


And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7

This scripture details the very beginning of humanity. It gives us a glimpse into our created nature. We are products of two realities:

Earth and Breath

Our bodies are carbon based. Carbon is a key component of all known life on Earth. Complex molecules are made up of carbon bonded with other elements, especially oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen. Carbon is abundant on Earth. 

But, we are also a product of breath. Whose breath? God’s breath. While we do know that every created creature was made of Earth, we (humans) are the only creature we see made alive by the breath of God. The Bible tells us that God’s breath made us a “living being”.

Being: existence, conscious, nature

So, to know what it means “to be”, we must know more about the breath that brought us to life.

You will notice that the carbon based body did not “live” until the breath of God entered it. Therefore, the true life force of humanity is found in the presence of the breath of God. No breath – no life.

What is this breath?

psyxḗ (from psyxō, “to breathe, blow” which is the root of the English words “psyche,” “psychology”) – soul (psyche); a person’s distinct identity (unique personhood), i.e. individual personality.

(psyxē) corresponds exactly to the OT /phágō (“soul”). The soul is the direct aftermath of God breathing (blowing) His gift of life into a person, making them an ensouled being.

So, you could define the breath that made us alive as “soul” which is our individual personality and our sense of self. The Bible tells us that we are created in the image of God. We are made with characteristics that identify us as made like Him.

The Godhead is a tri-part unity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Humanity is not just a soul and body, but the Bible tells us that we are also made of three parts:

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. 1 Thess. 5:23 NIV


This scripture speaks of wholeness. The word used for “blameless” here actually means “whole”. We know that the Hebrew mindset attributes the God of peace (Shalom) as the God of wholeness: nothing missing, nothing lacking.

The “spirit” of man, along with the soul make up the immaterial parts of man. The “spirit” is the element that gives us the ability to have a relationship with God. God is Spirit, so to fellowship with and know Him, we must also contain a spirit. The Bible tells us that believers are spiritually alive and that unbelievers are spiritually dead. So, our spirit is present but operating in darkness when not in fellowship with God.

One more important scripture:

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 NIV

This scripture tells us that the soul and spirit are two different entities. It also tells us that the soul and the spirit can agree or disagree.

This is where problems occur for believers! If our spirit is united with Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit is saying one thing and our soul, which is our sense of self is believing something contrary, well, we’ve got confusion, double-mindedness, lack of peace, disobedience, you name it!

You see, our sense of self is expressed through our beliefs and our emotions. Our soul can be wounded by life or others. If our soul is wounded, it can carry pain, fear, anger, depression, and beliefs that are shaped by the bad experiences we have been through.

So, the Word of God can be speaking truths about us and we can believe lies at the same time. When we believe lies or are living in internal pain, fear, depression, anxiety, then our soul needs healing.

I believe that this is the cause of much of the difficulty we experience walking with God.

Next time we are together, I want to look at what God has provided to deliver the soul.

 

Yet Without Sin


“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:14

Have you ever had a time in which you were under some type of “attack” by an “enemy” that felt too strong for you to overcome?

I have had those times.

It always helps, when you’re going through something to know that someone else has gone through something similar to you — it makes you feel less isolated. The scripture from Hebrews tells us that Jesus has been tempted at every point just as we have. Yes, you read that right…..at EVERY point just as we have!!

I know that some feel as if their situation is a strange one – so unique that very few actually experience what they have. But, in this passage, we are told that Jesus can sympathize with every temptation because He Himself has experienced them just as you have!!!

Sexual sin? Yes, He was tempted. Suicide? Yes, satan tempted Him to jump from the temple. Pride? Yes. Anger and hatred? Yes. Depression? Yes.Satanic attack? Yes.

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes!!

The scripture tells us that He can sympathize with these weaknesses – He knows how it feels to experience them.

That helps, doesn’t it?

But, there is even better news!

He not only can sympathize with the feelings but He overcame each temptation!!

He was tempted in all points as we are yet without sin! That means that He went through each one without fulfilling the desire of the flesh or the desire of the devil. He was able to defeat the temptation in every instance………..not one time did He lose the battle!

What does that mean for you?

It means that Jesus understands the pain of your attack and temptation. It also means that He possesses the power to overcome each one of them! Since you are a partaker of His Spirit, you also do not have to give in or be defeated by the attack coming against you!

You can overcome! You can stand! You can go free!

Satan doesn’t want you to know this. He wants you to focus on his goal in the temptation which is to bring you down. But, if you refuse to give in and make satan face His defeat by Jesus, you will win the battle every single time!

It was your victory that Jesus won! Satan wants you to be deceived into thinking you have no choice in the matter. Agape love always includes the aspect of choice! You do have a choice; you can choose victory over the things the enemy brings against you!

I pray for you today that you will tap into the power to choose the Holy Ghost instead of the unholy lie! Jesus paid it all! There is not one temptation too powerful for His blood! All temptations and sins have been slaughtered through the power of the Cross!!