Summary: “How is your soul moving into this new year?”
The power of Soul Care and the Holy Spirit!
Testimony’s from Sunday Night: John D, Marcie G. and Kathy M.
Opening Video Illustration: Denying God – selling your soul for money.
We have been talking about Soul Care – I have been asking the question “How is you soul?” I had a person come to me and say “They sold their soul to the devil – I informed them you may have sold your soul to Devil but Jesus has bought it back for you – do you want it from Him?”
Series: Acts Too – Soul Care
“How is your soul moving into this new year?”
Jesus said in Matthew 16:26: “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”
Jesus said in Matthew 22:37: “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Jesus emphasized the importance of your soul not just in eternity but it’s health in the here and now! Your eternal and spiritual success this year depends on the condition of your soul!
John Orberg states this about our souls: “If your soul is healthy, no external circumstance can destroy your life. If your soul is unhealthy, no external circumstance can redeem your life (Pg 40, Soul Keeping).
Definition of the soul:
My definition: The soul reflects the sum of your Spirit, Soul and Body as a whole being. It is the link between spirit and body and is the operating system of your life. It encompasses your mind, your will, your decision making process, your perceptions, your emotions, your spirit, your feelings, your physical appetites, your addictions, your desires and it is the control center in your life and it will always impact your daily life. It has been defined as “life” in the Bible in certain passages and as that which longs after God or for a substitute for God like and idol. You don’t have a soul you are a soul!
Hebrews 4:12-13: For the word of God is living 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
God knows the condition of our souls – He sees them and He knows them!
Ortberg: The soul is what integrates separate functions into a single, organic, whole creature. That’s why the search for harmony and integration and connectedness is a “soul” function. The soul is the deepest dimension of our existence. It captures the reality of life before God in a way that the word “self” does not. Think of the difference between the words “soul-ish” and “selfish.”
I add “Spirit” which refers more generally to the power or energy that comes from the Holy Spirit – the connection point with God if it is not connected with God it is connected to evil spirits. The soul is more intertwined with the Spirit and the body and lies at the core of our mindset and our will. But a soul connected to God and His Spirit is a soul that really has “Life.”