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What Is The Soul?
Recently, while teaching at The Den, my Internet program, I touched on the area of the soul and the response from our watchers, the Warriors, was truly overwhelming. As a result of this, and of course the prompting of the Spirit of God, I began compiling a series of teachings on the soul from a prophetic perspective.
Some of the questions I will address are: Does the soul contribute to one hearing the voice of God, or does it hinder it? Is there such a thing as the "eye" of the soul? If the Spirit leads us, then where does the soul fit into the directive?
During these teachings, I will endeavor to supply knowledge to you, which ultimately, if you apply it in your life, will help you not only in being led by the Spirit, but to reach others who are in desperate need for help.
Let's start...in Mark 8:36-37: "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The loss of the soul is the highest, greatest loss; a loss that can never be repaired or made up. The soul is often called the HEART of man.Good or evil have their rise within the soul or heart of man.
The first conception of good or evil is in the soul. The soul understands, wills, reasons, judges; these are the faculties of the soul. So, "heart" and "soul" are often taken for one and the same. "For out of the heart (soul) proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts..."(Matthew 15:19).
The soul of a man is his understanding, reason and conscience, etc. The soul needs breath – God's breath; otherwise it weakens and relies on other "breath" to keep it going. Pleasures are more relied upon to keep one "breathing"; alcohol, drugs, etc. become a substitute, and the list goes on.
David truly understood how to keep his soul divinely breathing. David called his soul his "darling." He said, "Deliver Lord, my soul from the sword, mydarling from the power of the dog." Psalm 35:17 says, "Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions." Most men say of their souls, "My slave," "My yoke," and, "My drudge..."
Do you love your soul? If you don't love your soul, you will lose it. That's the start. We are told, "Love your neighbor as [you love] yourself." If you despise your soul, which is the real you, you will never obey that commandment.
Spirit and Soul Have Different Understandings
Job spoke about the "spirit of my understanding" (Job 20:3).
Also read Ephesians 1:17-18: "...[I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him; the eyes of your understandingbeing enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints..."
Your soul has to understand your spirit, and likewise your spirit has to understand your soul to bring a balance in your journey in this life. The soul understands certain things and the spirit understands certain things. Spirit has no restrictions in its understanding of the spiritual life, but in regard to reason, emotions, etc., there are restrictions. The soul has restrictions in its understanding beyond reason, emotion, etc.
It's quite fascinating, but once there is a mutual understanding between the two powerful entities, a marriage takes place and many beautiful blessings are born; great supernatural acts are accomplished and, most importantly, other souls are reached, touched, and restored.
Why do you think David was so strict with his soul? He would constantly put it in check, speak to it, encourage it, command it, and nurture it. He knew the importance of the soul beingrestored and healed.
In fact, in the beautiful and famousPsalm 23, he wrote these words, "He restores my soul. He [then] leads me in right paths." I am suggesting today that you simply cannot be led by the Spirit if your soul is damaged or hurt in any way. Yes, your soul can be hurt because it is the very heart of your being. Your soul knows love, but it has also experienced hatred. David would never have prayed for his soul to be restored if it was not wounded or hurt.
Everyone wants God to lead him or her in the right paths in order to accomplish great things while on the earth. Once you have an understanding of how to prevent damage to your soul, you will go from victory to victory, from one state of existence to a higher state of existence, and your presence will fill a room with unusual aromas of sweetness, power, peace, hope, love, and life.
Do you want that? DO YOU? Of course you do, and here are some keys for you to apply and start being a blessing instead of always wanting a blessing.
Your soul is aware of internal dialogue. It can sense when someone despises you, is critical toward you, is cursing you, questioning you, and so on. Jesus was constantly aware of internal dialogue, and on many occasions dealt with it before it proceeded out of their mouths.
Matthew 9:1-7 So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city. Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you." And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, "This Man blasphemes!" But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, "Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, 'Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" – then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house."
The problem with us is that when we "sense" something, we try and reason, judge, and oftentimes because of the lack of discernment, allow it to simmer within until it causes our soul to get bitter, and then it's downhill from that point. This is where you need help from your spirit.
If you study Paul's writing in 1 Corinthians 12, he speaks about nine gifts of the Spirit. One of these gifts is the "discerning of spirits." When you're in the position, and you're not sure about what you're sensing, it's time to lean on your spirit to discern for you, without emotion, reason, judgment, etc.
The discerning of spirits, as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:10, is the ability (when needed) to perceive and recognize what manner of spirit (human spirit in this instance – as it could be angelic or demonic as well) is affecting you. Once the spirit discerns this, it offers that information to the soul, thereby equipping the soul with correct judgment. Cool, eh?
One of the greatest ways of avoiding soul damage is to obey the commands of Jesus. He tells us to forgive, turn the other cheek, give an extra coat when asked for, pray for your enemies, knowing that these are preventatives that guard the soul. It all has to do with giving to others.
I have found that when the Spirit prompts me to give an offering, and I obey Him, something happens to me that does NOT happen when I receive. He said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). When you give an offering, you are being a blessing. Start this journey today by becoming a blessing.
Praise God i'm developing a concept of hearing God's and just like anything else it takes practice. with the many distractions were faced with daily< prayer is always needed to quiet the distracted spirit, But what I also found out was sin can keep a person from hearing God's voice so daily I pray for self examination of myself.
Amen, I done the same thing Shawn. I am commanding my soul to bless the Lord. I am calling my soul darling as well..
Shawn Love-Williams said:
Understanding our souls is so vital. I am thankful for this information. Lord search my soul to insure no damage!!! Thank you Father!
Many people spend all their energy seeking pleasure. However that worldliness, which is centered on possessions, position, or power, is ultimately worthless. What ever we have on earth is only temporary, It cannot be exchanged for our soul. If you work hard at getting what you want, you might eventually have a "pleasurable" life, but in the end you will find it hollow and empty. We have to be willing to make the pursuit of God more important than any self satisfying, selfish pursuits. When we follow Jesus wholeheartedly with every fiber of our being, we will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well. We have to lose our self-centered determination to be in charge. My soul is the vital part of my being. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ( Matt.10:28) Precious Darling I command you to bless the Lord. More than anything else, I am concerned where my soul, and others will spend eternity. I want to see Jesus, I've got to see Jesus, face to face and hear Him say well done
This is the best rendition describing the difference between the soul and the Holy Spirit that I've heard. I've asked and was given the most perplexing explanation, that I knew less about this subject than I did before their attempted stuttering answer. This clarifies my own interpretation that the spirit leaves when the body expires and not the soul. SMH
Proverbs 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
I Pray for those who follow their own walk and lead themselves, I pray they can distinguish their soul from the Holy Spirit and and allow the breath of God to dwell widthin and lead them so their lives will be immensely bless. Amen.
Amen Pastor Shirley, self centered determination,. The me, my and I complex.
Mother Shirley Lee said:
Many people spend all their energy seeking pleasure. However that worldliness, which is centered on possessions, position, or power, is ultimately worthless. What ever we have on earth is only temporary, It cannot be exchanged for our soul. If you work hard at getting what you wrleyant, you might eventually have a "pleasurable" life, but in the end you will find it hollow and empty. We have to be willing to make the pursuit of God more important than any self satisfying, selfish pursuits. When we follow Jesus wholeheartedly with every fiber of our being, we will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well. We have to lose our self-centered determination to be in charge. My soul is the vital part of my being. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. ( Matt.10:28) Precious Darling I command you to bless the Lord. More than anything else, I am concerned where my soul, and others will spend eternity. I want to see Jesus, I've got to see Jesus, face to face and hear Him say well done
WOW!!!!!!! This was so good. these studies is answering some of the questions I had. my soul needs breath. LORD HEAL MY SOUL from any wounds that I don't know about. AMEN
Our souls are so important to God and should be important to us as well, we need to be like David, we need to be so strict to our souls that we are constantly putting our souls in check, speaking to it, encouraging it, commanding it, and nurturing it, because it takes all that and then some to keep our soul restored and healed. We need to keep our soul from becoming bitter from all the storms of life we go through and trails we face in life, we have to be able to discern what matters of the spirit affects us. We have to obey the commands of Jesus to avoid damage to our souls, this is done by forgiving, turning the other check, giving an extra coat when someone is in need od it, praying for our enemies, and being willing to give to others.
I pray God your whole spirit, and soul and body be preserved blameless in me unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Man was created in God's image and has a spirit, which the Bible often speaks of as the heart ( Romans 10:10). He has a soul, which is essentially his sense of self, the center of which would be the mind. And he has a body, which holds it all together. Human beings are made up of body, soul, and spirit. God intended that the spirit of man be continuously in touch with the Spirit of God. The spirit, in turn, is supposed to radiate through the mind and the body to the outside world.
It is important to understand the soul. Are soul keeps account of all wrong if we allow it to. That is why we wrestle against ourselves, it is the spirit man verses the soul man. It is important that we ask the Lord quite often to restore our souls. Roots build up if we don;t tend to the issues of the heart. That is why forgiveness is extremely important.