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March 2017 A Healed Soul

From My Life’s Journey                                                                              March 2017

Topic:  A Healed Soul 

In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”  Who would have thought that in 2017 (241 years later), the same words would still apply?  As chaos and confusion surround us on all sides, we can feel the impact on our lives.  So how are you doing?  How is your soul faring these days?  Are you easily angered, depressed, fearful, anxious, uneasy, confused, or just plain disappointed?  If you’ve answered yes, let’s get you some help for your soul.  But what exactly is the soul?  

The soul is your mind, your will, and your emotions.  As a Christian, the Bible says you have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).  Or is your mind racked by mind noise and confusion?  Regarding the will, we are to desire that God’s Kingdom come and His will be done (Matt. 6:10).  Or does your will lead you down paths of wrong choices?  The Bible says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10).  Or are our emotions and attitudes raw and on edge?  The Bible sets a high standard for our lives as Christians: “As He is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).  Your soul shows the world you. But what if my soul is not revealing Christ through me right now?  

Well, there is much hope for you, especially in Hebrews 10:14: “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” By Jesus’ death on the cross, we have been made perfect already (in our spirit), and we are yet being sanctified (maturing in Christ in our souls).  Praise God!  One day, we will “receive the end of our faith, even the salvation of our souls” (1 Peter 1:9; Phil. 2:12). 

 Who in the Bible had problems in the soul?  One person is David.  In Psalms, David spends much time in distress, and even says to himself: “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted (disturbed) within me?” (Ps. 42:11).  Theologians believe David wrote these words during the rebellion of his son Absalom, when David was driven from his throne. Personally, I remember a time in my teens and twenties when I was such a nervous person and constantly bit my fingernails.  In those days, I always aimed to excel – but through anxiety of soul, not faith.  

Praise God, I found the same answer that David did for the soothing of my soul: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul” (Ps. 23:1-3a).  David’s soul – and mine – received healing that calmed, soothed, and restored.  The Shepherd guided me there. 

But how do we experience this restoration of the soul? Allow me to share three keysFirst, we must recognize and deal with our soul’s brokenness.  If we will not evaluate ourselves and see that we need God’s healing power in our souls, it will not flow there.  There must be “a draw” on the healing virtue of God.  This is what brought healing of the soul and body to the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:34).  As we evaluate ourselves, look first at sin. The Bible says that sin “wars against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11).  Yes, that means sin wounds you.  If there is sin in your life, it’s time to bring it before God and make a choice.  In addition to sin, trauma also wounds the soul.  We commit sin – but traumas are hurts and wounds that happen to us.  If we do not forgive and release, these traumas can lead to bitterness.  Hebrews 12:15 speaks of a root of bitterness that springs forth and defiles – not only you, but others.  Talk to God about personal trauma, especially from childhood.  Jesus died to set us free (Gal. 5:1).  Let us deal with sin and trauma that wound the soul and cause it to veer from peace in God.     

But why is having a healed soul so important?  As a woman, let me just speak honestly.  I am tired of hurt and pain. Aren’t you?  Especially when Jesus died to set our souls free (John 8:32) and give us peace (Is. 26:3).  One day, I got real with myself – enough is enough.  Consider 3 John 2: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” This scripture says that we can prosper in all things and be in health as our soul prospers.  I want this.  Do you?  Then seek God about the condition of (and healing of) your soul.  The goal is God’s perfect peace (Is. 26:3) and a disquieted soul that finds contentment and rest.     

Second, pray for your soul.  Prayer changes things.  After dealing with God about sin and trauma, pray by applying the work of Jesus’ death and resurrection to your soul.  From Jesus’ death on the cross, apply the blood of Jesus to your soul.  Isaiah 53:5 (Amp) says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing]; the punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him, and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.” His death – the shedding of His blood – deals with our sin problem and wounds, so we can experience physical healing, soul healing, and well-being (life abundant).  Apply the blood of Jesus.  Do not neglect so great a salvation (Heb. 2:3).  Receive all that Jesus died for you to receive.  

From Jesus’ resurrection, apply the resurrection (dunamis) power of God to your soul.  This is the resurrection power that raised Jesus from the grave in victory.  Paul speaks of this power in Ephesians 3:16 (Amplified): “May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality].” Yes, this power is applied to your inner self (your soul).  This power caused Jesus to triumph, and 2 Cor. 2:14a says, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ.”  Minister to yourself: Pray for your soul and receive resurrection power. 

Third, stay in the Word which will continue to guide your steps: “The Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105).  Often through the Word, God will reveal soul issues to you.  Acknowledge them, apply the blood and resurrection power to the soul, and allow the Word to take you further on the path toward wholeness.  This is the working out of your soul’s salvation.

I pray you will receive this ministry letter not as information, but as revelation for transformation in your life.  The confusion of this day has been designed by the enemy to war against your soul.  Instead, Jesus – the Shepherd and Bishop of your soul (1 Peter 2:25) – will minister to you, lead you beside still waters, and restore your soul.  To any storms that are raging, Jesus speaks, “Peace, be still.” Hallelujah – what a Savior!  Think on these things … and pray. 

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D.

"The Word is My Life" Training Ministry