Updated: Apr 10, 2019
IDENTIFYING & CLEANSING THE SOUL
"Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land." Exodus 23:30
Last week we began taking steps of inquiry with the Lord, so as to regain our freedom. Now we can build on that, as we identify what was revealed. This is part of the layering process to healing and deliverance, peace and wholeness.
Rarely is healing or deliverance a one time step to experiencing freedom.
3 PART BEINGS
We must never forget that we are 3 part beings, (spirit, soul and body) made in the image of God-Father, Son and Spirit. We are put together in an order. (1 Thess. 5:23)
YOUR SPIRIT-PART 1 OF YOU
Your spirit is eternal and will live on forever. It is where Holy Spirit resides in you, when you are in Christ, and it is the eternal flame of God in you that never sleeps or dies. Our spirit man relates to God. It's where we hear the subtle promptings and voice of God.
YOUR SOUL-PART 2 OF YOU
Your soul houses:
your mind (thoughts, processes and mindsets)
your will (decision making)
your heart (with emotions and feelings of anger, happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, surprise, contempt, trust, frustrations,) your passions, appetites and desires
Your soul is the second part of who you are, just after your spirit. It is your personality and where you process and live life from. It is your life recorder, where your memories are stored along with the sensations and feelings that go along with those memories. It's the place that needs restoration and deliverance.
YOUR BODY-3RD PART OF YOU
Once your soul is restored your body ( the 3rd part of who you are) will many times align with that restoration and receive the healing it needs as well. Your body is made only for the earth realm. It houses your senses of touch, sight, sound, taste and smell and it will return to the dust from where it came when you die, for your body is an earthen vessel.
HEALING THE TRAUMATIZED SOUL
Sin is not the only cause of trauma but it is a major player in the game. Let's focus on these 2 areas.
· Sin committed against us by others
· Our own sin which produces shame, guilt and regret.....
Continually cleansing our souls from the traumas of sin is where we want to focus this week. We must cleanse our souls from the memories (recalling it over and over), mind processes, the heartache, the emotions, feelings and perceptions (vain imaginations) regarding the issues.
STEP 1-LEARNING TO IDENTIFY OPEN DOORS
Unhealed places in our souls, leaves the door open for hell to manifest in painful memories, continual negative feelings toward those who hurt us, erratic emotional responses, bad attitudes, inappropriate behaviors, or unhealthy desires and appetites; but ultimately in our decision making. Where have I sinned? Who has sinned against me that I need to forgive and close the door to the trauma?
"For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
Process Your Pain By:
Taking time to look at the your notes from last week and searching out where you may have left a door open through sin. Take time to repent. If sin was committed against you, take time to forgive the person or persons. (this may be a process)
STEP 2- CLEANSING OUR SOULS WITH SCRIPTURE
Meditate on the blood of Jesus, and receive your healing as you declare the scriptures over yourself, making them personal.
"Keep watch over yourself... (Acts. 20:28)
"..and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." (Col. 1:20)
"In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." (Eph. 1:7)
"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (Hebrews 9:14)
"In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness." (Hebrews 9:22)
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
"They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.... (Revelation 12:11)
STEP 3-GOVERNING YOUR SOUL
Living in constant communion with Holy Spirit and staying in contact with those who are walking out deliverance with us is the next step to take. Both help us in the recovery process as we recognize what our souls are dealing with. This is the governing process, as we learn to yield to Holy Spirit and also take responsibility to master our thoughts, emotions, passions, desires. This is what it means to live in Christ and co-labor with the Lord. The kingdom of God is a partnering kingdom.
Take communion several times this week, daily if you need to, and also in the weeks ahead leading up to Resurrection Sunday, as a way of remembering the completed work of salvation, healing and deliverance from sin that Jesus provided for you.