How Soul Sickness is Destroying the Church (Part 1)

Posted By Yvette Dempster on Sep 30, 2016 | 0 comments


The Most Surprising Thing You Might Have Never Heard About Your Soul

There are many sick and dying in the Church because they believe their souls are sick. But a Christian’s soul is not sick. It’s just waiting to be saved. But meanwhile it can be renewed.

  • We are three parts (spirit, soul and body) and every part affects another. But at best, the church has only focussed largely on two parts: the spirit and the body. The spirit in salvation (usual definition: being forgiven from sin) and the body in healing.
  • But does God care about the soul?

 

 

Soul

 

We all have someone in our life who is dealing with issues of the soul. Maybe you yourself are dealing with soul issues (emotional trauma, anxiety, depression. Any thing that negatively affects or oppresses the mind, will, emotions). But do you know how to help these people? Do you know how you can be free?

One day I was praying for several people who are dealing with issues of the soul (doesn’t matter what caused the issue), when I asked God if He cares about the soul. I told Him it seemed there were lots of scriptures on forgiveness and healing of the body and I’ve heard many sermons on these topics, but what about the soul?

God overwhelmed me with kindness when He said, “I care deeply about the soul of man. If I didn’t there weren’t be scriptures that exhort you to renew your mind. And I wouldn’t have promised a day when you will receive salvation of your soul.”

Then He reminded me of this verse in 1 Peter 1:3-10

Open For Scripture

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4 and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6 So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when (IT DOESN’T SAY IF) when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. (HE IS REVEALED TO THE WORLD THROUGH YOU!) 8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9 The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. 10 This salvation (THE SALVATION OF YOUR SOULS) was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. (Emphasis mine)

 

It’s important to understand that our souls are as important to God as the rest of us because He knows our soul often gets in the way of our living by the spirit. Our emotions can often get in the way of us living supernaturally.

I will explain what I mean.

We are made up of three parts: our spirit, our soul, and our body.

Most of us have been taught to listen to the cues our body gives. For example: if we have a pain in our stomach we might consider first if it’s hunger, and if we have eaten, then maybe it’s indigestion? Or sickness? And so on. Similarly we take cues from our soul, primarily our emotions, to tell us something about ourselves. For example, if we feel sad is it because we are grieving? If we are angry is it because we have suffered an injustice? Or our emotions flood with a reaction to our situation and we get angry or cry when we’ve been misunderstood or hurt. Well, you get the idea.

All of this is really elementary. To explain about how our body and soul work might seem silly since we all know what it means to have signals from our body and our soul. But what about our spirit? We are told to live by the spirit, but in order to do this we must take cues from our spirit which means we have to train our body and our soul to be subject to our spirit.

How and Why?

Because since you have been born again, your spirit has been joined to His Spirit. There are things that God knows, that you already know in your spirit because you have the mind of Christ. There are things in the spirit realm that are available to you but you might not be aware of them because your body and your mind are fighting to be heard. You might say your body (pain, sickness, tiredness) is in your face all day and your soul (mind, will and emotions) is all over place depending on what kind of day your having.

It’s pretty hard to be in the spirit if this is happening. So that is why the soul (just like the body) is important to God and why He provided a way for your soul to be saved just as much as your body and your spirit.

Here’s where our three parts are different.

Body:

Since our body is still subject to the things on this earth, we have been given authority over every sickness and disease. We have the ability to not only be healed but to live in divine health. I’ve covered this extensively in other posts already.

Spirit:

When you were born again your spirit immediately became new. You became a new being. A spirit being with the ability to hear, see, taste, touch and smell. You also have the ability to live forever. But your body didn’t change. Your body is your earth suit. It is still subject to aging, and eventually death. But Scripture tells us one day mortality will put on immortality. On that day we will receive a new body; an eternal suit that will not be subject to aging and decay (1 Cor. 15:53).

Soul:

In the scripture I mentioned earlier (1 Peter 1:3-10) it says that the reward for trusting Him will be the salvation of our souls. So does that mean our soul isn’t saved right now? Exactly. But all is not lost. Just because we are waiting for our body and soul to receive salvation doesn’t mean we have to live with them the way they are until His return. That’s why He provided healing for our body and He told us to renew our minds. We renew our minds in order to think the way we were created to think. So that we can prove what God’s will is. Let me say that again. We are to change the way we think so that we become the proof of what God’s will is. That we become the PROVERS of His will. We literally show the world that His will is that we should all be well and prosper, even as our soul prospers.

There has been a great misunderstanding about the soul in the Church that has left Christians feeling like they have to silently battle issues of their soul: anxiety, fear, stress, depression etc. When in reality, if they understood how to renew their minds and why they need mind renewal, those issues wouldn’t exist anymore.

Incorrect Teaching

Sadly, there are teachings that reinforce what some Christians already feel; that their soul is sick and needs to be ministered to or delivered. I believe if this doctrine is not corrected it will quietly destroy the Church. In a nutshell, this doctrine teaches Believers to take cues from their soul. For example: if they are anxious they need to find where fear entered. Maybe there’s a memory that they can recall where they first felt anxious or fearful. Then once that is found (root) then they can find the lie attached to it. And once the lie is identified then truth can be revealed and the person is set free.

This sounds well and good, but the problem is this: it keeps the Christian more aware of what’s wrong in their soul than what Jesus made right. They are taking cues from their soul instead of His Spirit. They believe if they feel fearful then something is wrong and they need ministry to be set free. When in reality all they need is their mind renewed so they can see and understand they’ve already been delivered and set free. A renewed mind would see fear as a just a symptom that they’re looking at their situation incorrectly. They would realize they need to shift perspective and see things from a place of victory instead of from defeat and fear.

The other problem with this type of teaching is it keeps the Christian dependent on that ministry in order to ‘feel well.’ Without realizing it, the Christian is being taught that if they feel a certain way, or have certain thoughts then something is amiss and they need deliverance. That type of thinking keeps Christians feeling vulnerable to the world they live in, to situations they face, and to the devil who is already defeated. This is the perfect distraction. If the enemy can keep a Believer from realizing the simple Gospel Truth he can keep them navel-gazing instead of powerfully manifesting the Kingdom of God.

Can you think of a time when you struggled with a feeling or a thought which made you believe something was wrong with you? Is there something you’re struggling with now? Please share below or contact me in private.

 

Stay tuned for Part 2. How we can live completely free in every area.

 

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