We are Triune beings consisting of a spirit, soul, and body. Each has its function and purpose. All are important, but they must be in order, for God is a God of order.
When things are out of order, we have chaos, confusion, and death. These things are unhealthy and destructive to our soul. God wants us to have a healthy soul. 3 John 1:2 (NKJV) tells us, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” God wants us to prosper in all areas, including finances, marriage, ministry, business—everything in our lives!
Our soul is our mind, will, and emotions. Our soul is not wicked unless it only has wicked ways to follow. We must be careful about what we’re feeding our soul (read our article, Feed Your Mentality).
People can have a dead spirit, but a healthy soul. Prosperity comes to people with a healthy soul because they think straight and their emotions are intact.
Christians have the spirit, but they can also have an unhealthy soul which makes their lives a mess. If your soul is depleted, your life will also be depleted—even when the spirit is alive inside you. This is why it’s important to feed our spirit with the Word of God.
We must constantly think like God thinks. We need to bind our minds to the mind of Christ. In order to accomplish this, we must renew our minds daily (see Romans 12:2 and Ephesians 4:23).
Does God ever think lack? Does God ever think poverty? Does God ever shrink back from fixing problems?
We’ve got to change the way we think and think like God. “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
If we allow our soul or our emotions to lead us, this is how we will live and who we will become. We cannot allow ourselves to be led by our emotions. We cannot live successful and healthy lives by our emotions.
Our heart is our inner self that thinks, feels, and decides. In the Bible, the word “heart” has a much broader meaning than it does to the modern mind. The heart is that which is central to a person. Nearly all the references to the heart in the Bible refer to some aspect of human personality.
We need to pay more attention to our feelings and what is going on inside us. We need to listen to our soul without allowing her (Psalms 34:2), to govern us. Remember, our soul is designed to submit to our spirit, but we must give her something to which she can submit!
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:3). We must have diligence because it’s going to take work to “keep” our heart! Things must be right in our heart--our soul, in order for us to have a good life.
The flesh wars against the heart. The nature of the flesh is the “all about me” syndrome. However, when we study the Word of God and feed our spirit, our spirit, which is made perfect inside us when we are born again (Ephesians 1:13), becomes stronger than our flesh and our soul.
Joyce Meyer says it well, “If you want to be a victorious Christian, your feelings don't get to vote!”
We must take care of our feelings. We cannot ignore them or suppress them. This can lead to mental illness, including, but not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Emotions and feelings are important, but we can’t let them rule us!
When we overcome our flesh, we begin doing the right thing even when we want to do the wrong thing. This is how we grow! This is victory. Repeating this positive behavior will lead us to a victorious life.
Have emotions, but don't let them have control of you. Develop the mind of Christ. “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
“This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118:24). Being happy is a decision. We have free will. We have a choice. This is an honor and a great responsibility. We must be careful about the choices we make.
Be in agreement with God. Let's not allow our soul (our mind and emotions) run our lives.
Stir yourself up. Get a better attitude. Practice self-control. Stay in order. “Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalms 37:4). Praise God!
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