The soul is that part of man where the battle of the ages is waged. That battle is against the forces of hell that constantly seek to undermine the cause of Christ and rob us of our destiny.
The soul is made up of the emotions, the intellect, and the will. It is here that Satan troubles us. It is also here that the Holy Spirit does His work of sanctification.
What is the importance of the soul to our writing? The soul is the seat where ideas are generated, emotions are felt, and decisions are made. A sound soul is essential to sound writing. If the soul is not sound, the writing will not be sound.
This week we will examine each aspect of the soul as it relates to our writing. First, let’s look at the emotions.
As given by God, emotions are good and are to be used to express the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When the emotions do not express this fruit, there is something wrong. Indeed, the health of the soul is determined by the degree to which the soul expresses the fruit of the Holy Spirit.
When there is an emotion in the soul that is contrary to the fruit of the Holy Spirit – such as bitterness, envy, jealousy, fear, or anger – then the soul is not healthy and is in need of healing. This healing comes through prayer and, when necessary, through deliverance ministry, which is the tearing down of strongholds and the casting out of demons.
Let me make clear that a Christian cannot be possessed by the devil because a Christian is possessed by the Holy Spirit. But a Christian can be oppressed by the devil. When this is the case, the demon can be cast out and the Christian delivered from its influence.
The healing of the soul also occurs through replacing lies with the truth. This is called the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2). We will always act out of what we believe. If we believe a lie, we will act out of that lie and create problems for ourselves. Only knowing and applying the truth will set us free. The truth is what God says in His Word.
As you receive healing for your soul, your writing will increasingly reflect truth.
Next time, we’ll discuss the health of the intellect, or mind.