THE SOUL ROOTS OF SICKNESS – Part Two

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Last week, we explored some signs of soul wounds and how they can make the body sick. We learned that sickness of the soul is often reflected in sickness of the body. In fact, most physical sickness begins in soul sickness. The sicker the soul, the sicker the body. Conversely, the healthier the soul, the healthier the body.

So, it behooves us to seek soul health in addition to physical health. In fact, seeking soul health first may go far in eliminating many physical ailments. 

Just as there are many kinds of physical illness, so are there many kinds of soul illness. But before we get into them, let’s take a look at what comprises the soul. 

The human being is made up of three parts: spirit, soul, and body. Contrary to some teaching, the soul is not the same as the spirit. Scripture makes this clear in 1 Thessalonians 5: 23: “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again” (Underlining mine). 

With this truth in mind, let’s take a look at what comprises the soul part of us. The soul is comprised of the mind (aka intellect), the emotions, and the will. (Have you noticed that we are triune beings [spirit, soul, and body] and that each of those three parts is also triune?) 

Your mind or intellect is that part of your soul that knows, thinks, analyzes, and remembers things.

Your emotions comprise that part of your soul that expresses the various emotions like love, anger, grief, and desire.

Your will is that part of your soul that chooses and makes decisions.

“The sicker the soul, the sicker the body. Conversely, the healthier the soul, the healthier the body.”

When Adam and Eve sinned, the result was catastrophic. Not only was man’s spirit separated from God, but man’s soul was ruined. Ephesians 4: 17-18 tells us that our soul was “darkened” and we became “alienated from the life of God” because we became “ignorant.” We could no longer think straight (mind). We began to experience and express negative feelings (emotions). And we began to rebel against God (will). 

When we are born again, we receive a new spirit—perfect in every way because Christ now indwells our spirit. But when we are born again, we do not receive a new soul or a new body.  Those will come after we die.

So, what are we to do now with our wounded souls and weak bodies while we are still on this earth? Romans 12: 2 gives us the answer: “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

As our minds (one part of the soul) are transformed by God, our emotions and our will (the other two parts of the soul) will experience more and more healing. As a result, our bodies will experience more and more health.

To renew our minds simply means to align our way of thinking with God’s way of thinking. It means to turn away from the lies we have been believing about God and about ourselves to the truth God wants us to believe about Him and about ourselves. 

How do we renew our minds? Through the continual study and application of God’s Word to our lives.  

There are many kinds of soul sickness. In fact, any one part of the soul can be sick—the mind, the will, or the emotions. But sickness in one part will affect the other two parts. 

Next time, Lord willing, we will explore some kinds of soul sickness. We will talk about “soul fragmentation”—what it is and what to do about it.  Finally, we will discuss the wonderful truth that Jesus can and will restore our souls as He promises in Psalm 23. 

My Prayer for Us Today: “Lord, thank You that You are able and willing to bring healing and restoration to our wounded souls. We receive Your healing today in Your Precious Name. Amen.”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you believe that God not only can heal your soul wounds but that He wants to? Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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THE SOUL ROOTS OF SICKNESS – Part One

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Are you sick in your body? The real problem may be in your soul.

Much, if not most, physical illness has its roots in a wounded soul. The condition of the soul affects the condition of the body.

The following Bible verse backs up this truth: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 2, NKJV, underlining mine).”  We are in health to the degree that our soul is in health.

Well, what if our soul is not in health? What if our soul has been deeply wounded through trauma, rejection, Satanic ritual abuse (SRA), child abuse (sexual or otherwise), or other demonic activity in our lives? What can we do if this is the case?

In this multi-part series of blog posts, we will explore the deleterious effects of a wounded soul and what to do about them. We will learn that Jesus meant what He said when He told us in Psalm 23 that He “restores our soul.”

First of all, let’s define a soul wound. A soul wound is a wound in the soul that has not been confronted and resolved.

Many times we are not even aware of soul wounds because they often occur in utero, in infancy, or in early childhood. Satan uses these times of intensified vulnerability to wreak his havoc on a child’s soul.

Sadly, most parents—even Christian parents—are unaware of their child’s spiritual vulnerability to Satanic attack. Consequently, they do not know to protect their children from these attacks.  As a result, Satan establishes strongholds in the child’s life that can last a lifetime if not recognized and dealt with.

“A soul wound is a wound in the soul that has not been confronted and resolved.” 

Signs of Soul Wounds

What are some signs that our soul has been wounded? 

__Lack of joy. Scripture tells us that “the joy of the Lord is our strength” (Nehemiah 8: 10). Joy and happiness are not the same thing. We can be unhappy about a situation but still be joyful in the midst of it. If our joy has been depleted, we may be suffering from a soul wound. 

__Offense. Am I easily offended? Do I feel that people are out to get me? 

__Self-Condemnation. Am I frequently down on myself? Angry at myself for making a wrong decision or for messing up? Unable to forgive myself for something I said, did, or didn’t do?

__Defensiveness. Do I feel the need to defend myself? To prove that I am right? That I am worth something?

__Shame. Am I carrying around a hidden secret that I can’t share with anyone because I am afraid I would be rejected if I did?  

__Deep sadness / Depression. Do I frequently feel hopeless? Does the future look bleak? Have I lost the will to live?  

These are just a few signs of possible soul wounds. In future posts, we will look more closely at how soul wounds develop, how they cause sickness, how they affect our lives and our relationships, and what to do to be healed of them.

My Prayer for Us Today: “Lord, please reveal to us the wounds of our soul so that we may come to You for healing and restoration. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Have you suffered soul wounds? If so, how have you dealt with themPlease leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

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HOW TO RECOGNIZE PRIDE IN YOUR LIFE

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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PRIDE. How do we know if we’re guilty of it. By its very nature, pride does not see itself. So, let’s ask ourselves these seven questions to determine if there is pride in our lives. And if there is, let’s repent and drive it out in the Name of Jesus:

1–Is there strife in my life? “Where there is strife, there is pride” (Proverbs 13: 10a). Strife is always the fruit of pride. Indeed, there can be no strife unless pride enters first. As we eliminate pride from our lives, we will eliminate strife as well. 

2–Is there fear or worry in my life? Fear and worry reveal my toxic reliance on myself instead of on God. Fear and worry reveal that I want control because I think I can handle things better than God. This is pride. 

3–Do I worry about what people think of me? The Bible says that people-pleasers cannot serve God because they are more concerned about what others think of them than about what God thinks of them: “If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant” (Galatians 1: 10). Whenever we elevate man above God, we are guilty of pride.

4–Do I have an “entitlement mentality”? Do I think that the world owes me something? Do I think I deserve to have this or that? The truth is we deserve nothing but Hell were it not for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. An entitlement mentality is a clear sign of pride.  

5–Do I think I”m better than someone else? Pride exalts itself and diminishes others. The Bible says this: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves” (Philippians 2: 3).

6–Am I a hypocrite? In other words, do I act one way at home and another way in public? “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men….” (Matthew 23: 5). This, again is pride.

7–Do I resist submitting to God-given authority? Do I buck my husband, my boss, my pastor, my parents? Do I refuse to submit to them or do I give them a hard time? Let’s remember this word of the Lord: “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15: 23).

Every day I must examine myself for signs of pride. It is an insidious sin and the one that got Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden of Eden. They questioned God’s integrity, deeming that they knew better than God. To question God’s integrity is pride–plain and simple.

My Prayer for Us Today: “May God reveal to us any areas of pride in our lives, and may He give us the grace to renounce it once and for all.”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Do you struggle with pride? If so, how do you overcome it? Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

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“How to Get Along with Everyone”

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For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

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Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

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DON’T DIE WITHOUT SINGING YOUR SONG!

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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I like to quip that I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth: I was born with a pen in my hand.

But I didn’t discover that pen until I was 30 years old. Once I discovered it, I moved fully into my calling, which is to write stories for King Jesus.

What about you? What gift were you born with? Do you know what it is?

God has created each of us with a purpose. Our talent is a sign of that purpose. God gives us a talent (or more than one) to lead us in the direction of His purpose. As we discover that talent and use it for His glory, God’s purpose is fulfilled not only in each of our lives but also in the earth.

Here are some ways to discover your talent:

1–What ability comes fairly easily to you?

2–What activity gives you great joy in the doing of it?

3–What activity elicits feedback that what you are doing is a blessing to others?

Unfortunately, many people never fulfill their purpose. Don’t be one of them.

Next to losing one’s soul, the worst tragedy in life is to die without singing your song.

My Prayer for You Today: “May you discover your song and sing it with great joy, for God’s glory and for the building of His Kingdom!”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you singing the song God gave you to sing? If not, why not? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.  If you need help to discover your song, contact me at info@maryanndiorio.com. I am a Certified Life Coach and have been helping people discover and sing their song for almost 20 years. I would be happy to help you as well. :). For more information, click here.

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If you found this post helpful, please forward it to a friend. Thank you! You may also be interested in reading the following popular posts:

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“How to Live in a World Gone Crazy”

“How to Get Along with Everyone”

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

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THE LYING VOICE OF SHAME

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines 
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

“Matters of the Heart” is a weekly blog that deals with the deepest issues of the human heart, the issues we all face but sometimes don’t want to talk about. The heart is the programming center of our lives. What is programmed into our heart will affect every area of our lives. Learn how to examine your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Shame is to the heart as chains are to the body. 

Shame keeps us bound. It keeps us a prisoner of the lies that caused our shame.

Most, if not all, of us have experienced shame in one way or another.

I come from a very poor family of eight children. Were it not for the generosity of the nuns at the Catholic school I attended, we would have often gone to bed hungry. Yet, as I carried home on the schoolbus the large shopping bag filled with the nuns’ pungent egg salad sandwiches left over from their lunch, I felt shame. Shame because the other kids on the bus not only knew what I was carrying, but also why. Shame because I believed the lie that poor people were inferior. 

What is shame and where does it come from?

Shame is the lie that says you’re not good enough. While guilt says I MADE a mistake, shame says I AM a mistake.  

Shame comes from negative words spoken to us as a children—words that wounded our hearts. 

  • “You’ll never amount to anything.” 
  • “You’re so clumsy!”
  • “You’re stupid.”
  • “You’re fat.”
  • “You’re poor.”
  • “No one will ever love you.”
  • “I wish I never had you!”
  • “You were an accident.”
  • “You’re ugly.”
  • ‘You’re (fill in the blank).”

Shame comes from experiences that caused us to believe we fell short of the expected mark.

Shame comes straight from the pit of hell.

Has your life been filled with shame?  If so, read these words the Lord wrote just for you: “Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance” (Isaiah 61: 7).

My Prayer for You Today: “May God break the chains of shame off your life. May He take the shame of your life and turn it into the strength of your life.”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How have you dealt with shame in your life? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.

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“Are Demons Destroying Your Destiny?”

“How to Live in a World Gone Crazy”

“How to Get Along with Everyone”

Please check our archives in the right sidebar for older posts on a variety of topics. You may also search for a particular topic in the search box at the top right. 

For additional encouragement, check out my podcasts at the following links:

A Moment with MaryAnn – Podcasts on Living the Good Life

Winning with the Word Podcast Series

Write Your Heart Out! – Podcasts for Writers

Please tell your family and friends about this blog and my other resources, and please pass this post on to them. Thank you!

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