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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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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“Are Demons Destroying Your Destiny?”

“How to Live in a World Gone Crazy”

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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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ARE DEMONS DESTROYING YOUR DESTINY?

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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We don’t hear much about demonic activity today, yet it is definitely going on, and at alarming rates. Perhaps you are a victim of it.

What is demonic activity? Simply put, demonic activity is the disruptive attempt of demonic spirits to divide and destroy you and everything that pertains to you. 

Let’s take a look at some facts about demons:

1–Demons do exist. Contrary to much current teaching, demons are real. Scripture provides abundant evidence of their existence in passages such as Ezekiel 28:18, Matthew 25: 41, and Revelation 12: 4.

Demons are a category of evil spirits who do Satan’s bidding in the earth. They are his evil “lackeys” who carry out his dirty work in the earth. It is generally believed that demons are the fallen angels who followed Satan when he rebelled against God and who, as a result, fell from Heaven with Satan. Some scholars, however, believe that demons may be the product of the union of fallen angels with the daughters of men, as recounted in Genesis 6: 4.

Satan (aka, the Devil) now has his headquarters in the Second Heaven, which is immediately above our firmament and under the Third Heaven where God and His angels dwell.  From the Second Heaven, Satan and the fallen angels give orders to demons to wreak havoc in the earth and upon individuals, particularly those who follow Jesus Christ. 

2–Demons have an agenda. That agenda is to carry out Satan’s instructions to destroy you, particularly if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. They do this in a variety of ways, but primarily through the tactic of “divide and conquer.” Their primary modus operandi is deception.

3–Demons have names. They are named according to their nature. For example, a spirit of anger is an evil spirit that tempts people to anger. A spirit of lust is an evil spirit that tempts people to lust. A lying spirit is an evil spirit that tempts people to lie. 

4–Demons seek to inhabit physical bodies, whether human or animal. Because demons are spirits without bodies, they continually seek either to inhabit a physical body or to attach themselves to one in order to express themselves in the earth. For example, an evil spirit of murder is powerless unless it has a body through which to murder.

4–Demons are the lowest in rank and power in Satan’s kingdom. They do not strategize. That function falls to Satan and his higher-ranking evil spirits who reside in the Second Heaven. Demons simply carry out on earth the orders that are given them by Satan and the fallen angels. 

5–Demons do not die. Because they are disembodied spirits, the same demons that were around thousands of years ago are still around today, tempting people to commit the same kinds of sins.

6–Demons operate through deception. Their goal is to keep their activity undercover so that people will fall into their traps. They present as good that which is evil. 

7–Demons attack in a variety of ways. Here are a few of them:

  • Sickness
  • Mental Illness
  • Twisted Communication
  • Spreading False Doctrine
  • Discouragement

8–Demons enter a life in a variety of ways. Here are some of them:

  • Through rebellion against God-ordained authority;
  • Through an anti-Biblical worldview (e.g., secular humanism, globalism, Mother Earth philosophies)
  • Through participation in New Age practices (e.g., yoga, martial arts, Eastern mysticism and meditation, goddess-worship); through the occult (séances and other Satanic rituals), and witchcraft (e.g., Wicca, the New Paganism, horoscopes, Ouija boards);
  • Through disobedience of the Word of God;
  • Through neglect in prayer, worship, and the study of God’s Word.

No one is immune to demonic attack. But Jesus said this in John 10: 10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” The key to resisting demonic activity is Jesus Christ. When you are in Christ, you have all the authority and power you need to drive out demons from your life. 

Remember this verse in 1 John 4: 4: “Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world.” HALLELUJAH!

Now, it’s YOUR turn: How do you deal with demonic attacks? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.

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101 Questions & Answers on Demon Powers by Dr. Lester Sumrall

Identifying the Hierarchy of Satan by Joy A. Schneider

Dealing with Hindering Spirits by Perry Stone

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HOW TO GET ALONG WITH EVERYONE

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 have often been described as a “people-person.” The connotation implied is that I love people. And that is absolutely true!  I absolutely love people! 🙂

But loving people has not come easily for me. It is not a natural ability, but a supernatural one, because, basically, like all people, I am a sinner. Loving people is a grace from God that I have received as a result of being born again and of having learned how to let Christ live in me and through me.

God loves people! God loves us! And He loves us in a way that we all need to learn if we want to have good, healthful relationships in life.  

So, how does God love us? Here are three key ways:

1–God loves us unconditionally. This means He places no conditions on His love for us. He loves us when we obey Him, and He loves us when we disobey Him. He loves us when we’re happy, and He loves us when we’re sad. He loves us when we are pleasant to be around, and He loves us when we are ornery or downright nasty. 

2–God loves us by asserting our worth. God makes us feel valued, no matter where we’ve come from nor what kind of past we’ve had. Think of the woman at the well. Jesus valued her by talking with her. According to Jewish law, Jews were forbidden to communicate with Samaritans. But Jesus superseded the law, spoke with her, and transformed her life by sharing the Gospel with her. If we want to love others, we need to assert their worth by making them feel valuable. We do this by respecting them, honoring them, and giving them our attention.

3–God loves us by accepting us just as we are. To get along with others, we need to accept them as they are, not as we want them to be. We need to love them in spite of their flaws, not just because of their virtues. We need to give them space to be who God created them to be.

Loving other people depends on our relationship with Jesus Christ. Author Bonnie Davidsion writes: “Our relationship with God will determine our relation­ship with other people.” This is a profound statement, worthy of pondering. We will love other people to the degree that we love God. And the only way we can love God is by accepting His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus alone can enable us to love as the Father loves.  

Bottom line, the only way we can truly get along with people is by loving them. And the only way we can truly love them is by allowing Jesus Christ to love them through us. There is no other way.  #

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What challenges have you faced in getting along with other people? Please leave your valued comment in the box below.

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The Italian Chronicles Trilogy is now available in its entirety. Will Maria Landro Tonetta allow God to turn the horrific sorrows of her life into great joy? Read this page-turning series to find out! Makes a great gift for any occasion!

 Book 1: The Madonna of Pisano    Book 2: A Sicilian Farewell    Book 3: Return to Bella Terra

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#15 Signs That We Are in the End Times-Part 

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FAITH: THE CURRENCY OF HEAVEN

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 discover what is in your heart and how to program your heart for success.

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Currency is defined as a medium of exchange for goods and services. In some places throughout history, people paid for goods and services with their own goods and services. This was called “bartering.” Mostly, however, currency in the form of coins or paper money has been used throughout history as payment for goods and services.
 
As a medium of exchange, currency means that in exchange for something I want (a product), I give you something you want (money). Significantly, this principle of exchange applies to the Kingdom of God as well. The currency of the Kingdom of God is called “faith.” In order to receive from God, we need to use the currency of faith.
 

 

Lest there be any misunderstanding, however, let me make clear upfront that we cannot “purchase” anything from God. All that He gives us is a free gift that flows from His heart of love and mercy. Indeed, He Himself as Christ purchased every blessing for us by sacrificing His very life for us. Christ did all the “purchasing” that was necessary for us to experience salvation and all the blessings that come with it.
 
At the same time, experiencing those blessings requires faith.

Here is how it works: I go to God in need of a particular blessing, be it financial, health-related, job-related, or whatever. I see in His Word that God has provided that blessing for me.

God then says to me, “Do You believe what I say in My Word about the blessing you need? Do you believe 1 Peter 2: 24 where I tell you that you were healed by the stripes of Jesus? Do you believe Philippians 4: 19 where I tell you that I will supply all of Your need? Do you believe James 1: 5 where I promise you that I will give you all the wisdom you need to make wise decisions.”

God then tosses the ball to my court. If I believe what God says in His Word, I will have what God says in His Word. If I don’t believe what God says in His Word, I won’t have what God says in His Word. It’s as simple as that.

 
All that God requires of us is that we believe Him! Nothing more, nothing less. Amazing, no?
 
Actually, what is amazing is that we don’t believe Him!  But why don’t we believe Him? Because we don’t know Him. We don’t understand His character. We don’t comprehend His love. That, in my opinion, is the real reason we do not believe God. 
 
Ask yourself this question: How would you feel if your spouse, your children, or your boss did not trust you? Not very good, right? Well, God is grieved when we do not trust Him.  Faith is simply trusting that God says what He means and means what He says and that He will do what He says He will do.
 
Faith is the key to receiving from God. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11: 6). 
 
But what if you don’t have faith? Or not enough faith?
 
Actually, God has given each person “the measure of faith” (Romans 12: 3).  The Bible tells us He shows no partiality (Acts 10: 34). Just as all of us have been given the same number of muscles, so have all of us been given the same amount of faith. But just as muscles grow stronger only through exercise, so does faith grow stronger only through exercise. This is the reason for the many trials we face.  Trials exercise our faith and make it stronger.
 
Scripture also teaches that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10: 17). Whatever we hear often enough and long enough, we will end up believing. For this reason, it is critically important that we continually hear truth. And truth is found in the Word of God!
 
Decide today that you will be a person of faith–not because of what you will get out of it, but because of the joy you will give to your Heavenly Father simply by believing what He says.
 
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