THE SOUL ROOTS OF SICKNESS – Part Three

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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

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Last week, we discussed the results of Adam and Eve’s sin on the human soul. We considered the three parts of the soul—the mind, the will, and the emotions—and the function of each part. In this week’s post, we’ll be exploring some different kinds of soul sickness, focusing particularly on “soul fragmentation.” 

What is soul fragmentation? Soul fragmentation is simply another term for the tearing apart of the soul. This tearing apart occurs during times of trauma. 

When we experience a traumatic event, we cope with the trauma by placing the intense emotion and memory caused by the trauma in a special part of our soul and walling it off from the rest of our soul. Depending on the severity of the trauma, if we didn’t wall it off, we would likely not be able to go on with life. These parts that are walled off are called fragments.

All of us experience soul wounds during our lives. Many of these wounds begin in the womb and in early infancy and childhood. Others result from our own sin. Unless dealt with, these wounds last a lifetime, affecting our relationships and every aspect of our lives. 

Every time the soul is wounded, it is fragmented in some way. The Bible describes this fragmentation in several different terms:

  1. A tearing apart or rending: “Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver” (Psalm 7: 2);
  2. A destruction: “But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul” (Psalm 6: 32);
  3. A disturbance or an unsettling:–“Since we have heard that some of our number to whom we gave no instruction have disturbed you with their words, unsettling your souls….” (Acts 15: 24);
  4. A defilement or a polluting:–“Then said I, ‘Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth;'” 
  5. A cutting off from a group:–“Therefore every one that eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed thing of the LORD: and that soul shall be cut off from among his people” (Leviticus 19: 8);
  6. An imprisonment:–“Free my soul from prison that I may praise Your name” (Psalm 142: 7).
  7. Double-Mindedness.–“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1: 8).

Sometimes, the soul can be so badly fragmented as to result in severe mental illness.

God designed the spirit and the soul to communicate with each other. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve, this line of communication was severed. So, before we are born again, the spirit and the soul are separated from each other. But when we are born again, the communication between the spirit and the soul is restored. 

“Sometimes, the soul can be so badly fragmented as to result in severe mental illness.”

The soul, however, is not saved when we are born again in the same way that the spirit is saved. When we are born again, we are given a new spirit that is perfect, but we are not given a new soul. The soul still suffers the vestiges of Satan’s attacks upon it and must be renewed by the Word of God (Romans 12: 2). These vestiges often require deliverance ministry in order to be completely removed. Deliverance severs communication between the demonic realm and the soul and results in the soul’s restoration to wholeness by the power of God.

In addition to wrongs that are done to us, our own sin greatly damages our souls. Peter wrote this: Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls” (1 Peter 2: 11). Sexual sin, especially, has grave and deleterious effects on the soul (See my post titled “Sex and Soul Ties”). 

How the Soul Is Fragmented

1–Involvement in witchcraft. Witchcraft opens the door to soul fragmentation. Any time a demon is allowed to gain control over the soul, fragmentation and bondage occur. Note Ezekiel 13: 20: “Therefore, this is what the Lord GOD says: ‘See, I am against the magic charms with which you ensnare souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms. I will free the souls you have ensnared.'” 

2–Abuse, physical or verbal. Abuse can cause some of the worst kinds of soul fragmentation. When a soul is severely fragmented, it can result in what psychiatrists call “multiple personality disorder.” Years ago, I went with a team from my church to minister at a local mental institution. My heart grieved as I saw that many of the patients there suffered from multiple personality disorder and other types of soul fragmentation, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. They lived in another world mentally and had been severed from truth.

Self-abuse, in the form of drug addiction, alcoholism, gluttony, Satanic music, participation in New Age practices and in false religions, also severely fragments the soul. 

Soul fragmentation as expressed in mental disorders often does not respond to therapy and medication because such modalities do not address the real issue: demonic infiltration, oppression, and even possession.  These can be dealt with only by the power of Jesus Christ administered through Christ-Followers trained in deliverance ministry.

3–Making vows to false gods or to occult or Satanic organizations of any kind; for example, the Masons or the Rosicrucians.  Making such vows imprisons the soul and ties it to the organization or false god to which the vow was made. 

If you think you are suffering from soul sickness, there is hope for you!  In my next and last post on soul sickness, I will discuss alters, which are similar to fragments but more severe than fragments. We will also discuss the wonderful news that your soul can be fully restored by the power and blood of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord!  Don’t miss this last post of the series!

My Prayer for Us Today: “Father, we come to You in the Name of Jesus, thanking You for Your mercy and grace. We receive Your healing power to restore our souls. What Satan meant for evil, we trust You to turn to our good. We trust that You will take our ‘mess’ and turn it into our ‘message.’ In Jesus’ name. so be it!”

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you beginning to see that your sickness may be due to diseases in your soul? If so, you are experiencing a revelation from God because he deeply loves you.  Please leave your valued comment in the box below. 

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TAKING BACK MEDITATION

by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, DMin, MFA

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

For everything God has created, Satan has a counterfeit. One such original creation of God is the practice of meditation. Its counterfeit is found in the New Age Movement’s practice of meditation.

What is meditation? The word meditation comes from a Latin word meaning to ruminate, to chew over. When one meditates, one chews over a word or a passage of words in order to digest intellectually and ingest spiritually its meaning and application in one’s life.

Scripture points clearly to meditation as a command of God and a chief tool of success in life. Consider Joshua 1: 8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Meditating on God’s Word is essential to our growth as disciples of Christ. For this reason, Satan has attempted to corrupt the practice of meditation through its usurpation by the New Age Movement. He has endeavored to place the focus of meditation on the self instead of on God.  Such usurpation has intimidated Christians and rendered them reluctant to employ the practice of meditation at all. Also, whereas New Age meditation involves emptying the mind of everything, Biblical meditation involves filling the mind with the Word of God.

In a search to find a photo to accompany this post, I used the search term “meditation”.  Every result was a rendering of the New Age practice of meditation–particularly photos of people in various yoga positions. Not a single result of my search rendered the Christian practice of meditation.

That tells me it’s time for the Body of Christ to take back meditation! 

So, how does a Christ-Follower practice meditation? Let me share what I’ve learned:

1–Believe that the practice of meditation comes from God and is commanded by God. (See Joshua 1: 8; Psalm 119: 97; Psalm 104: 34).

2–Enter God’s Presence in the Name of Jesus. Invite Holy Spirit’s Presence to fill you anew and afresh.

3–Choose a verse or a short passage from Scripture and read it several times to understand its general meaning. I recommend you start with a single verse until you develop the habit of meditation. I still prefer single verses since I’ve discovered that one verse can contain a wealth of hidden meaning that Holy Spirit reveals only as I meditate on that verse.

4–Next, break down the verse into segments. For example, let’s use Philippians 4:13 as an illustration: “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”  When I meditate on this verse, I break it down into three parts:  

1) I can do all things
2) through Christ
3) Who strengthens me. 

“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night….” – Joshua 1: 8

5-Recite each part aloud, putting the emphasis on a different word each time. For example:

1) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
2) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.
3) I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.

As you emphasize a different word and think about that word, Holy Spirit will reveal precious, hidden truths to you about the emphasized word and about the verse as a whole.

6-Repeat this process with the rest of the verse or passage. As you do, you will not only be meditating on the verse, you will also be allowing it to take root deep within your spirit.

7-Memorize the verse or passage. Memorization is usually the direct result of meditation. As you meditate on the verse, you will find yourself memorizing the verse as well. Meditation and memorization are spiritual twins that will help you immensely to become more like Jesus.

Remember this: The focus of Biblical meditation is the Word of God. It and it alone must be our final authority. As you faithfully meditate on God’s Word, you will notice that your life is improving. You will begin to experience more and more the abundant life that Jesus Christ died to give you.

And that, my friend, is true success! 

Now, it’s YOUR turn: What suggestions would you offer regarding how to meditate on God’s Word? Please comment in the box below.

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How to Meditate the Right Way

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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There is a type of meditation that exalts the self, and there is a type of meditation that exalts God.

The New Ager engages in the former.  The follower of Jesus Christ engages in the latter.

Close-up of woman's hands while reading the Bible outside.

Self-centered meditation leads to deception and death.  God-centered meditation leads to truth and life.

To meditate means to “chew upon.”  What you chew upon, you digest.  What you digest, you become.

The New Ager chews upon doctrines of demons. The follower of jesus Christ chews upon the Word of God. 

Choose your spiritual food wisely.  Your entire well-being and eternal destiny depend upon it.

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