You and Your Spirit-Soul Connection

YOU AND YOUR SPIRIT-SOUL CONNECTION

 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Harmony, sign series for music, singing, choir and bandsLast time we explored the Rule of Three as it relates to your soul, aka heart. Today, we’re going to explore the soul as it relates to your spirit.

You are a three-part being.  First of all, you are a spirit. Then you have a soul. Finally, you have a body that houses your spirit and your soul

Each of your three parts (spirit, soul, and body) is also comprised of three parts. Last time we said that your soul is made up of your mind, your will, and your emotions. Your body is made up of water, tissue, and bones. Your spirit is made up of your conscience, your intuition, and your communion with God.

The soul and the spirit have different functions, yet they are intimately connected and affect your daily life. When your soul (your heart) and your spirit are in harmony, you will experience peace and joy.

How can we get our souls and our spirits to be in harmony? The most important key is to understand that your spirit was designed by God to rule your soul and your body.  But, unless your spirit is connected to God (communion), your spirit will not be able to do its job properly. In fact, a spirit disconnected from God will wreak havoc on your soul and your body.

So, the first rule of order is to make sure your spirit is connected to God.  How? By accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. (If you don’t know how to do this, click here).

Once your spirit is connected to God, it can begin to commune with God.  This means that your spirit will begin to hear from God, to talk with God, to receive from God.  Romans 7:6 says that we serve God “in the new life of the spirit.” 

Understanding that your soul is separate from your spirit and must be subject to your spirit is critical when dealing with matters of the heart.  When we confuse the two, we get into trouble. Watchman Nee wrote: “But sad to say, due to long years of bondage to the soul, many Christians know very little of their spirit. We ought to tremble before God, asking Him to teach us through experience what is spiritual and what is soulish.”

If you are confused about the different functions of your soul and your spirit, ask Holy Spirit to reveal this difference to you. Read the Word of God diligently.  In Hebrews 4:12 we learn that ” . . .  the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

The Word of God will help you to understand the spirit-soul connection.  As you grow in this understanding, you will learn how to submit your soul to your spirit and, in so doing, to experience the joy and peace God intends for you.

If you would like to know more about your triune nature, check out my book YOU WERE MADE FOR GREATNESS! You Were made for Greatness

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Joy vs. Happiness

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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Woman Meditating or Worshiping in AutumnAre you happy?  Are you joyful? The two are not the same, you know.  You can be joyful without being happy, and you can be happy without being joyful. Of course, you can also be both.

Happiness is of the soul; joy is of the spirit.

What does this mean?  It means that happiness depends on circumstances but joy does not.  You can be joyful in the midst of great personal sorrow. In other words, you can experience joy even when your circumstances make you unhappy.  By the same token, you can be happy in your circumstances, but deep down you lack joy.

For example, a woman may be in a very unhappy marriage, but she can still experience the joy of the Lord deep within her spirit.  Or a man may be very unhappy in his job, but he can still experience the joy of the Lord deep down in his spirit.

Joy is the eternal fruit of the Holy Spirit. It supersedes the temporary circumstances of your life and causes you to rise above them.  Happiness, on the other hand, vacillates based on what is happening in your life at any given moment.  The pursuit of happiness will keep you chained to your circumstances and make you a victim of them. The pursuit of joy will set you free to rise above your circumstances.

Scripture tells us that “the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).  Joy carries us through difficult times in a way that happiness cannot.

Pursue joy above happiness. Happiness can swiftly disappear, but joy remains forever.

Unforgiveness can keep you from experiencing the joy of the Lord.  If you have no joy, ask yourself if you are harboring unforgiveness toward someone who hurt you. If so, you will benefit from reading my powerful story about a woman who had the same struggle. It is called A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING and is available for Kindle, iPad, and Nook.  book-christmas-homecoming-alt

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Your Soul Has Eyes

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

Did you know that your soul has eyes? It has the ability to see the unseen, that realm where possibilities are born or die and where dreams are made or shattered. 

The word soul is a synonym for the word heart.  So we could say that your heart has eyes.

You have most likely heard the saying that the eyes are the windows of the soul. This is not just a nice saying. Scientists have actually proven that the eyes reveal what kind of soul a person has. An article that appeared a few years ago in the British publication Daily Mail states the following: “Patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive, research has found.” (See reference below).

The eyes of your soul reflect what is going on in your soul.  And what is going on in your soul determines what you see with the eyes of your soul.  If your soul is healthy, you will have good vision. If you soul is unhealthy, you will not.

Have you ever looked into someone’s eyes and it seemed as though no one was home? The eyes were lifeless, indicating a sick soul. By the same token, have you ever looked into the eyes of someone filled with joy? Those eyes abounded in life, indicating a healthy soul.

For your soul to be healthy, it needs a dream. But not just any dream. It needs the dream for which you were created.  Finding that dream comes only from finding God Who gave you the dream in the first place. Until you find God, you will never have a healthy soul. Nor will you ever fulfill your destiny.

So, the chief question of life becomes how do I find God? There is only one way. You will find God only through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).

When you embrace Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, your soul will know its life purpose.  Your soul will have vision.  The eyes of your soul will be able to see clearly the reason you are here.

Then–and only then–will you know the true meaning of life.  Especially your life!

Unforgiveness can cloud your soul, keeping it from seeing its vision clearly.  If you struggle with forgiving someone who hurt you, you will benefit from reading my powerful story about a woman who had the same struggle. It is called A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING and is available for Kindle, iPad, and Nook.  book-christmas-homecoming-alt

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Healing Your Hurting Heart

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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beauty girl cryDoes your heart hurt? I don’t mean your physical heart. I mean your emotional heart. Does it hurt?  If so, read on.

Every one of us has experienced hurt in our lives. For some, that hurt may have been very deep; for others, not so much. Also, the depth to which we feel a hurt has a lot to do with our personalities, our life circumstances, and our perceptions. But all of us have been hurt.

God never intended for our hearts to be hurt. He intended for them to be whole and at peace. But when we look at our lives, we may be tempted to think that with all the problems we face, with all the stress that assails us, and with all of the horrors in the world, how can anyone ever be at peace?

The truth is that no matter what is going on around us, we can be at peace. Peace is an inside job.

Okay, you may be thinking. That’s easier said than done. You don’t know what my life is like.  You’re right. I don’t. But if it’s anything like mine, it brings new trials every single day, trials that only make the baggage we are already carrying that much heavier.

So what’s a person to do?

Here are some things that have helped me to live in peace on the inside:

1) Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. We can never know true peace unless we know Jesus. If you don’t yet have a relationship with him, click here.

2) Take mini-breaks with Jesus throughout the day.  I picture my soul as a refreshing oasis where I go to meet Jesus several times a day. When the pressure is on from the outside, I stop what I’m doing and turn inward. I picture myself sitting next to Jesus by a beautiful stream. I talk with Him and listen to what He wants to say to me at that moment. Spending time with Jesus in this way always relieves the stress and fills me with the joy and strength I need to go back to my work in peace.

Brother Lawrence, a 17th-century lay brother in the Carmelite order, wrote a short book on this practice that has become a Christian classic called The Practice of the Presence of God. I highly recommend you read it.

3) Ask Jesus to restore your soul. That’s one of His jobs, you know.  The Bible says this in Psalm 23: 3: “He restores my soul.”  To restore means to bring back to its original, intended condition. As we said earlier, God’s original intention for your soul was wholeness and peace. When you trust God to restore your soul, He will.

Years ago, I was driving down a country road feeling very happy on my way to visit a friend.  Suddenly, I began to sob uncontrollably, so much so that I had to pull over to the side of the road. The whole situation was really strange, but I knew God was doing something inside of me.  When I asked the Lord what was happening, He spoke these words that I will never forget. He said, “My precious daughter, your life was built on a foundation of lies, but I am tearing down that false foundation of lies and rebuilding your life on the Truth.” 

As I heard the Lord’s words deep within my spirit, I began to rejoice and to worship Him right there in my car. This event happened many years ago, and I can say that God has indeed torn down the false foundation of lies and continues to rebuild my soul on the truth of His Word.

If your heart is hurting, there is hope for you. Turn to Jesus Christ, the only One Who can truly heal your hurting heart. He healed mine, and He will do the same for you.

To help you learn more about who you are in Christ, you may wish to obtain a copy of my ebook, You Were Made for Greatness!  You Were Made for Greatness-def

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The Wounded Soul

Is your soul wounded? If you’re like virtually every other human being who has walked the face of the earth, your soul has been wounded in some way.

Soul wounds occur in many ways: through trauma, accident, injury, abuse, or misunderstanding. The degree to which the soul is wounded by an event depends on the person’s perception of that event at the time of its occurrence.

So, why the big fuss about a wounded soul? If everyone has had hurts, why not just pick yourself up and get on with life? Well, that is easier said than done.  Why? Because the wounds in our soul may go deep–so deep, in fact, that they may be buried and inaccessible. Yet, they are affecting every area of our lives, from our health, to our relationships, to our decision-making, to our finances, to our success.

Because we are created in the image of God (who is a triune being), we, too, are triune beings.  Our three parts are the spirit, the soul, and the body. We are all born into this world with a spirit separated from God. Some people call this “original sin.”  When we accept Christ as our Savior, however, He gives us a new spirit that is reconnected to God the Father. In short, accepting Christ (aka being born again) restores us to a right relationship with God the Father. Our new spirit is just like Christ’s–righteous, whole, and in perfect fellowship with God.

But our soul and our body do not get born again instantaneously as does our spirit. In fact, from the moment we are born again, Holy Spirit  begins to work on our souls to clean them up. This process is called sanctification, and it is a life-long process. It is in the soul that the hidden struggles of life take place, those struggles that cause conflict, negative emotions, poor health, and financial lack.

The good news, however, is that Jesus came not only to forgive us of our sins but also to restore our souls (Psalm 23:2). This means that it is His will to heal our souls and to restore them to the state of peace, love, and joy which they enjoyed before Adam and Eve rebelled against God.

Recent studies in psychology, physics, and medicine are revealing that the condition of our souls affects the condition of every other aspect of our lives.  Scripture has taught this for centuries:  “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1 NKJV). This verse makes it clear that we will prosper according to the degree that our soul prospers. So, getting our souls healed is of paramount importance.

But how do we get our souls healed?  Here are a few ways that have helped me:

1) Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you those issues of the soul that are keeping you in bondage. They may be personal sins, generational curses, or memories of traumatic experiences. Recent psychological and medical research has shown that our memories are located not only in our brains but also in our cells. These memories in our cells are called “cellular memories” and, unless dealt with, they will affect every aspect of our lives. Research  is proving Scripture to be scientifically true, as those of us who follow Christ have known all along.

2) Allow Holy Spirit to heal the issues of your soul. Yes, it is up to you to allow Holy Spirit to heal your wounded soul. At times you may need to repent; at other times you may need to forgive, and at other times you may need to do both. 

3) Believe that as you ask God to heal you of a wounded soul, He will. Jesus came to heal wounded souls (Isaiah 61:1). He delights in healing wounded souls. All you have to do is ask Him to heal yours, and He will.

Questions: How has Jesus healed you of a wounded soul? What Biblical advice would you offer others who want to be healed of a wounded soul? You may leave a comment by clicking here.
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Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author, Certified Life Coach, Certified Biblical Counselor, and Certified Behavioral Consultant. She is also an intercessor who believes in the power of prayer to change the seemingly unchangeable.