It’s a new day and I hope you are beginning to see a shift take place in your life! I’ve heard such positive and inspiring feedback from our blog series the last few weeks. There is something life changing happening in our 1onONE community as we continue our focus on complete restoration in our spirit, soul and body!
Let’s dive into this week’s topic …
If you have your Bible handy, let’s turn to a scripture we’ve looked at before – 1 Thessalonians 5:23. It says: “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
We all understand the “body” aspect of who we are. It is the outside, the “shell” of us…the physical part of our being that lives, has breath, and eventually dies. And, then we have a spirit. Our spirit is the eternal part of us that has been redeemed and made right with God through the sacrifice of Jesus. It is in our spirit form that we will spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord and Savior.
But, do we really understand the soul part of who we are? When the Bible speaks of the soul, it is often synonymous with our understanding of the mind. The soul is the part of us that thinks and feels, has emotions and makes choices. All of your decisions, all of your emotions, all of your opinions, are a product of your mind and soul. The soul includes the conscious and subconscious minds, the realm of emotions and the will. The soul gives a man personality, self-awareness, rationality and natural feeling.
Think of it like this – if you were talking to me face to face, you’d be looking at my body, but speaking to my soul. And here in lies an important facet of life that I really want you to understand – we as human beings take in and experience the world (i.e. the natural aspects of life) through both in our bodies and our souls. Our bodies provide the five senses…sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. But, it is in the area of our souls where we process, interpret, store, judge and filter through all that we bring in. This is so crucial to understand if we are going to truly live the extraordinary life and gain victory through Jesus!
I’d like to give you a simple illustration of this principle…
You and I meet in a crowd and I put my hand on your shoulder. You would know that I physically touched you through the body’s sense of touch. But, how would you feel about the fact that I touched you? It could make you feel happy, afraid, curious or…some other emotion. And then, if I were to move to the person next to you and touch them, they too would know that I put my hand on them…but they’d probably have different feelings about it than you.
It is our soul that tells us how to feel about and process our world. So, it’s important that if we are going to become the best version of us, that we focus on growing our soul, and bringing it into alignment with the Master and His Word. When we become born again, our spirit man is cleansed, made clean and becomes whole. But, we don’t receive a brand new physical body, nor does our soul automatically change either. The mind and soul you had before you were saved are the same the moment after you were saved. The good news is that God provides us the power by His Spirit, and the Word of God, as tools to renew our mind and grow our soul.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
“and be continually renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh, untarnished mental and spiritual attitude],” – Ephesians 4:23 (AMP)
There is so much that can be said about the principle of renewing our souls, but I want to start by sharing one principle…one strategy with you that I think is so powerful for leading the extraordinary life.
I read a book once that impacted my journey deeply. There was a quote from the author that read, “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”
So many of God’s people are halted from the BEST version of themselves because they are trapped in the PAST version of themselves! In the example I gave about meeting in a crowd and touching you on the shoulder, the emotion of fear may rise up from someone that has been abused in their past. So much of how we respond is determined by the old messages our soul gives us about how to respond to the now. New relationships are doomed from the start because of filters from the past. Business ventures are never started because of ones that may have failed in the past.
Well, it’s time to get breakthrough over our past so that the Master can lead us to a future that is full of the EXTRAORDINARY. We can give up the past that our soul has stored, and receive a new future full of the promises of God! You might be asking…”Damon, where do I start?”
• We must forgive ourselves for the past we have created…
• We must forgive others for the past others have created for us…
• We must change our negative patterns …
• We must shift our way of thinking to God’s way of thinking…
Learning how to take the first step with anything is hard. Taking your first step in letting of your past maybe the most difficult thing you will ever do. But friends, it is needed. The world, your family, and your friends need the best version of you to come on the scene.
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Let me leave you with a few nuggets of encouragement today as you endeavor to leave the past behind!
Second Corinthians 10:5 says…
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (NIV)
Even if your past tells you that you are a failure, not worth anything, or not good enough, God says you are. So cast your past down, and lift up your new identity in Christ!
Colossians 3:2 says…
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (NIV)
When your past tries to take you off the path to complete restoration, look up and know that God will lead you in the right way!
Philippians 3:13 says…
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” (NIV)
When your past tries to remind you of what’s behind, you forget it to grab what lies ahead!
I believe that God wants you to be completely healed, restored and operating at your maximum potential. Start being all you can be today, by leaving behind anything that stands in your way!
I’m praying for you and believing that God’s best is right around the corner for you!
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Winning with you,