May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:23
Un-confessed sin is poison to the soul.
We can proclaim that we are no longer slaves but do we really believe it? Once we come to Christ, we are made new. We are regenerated by the Spirit of God to become holy and Christ-like until the day we meet Jesus.
Man has a spirit, and has a body, but only when God breathed life into Adam did he become a living soul (Gen. 2:7). Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. And although we have been made free in the Spirit, the soul makes us prey to demons. We are targeted because of darkness in our souls.
- Our heart: deceiving, cannot be trusted and needs to be restored!
- Our mind: must be renewed!
- Our will: must be surrendered to God!
In Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church, he warned about carnality and worldliness. It seems that they still had some of the same friends, habits and customs from their life before Christ. They walked in envy, anger, strife, gossip and competition like the culture around them. It was obvious they needed healing and to be restored. The truth had not made them free, Christ had not filled their voids! Many of us, like the Corinthians, believe we’ve been changed by faith, but Paul challenges us: examine yourself- see if you are in the faith.
Like a child learning to walk, we pick and choose what we need to work on. We base it on logical perception, not the mind of God which is the Spirit of God. But as we mature in Christ, our desire to please God in Spirit and in Truth becomes larger than life. We examine our hearts and surrender our will to God. We drag sin and all darkness to God’s light. We release the weights of self hate, disappointment, comparison, thrill seeking, comforts, religiosity, etc.
Surrender your heart to God, He will restore you. , but He will be with us every part of the way!
Father God, please forgive and deliver us Lord. We know you are merciful and forgiving, but we also recognize that you are saddened by our choices. We cannot do this without you God. I ask you to heal the part and fill the voids so that we no longer need externals to feel good or complete. We accept that we are guilty as charged, but may you have mercy and not allow that any of us be exposed or embarrassed; may you guard our testimonies as we surrender all these struggles at your feet. I pray for your mercy, your grace and power to deliver. I pray for the restoration of our inner being, our souls. In Jesus name, Amen.