Your Soul Is The Prize
We covered our spirit and body in the last post. Now we will look at our soul. Our soul is our mind, our will and our emotions. Our soul/mind has thoughts, desires, imagination, conscience (knowing right from wrong), memory, reasoning and affections.
Your mind/soul is bombarded with thoughts everyday, every hour, every minute. Your thoughts are based on imaginations, memories, affections. and when you have a thought you have a conscience – knowing right from wrong – another words is this a good thought or a bad thought. Your mind/soul then reasons your thoughts – you try to reason is this good or bad, should you do this or not, how should I do that thought.
Then once you have a thought, your conscience (part of your soul/mind), determines if the thought is good or bad and you reason how to act out or not act out the thought. Let’s say the thought is a good thought –
You want to learn more about God or
You want to spend more time with your family or
You want a job promotion.
You will start to imagine how you could do that thought and then you will reason out the ways to act on that thought until you get the thought to a point where you believe in your heart – you can do it. Once you start doing your thought, you have set your affections on whatever the thought produces (more time with God, more time with family or a job promotion).
Let’s say the thought is a bad thought. The process is the same as a good thought but the outcome or result is different. Acting out a bad thought causes guilt, shame, condemnation. Guilt, shame and condemnation are all emotions of the soul.
Once you have a thought, the thought can get into your heart (the gateway to your soul/mind) and you act on the thought. Let’s look at some examples – Satan and Adam & Eve.
Here you have an Archangel named Lucifer who was in heaven, in charge of music and he had a position of authority. But then God created man and gave man dominion/authority over all the earth (see our post Understand How & Why God Made You ).
So Lucifer gets a thought in his heart and he acted on the thought. How do we know this? God tells us in Isaiah 14:12-16. Notice verses 13 & 14, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Lucifer said in his heart (gateway to the soul/mind). The problem with Lucifer’s thought was he is a created being. God created him. God put him in charge of music as an Archangel with authority. We know this from Ezekiel 28:13-18. So as a created being, Lucifer’s thought to be God was foolish because Lucifer did not create anything or anyone, God did and as God is the Creator God rules.
We will look at Adam & Eve next time and their thought to rebel.