Soul or Spirit Living
Did you ever have someone tell you you are going to be just like your father or just like your mother? Or someone tell you you’re not educated or tall enough or you don’t have enough connections?
When people we care about and we respect tell us over and over things good or bad, those words get into our heart and mind and impact who we become. We know God tells us death and life are in the power of the tongue in Proverbs 18:21. Words impact us.
Not only do we have family and friends speaking words to us but Satan and yes, God speaks to us. Our mind is bombarded with input. Our mind is part of our soul, our soul is our mind, will and emotions. Remember the attributes of the soul? Your imagination, conscience, memory, reasoning and affections. So we have family, friends, Satan and God pouring input into our reasoning our conscience our affections our imaginations and our memory.
So our soul our mind receives all kinds of words but it is the words that we allowed to take root in us, in our heart and our soul and mind which snare us or set us free. Remember the parable of the sower in Luke 8:9-18 ? Words are seeds. If the same words are reinforced with similar words or actions the seeds start to grow. When the seeds start to grow they always bring a harvest larger than the seed.
Just like a seed of corn can produce a stalk with 6, 8 or 10 ears of corn on it and each ear of corn has many corn seeds. When words are spoken and reinforced they produce seeds that grow and always produce more than the original, whether good words or bad. An example of this? Let’s look at two different examples:
1. Take a young girl who believes words of a guy and she ends up pregnant out of wedlock. When I was growing up a girl like that was considered a whore. The community would shun her and in life it appeared like she always had problems, her life always had troubles. Now-a-days, they just murder the baby through abortion which plants more negative seeds in the young girl.
2. A guy – the first day on his job he sells his first car. But he doesn’t sell any car, he sells the most expensive car on the lot. This guy is praised by his coworkers, boss and his family and he sees his paycheck padded with a great commission check. What words were planted with him? Usually, this puts a person on the path of materialism. Sure we all have to make a living but making a living isn’t the point. The point is the praise seeds that were planted and this guy will come to find out that sales like that are expected of him. He will be expected to repeat his success, week after week after week. And before you know it, you realize you can’t keep up with their expectations of you.
Both of these examples are living by what you think. The girl thought the guy really loved her and the salesman thought he could sell a lot of cars every week. This is soul living. Living by what you think and you think this way because people planted the seeds in your head, your mind, your soul.
So now, as a child of God, we are told to stop living that way. Stop living by what you think. Stop listening to words that do not match up with what God tells you. Start planting seeds in your soul, your mind, word seeds of what God tells you.
When people say you are fat or you are ugly – those word seeds bring on a life of eating disorders and plastic surgery. So reject those word seeds and tell yourself what God says. Romans 10:15 how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel. And Psalm 90:17 – and let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us.
When you start to agree with the words others have spoken to you or about you – if they are negative words – you will repeat them. If you want to try something that you have no experience in but you studied, practiced, prayed about it and God is giving you the OK – but then someone comes along and tells you (they plant seeds) you can’t do that, you will….. And you agree and say yeah, you’re probably right – you allow the negative seeds to grow inside you and you will never know if you could have succeeded. Remember the 10 spies and only 2 came back and said yes, we can do this? But they didn’t listen to the 2 and the price? Only the 2 went into the promised land.
People today take on all kinds of tasks and many are running here to do this and running there to do that. Sometimes people plant word seeds like, I really need you to help me with this. Or they say you are so good at this I need you to help me do it. Or could you do this for me? Often we don’t want to say no – you tell yourself you don’t want to do it but you don’t tell them. We feel constant pressure. Yes, you may be very good at the task but if you let those word seeds take root, you will get frustrated, over worked, miserable and you will be filled with stress. I have experience with this one. And what comes next? Burnout! We need to set boundaries.
Friends, just like the girl who believed the words of the boy and got pregnant out of wedlock and the salesman was pressured into materialism to more and more sales – so is the person who takes on more than God created us to do. And all of this started with words that were planted in our mind – our soul – that we believed and agree to with our words. The result? We live a soul life. We need to live a spirit life, not a soul life. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:16, 18, 25 walk in the Spirit, be led by the Spirit, and live in the spirit. Your spirit man should be your focus not your soul. Your soul is limited to the scope of your knowledge. We are to listen to the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit man. So don’t live life by what you think live life by what God says.
Proverbs 6:2 KJV “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.”
Until next time.