Excerpt from Liberty Savard's Mini Book
"Keys to Understanding SOUL POWER, SOUL TIES & SOULISH PRAYERS"
(released January 2001, Bridge-Logos Publishing Co.)
When you accepted Christ's sacrifice for your sins and became a believer, only your spirit became perfectly aligned to the Spirit of your Creator. Your soul stepped back, recognized trouble was brewing for it, and dug into its trenches for what it perceived to be the fight of its life.
The human soul is not renewed, saved, or set free of its wrong patterns of thinking, its deception and denial, and its self-agendas because of a spiritual salvation experience. The soul must choose to surrender itself to the will of God. You can cause your soul to do this.
In Ephesians 2:10, Amplified Version, Paul tells the Ephesian believers, "For we are God's (own) handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned before hand) for us, (taking paths which He prepared ahead of time) that we should walk in them-living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live."
Our souls have tried to follows their own paths, kind of like little trains chugging around without any tracks. Sometimes our soul trains ended up in the ditch, sometimes in the desert, and sometimes in the swamp. It is rough going when you have no clear set of tracks to run on.
God has laid down preordained tracks for us to follow, but they exist only in heaven-until we reject our aimless wanderings in the desert and in the swamp, and cry out for His paths, His will, His ways. That brings us into alignment with the divinely laid tracks of our destiny.
You begin to align yourself with God's destiny tracks every time you bind your will to His will, crying out, "Not my will, but thy will be done in my life, Lord!
Paul said to the Philippians believers: "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12, KJV). Paul was admonishing believers here, people whose spirits are already saved-people who had been born again. Yet, Paul told them there is a working out still required, and it is a serious thing-to be done with fear and trembling. It was the salvation of their souls.
Paul also told the Roman believers that all things were not completed and made new at the point of their spiritual salvation-there was more to be done in their souls: "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2, KJV).
Jesus Christ, however, has presented all men and women with a divine Overseer for their lives; His shed blood creating a bridge to spiritual communion with the Father again. Jesus did not come to enslave the souls of mankind, rather He came to set them free from their own futile attempts to find power, possessions, and peace. He came to give mankind a better choice, the choice to live our lives with the power of His love.
God reveals himself spiritually through the born-again spirits of men and women, but our human souls came into this world being out of alignment with His plans. All babies are born with darkened understanding in unformed minds which are alienated from the mind and purposes of God. Read Ephesians 4:18 and Colossians 1:21, which refer to the state of the soul of non-believers.
Each baby's tiny soul, so often formed and molded by other darkened souls alienated from God, has little chance of naturally drawing right conclusions about themselves, others, and God. This is why every individual born into this world needs to be spiritually born again to receive the light of Jesus Christ.
Only when the flawed human soul surrenders all of its own tracks and self-agendas to God does it become aligned with the destiny tracks God has for it. That soul is put "on line" with God's plans. It becomes capable of receiving, translating, and imparting to others what God has poured into the born-again spirit. The human soul is meant to be the surrendered instrument that conveys God's love, mercy, wisdom, and understanding to those who are lost and dying.
Think for a moment about what touches other peoples' lives about your relationship with God. Is it watching you as you pray? Is it watching your spirit lost in communion with your heavenly Father? Is it seeing you read the Word? No. People become responsive to the presence and working of God when:
- Watching your face radiating peace in the middle of a crisis.
- Watching your mouth speak calming words of grace and mercy in the middle of chaos.
- Watching you choosing to respond in love and understanding in the midst of being verbally abused.
- Watching you put your arms around a dirty street person and hold them tight while assuring them that God loves them.
This is what the hurting, needy people see of your relationship with God-God working through your mind, will, and emotions to reveal His love, joy, and peace to them.
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