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18th Feb 2022


What feeds your Soul?

In concluding our thoughts around feeding & nurturing our souls I want to highlight one final thing.
The need to instruct, strengthen & stir up our souls from our spirit being.
Our souls (the mind & emotions) are subject to & experience great highs & deep lows.
There are times when sheer exhilaration carries us through & other times when we need to exert ourselves from deep within.
As ever Scripture leads the way. David knew how to bring strength & steeliness to his soul through his spirit.


Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
PSALM 103:1-3

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
For the help of His countenance.
PSALM 42:5


Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.
PSALM 42:11


We are triune beings – body, soul & spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23).
These 3 entities of humanity being deeply interrelated, interdependent & connected.
Our bodies can assist & strengthen our souls through proper rest, healthy nutrition & helpful exercise.
In the same manner our spirit being can influence, impact & strengthen our souls.
There are times when our souls get cast down, disquieted within & they can get overwhelmed.
It is here where they need helpful spiritual stimulation & gentle godly direction.
The spirit deep within speaking to, stirring & strengthening the soul.
Physical exercise can benefit us but godliness is more beneficial (1 Timothy 4:8).
The spirit can & does bring godly inspiration & instruction to aid & assist the soul.

The highs of mountaintop experiences truly inspire, empower & energise us.
However it is in the valleys that most fruit is grown & that is the place where we mature the most.
We are likely to spend far more time in the valleys than on the mountaintop.
Our life & journey with Jesus will be a mix of highs & lows, ups & downs.
In every scenario the inner spirit bringing godly inspiration & instruction to the soul is crucial for our continuing spiritual growth.
Context & clarity to the high mountaintop experiences & comfort & calm to the deepest lows of the valley.

Like David we must learn to live from the inner (man) spirit out.
For him it was the word of God, prayer & worship that so often helped bring strength & stability to his soul – it is the same for so many of us.
Recalling the many testimonies of the Lord’s previous help, rescue & deliverance where also a great & repeated source of encouragement to David’s soul.
The word of God, prayer, worship & testimony are powerful means by which our inner spirit can bring encouragement & exhortation to our souls.
Let us increasing learn to live from that place – the core of our being, the spirit within.
From the inside out – from our spirit, via the soul & through the body.
It is one of the key ways we feed, nurture & strengthen our souls.
Bless the Lord o my soul, set your hope on Him.

For reflection

  • Recall & reflect upon a recent high & low moment.
  • What works best to lift your soul in it’s most down & disquieted times?
  • What are the spiritual tools or disciplines you use to stir & strengthen your soul?
  • Meditate upon the role & function of your body, soul & spirit.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that I am fearfully & wonderfully made.
Thank you for the beauty & intricacies of my body, soul & spirit.
Thank you for Your great love & ceaseless care for me,
Your constant protection & provision.
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit,
Teach & train me to live from the inside out,
From the spirit man, via the soul & through my body.
Through every mountaintop & valley experience may I remain fruitful,
To bring honour & glory to Your great Name.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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