Do You Possess Your Own Soul?
Your soul consists of your mind, your will and your emotions. If you don’t possess your own soul, then somebody else will! Take charge of your mental life. Learn how to discipline your thinking and reign in your emotions so that they don’t run you and wreak havoc in your life.
The enemy of our soul’s job is to keep us off balance emotionally and mentally. His job is to keep us in a tangled web of thoughts about the past and worries about the future so we have no faith and we operate in fear. Everything we do is fear motivated instead of faith motivated. To be truly strong in the Lord we must cultivate enough soul patience and control over our minds so that we can stand against satan’s wiles.
If we are running around in fear and unable to control our thinking and emotions, we will not be able to cultivate enough patience of soul to hear from God and grow in faith. Satan’s strategy is to keep us so busy and so overwhelmed that if God actually answered our prayers we would not have enough capacity in our spirits and souls to receive and retain the answer when it showed up. Therefore, satan is able to snatch the victory from us before we even realize it. This is why it is so important to be strong in the Lord in terms of keeping our mind and emotions together.
One major key to possessing your soul is patience. To be patient means: to bear pains or trials calmly or without complaint; to manifest forbearance under provocation or strain and to be steadfast despite opposition, difficulty or adversity.
Tribulation is defined as distress or suffering from oppression or persecution. A trial is a test of faith, patience or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation; a source of vexation or annoyance.
In patience possess ye your souls… Luke 21:19
What exactly does that mean? It means that as you cultivate patience in your life, you develop the ability to go through things without losing your mind, running off at the mouth, and saying things you shouldn’t say. It means the ability to not fall apart at every little thing that happens. Trials, tribulations, test, obstacles, and dumb stuff happen all the time everyday. The adversary of our souls is relentless. He comes against our soul every day with something. The key is to not let the stuff he throws as you get you all out of whack because you haven’t developed soul patience.
When you exercise patience and forbearance under strain and pressure, you are able to keep your wits about you and make sound decisions without being under the sway of wild emotions, mind and motor mouth. You can think clearly and you will win in the situation. If your enemy can keep you in a place where you never develop the mental stamina and patience under strain he will have successfully kept you from:
- Fulfilling your purpose and destiny. You can’t fulfil your destiny if you have no control over your thinking, your mouth and your emotions.
- Having the life you deserve in the Kingdom of God. You won’t have the patience to wait for God’s timing for the good things He has in store for you because you just can’t wait. Your emotions, hormones, mind are too wild thus you sabotage what God is working to develop in you.
How is patience developed? Patience is developed after having gone through enough hell and trials until you finally get it. The only way patience is developed is to go through something that requires it.
Romans 5:3 states, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
The scripture above doesn’t make us happy. It doesn’t make us feel good. We don’t want to go through anything hard. Life is hard enough as it is. Why do we have go “glory” in tribulations? Why does everything have to be so hard all the time!
That’s just the way it is. To have a good life, you have to fight. If you want something, you have to do what it takes to have it. There are no short-cuts. There is no easy victory. The kingdom of God suffers violence and the violent take it by force. In this instance, violence means persistence. It means being relentless to obtain the promises of God through patience in battle. Our adversary has no problem fighting. He fights every day without tiring. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal and they consist of prayer, praise and using the Word of God as our weapon. We can’t say one prayer for the whole week, wonder why all hell is breaking lose, why we can’t seem to keep it together, why we are all jacked up and anxious, why we get all emotional and upset. We have to use our weapons above constantly with sober and vigilance which requires….PATIENCE!
James 1: 3-4. The trying of your faith worketh patience. Let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
AMP: But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
When we are being tested and tried, patience is being worked in us. Again, that is the only way to get patience. You can’t get it in a prayer line. You can’t go up to the altar and get anointed in prayer for patience. You will only have a greasy forehead, but no patience.
Once patience is worked in you, you are perfect and entire wanting nothing. What does this mean? It means that you are matured and developed. Nothing the enemy throws at you can faze you. You have been there, done that and got the t-shirt. It means that you have possession of your mind, your will and your emotions.
You have possession of your mind and thinking when……
Once a thought runs through your mind, you have disciplined yourself to the point that once you know the thought is not of God (negative or detrimental) you immediately to cast it out of your mind, and not let it sit and fester. You no longer waste energy on ruminating over negative thoughts again and again.
Where the mind goes, the rest of you follows. You have learned that if you think about something too long, you will eventually act on it. And you have been burned enough in the past when you thought about something stupid, negative, evil, selfish, depressing, anxious, shameful, etc. then your emotions followed, you acted and made a mess. You have learned that whatever you think about, if you think about it long enough and hard enough, eventually you will bring it about.
You have possession over your own soul when you have learned to only think on what is good positive, lovely and true. You have learned to think on God’s word and mediate on that. You have learned to think about what you want in your life instead of the things that you don’t want. You have finally realized that if you keep thinking about what you don’t want, that you will keep on getting more of what you don’t want!
This is what it means to possess your own soul. Be encouraged and know that this is a lifelong process and is no quick work. Yet overtime, with the grace of God in operation in your life you see significant changes. Remember, He that has begun a good work in you will complete and perform it!! (Phil. 1:6)
Until next time,
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