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Spirit, Soul & Body: The Connection


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Today I’m sharing a guest post from Linda Stanhope of Angel Counseling Life Station.

Little did I know that the first time I thought about healing and started searching the bible for scriptures concerning this subject that I was beginning a journey that would last for many years and one that would eventually lead me to sharing my thoughts and discoveries with others.

In the beginning, I read many scriptures that spoke about the miraculous healings brought about by Jesus. The New Testament is full of them. I wanted to see these miracles for myself and experience the hand of God moving in the lives of those I loved. As I continued to study, I was led to go to a healing service myself. There, my body was healed of sciatica through prayer and the laying on of hands. It was truly miraculous! I continue to walk pain free in that healing today.

While this was wonderful, it wasn’t long before God launched me into yet another area of study. He directed me to a counseling ministry to work with people who were emotionally wounded. Now, several years later, I have a better understanding of what actually happens to us as we are wounded and/or encouraged in our spirit man.

What is the spirit?

It is that part of us that is truly us. We are spirit beings with a soul and body. Actually, in I Thessalonians 5:23 Paul prays; the God of peace sanctify us through and through. That our whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless…  Here is evidence telling us that we are created as three part beings.

We are spirit beings. In Genius 1:26 God says that we are created in His image after his likeness. God is a spirit being, therefore we are too! We read in Job 32:8 it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty that gives him understanding. We first “understand” in our spirits.

What is the soul?

In the familiar twenty third psalm we see in verse three that the Lord restores our soul. What is that? Our soul is that part of us with which we think and reason, our mind and brain connection. The soul also includes our emotional self. It is that place where we make decisions and hold our feelings.

What is The Body?

And finally, we have a body. 1 Corinthians 15:44 says that we have a natural body that will one day be raised a spiritual body. It is our responsibility to take care of our natural body while we are here. It is what keeps our soul going and where our spirit is housed.

While we are here living in a world made up of matter, there is also a world that is spirit. Our words and actions are also flowing through the spirit realm. The atmosphere in which we live is spiritual. When we move through this world of material things, we are also moving through the unseen world of the spirit. There are many bible teachings on the spiritual realm the atmosphere that surrounds our world. It would take much time and many pages to adequately discuss this subject. But, suffice it to say that they are connected. As we see this connection it is also understood that what flows from our spirit will continue into our soul and then on to affect our body.

When we are in a place of emotional well-being and are happy and enjoying life, we sense this through our spirit first. Our soul then responds with feelings of warmth or pleasure and that filters down to our body. The case of the opposite is also true. If we are spoken to with harsh, critical words or even verbally abused this too will be felt in the spirit first and then travel to the soul and eventually show up in the body. Proverbs 17:22 as read in the Amplified Version of the Bible says: “A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Wow, when I got this revelation I realized that not only words but actions put towards another person have repercussions. Life and death is in the power of the tongue, the word tells us in Proverbs 18:21.  I believe this is why that scripture is so important. Our words have power. They will either bring help or harm. Those things spoken to us or the events that happen to or even around us leave a lasting impression not only on our minds but, also cause our bodies to react. I heard someone once say that we hold our “angst” in our gut. Stress will surely cause us many ailments. Headaches, stomach trouble, sore muscles and so on. On the other hand, I have read that watching comedies has a healing effect on sick patients. And how many of us have seen animals used at hospitals and nursing homes as a way of making people feel better and even helps them to release their anxieties.

Knowing that our spirit and soul and body are connected can help us then be mindful of how we communicate with our families and others.As I continue to study, my prayer is that I will use this information in my profession and throughout life and walk in the understanding the Lord has given me. 

Remember to consider what you are communicating.

With what feelings will I leave the next person I have a conversation with? Do I leave them feeling confident in themselves, or have I spoken words that will have a lasting effect on them in a negative way.

Are you aware of your spirit and your soul? Do you know when one is leading over the other?

 

Linda Stanhope is a certified counselor having completed  Emerge Ministries’ Institute of Pastoral Counseling Education Program. She has been actively working as a counselor since 2007. Linda’s heart’s desire is to help others move into the freedom that comes with knowing who they are in Christ, and how that can position them toward completing the call on their life. She ministers through prayer and the application of biblical truths, helping her clients walk through difficult times or seasons.
Linda is a wife, mother and grandmother, business owner, friend and mentor to younger women. She is a blogger in the making and loves to communicate to others what she has discovered. Having traveled through five decades, she is constantly learning, living and focusing on making each milestone one that matures and strengthens her walk, she continues to reach out to others through ministry and loving care.  
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