Pastor Jason Soul Care – Part 1- How is your soul? 10.06.19
3 John 2 NKJV: “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
Mark 12: 30: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’”
How many would say this year you have had to handle something life altering or life disrupting?
How many would say you have to deal with something chronic?
How many would say you are under stress?
- More and more people are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression:
- Headline Time April 2019: https://time.com/5577626/americans-stressed-out-gallup-poll/
- Young people stressed by politics: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washingtonsecrets/generation-anxious-younger-americans-stressed-out-over-political-turmoil
- Gallup 2018: https://news.gallup.com/poll/249098/americans-stress-worry-anger-intensified-2018.aspx
- Life is lived and experienced through your soul. God works from the inside out, but most of us live from the outside in.
- Jesus cautioned us about the pursuit of things at the expense of our soul:
- Mark 8:36-37 NLT: “And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?Is anything worth more than your soul?”
- Jesus experienced incredible stress:
- John 12:27 NIV: “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.”
- The Lord shepherds our soul:
- Psalm 23:1-3: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
- Define the soul:
- The vital breath, breath of life.
- The human soul.
- The soul as the seat of affections and will.
- The self
- A human person, an individual.
- The soul is made up of parts:
- The mind, the will, emotion, intellect/reason and volition (your ability to choose).
- Heart and mind connection- inner world of a person.
- The complexity of our physiology can make our reactions more complicated.
- We bring in information by these processes as well as our 5 senses.
- The Lymbic system overrides the Neocortex.
- Memory is in the Amygdala, and that is the space that causes us to react based on prior experiences.
- It is the emotional brain versus the rational brain.
- Learning to be with God while you steward your soul is essential.
- We can’t take care of others if our soul is not cared for.
How is your soul? Are you even aware?
How are you taking care of your soul?
- Dallas Willard: “You are a soul made by God, made for God and made to need God which means you were not made to be self- sufficient.”
- Psalm 139: 13-15 ESV: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.” Does your soul know how well it was made?
- Popcorn example:
- Mind-Green- thought and reason
- Will-Yellow- ability to choose/make decisions
- Emotions-Red- limbic system/connection
- Temperament-Pink- wiring
- Experiences-Blue- good/bad
- – filters, biases, nurture
- We get frustrated by our design, and think God is frustrated by you too. We can’t find the value in the way we were made. Our souls are often in a tug of war.
- Romans 8:16 NLT- “For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children.”
- God wants to be the shepherd of your soul: “He restores my soul”
- Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV)– “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
- Life is filled with disappointments, frustrations, personal issues, and other people’s issues.
- Sometimes it may be in our unmet expectations I have of God, and questions that seem to have no answer or no end.
- God wants us to know the shepherd part of His nature.
The reason for the series:
- Most of us are unaware of the condition of our soul.
- Matthew 9:36 NKJV – “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary (literal translation is filleted) and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”
- When we are afraid we want to control others and our environment. We refuse to make decisions, deny conversations, and hide from follow up, etc.
- Distrust of God is driven by not knowing Him. We say this all the time, but what does it mean? How do we know Him? Really. Honestly. Are you making progress at knowing Him?
- My internal fears drove the need for the world around me to be perfect and controlled.
- One of the biggest fears of Christians is that Christianity does not “work” which creates incredible frustrations in our soul.
- When I was young Christian I thought if God didn’t answer my prayer, or change my circumstance, then that meant He was mad at me. Now, I realize it was a chance for Him to walk with me in it.
- I found Him in places I didn’t want to find Him.
- Christians like Hollywood endings and fairy tales. Not process. Not messy. Not incomplete testimonies.
- When your soul isn’t whole you will try to control.
- I don’t mind messy Christianity, becauseI have been a messy Christian.
- People may say:
- I love God but have an addiction: I am not healed- I can identify with you
- God set me free- I can identify
- I love God, but where was He; He abandoned me- I can identify
- God answered my prayer- I can identify
- I love God but feel empty- I can identify
- I experienced His nearness- I can identify
Start the “Identify with that” conversation. What can you identify with in others that they may need to hear? We need the encouragement that we are not alone in our distrust, our doubts, our fears, even our relapses to our old self.
- Sometimes we beat ourselves up over doubt, because our faith is not perfect or complete.
- Mother Teresa: “Darkness is such that I really do not see—neither with my mind nor with my reason—the place of God in my soul is blank—There is no God in me—when the pain of longing is so great—I just long & long for God … The torture and pain I can’t explain.”
- Martin Luther: At one point, the crushing doubt in his calling led to such an intense depression that he wrote, “For more than a week I was close to the gates of death and hell. I trembled in all my members. Christ was wholly lost. I was shaken by desperation and blasphemy of God.”
- He struggled with sin and doubt in his life.
- Charles Spurgeon: “I think, when a man says, ‘I never doubt,’ it is quite time for us to doubt him, it is quite time for us to begin to say, ‘Ah, poor soul, I am afraid you are not on the road at all, for if you were, you would see so many things in yourself, and so much glory in Christ more than you deserve, that you would be so much ashamed of yourself, as even to say, ‘It is too good to be true.’”
- Charles Spurgeon struggled with depression and pain
- Psalm 62:5-8 (NIV)-The writer is talking TO his soul:
- “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”
How is your metanarrative? Meaning when you are not actively thinking, what are you saying to your soul? What does your self-talk sound like?
- If you will engage God in the wrestle, or in the struggle, you will find Him. However, you will find yourself as well. What would this look like?
- He is already there in your future.
- There are some people who don’t want to engage anymore in faith. It has become easier to stop hoping, trusting, believing, praying and living.
- Jehovah Shammah- The God who is there.
- Again, we have to know Him. One way to know Him is to study all of His names.
- Stop numbing out on hobbies and, instead, take the quiet and ask God, “How am I doing Lord?”
- People leak and our reactions often don’t match the situation. Take the time to ask God to show you why your soul is reacting in this way.
- Ask what in my soul needs restored?
- Ask yourself, am I praying in fear or in faith?
3 John 2 NKJV 2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Mark 12: 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Mark 8:36-37 NLT 36 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? 37 Is anything worth more than your soul?
John 12:27 NIV 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
Psalm 23:1-3 NKJV The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures; He leads me beside the [c]still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Dallas Willard: You are a soul made by God, made for God and made to need God which means you were not made to be self- sufficient.
Matthew 11:28-29 (NIV) 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Psalm 139: 13-15 ESV For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a] Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Matthew 9:36 NKJV But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
Thomas Deininger– Optical Illusion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IvZw7iAGms
Faces that make up a picture:
Psalm 62:5-8 New International Version (NIV) 5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.