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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 01:11am
  Victory in the Wilderness Pt.3

Psalm 35:27
Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually,
“Let the Lord be magnified,Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

 

Derek Dunn Blog: Victory in the Wilderness Pt. 4

VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 3

As we journey towards our destiny; towards our promised land, often the circumstances surrounding us seem contrary to what God has spoken. We can become battle weary during the journey to our promised land. As we remind ourselves daily of what God has spoken and make the vision plain and stay in an atmosphere of worship, we are strengthened in our spirits for the journey

At the same time, we must understand that the battle rages in our soul. We are spirit beings but we have a soul (our mind, will and emotions) and we live in a physical body. Many times the direction for our lives doesn’t follow our spirit but our soul sets the direction for our life. When our soul and spirit are aligned and are in agreement with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, this is where we find true victory and see changes manifested in the natural or physical realm. I want to share with you the 3rd Key  to transitioning successfully in the wilderness is, we need to:

3.         Nurture Our Soul

3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV)
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.“Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

The Bible has a lot to say about how a prosperous soul affects the rest of our lives and how what we think in our heart affects our actions. There are many spiritual people who truly were called of God and had Heaven ordained visions but they never came to pass because they didn’t focus on nurturing their souls. As Christians we spend a lot of time building our spirit man but many times we neglect our soul. As Christians for some reason, we tend to think sometimes that the soul is sinful or that it must be starved in order for us to be spiritual. God created us in His image with a soul and a personality and blessed us with intellect. He doesn’t want us to loose ourselves in our pursuit of spirituality. We cannot neglect our souls.

The mind: We need to nurture our minds. In the midst of all the negativity that goes on around us and the sometime contradicting circumstances, we can begin to become battle weary and even to doubt the purpose of God in our lives. We need to nurture our minds. It therefore makes a lot of sense that the Bible teaches us to bring all of our thoughts in line with the Word. (2 Cor. 10:4-5). If we don’t take these thoughts captive, they will surely take us captive! Our thoughts can support our faith or battle against it, but they will not remain silent (have you noticed that lately!).

Jesus taught that a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. If our heart is telling us one thing and our mind is preaching another message, we will live in conflict. Therefore we need to meditate on the Word of God and to put positive things into our mind. Paul encourages the Philippians to think on the good, just, noble and pure things (Phil 4:8). Self evaluation time…. What have you been thinking and mediating on today? Is it time to change focus?

The emotions: We need to also nurture our emotions. When emotions become destructive, they can make us miserable, ruin our relationships with others, and stunt our spiritual growth. They build a solid wall between us and God, and between us and other people.

The famous preacher Charles Spurgeon, who lit the fires of the nineteenth-century revival movement, struggled so severely with depression that he was forced to be absent from his pulpit for two to three months a year. In 1866 he told his congregation of his struggle: “I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go [through].” He explained that during these depressions, “Every mental and spiritual labor…had to be carried on under protest of spirit.”

In the Bible we find that Moses, Elijah, Job, and Jeremiah suffered from depression, often to the point of being suicidal. Elijah’s miraculous victory over the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 is followed in the next chapter with Elijah depressed and trembling with fear: “And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life…and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die” (1 Kings 19:3-4) What about Paul? He wrote, “And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling” (1 Cor. 2:3). Later he wrote, “We were afflicted on every side; conflicts without, fears within. But God, who comforts the depressed, comforted us by the coming of Titus” (2 Cor. 7:5-6).

Being emotional doesn’t make us unspiritual. Surely we cannot say that Moses, Elijah, Job, Jeremiah and Paul were unspiritual right? We are created as emotional beings. The goal is to have healthy emotions and not to allow negative emotions to cause us to sin.

We have to understand this and nurture our emotions so that we are healthy in our souls. Many ministers have burnt out in the ministry because they didn’t take time out to nurture their souls. God gives us all things to enjoy, and healthy emotions bring color and zest to our lives. Paul told Timothy, “God . . . richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Tim. 6:17). We’re also told in Scripture to enjoy our work, our spouse, our children, our good health, our material blessings, and our God. Without emotions, that would be impossible. We need to take time out to rest and to enjoy the World God has created and the people He has put around us in family, friends etc.

Do an emotional checkup today. Are you serving the Lord with gladness? Are positive emotions a part of your daily life or are they negative ones? Take a day off to smell the roses and to enjoy the blessings that God has given to you. It is ok! Trust me, the battle belongs to the Lord and tomorrow your God will look bigger and your problems will become smaller.

The Will: A Healthy Will, Surrendered to God. When we have a healthy mind and emotions, we will be able to surrender our life to God. This surrender takes place by an act of our will and is the what God is wanting to produce in us in the wilderness; total surrender to Him.

Surrendering means giving up pride, giving up control, giving up independence, giving up all those things in our life that we have deemed important and precious and have placed ahead of Jesus Christ. Surrendering to Him means allowing Him to guide your life, it means bearing our crosses for His sake, it means acknowledging Him in all things, it means realizing that everything we have in this life comes from Him. And most of all it means that we finally understand that we cannot make it without his constant guidance and protection.

A healthy soul is the key to a spirit filled abundant life (Jn 10:10). As our soul prospers so will the rest of our life. A healthy soul produces a life that is surrendered, a life where the Lordship of Christ is seen and the fruit of the Spirit flows freely. This is the purpose of the wilderness experience, to prepare yielded vessels that will glorify God and not forget Him when promotion and fruitfulness comes in the promised land.

Do a soul check today… evaluate your mind, emotions and will today. Like Paul lets us say we, “present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God… (Rom 12:1-2)

 

 

With love,

Derek

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