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THE CONTENTION FOR THE SOUL

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As human beings, we are spirits possessing souls and living in physical bodies. In this article our focus is the soul. What makes up our soul is our mind, our will and our emotion.

THE MIND: Part of the component that makes up the human soul is the mind. The mind is like a container that hold our thoughts. The mind is the center of the soul.

“Every action was a product of a mindset” i.e. if a man’s mind is continually filled with negative thoughts then the end product of that man is a negative life.

THE WILL: Having a will is having the ability to make choices. Below are some facts about the human will:

– There is nothing more powerful on earth than the human will.

– The one thing that God doesn’t control on earth is the human will.

– The very nature of will imply self control.

– The will control the destiny of man.

– The human will is dangerous and at the same time precious. It is precious in the sense that God gave us the same power he possess, the power of a will. It is dangerous because we also have the ability to choose against God.

– There is nothing more powerful on earth than the human will.

THE EMOTION: Emotion is a complex experience of consciousness, sensation, and behavior reflecting the personal significance of a thing, event, or state of affairs. according to brainnica.com/science/emotion When we talk about emotion, we talk about feeling such as happiness, love, fear, anger or hatred…. Because in the soul is our emotions, it tend to be carried away with pleasures, feelings.

“The end product of what is in the mind by product of the emotion is what produces action (the will).

FACTS ABOUT THE SOUL

– The soul is the media between our spirit and our body.

The soul receives from the senses (through our physical body) and deposits in the spirit. The soul also receives from our human spirit and tells the body to act upon it. sometimes the body don’t want to do what the spirit wants it to do so the soul is in a battle.

– The soul cannot give the spirit what the body didn’t receive.

– The soul feeds the spirit and receives from the spirit.

– Whoever can control the soul rules the man.

– God and Satan are battling for our soul.

– The media (soul) control what the receivers hear, thinks and understands.

THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL

If you have read this article up to till point, you should understand how valuable the soul is. Satan is not really after the body of a man, because it’s just an object without the soul and spirit. The protocol for controlling a person is controlling his/her soul. Indirectly you are controlling that person.

SOUL WINNING

There is a difference between soul winning and the saving of our soul.
Soul winning is winning a man’s will towards salvation, equipping such man with the life of Christ that if lived accordingly, diligently will lead to the salvation (saving) of the soul of that man (through the consistent renewing of the mind with the Word of God and walking in the Spirit).

1Pet.1.8-9, “Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” (AMP)

New birth is a spiritual birth. what happens when a person is born again is that the spirit man is regenerated, refreshed and our soul is saved (converted). The spirit is eternally saved due to the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The soul is not, there is tendency that if that person don’t continually walk according to the precept and principles of God through the leading of the Holy Spirit that person’s soul may eventually get “unsaved” (drift away).

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If someone gives his/her life to Christ a second before death (physical death), heshe is saved both spirit and soul but if that person didn’t die physically that moment he/she needs to walk continually in uprightness through Holiness so that eventually the end product will be the salvation of his/her soul which is the end product of our faith.

What happens at salvation (new birth) is that we receive the life of God which is the product of the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. He is now able to take authority over negative emotions and feelings that contradict the Word of God. Sin doesn’t have any power over such person again. The power of sin over such person is defeated. He is no longer a slave to sin but now a child of God.

Rom.6.17 – But thank God, though you were once slaves of sin, you have become obedient with all your heart to the standard of teaching in which you were instructed and to which you were committed.

MORE FACTS ABOUT THE SOUL

– The purpose of evangelism is soul winning

– The soul is the most important part of a man.

– The soul is worth more than what money can buy because the soul is eternal. After physical death it goes to heaven (paradise) if it is saved or hell (Hades: the realm of the dead) if it is not saved.

– To lose ones soul is to die without a right relationship with Christ and spend eternity in the lake of fire.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SOUL

1. The soul is valuable because it is distinct from the body (Ecc. 12:7). Only God can destroy the soul (Matt. 10:28).

2. The soul is valuable because it iseternal. (Matt. 7:3-14, Prov. 14:12)

3. The soul is valuable because of the concern God has for it. (John 3:16, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 John 4:10)

4. The soul is valuable because of the price paid for redemption. (John 3:16, 1 Peter 1:18-19)

THE TRANSACTION

There is nothing more valuable than our soul. When a person chooses to embrace this world instead of CHRIST THE WAY, he/she is forfeiting his soul. If a person rejects Christ for the sake of anything this world have to offer, he/she will lose his/her soul. This was what happened to Esau, Judas, Demas and many others according to the bible. All three men thought they were gaining but eventually lost everything.

Matt.16.26 – For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] life [in the kingdom of God]?

Since the bible says “what shall a man give” it means it is possible to exchange your soul for something else. It is so unfortunate that many unbelievers are victims of this. They are so obsessed with the things of this world (pleasures, material things and fame) that they lose their soul in the process. This was what the devil tried to do with Jesus during His earthly ministry in Matt. 4:8-9:

Matt.4:8-9, “Again, the devil took Him up on a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory (the splendor, magnificence, pre-eminence, and excellence) of them. And he said to Him, These things, all taken together, I will give You, if You will prostrate Yourself before me and do homage and worship me.” (AMP)

The truth is that the devil is still using this same strategy even in this generation and many have fallen for this deception. “Give me money and you have my allegiance (soul)” says some careless, ignorant youth. Youth nowadays are so concerned with material things, pleasures and are loosing their soul gradually not knowing.

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“The only way the soul can prosper is through Christ”

3 John.1.2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.

This is the mystery behind the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31).
Although the rich man has all life has to offer yet his soul was not saved, he lost everything. Lazarus was a poor man, he had very limited supply of material things unlike the rich man. But one thing he had that was worth more than anything he could ever have was that his soul prospered and we see the result, he ended up in paradise but the rich man ended up in Hades (the realm of the dead).

Note: God is not glorified when we are poor, but it is better when we lose all our material things for our soul to prosper than having everything this world has to offer and then loose our soul in the process which is the more important.

Which do you prefer Eternal life OR Eternal damnation? don’t be so quick to respond, think about it. has there been any way you have unknowingly made that exchange.

The devil didn’t come to Jesus at the beginning of the 40 days fasting, He came at the 40th day i.e. he won’t come when you don’t need what he wants to offer you in exchange for your soul. He will come when you are in desperate need of it. You may say you will never transact your soul for pleasures or riches but if you don’t align yourself to the source where you can prosper your soul together as you prosper in all areas of life when challenges comes you will eventually give in.

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God is capable of prospering you even as your soul also prospers. In fact Christ is the only way. One of the reasons why a lot of unbelievers even believers miss it is because the love of what God can give them (prosperity) is why they are seeking God like Judas Iscariot. The protocol, principle is that we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness then everything will be added unto us. we must love God first, follow His ways, ensure that our basis of serving Him is not because of what he has to offer us but because we love Him. God loves you, He will not give you what will take you away from your love for Him. He want to be no. 1 in your life without any competitor.
He wants to be the Lord over all in your life. He don’t want you to be a lover of pleasures more than a lover of Him.

No matter how a father loves his 5 years old child, if that child ask his father for a car at his age the father will not give it to him. The highest the father will do is to employ a personal driver for him rather than allowing him drive the car himself because he knows that in that car lies the death of that child at that age if not managed. So is the love of God.

God is the source of true riches, without Him was not anything made that was made (John 1:3). He truly is the source of everything. Everything the Satan (devil) can offer you God has even in excess. God even is the one who created Satan (Ezekiel 28), only that he rebelled because of the will God gave him. God is more than sufficient, He is the God of overflow, all other grounds are sinking sand. Only if you will come to Him.

– It doesn’t matter if your prosperity is outside Christ, it won’t last.

– The only way to ensure that you have a lasting prosperity even as your soul prospers is through Christ (3 John 1:2).

In conclusion, the only way the soul can be saved is through the creator of the soul Himself (Genesis 2:7). Repent, confess your sins, call on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:10-13).

If you would like to Give your life to Christ or rededicate your life back to God. I bring you the good news that Christ was and still is the propitiation for our sins. say this after me “Lord Jesus, i believe that you died to save me from my sins. I accept you into my life as my Lord and Personal Savior. Write my name in the book of life, Take all of me Lord and let your name be glorified in Jesus name (Amen).” If you have done this sincerely, I rejoice with you, you’re now Saved. [For counselling or if you have any question, contact us via counselling@newbirthminds.com or via our Facebook page @newbirthminds]. God Bless You, Amen.

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