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Soul Basics

We are made in Gods triune image: body, soul and Spirit
The Apostle Paul wrote of our triune nature :

1 Thessalonians 5:23 New International Version (NIV)
 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

What is the soul made of?
The soul is typically considered to be the mind will and emotions of our being.

The soul is the mind:
Proverbs 2:10 gives us the spiritual ground to prove that the mind is a part of the soul. This verse says, “Wisdom will enter your heart, / And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” Because knowledge is a matter of the mind, this proves that the mind is a part of the soul. 

The will:
The second part of the soul is the will. Job 7:15 says, “My soul would choose,” and 6:7 says, “My soul refuses.” To choose and to refuse are both decisions and functions of the will. These passages prove that the will must be a part of the soul.

Psalm 35:9 New Life Version (NLV)
 My soul will be happy in the Lord. It will be full of joy because He saves. 
Psalm 119:28
My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word

When we come to Christ we are supposed to be a renewed soul, that has a Spirit, living in a bodily form. The correct hierarchy order for us to do well in Christ is Spirit on top ruling over the soul and then the body. When the Spirit is ruling over our soul we experience peace because everything flows the correct way – when we live out of order, we experience friction because typically our souls with their bent towards Fleshly carnality are trying to rule over the spirit.

The soul is the area that the enemy through carnality, sarx (flesh) and temptation can typically attack us because it is one of the main areas he has in common with mankind. he does not have a regenerated Spirit living within him so he can't attack us in our Spirit.

At its core, soul issues and battles are really about natures- Christ’s nature vs the carnal /soul nature which is the realm where the enemy lives.

Ephesians 4:22-24 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
 Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;
 And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],
 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

I have a great Podcast teaching on the Soul and how your Soul works called : Soul Talk: Learning to Rule Over Your Soul. It includes a great
Devotional Guide on the Transformation of the Soul that walks the reader through several soul healing exercises that help the reader understand exactly what the Soul is, how it works in our lives and how to conquer and live from a place of victory like Jesus did. It is available below for a Pay what you can offering or our store page here:
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