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Scripture Reflection

“May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ 1 Thes. 5:23b

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Last week we talked about body, soul and spirit in light of our life balance. This week we will look at it again in light of our core fears. They impact our body, soul and spirit.

Soul

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God” Psalm 42:5

To recap, our soul is made up of our conscious and our subconscious mind, our emotions and our will. It is here that our core fears reside.

Our core fears are at the source of our all internal turmoil.  All of our problems with our health (as well as other areas of our lives) are rooted in our core fears. Like records playing over and over in our heads, they are ingrained within our subconscious mind and taint our beliefs about ourself, the world and God.

As you learn to push past your core fears, everything that is built on top of it will collapse and your new identity in Christ will develop. This is the life that you were truly born to live.

The bible teaches us that the answer to these fears are to put our hope in God.

Body

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Pro. 17:2 

Our body is just an outer shell but it houses the temple of the living God – it is your physical being. Your body is the outward manifestation of what’s happening in your soul.

When you experience fear our body produces cortisol (a stress hormone), and your body goes through a series of physiological responses such as increased heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, dry mouth etc.

Over time, if we don’t learn to get to the root of  fears, there is a cumulative buildup of stress hormones which will lead to a variety of health problems.

The scripture  is both figurative and literal, stress (which is cased by fear) will dry up our bones.

Spirit

“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”              ~Psalm 139:23-24

At our core is our spirit. It is the part of us that connects with God. This is our contact point with God where our spirit communicates with His. Paul says, “When we cry, ‘Abba! Father’, it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Only when we align our spirits with our Heavenly Father’s will we ever be successful in anything we do.

In Psalm 139:23, David asks God to search him and his thoughts. It’s the only way for us to get to the root of our fears. Turn your fears into needs that your Heavenly Father will supply if you let Him.  Take your fear of rejection and ask Him to show His love and acceptance. Take your fear of loneliness and allow God to be your true companion and friend. He longs to transform all of your fears into freedom.

Share in a couple of sentences how your core fears impact your body, soul and spirit.

Share your summary:

In the Facebook group ( for Haven small group members only) Your summary

In the forum  (for e-course members only) – Your Summary –

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