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

spirit-soul-bodyLast week we looked about body, soul and spirit in light of goal-setting. This week we will examine or tripartite nature as it relates to our priorities.

Soul

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” ~ Matt. 16:26

Our soul is made up of our conscious and our subconscious mind, our emotions and our will. It gives us our personality.  This is where the battle rages. It’s where we experience the anxiety, doubts and fears which in turn manifest in our bodies as excess weight and illness, that is also where we experience freedom.

If our soul is bound then we will have difficulty honouring our temples and we will have difficulty connecting with God.

This week’s discussion on priorities was an opportunity to help us understand the importance of putting ourselves first (after God of course) When we’re constantly putting everything and everyone else before ourselves then, we lose sight of who we are. When you can get clear on your priorities then your soul can feel at peace and not be riddled with guilt and anxiety; your mind will be clearer and you will feel good about helping others.

Body

“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. .” Psalm 139:13-14

Imagine if we thought about our bodies the way God sees them; fearfully and wonderfully made! Do you give your body the priority it deserves. As we make our health a priority but exercising and eating healthy, we strengthen our souls as our confidence is improved and we strengthen our spirits by connecting with God as we honour our temples.

Spirit

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” ~ Rom. 8:16

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.

We can’t make ourselves a priority on our own, it is through the work of the Holy Spirit that we learn to see ourselves as God sees us. As we spend time in prayer, we see our value, our worth and our importance through the eyes of our Heavenly Father.

This week’s lesson on priorities will give help you to see how important you are to God and how important it is to put yourself first. This is the only way you will effectively be able to take care of others.

In one to three sentences, summarize how making yourself more of a priority will positively impact your body, soul and spirit.

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