My spirit believes God. I find it is my soul that needs critique, and alignment. They need a blender.
Psalms 139 inspires me to pray for my mind, will, and emotions to align with the wholeness of my heart belief, and blend.
It begins with, ” O Lord, you have searched me, and know me.”
The Lord knows, I believe in Him, and I know he helps my unbelief. He has made a covenant with me, I am written in his book. He is with me.
He knows my unbelief, how at times my reactions do not show the truth of what I believe.
I can move from faith to fear, just like that!
Yet, Psalms 139 says I am like him in image. I can count on his love.
Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God. Romans 10:17
I can also move from fear to faith through the inspiration of hearing Gods word.
My desire is to live wholly, standing with the very God of peace. I want my spirit, my soul, and my body to be preserved until the day of Jesus Christ.
Doubts, conflicts, separations arise out of my soul. (my mind, my will, and my emotions.) Yet, my spirit believes.
How then can we align the soul with the heart? How can the soul and spirit come together as one?
I believe the answer is in scripture.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
V 24: Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.
I can rest in that. Jesus called me. I answered his call. He will be faithful to me.
Now here comes my part. I will be faithful to him. I will give him my whole heart. Spirit, soul, and body. Then I will trust his faithfulness.
No one said living fully would be easy. If it was easy everyone would be a believing follower of Christ.
What helps me is to remember my vows. My relationship with him is as a Covenant Marriage.
It’s in the New Covenant.
I received salvation by faith in my heart. My faith comes into my heart as I hear and I believe.
Faith is also professed as I follow him. Actions speak as clear as words.
I made a covenant with God through my acceptance of his son, Jesus Christ. I made my vow to love him with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind.
Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Practicing Christianity is like two hearts that fall in love. Two people make a decision to marry.
Then the realization, that though their hearts are united as one, the will of each, along with the mind, and emotions are not united.
Mainly because there are two completely different individuals. Male and female. Different personalities. Different ways they were raised. Differences!
They key is unity, not conformity in most relationships. Yet, you must give up your individual rights to become one in a covenant marriage. You don’t give up who you are, you just become your best self.
The word married means to couple or fit together as one. Anything can be married under that description.
As a example; two pieces of rope can be intertwined by splicing together two ends of a rope. This combines the rope to become one.
So in this illustration you have two individuals things intertwined. Married.
There is no heart connection, so it is not a covenant combination. It’s not a covenant marriage.
The description of a covenant marriage is one giving their heart to the other, to form a partnership.
The mind, will and emotions are often separate from the unconditional love of surrendered and united hearts.
You can fit something together, but not make it agree.
The mind, will, and emotions are like siblings in a blended family.
Let’s use the example of 6 siblings. 3 from each heart.
2 sets of emotions
The two minds rarely become same-minded overnight. They are like the parents. Each with their own way of doing things.
The two wills are stubborn opposites. Oil and water.
The two sets of emotions are like having twins, who connect with the wills of the one they favor the most.
It’s like a constant battle. You can marry them by ceremony, but the only way to unify them is through covenant marriage.
A covenant marriage is the coming together for one purpose. The two become one.
A covenant marriage is where the two become one in like mindedness. Blended.
You have the mind of Christ. Your spirit and soul are united.
You become your best self. You become like Him.