Recently observing a dear person I began praying for their "soul situation" and asked God for insight to help. Here are a few musing on the subject which are not by any-means exhaustive but something that I'd like to study more preach about this month of February. Isaiah 1.6 - From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it [the soul]; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. - (brackets mine) It’s unimaginable the pain and suffering people have experienced in their lives because they were victims of prevalent evil in this world. The depth of the damage that has been caused deep in people’s souls can be described in Proverbs 18.8 as "wounds that go down into the innermost parts of the emotions (belly)”. This injury hurts and causes the most destruction to the innocent soul when it is caused by people we love in circles of trust and safety. The greater question though is how the damaged goods are healed rather than the wallowing in the pool of the injustice that is done; which can be so consoling and oddly satisfying. Because of the "wounds that go down into the innermost parts of the emotion” are not healed than the following verse applies in verse 9 - passivity and paralysis comes into dominate the hurting soul and the "Waster of Souls” wins.
When there is no “mollification” - no healing ointment then what substitutes the healing is protectiveness and an underlying drive in some cases to lash out or campaign against the injustice done to them. This reaction continues to grow and fester in Isaiah 1.6 resulting in an inner motive that affects all other parts of a person’s soul. It may even manifest itself in a religious endeavor or a self-justifying cause looking to others for support in their self-righteous movement.
The true problem is they need desperately to be understood in their suffering and they want to be heard - someone to feel their pain with them though they may fiercely refuse it because of an advanced state of bitterness. We know that there is only One who has suffered untold loads of pain and suffering and that is mankind’s Savior Jesus. When the Spirit of Jesus and the Words of His comfort are allowed deep into the injured part of our soul via identification, compassion and understanding, then inner healing and “mollification” begins and the damaged soul can heal to become a very effective person in ministering to others. At that point a vision can come into the once paralyzed soul and a capacity of faith can enable with the motive of God’s Love.
People cannot self-heal. The self-healing is a substitute for true healing. What is needed is to allow the process of the Spirit of Comfort and the Word of His Healing to be allowed to go deep and recreate the ruins of the soul and make a person a brand-new creation. They need to enter into a Body of Believers that are Christ-centered, Finished-Work thinkers that create an environment of love, faith and safety where they as Lazarus can slowly have the death-bandages taken off that still linger binding them though they have been spiritually resurrected from the dead.
[Here are a few notes and a draft outline of a message we preached in the Cypriot Bible School - you can hear the 2 part message here: sermon.net/ggcphila - Enjoy!]
Not knowing anyone after the flesh:
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. - 1 Cor 2.2
Familiarity is a result of the loss of the fear of the Lord and no Cross
All error begins with familiarity with God’s Word
Relationships become soulish when the Cross is removed and familiarity enters.
“Profane” also speaks of forms of familiarity, or taking for granted something that is sacred.
Not knowing Christ after the flesh:
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more - 2 Cor 5.16
Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane -- the sanctuary of his God; for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord.
And they shall teach -- my people the difference between the holy and -- profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments
Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.
The Process of Familiarity:
Lack of brokenness
Breakdown of reverence
"The key that Satan uses to gain entrance to his capacity is familiarity. Satan can only deceive minds that have be- come familiar with what God sees as rare, holy, and set apart for His use alone. Familiarity enters in where holiness has been stolen and eternal purpose has been destroyed, because the Cross (which represents the devil’s defeat once and for all) has been nullified in our experience.” - CHS
When a person becomes familiar the begin to traffic demonic activity unaware: Mat 16.22-24 Peter was sentimental and too familiar with Jesus - he unknowingly became a mouth piece for the Devil thus Jesus’ response “Get thee behind me Satan"
Demons of Familiarity:
Familiar spirit: A demon or evil spirit who creates the atmosphere of being one's friend while being one's enemy, and who ushers in an atmosphere of lack of respect for authority, formality, and ceremony especially when instituted by God or His delegated authority (Leviticus 19:31, 20:6,27, Deuteronomy 18:11, I Samuel 28:3,7,8,9, II Kings 21:6, 23:24, I Chronicles 10:13, II Chronicles 33:6, Isaiah 8:19, 19:3,29:4).
Family demon (family demon presented by the family idols): THERAPSIN: II Kings 23:24
Against homes and marriages Gen 31:19, 34-35; 35:2; I Sam 19:11-17; I John 5:21
Special forces that cooperate with different armies to destroy homes and marriages, by breaking up marriages or making them unhappy.
Misrepresents God’s will to the homes and families
Domesticate and divide families by wounding people in the families that lack love of the doctrine and don’t have anointing manifested by brokenness.
Demon of Familiarity: GNOSTAS: II Kings 21:6 - trafficking familiar spirits - medium
Cause people be familiar with the provisions of God
Lull people away from thirsting and hungering for the provisions that come through grace and righteousness - spiritual laxity leading to utter destruction of the spiritual life of a person.
Inspire people’s psyche with pride
Cause familiarity that pulls the plug on fullness of the Body.
Demons of familiarity four-fold strategy in a believer’s life:
by keeping them relating to the past
by tempting them to use knowledge without going through the Cross
by leading them to uncover secrets and sins and cause suspicion ignoring the Blood of Christ.
Today while my wife and I visited p. Maciek and Renata with their beatuiful church, I preached on the subject of Servanthood. Here below are the notes from the message that you can listen to here: http://bit.ly/19Kw437 John 12:25-26 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.
Jn 13.12-17 "So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord:and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
1. A Servant is powerful:
One of the most powerful thing in this universe is life of a servant. One of the weakest things on this earth is the life of a servant.
No one gets the amount of things done in the simplicity and the focus that a servant has. For there is no flesh to complicate matters, relationships, or vision.
2. A Servant appears mundane:
"In some ways we would prefer to hear Jesus' call to deny father and mother, houses and land for the sake of the gospel than his word to wash feet. Radical self-denial gives the feel of adventure. If we forsake all, we even have the chance at glorious martyrdom"
"But in service we must experience the many little deaths of going beyond ourselves. Service banishes us to the mundane, the ordinary, the trivial.”
Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Eph 5.21
3. A Servant is not in control:
"It is one thing to go on the lonely way with dignified heroism, but quite another thing if the line mapped out for you by God means being a door-mat under other people's feet.”
Mother Teresa: "I belong to Jesus. He must have the right to use me without consulting me.”
4. A Servant choses to be a servant rather than choosing to serve.
When we chose to serve we are in charge. When we chose to be a servant we give up the right to be in charge. This is great freedom. If we chose to be a servant then we cannot be manipulated. When we chose to be a servant we surrender the right to decide when and where we will serve. That is availability and vulnerability.
There is a natural hesitancy that comes with any serious discussion of serving. Because there is a hesitancy in understanding the cost before jumping in. The fear is that people will take advantage of us
Self-righteous service picks and choses whom to serve. "Sometimes the low and defenseless are served because that will ensure a humble image. True service is indiscriminate in its ministry. It has heard the command of Jesus.”
5. A Servant has lost his rights because of love
The perspective of a slave. A slave sees all of life from the viewpoint of slavery. He does not see himself as possessing the same rights as free men and women. When this slavery is involuntary it is cruel and dehumanizing. When the slavery is freely chosen, however, everything is changed. Voluntary servitude is a great joy.
“Bond slave” - a slave that has chosen to be a slave - not to serve. Paul is an example of this: "Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.” - Phil 2.17
6. A Servant is not bound to himself in self-love
"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." - Acts 20.24
Nothing crucifies the flesh like serving, nothing transforms the desires of the flesh like serving in hiddenness. The flesh screams for attention and will devise subtle, religious attention to the service rendered.
7. A Servant serves giving all though the result may be small.
There is no demand for great results because it is an anointing upon the servant.
Luke 4.18 - The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised
Luke 22.27 - For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
Luke 6.40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.