Halloween Bonus: The Shadow of Death

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We all know the verse from Psalm 23, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Indeed, the psalmist did walk through it, because of his calling to be King, his own sins, just enemies in general.

The idea is that death is a shadow, it may dogging us, nipping at our heels, but with God or rather Jesus being sent by Him to be crucified for us, we don’t have to fear. People will tell you how they do not fear death or dying, I didn’t once because I did not how serious something was, thankfully, Jesus helped me through that. And yet, the time I came closest to it I was afraid, for myself and someone else.

I have since learned to confess the righteousness of God in order to activate the verse from Isaiah 54, that no weapon formed shall prosper, fear, terror and torment has no authority. I won’t say that I have no fear, it is much less, still something to resist, by submitting to God and the devil fleeing. All fear is from him, not God. Not common sense, wisdom or caution, not reasonable things to consider, worrisome, tiresome, unrelenting, inordinate fear, phobias. And most of it is learned, babies don’t like loud noises, being hungry, or left alone for too long. The rest is picked up from others, and even spirits who would derail your testimony.

Psalm 91 is another kind of shadow, this time we dwell in the shadow of the almighty. It is speaking of the mercy seat, which was between the two winged cherubim, where the glory of God came into the temple. The shadow fell on the tent in the sunlight as people praised outside, only the High Priest was allowed in.

Not the case today, Jesus pierced and rent body was the temple, He is the High Priest now and sits on the mercy seat of our heart as a believer. So you see why, He tells us not to let it be troubled or afraid, He is there.

So we are walking through the shadow of death, Jesus tasted it for us, giving us no reason to fear it, and even the ability to resist it, He has power over it, and gives us power as well, I realize many pass on, I have been touched by it, but believers have authority here, and sometimes He is merciful if they just are unable to overcome the disease or enemy. And it is not necessarily a lack of faith, just weariness in well doing and a desire to be with HIm.

Let’s look at Isaiah 38:8, although there is a parallel here, it appears to be talking about a sundial and degrees, but Hezekiah, who is about to die, wants some assurance he will live.  So he wants the Lord to move the shadow back ten degrees, because he thinks that would be harder, than moving it forward. Indeed, it says the shadow of the sun, went back up ten steps on the stairs.

The Roman historian Josephus comments on this, apparently the sun dial is for time but the shadow falls on a staircase. Whatever the case, the shadow of the sun or death retreated and he lived another fifteen years, he was able to to more as king but also fathered a son who was a bad one. So the message would appear to be to make your life count when you are spared.

We walk through a fallen world and the spectre of death is there, more the grim reaper, than the Andrew character, from Touched by an Angel, still we can walk without fear for He is there and has defeated those awful spirits, death, hell, and the grave. Jesus is all about resurrection isn’t He?

I might add that Hezekiah mentions the the gates of  hell, at that time, you may have passed them on the way to Paradise, which is where believers went, until Jesus was crucified. Remember, He told Peter the gates of hell would not prevail, because he was going to the cross, of course, people do go to hell who do not know Jesus or choose not to. But it was created for the devil and his minions. He also rebuked Peter because he did not want Him to go to the cross.

A believer who passes today might see spirits, but will be embraced by the Lord and escorted to heaven with angel wings, because their death is precious to Him. But please remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue, Proverbs 18:21, and Deuteronomy 28, tells us to choose life or death. Our words and faith matter, cancel those bitter, evil and cruel words spoken by others over you, even your diagnosis, according Isaiah 53, in Jesus name back that shadow off.

And while Romans 6:23 says the wages of sin is death, not all death is from sin. Jesus bore sickness and disease, wore a crown of thorns for mental afflictions, was crushed for iniquities which are unjust things against us. There is such a deep covenant of love cut into the body of Christ literally, that the church as His body should not be overshadowed by so much oppression and death.

We have not begun to touch the hem of His garment, have we? He is such a great love, and some may like what Pope John Paul called the culture of death, it thrives on Halloween, and even year round, but for as long as I can, and as many as I can pray for, I choose life. And I want to live in the shadow of the Almighty, and rest in Him, and remember to fight, and also His mercy. Let’s pray and push back the shadow of death. Have a safe celebration on Halloween. Rebecca Jones / Alexander Krivitskiy Unsplash

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A Dark Soul

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What constitutes a dark soul, It is more that moody or brooding. More than a loner, Jesus spent time alone, so so do I. That is not enough in itself to darken a soul. The dark soul probably has no interest in salvation, may even engage in the occult or drug use.

A dark soul is not bothered by loss of lives or gratuitous violence. That type of soul stews over perceived injustices, real or imagined. even if they have suffered trauma or abuse, you would think their thought would run along the lines of escaping it not engaging in it or afflicting others.

I have seen depression and grief and it was not accompanied by violence or hatred. A dark soul is much more than someone who hurt offended, or someone who harbors bitterness and unforgiveness.

Darks souls devour others with their words and evil, they speak and spout threats, racism, and sexual remarks. They are abusive to spouses, men and even sometimes women. They will do things with impunity that none of us would dream of doing..

They can be sociopathic or narcissistic. Dark souls can be saved, they may have even become so depraved as to be demonic or even demon possessed. Most of us, thank God. will never run across these people,  they are not without hope Jesus saved many bad people, and put demons out a man in the tomb.

Decapolis was a ten city place where He crossed and cast the demons out after telling the wind to be still. We too, need to be still. Those were highly demonic places, like Magdal where Mary Magdalene was from, is ait a wonder she had seven?

I like to think that that man who no one could tame had a shred of his soul crying for help and Jesus heard it. And He freed him. While we may feel a little like that at times we are far from it.

So watch for the signs, the enemy goes after people even at young ages. I would supervise the television and internet and limit the movie choices of the young. As an adult you have a free will and should make better choices as a believer.

As Halloween and the day of the dead celebrations approach. Enjoy candy and costumes with a reasonable approach and never open enemy doors. You can still be saved as dark soul,deliverer and healed but it is a lot harder to rid yourself of these thoughts and spirits. It is much easier never to become a dark soul. Rebecca Jones / Alexander Krivitsky Unsplash thank you.

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Soul Conscious

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We all know what it means to be conscious or unconscious. We are conscious of our environment and our surroundings and what is going on, for the most part, although there are spiritual occurrences we are not always privy to. Being unconscious, through an injury or a coma puts you into another state of being. I think people should talk to loved ones, their spirit can hear you.

Sleep is also a state of rest, natural rest and a consciousness God can speak to with dreams or visions at times. The Holy Spirit works that way, but I always encourage people to rely on Him and not just any teaching out there, there are counterfeits that would lead you astray and cause harm, the Holy Spirit won’t. There is also the rest of faith He encourages us to allow our soul to enter. Sleep also brings refreshment and healing. I have been healed deeply of serious conditions with sleep.

I have enjoyed writing about different kinds of souls and I hope you have enjoyed reading them, for the most part, they are my own perception of them and Biblically based, you can have qualities of one or more and surely there are more than I mentioned. I was inspired to do this back in the summer. Even someone we knew who was a minister, though it was years ago, could not explain a soul to my mother’s satisfaction.

But a soul is your being created in the image of God, spirit. God breathed on Adam for him to be a living soul. You are a spirit, you have a soul and live in a body, your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit as a believer. And should be cared for. But your focus should not be solely on the body, that would be like focusing on church as a building when it is a body of believers.

Soul and spirit are connected, they are intertwined. Both are moved by the Holy Spirit, especially if you pray in the Spirit, both leave when you pass. Your soul and spirit live on in heaven or hell, they can live without a body but the body can’t live without them. There are those who teach soul sleep until the resurrection, I won’t argue the point but remember the beggar and the rich man, the beggar went to the bosom of Abraham and the rich man to hell. This was before the crucifixion, even the thief who believed was told He would enter Paradise, not sleep. Though Jesus purposely used that word in place of death, He finally He told the disciples Lazarus was dead. We would no longer go to Paradise as it was then but the paradise of heaven above, but you have to be born again, just believe He died and rose and took your punishment on the cross, He loved you so. And live for Him.

I’m sure a lot of people and even believers I know would consider this perhaps, a lot of nonsense, New Age, or even false doctrine, because a lot of them simply don’t believe in the supernatural occurrences, miracles, healings or even signs and wonders. They don’t think what happened in the Bible happens today, but believe me it does whether we are conscious of it or not. Again, I urge you to trust the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and not just me. Study for yourself and rightly divide it, the New Age, occult and other practices will claim knowledge and may even talk of the Holy Spirit, but He is the truth and will not guide you into anything wrong but give you power of it, He is not a spirit of fear or bondage but freedom. But do not hinder, grieve Him or trample on His grace.

I have been told it’s not about the Holy Spirit. You should not pray to Him, I don’t. I believe in asking in Jesus name. But the Holy Spirit prays for us. Romans 8:26, so do I let Him? Sure I do. I was also told I could not be a Jesus only believer, I said I wasn’t because I’m not. Though He made the most amazing sacrifice, so did the Father by giving Him up, and so did the Spirit by raising Him from the dead. God is a triune being. He is a Spirit, has a soul, and took on a body as Jesus. Yet, God has a brilliant mind, super creative, He has a will, and He has to keep His Word, and not intervene as we have a free will, prayer draws Him though. And He has emotions, but He can keep them in check. He could remember our wrongs, but chooses not to, He looks to Jesus as our atonement.

Jesus is not still on the cross, He is alive and He is love, and He would love to know every soul intimately and love them deeply. He knows not every soul will follow Him. Will we? What kind of soul are we? We don’t need to be soul conscious in the sense of obsessing over it or struggling to obtain a certain one, we are all different and blessed. But we do need to be soul conscious and aware of the one who created our soul, it doesn’t matter as long as it belongs to Him. God bless and thanks for reading. Rebecca Jones / pexels

 

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A Devious Soul

 

Not all beautiful people really are, beautiful, on the inside are they? Like a well written resume they look good on paper or in a photograph, but are often full of themselves, deceit and lies. The devil tries to imitate his former self, his glory is gone. The only light he projects is cold, harsh and callous. So what is a devious soul?

Do you love a good mystery? Well try unraveling Jesus as He is portrayed in the Bible, watch the devil time and again try to mimic Him and fail. I know many of us never thought of having an enemy so bitter and angry with us as to lie in wait and plot against us and wait for the right time to pounce, but that is his modus operandi. You may open doors by something you do or say or the company you keep or even a movie you watched. And things go alone merrily, then one day, you wonder how something bad happened?

There my be co-workers who will compete or step on other for a promotion, or it may may be even more serious as a woman practicing witchcraft maneuvered herself into a church group, her intent to take over, while person after person fell ill, she had more responsibility, until one day someone went to her house and saw her through a window standing in a circle on the floor and reciting incantations.

The devil knows a house divided will not stand. And he will use doctrine, disputes and even affairs to tear apart churches. Oh, and families, though I never want women to stay in abusive situations, they are often bombarded with little foxes, and overwrought when the family dynamic is unstable, this can be generational, learned from parents, whether financial mismanagement or the husband who is difficult to communicate with. The serpent is still subtle.

Why did I get married? What am doing with these kids. Maybe love is gone, but maybe it;s is just a question of talking to each other. Jesus says your house is built in vain without Him, are you on firm ground or shaky when the storms come. Have you ever see those mansions just slide off the side of a mountain?

Now, be aware that not everyone who is beautiful is not prideful and devious. And not everyone is out to get you before you get them, following a deceptive golden rule of doing to others. A lot of things require an inward look at our own behaviors. Soul searching. Are you a believer? Do you really and truly know Christ as Lord, or do you just copy what you think is Christian behavior. I heard one man say he was a Christian because he hadn’t killed anybody. That is not confessing Jesus as Lord and believing Him crucified and risen to save souls.

See how the enemy is deceptive. Being good by the world’s standard is not enough, in fact, the world’s standards are pretty low in my opinion. Another woman believed she could not get saved because she had cut her hair, thankfully a minister heard her crying as he prayed for someone else. And still another was told she could not be saved as a child, she didn’t say why, but think it may have been that her parents weren’t married. The enemy is the father of lies, a murderer from the beginning, whether he talks someone into suicide or a slow death of drug abuse.

God is love and that is far greater than anything he will ever throw at you with his darts. You can be a saved soul, a believing soul and a loving soul, and His Spirit can make you new, like a butterfly opening  unfolded wings, you will soar, and you never have to listen to or fear, the deceitful one or a devious soul.  Rebecca Jones / Pixabay

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A Perfect Soul

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Do you know a perfect soul? Are you one? If you are honest, you may have to say no because a lot of us are not blessed with that sort of person and may not be one ourselves though we have the ability to be perfect only in Christ. He perfects us, gives us His beauty. And I’m not being tough on us, He sees us the way He wants us to be, it is just the way we see ourselves that gets us into trouble.

A perfect soul is one who makes every effort to live a heaven on earth. She will often be about her business quietly perfecting that sense of peace and purpose God has placed in her heart. She is mature no matter her age, she knows perfection is  fallacy of the world, and the Proverbs 31 woman is not just  myth that is unobtainable. He has her moments but does not despair, balancing rest and faith to make her life beautiful.  The Bible will translate words sometimes and the meaning is misunderstood, like fearing God, who is love. Perfect will be mature, or at least mature in Christ.

She may be a friend or neighbor, she is not a person who you can chat up easily or who will involve herself in gossip. She will not air her own dirty laundry, unless she has absolute confidence in you. In fact, she probably has very little because she has  become adept at hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit who can calm her fears and wipe away the tears as she prays through her day.

Her home is clean and presentable, if not perfect, lived in is not a pigpen. She is not judgmental but can judge righteously. She knows how to call a spade a spade  or a sin a sin. She will not just sweep it under the rug but call you on the carpet in the nurture and admonishment of the Lord. She knows His love covers a multitude of them. And yet, they have to be dealt with.

She is a friend, a wife whose husband’s heart trusts her. Her children call her blessed. She may be a Proverbs 31 woman or a Titus 2 woman, or maybe not, but makes the effort, and makes it look effortless. While it may appear to us to be that way, we can rest assured of the fact she has had some hardship. She has just matured in favor and grace, and it is easier to turn to the Lord in times of need.

She may be beautiful in mind and body and even spirit. Her gentleness speaks of Christ. Her perfume is the aroma of His amazing grace. She loves and is loved. She will never betray her Lord, she does her best to keep both her word and His. She speaks in wisdom and kindness, she knows the right words, healing words.

On the outside she may appear to have it all together. But on the inside, her love of Jesus is the passionate glue that binds her together, for she is a beautiful soul who like all of us is nothing without Him. She is still God’s little girl, and cries Abba, Father. When she could run in fear she runs to Him instead. Don’t let that appearance fool you into jealousy, she has to walk out faith and so do you, forget comparison, it is a thief of joy.

She is covered in grace and peace and enfolded in angel wings as she walks through valley and over mountain tops, she is in the secret place abiding under His wing and shadow. She is in her prayer closet, and the secret place of the Most high. She is crowned with righteousness, a crown of beauty in His hand, she has beauty for ashes.

Look at yourself again in the way God sees you, perhaps you have looked through the glass darkly, but His desire is to see you face to face, perhaps you have been looking at what others see and not Jesus. He will help you become what He sees, and He sees a mature or perfect soul. Rebecca Jones / Remy Loz Unsplash, thanks.

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A Resplendent Soul

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Resplendent, look it up, I did, you know I’m a wordy. Shining, gleaming, splendid. Isn’t that the soul we should aspire to be? Isn’t that the soul Jesus was? He walked the shores of Galilee, and even on the water. There were still waters and storms He calmed. He stirred the hearts of the people and brought life and healing. Psalm 76:4 calls the Lord, resplendent.

Matthew 5:14-16 tells us to shine, so others can see Him in us, we are the light of the world and should not be hidden, and Isaiah 60:1 tells us to rise and shine, the glory of the Lord has risen upon us. Jesus declares Himself the light of the world while He was here, now we are.  Daniel 12:3 say the wise shine like the heavens and they do.

Surely, He shone with radiance of God. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. Matthew 17:2  I’m sure His eyes gleamed with love and compassion as He healed the sick and cast out the devils. We are called to follow Him, not like the disciples for we are called to be sons and daughters, He seated us in heavenly places, whereas the disciples followed Him literally, they took up their cross but I believe He carried ours.

You are as majestic as the morning sky–glorious as the moon–blinding as the sun! Your charms are more powerful than all the stars above. Song of Solomon 6:2  Psalm 132:18 calls the crown of the victor, which is us, resplendent.

Why shouldn’t we be radiant, children of His light delivered from darkness? The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:41, we all shine differently, and I have written about many different souls and how we can have the qualities of one or many, perhaps, one is just more obvious to you and others and the one that shines the most.

Shooting for the resplendent soul, may be like shooting for the moon or stars, but shooting for who Jesus wants you to be is worth every effort and even every tear or failure, because He redeems our time and keeps or tears in a bottle, and He is resplendent, He is light, life, and love.

God wants us to conform to the image of Jesus, we may feel like we miss the mark, and we do, but His grace and mercies are new every morning. Fresh grace and a fresh heart with the light of dawn and if need be with the sunset or stars, God already sees the end from the beginning, He sees the finished work of Christ, His glory in us. So walk beside still waters, let Him calm the storms, He may even help us step out of the boat. So let’s resolve to remember the glory of a resplendent soul. Rebecca Jones / Pete Bellis, Unsplash

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A Weary Soul

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What makes a soul weary? Is it merely overworking, overachieving or over activity? Is it the active part of the soul that refuses to rest, the mind that wearies us so? In a word, yes. You have had nights just like me, when you can’t turn off your brain, you rethink, everything, every word or action, plan tomorrow or next week, the why’s and what ifs? You toss and turn, do don’t sleep. Your prayers languish.

Your spirit is active, it can go and go and is receptive to God. But you can’t turn off your mind. Being run down day after day, turns into months and  years, medications, that help and sometimes don’t. An endless cycle of work, thought, restlessness, sleepless nights, dreary days. You are and emotional wreck, sensitive to minor things, oblivious to the major ones, you are hurting yourself and others.

As a believer, a woman of faith, you are loved, blessed and favored. Gifted and treasured by God, you are His masterpiece. Ephesians 2:10, you are not only being crafted in the hand of the Master, you are complete in Jesus. He is our peace. Our joy. Our rest.

Everyone will find different outlets, journaling, exercise, music, quiet walks, weekend getaways. Find your secret place, your prayer closet and spend time with Jesus, snuggle up to Him with a blanket, a devotional, worship music. Let Him teach you to meditate on His word, to soothe the weary soul. By His Holy Spirit walking daily with you, He can bring your from the place of turmoil into the peace He wills us.

We are all intelligent people, and we know our limits. God has none, so we can depend on Him, the world will not stop turning if we rest, take a day off, sleep late on Saturday, eat sandwiches instead of cooking dinner. You won’t die if you turn off the phone a while each day, but you could if you break down, wear yourself out. The devil likes to add on troubles, many people not only have one disease but two or three, the same with mental ailments, and we are not hiding from these honest emotions and thoughts. But we need to obedient to His Spirit, and the words of Jesus, Himself asking the weary to come and rest.

But Jesus says to cast down every thought that exalts itself above God. The devil says there is no way. Jesus says I am the way. If he speaks, its a lie, Jesus is truth and God is not a man who can lie. We are to bring these thoughts into captivity, into the obedience of Christ. For what He did was to free us from such torments. We must choose wisely what we think and say, it is a matter of life and death. We must choose to speak life and healing.

In Matthew, the lilies of the field do not toil, we don’t have to struggle when Jesus is on the throne of our hearts. He asks us why we take the thought? We need to become so aware of the enemies of our our weary souls that we immediately dismiss his lies, and do not speak them into our surroundings for our hearts to hear and absorb. we hear enough bad anyway. Choose to love and seek His peace and He will give rest to your weary soul , sleep to you His beloved, and peace that passes understanding.

Please take care of yourself, you are precious to Him and me, too. He can give you better days even in the midst of turmoil and teach you to be restful soul instead of a weary one. Rebecca Jones / pexels

The Creative Soul

I can hardly believe it! Here we are almost to the end of our Write 31 Days and what am I doing? A creative soul? Why didn’t I think of this one before? I was reading something that triggered it with a question of what is your soul telling you. Well, mine was always writing. I do a little art, I love photography, though I would be more of amateur. I love clothes, make up. I even designed evening gowns and costumes only not as a career but a hobby.

Everything that was fun or gave me joy was creative. Singing, piano, poetry, a good mystery, old movies. Even silent ones, I was interested in cinema, art and music, all things creative and beautiful to my soul.  I was even interested in flowers and gardening, I especially love roses and tulips,and lately even orchids. I never knew there was a Holy Spirit orchid that blooms to look like a dove at Pentecost. Flower arranging and interior decoration. Celebrating the seasons or holidays, I loved it all.

Though the Bible says, I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. Phillipians 4;13. I never had the strength to all of my list. Who would? It’s a long one. But it is a creative soul, and who made me that way? A very creative heavenly Father. Just look around at my Abba’s imagination, mine is small in comparison. I actually have stepped back from so many interests to concentrate on writing, though an occasional change is also like a rest to my soul, and I love taking naps.

I suppose that it is because it comes naturally for me to be creative that it never even occurred to me or should I say never even dawned on me to write about creative souls. There are many who make careers of it and some who just bless others, either way is alright as long as you are following His path.

While some people make sandcastles and other draw with sidewalk chalk, and still others recycle to make their art. Everyone has their own forte’ or niche’, not everyone’s art appeals to everyone else, and that’s fine as long as it is not inappropriate or disrespectful.

There is a saying that the talent God gives you is a gift, and what you do with it is your gift to Him. That being said are we using our talents for His glory, computer whiz or architect? Designer or dancer? Poet or pet groomer?  Housekeeper or  honey do? Yes, whether wiping noses or bottoms, you too are creative, getting picky eaters to eat, organizing and managing, mothers are great singers and storytellers, I’m not leaving out any creative soul, just don’t lose that part of you in the care of others, I know it is not a good place to be, having had it happen to me. Never forget you are the apple of His eye and you need an outlet and His peace in order to rest in the love He created for us to enjoy. Life in the natural has a way of taking it but abundant life in Him gives us refreshing.

Not everyone has the same taste but we can taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8, and whether we make cookies or bake cakes or write stanzas, design, build, sew or draw. We can sing His praises, He inhabits them. The King of Kings deserves a palace of praise and a crown and throne of thanksgiving. We are like our Father, who created the universe and all the stars, all creatures, the species of birds and butterflies, oceans of colored fish and every flower and kinds of souls, some of whom are very creative, like me. Rebecca Jones / Adrien King / creative soul / Unsplash

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The Vulnerable Soul

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The vulnerable soul is not necessarily a lost soul, but perhaps a lonely one. She or even he, may have dreams and expectations that are unmet, not that they are unrealistic but unfulfilled. The vulnerable soul is open to God’s love and His Word but also easily hurt by others who are not nearly as sensitive.

Vulnerable souls may not even be aware they are, but should be careful of who they share their souls with. You can lay your heart bare before someone who will break it, even a trusted friend or loved one. Sometimes, even in ministry, or under a ministry. You can give away your strength and power as a believing soul and let someone close enough to you, destroy you. Jesus did, and He knew exactly what He was doing. He did it for us. We are not nearly that wise. And must depend on Him.

Vulnerable souls are not weak souls by any means, although they may have weaknesses, God is still their strength as a believer, His grace is sufficient to combat any thorn of their flesh. Vulnerable is defined as capable of or susceptible to being wounded or hurt, as by a weapon on a vulnerable part of the body. It is like a boxer or an attacker goes after what is already hurting or wounded. It is also, open to moral attack, criticism, which is also the enemy assault of accusing, condemning, persecuting. It can also be to temptation, but not necessarily sinful, just giving up or in before your breakthrough comes.

Lastly, it is a place open to assault or difficult to defend, why we must rely heavily on the Holy Spirit as we do not know where all the attacks are stemming from or even the person behind them, the gossip, the lies, even occult practices we are unaware of. There was time I believed the verse about causeless curses having no effect to be absolutely true and it is, yet I was oblivious to those curses and experienced physical pain. When I was prayed for, made aware of them, it was gone. They were causeless and had no more effect. So we can be weak that He is strong, revealing the enemy and tearing apart strongholds based in fear and lies. I am including verses at the bottom, for further study. Being vulnerable is merely being Christlike, look what He took for us, and He relied on the Holy Spirit.

And love prevails, having that love, the agape of God makes them strong and yet vulnerable because they open their hearts and can be hurt. Vulnerable souls often operate in agape, pour out the love Jesus gives them, an He is the only one to refill it if others are not walking in agape, the purest, most unselfish love.

For love and giving of one’s self, in friendship or business or even marriage is not always reciprocated, and not being loved hurts. So it is wise for the soul who recognizes that love is their greatest asset and their most open area of attack, to step back and rethink how much of and to whom they give their hearts to. Human love fails, His never does.

Vulnerable souls are not just widows or divorcees or someone who has suffered a loss, they can be any one of us who chooses to love like Christ. There are still Judases among us who may not even realize that of themselves and worse still, the ones who do not care who they hurt, the ones who are never wrong, who shift blame and focus, those are people to be wary of because if the enemy gets your focus off Jesus, your really are vulnerable. Our eyes must remain on Him and not the problems.

And we need to look to Him, the author and finisher of our faith, another version says perfecter and I could even add protector of it, Hebrews 12:2. Jesus gave the commandment to love and He knew it made us vulnerable, while the proverb wants us to guard our hearts and we should, I don’t think it’s enough, mine was still broken.

I believe it takes our own efforts to squash the mental attacks, but the peace of Phillipians 4:7, that surpasses all, to combat the enemy of our soul. And why is this peace so much better? Because Jesus left it to us as a part of salvation, it is His peace. A peace like no other. John 14:27

Who would not want to love like the most vulnerable of souls? He gave His life knowing His Father would not leave His soul in hell. Psalm 16:10 and Acts 2:27. And what love to go the place of torment to save us from it and also the tribulation of life. So love is a good quality, it means you have to take care of yourself a little more, and let Him care for you a little more, but it can be a blessing to be a vulnerable soul. Rebecca Jones / Pete Bellis, Unsplash, thanks. I love your work.

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A Generous Soul

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We all have met one sometime, the lady who is there for everything. She can put together a meal, or bring extras to a dinner. She will cook for someone with a loved one in the hospital or who has passed. She remembers birthdays, anniversaries, never fails to call on you, in person or on the phone to see how you are.

She can make cookies or pies and cakes, or even buy them. She volunteers to read to others. You may see her at the hospital with flowers. You might even meet her at the supermarket, buying for older people who cannot go or maybe, she drove them there.

She can keep grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and keep them in line. She knows who she is in Christ, and is the person happy to be blessed in the ministry of helps, which can be a thankless task.

She is good at planning and organizing. The parties are fantastic, the punchbowls are full, she may even include a band. She is full of joy as she works, she knowsthe joy of her Lord is her strength and she is faithful to Him so He is faithful to her as always. She is not grieved easily and does not quench or grieve the Holy Spirit,

The generous soul is patient and graceful and she sees a need and makes sure it is met by herself or someone else, she may not have a lot of money but she sows generously and reaps generously, and she sows her time, and redeems it while there is still time to win the lost and recapture the hearts of the broken.

She is a helper and healer, she can kiss a boo boo and give out band aids and she can smile to warm your heart and  she is kind enough to listen as you share yours, she can pray and she is heard. She is a strong woman of faith in the Lord and she knows it. The devil is afraid when she gets up and hates to see her rest, because that too, is his defeat, she knows her beloved gives her  sleep and the refreshing of a prayer language.

Be sure and be kind to the generous soul and make her feel appreciated, she really does need a break and bit of encouragement for she is still a woman, with her own life to live and loved one care for even if she does so much for others. take her for coffee, send her some flowers, and hold her up as a shining example of being Christlike, for she truly is a generous soul. Rebecca Jones / pexels / Words that Inspire blogs link up

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