Fundamentals - Walking Out Of Pain - Part 3
STERILIZE THE HOSPITAL
Develop a culture of wholeness around you.
Avoid sad/depressive music or watch sad/depressive movies when you are processing through your pain.
Proverbs 25:20 Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart.
Stay away from negative people when you are in process of being restored.
Like a bad tooth and an unsteady foot is confidence in a faithless man in time of trouble.
Be careful what you watch. Whatever has your attention can get your affection. Lamentations 3:51
My eyes bring pain to my soul because of all the daughters of my city.
Fill your days with laughter.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
●Funny movies and funny people are healing to you.
Take care of your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?
●Get plenty of sleep, sunlight and nutrition
Make sure the needs of your soul are being met
3 John 2
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
The relationship between soul and spirit:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Point: In certain religious circles it is common spiritualize our lives by denying our human appetites and needs. If I believe that my soul is inherently evil and then I will repress or suppress the needs and affections of my soul, which ultimately leads to sickness, weakness and ultimately death.
Here are a few of the most common human necessities that are often thought of as wrong or worldly.
Our soul needs: Affection, attention, love, a sense of significance, relationships etc…
Temptation is NOT sin.
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
●I am NOT defined by the temptation I resist.
●I am defined by the virtues I embrace.
I am most often tempted by something I have a natural appetite for.
●Jesus was hungry when He was tempted to make stones bread.
The goal of our Christian life is that our spirit would manage our appetites. When we deny that we have these basic human needs, we develop no plan or process to manage our appetite and our affections.
Questions To Ponder:
Have you mistaken temptation for sin? Are you providing soul care for yourself?