Just as a home often needs renovation so do the home of your soul.
Finding Home Soul Care helps clients do the work of the renovation of the soul. Some may need to work through the whole home others may only need certain rooms of the soul renewed. Either way, I can help you, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, bring transformation and hope to the home of your soul.
1. Checking the Soil: Salvation and Surrender
The soil that a home is built on matters. Ask any home builder and they will tell you that knowing the kind of soil the house is built on is vital to a solid foundation. According to Matthew 13, there are a few kinds of soil of the soul. Most of the soil has struggled to keep the seed of life that God, the Gardener of the Soul, was sowing. Only the soil that was surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord would produce the abundant eternal life that God has promised. A look at the soil of the soul and then working with the Holy Spirit to enhance and rework the soil will create a house built on solid Rock that will not be washed away through the storms of life. (Matthew 7:24-26
2. Checking the Foundation: Identity
The foundation of the Soul is our identity in Christ. We all, however, have believed lies about ourselves, others, and God. Lies form in all of our souls – they come from Satan, our culture, our families, and ourselves. No one escapes their influence. They leave dangerous cracks in the foundation of the soul. Whatever you agree with, you give power to in your life. If you agree with the truth, the truth will set you free. If you agree with lies, lies will enslave you. We must identify the lies, expose them to the light, and replace them with truth to break their power.
3. Checking the Roof: Overcoming Fears
The roof protects us from the elements of nature. Similarly, a sound covering of trust in God will protect us from the natural forces of evil in the world. Fear produces the holes in the soul that let the enemy of the soul wreak havoc inside of us. God’s love for us is so deep, and He desires us to trust Him. Letting fear win will keep us from freedom and fullness in Christ. Our fears also keep us from the peace and joy God has promised us. In our fear, we frequently sin since we fail to follow God. We must overcome fear to keep our souls safe. Fear is a tool of the enemy to keep us from freedom and fullness in Christ. Our fears keep us from the peace and joy that God has promised to give us. In our fear we frequently sin since we fail to follow God.
4. Checking the Walls and Windows: Forgiveness and Transparency
The walls of our homes are meant to keep out those nasty critters like mice, rats, and bats. However, when holes are there, no matter how small, they are given an open opportunity to cause destruction. Unforgiveness is that hole of the soul that gives free access to the enemy. The Bible teaches us to forgive those who have sinned against us. We will never find freedom unless we forgive those who hurt us. Also, we put windows in our homes to give transparency to see what is going on inside and out. It is important that there be a transparency of the soul to reveal all that needs to be renovated and renewed. The Bible teaches that we need to forgive those who have sinned against us. We will never find freedom unless we are able to forgive those who have hurt us. Bitterness is like a poison to our soul. Corrie Ten Boom, who survived a World War II concentration camp, says “Forgiveness is the key which unlocks the door of resentment, and the handcuffs of bitterness.” We will never find freedom without forgiving those who sin against us.
5. Checking the Living Room: Family Sin Patterns
The living room is where we hang out with family. With family comes both joy and challenges. Family affects the soul whether we like it or not. Have you ever decided never to be like your mom or dad, only to find that you struggle with their patterns? It may look a little different than it did in your parents’ lives, but you see that the pattern is still there; it’s in you. Family patterns are often the most stubborn sins to break; until they do, they will affect the condition of our souls. Victory is possible regardless of their pull on our souls. We have to recognize our vulnerability in these areas of our lives and use the power of the blood of Jesus to break the pattern. Family sin patterns are often the most stubborn sin patterns to break. Our family sin patterns always affect us. We can gain victory over them, but they have an unusual pull on our souls. We have to recognize our vulnerability in these areas of our life
6. Checking the Bathroom: Repentance
The bath is a place to get cleaned up. Sometimes, it is just a washing of our hands, or it may be a shower or bath. Either way, detox and the elimination of waste happen there. Our souls also need to be clean and detoxed. We do this through confession and the forgiveness of sins. Sin is not a popular word. Repentance is not a popular concept. Popular or not, it is essential to the healing of the soul. Pride also must be eliminated and true submission to the will and way of our Heavenly Father. Unless we are clean the whole home is infected. Repentance is a critical theme in Scripture. There is no entrance into the Kingdom without repentance. There is no advancement in the kingdom without repentance. We won’t get well until we are more concerned with being good than we are with looking good. Pride is the enemy of true confession and ultimate freedom. In this session, we will examine what repentance is and learn principles that will lead us to true repentance.
7. Checking the Bedrooms: Healing and Relationship to Trinity
When we are sick, we often long to lie down in bed. The bedroom is our comfortable place to receive healing. Whether you are aware of it or not, we not only get physical wounds, we have soul wounds. The broken world that we live in has left its mark on us, and our wounds affect us adversely. Jesus died on the cross to take up our sins and heal our soul wounds. He wants to make us whole. Isaiah 53:4-5 says, “Surely, he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds, we are healed.” In this healing process, we must also evaluate our relationship to each of the persons of the Trinity. We can hold misunderstandings and disappointments that can affect our connection to the only one True God and all He wants to be for us and in us.
8. Checking the Closets: The Ministry of Deliverance
You have probably heard the phrase, “Do you have any skeletons in your closet.” Skeletons represent death and evil spirits. Many of us grew up with a modern worldview, believing that the spirit world did not interact with the natural world. However, that is rapidly changing and reflecting more of a Biblical worldview. Deliverance is also a Biblical concept. Spirits have always been a part of the Biblical worldview. Jesus did it and taught his disciples to do it, and as a disciple of Jesus, I can help deal with those skeletons that have been given access to your soul.
9. Checking the Kitchen: Developing nourishment for the Soul
The kitchen is where we go to get nourished. Plus, if you are anything like me you go often to find a snack or meal because the need for food is one of the natural functions of our body. Well, being nourished is also a basic need of the soul. God made it that way on purpose. He knows that only a true connection with Jesus, the Bread of Life, will satisfy our soul's hunger and thirst. Psalm 63 tells us that Jesus is our nourishment. In soul care, we will go to the kitchen of the soul often to keep it fed with the spiritual food Jesus offers. His presence satisfies. His Word is full of the meat of the truth. The Holy Spirit is the living water that satisfies our thirsty souls. We will answer these questions.
What patterns in your life keep your soul full of the Bread of Life?
What rhythms keep you feasting on God's Word, Will and Ways?