Many are doing just about anything they could to sustain a life of happiness and success. From going to the best colleges, managing great business ventures, attaining much real-estate all for the purpose of creating a life worth lived. It’s clear to see that this philosophy about the temporal life has not worked. For men have done all this and much more only to find that the temporal things cannot truly fulfill a person’s soul. The soul will be constantly in need of gratification and purpose. The superficial remedies of a fallen planet cannot suffice. We understand more clearer as we read the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37 KJV).
The planet and all that is therein cannot fill the longing desire of the soul. The soul of man came from God. “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4). Therefore the intrinsic desire of the soul is to hunger and thirst after the Living God. To dwell in the presence of God. “My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?” (Psalm 42:2).
When the desire of the soul is mismanaged and led to believe it can be fulfilled outside of God, then the soul will seek to fulfill that void by the temporal life. This world is fleeting, degrading and passing away. Man was created by God to worship God, however, because sin entered the world now man has to return to God in the midst of this the fallen state. If man refuses to seek God and return to God then the fallen state will be the ultimate home of the soul. “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.” (Proverbs 1:32). The soul, if not managed and directed accordingly can be overwhelmed by this temporal life. The only hope for the soul is to be renewed and sustained by the Spirit of God. For it is the Spirit of God that can change the direction of the soul. The body will then follow. “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.” (1 Thess 5:23).
The body of man, in this temporal life, is subject to the soul. The soul is subject to the Spirit of God, or at times can be subject to an unclean spirit if the body and soul is found to be in perpetual sin. “Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.” (Matthew 12:44). More unclean spirits will enter the one who’s soul has been cleansed but goes back into perpetual sin. This shows the necessity of the soul to be in constant fellowship and guidance of the Spirit of God.
At times we see that David had to encourage and even calm his soul for the soul can be downcast and boisterous with murmurs. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.” (Psalm 43:5). The anxiousness of the soul will seek a remedy, hence the reason many lean on the temporal remedies in this life to satisfy the soul. But as David exclaimed to his soul, “Hope in God.” As we too must learn to quiet our soul when it gets anxious. We understand this because of the soul’s tendency to dictate the body how it ought to be. The body is the recipient to the pains of the soul. Thoughts and words control the soul and the mind that has wandered from the courts of God will execute on the body what it has conjured through thought.
Blessing, health and peace will come from a mind that is stayed upon Christ. “In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.” (Psalm 94:19). A mind that dwells upon the words of the Spirit will produce in the body life. For the Words of Jesus Christ are life. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63). If the mind is not in line with the Spirit and the words are not being produced that give life, then the soul begins to be agitated (Psalm 43:5) and will transmit that agitation to the body. The agitation may manifest in many forms, i.e, stress, anxiety, disease, sickness, depression and other ills of the flesh.
Management through the temporal life for the Christian must be a life not only lived in the Spirit but also walked in the Spirit. “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25). One can have the Spirit of God dwelling on the inside of them but if they are not utilizing the Spirit of God through everyday, practical living, then they are not walking in the Spirit.
To walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31) is preceded by those who are waiting on the Lord and renewing their strength. Patience is needed in this temporal life since we are surrounded by immediate, secular remedy and fulfillment. Many aspects of this life are geared toward swiftness to meet demand. However in the Kingdom of God we understand it to be reversed. Our petitions and supplication must be presented before God and we must wait upon the Lord. God delights in those that wait for him. “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
Through this temporal life we will see around us many who seek temporal remedies. The remedies the world has to offer may be enticing at times as they are speedy and available. However, we must understand that the soul needs management and the mind that is abiding in the words of the Spirit will produce life. The Life of the Spirit will transmit to the soul and then to body will benefit. When we meditate on the Words of the Spirit and speak the Words of the Spirit (the words of Jesus Christ) in our life and over our situations, we then give the soul hope and then the body will conform and the situations will change. Choose to speak life!
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” (Proverbs 18:21).