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Brain-Soul Mechanics: Why God Doesn’t Expect You to Have Pure Thoughts

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It’s not possible for you to only think pure thoughts. If you make this your goal in life, you’ll end up burned out, beat down, and utterly discouraged. You can take that whole “take every thought captive to Christ” routine and chuck it in the wastebasket. Your thoughts are not soldiers who you can capture and confine. They’re more like ocean waves that keep rolling in no matter what you do.

God doesn’t expect you to keep your thought life pure because God is a reasonable and gracious Creator who doesn’t command His creatures to pull off feats which He knows He hasn’t equipped them for. To honor God with your thoughts, you would have to be able to control your thoughts, and that is something which is entirely out of your reach. Read more of this post

Brain-Soul Mechanics: Sorting Out the Voices

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In our post Voices in Your Mind, we explained that many of the thoughts in your mind don’t originate from you. We also explained that the thoughts that do actually come from you are your brain’s attempt to translate portions of what your soul has already said. Because your soul doesn’t use a verbal language to communicate, much of what it says simply can’t be put into words. For this reason, and because your soul is simply too hard to keep up with, your brain only translates a small portion of your soul’s thoughts into verbal words in your mind. Read more of this post

Spiritual Discernment & Warfare: Brain vs. Soul (3 of 3)

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In our last lesson, we learned that there’s nothing simple about communicating with other people in this world. By the time there are earthsuits and demons in the mix, your soul is getting bombarded with false information. If it tries to make decisions based on that information, what will be the result? Fear, depression, stress, doubt, and a certainty that God doesn’t want you anymore. Now let’s be clear: we are NOT saying that all depression and stress comes from spiritual blundering. This is a common misconception in the Church which has resulted in some very harmful teachings. Just because a Christian is depressed, it doesn’t mean he is making wrong soul choices. An important thing to understand is that you are walking around with two sets of emotions: your soul’s and your earthsuit’s. Spiritual joy is not the same thing as earthsuit joy. Earthsuit depression is not the same thing as spiritual depression. We must also remember that when we examine another person, we are only able to see their earthsuit, and this makes it impossible to correctly diagnose the condition of their soul. The Holy Spirit is the One we must depend on to give us accurate information about someone else’s spiritual status, and as soon as you start trying to ask God to tell you what’s happening in the secret world of someone else’s soul, His most common answer is going to be, “It’s none of your business.” As we learned in our last lesson, God has intentionally built isolating factors into this world so that you will learn to see Him as the only One who can truly help you in life. God is the only One who fully understands you, and He is the only One who has the power to hold demons back and force your earthsuit to align with your soul’s agenda. Without God, you have no hope at all. But with Him, you can find joy, hope, and peace without having to become anything more than your frail, powerless self. The key to grasping a hold of that truth is learning what to focus on in life. Read more of this post

Spiritual Discernment & Warfare: Access & Communication (2 of 3)

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In our last lesson, we learned that while your soul is traveling through this world, there are four main groups that are communicating with it. Read more of this post