By Pastor Bill McCombes
Jesus said that you must be born again. This is a supernatural spiritual event.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. So how does one become born again? By seeking Him with all your heart and asking Jesus to come onto your heart and be Lord of your life.
Once you are born again, then salvation, or the saving of the soul, which is a process begins.
Hebrews 10:38, 39 states: “Now the just shall live by faith: that if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we’re not of them that drawback unto perdition: but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. [A process.]
What is the soul? It is generally accepted to be the mind, will and emotions of a person.
III John verse 2: Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers.
How does one “prosper their soul.” What is the process that relates to, “… Of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
If we do not have an understanding of these fundamental truths and the processes involved, we will live in a continual state of flux: up and down, in and out, sinning, repenting, living a holy life, sinning again, repenting again and never realizing or experiencing the true overcoming life of a believer in Jesus Christ.
One of the most significant and important aspects of living a mature Christian life is to prosper our soul. WHAT TO DO. We must first take care of the sin issues which are caused by the sins of others, our own sins and traumas that we experience. The blood of Jesus through repentance and forgiveness and His grace sets us free from sin.
Sin causes wounds to our soul. There are a number of tools that can be used to bring healing to the wounds within our soul. The renewing of our mind and the restoring of our soul are aspects of this. The central focus is that it is the presence of Jesus, His glory, His light, His love, His Being that brings truth, wholeness and healing into the places of our soul that have been wounded by sin and trauma.
Consider the following three key points.
First, you must repent of the sin associated with the wound. The blood of Jesus, forgiveness, and the releasing of offenses of self and others are part of this process.
John 20:23: “Whosoever sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever sins you retain, they are retained.”
When a person comes to the Lord, and repents of their sin and receives Jesus as Lord of their life, there is an incredible transformation that happens. The guilt, shame, condemnation, rejection, and other aspects of the old self are done away with by the blood of Jesus and the person feels like an incredibly new person.
However, often three or four months later after this incredible experience, people find themselves falling back into their old habit patterns and their old sin patterns. This is because they have not healed the wounds that are in their soul that were caused by the sin.
The second step is to apply the glory and the light of Jesus Christ. This is done by intensely focusing on Jesus, on the Lord and seeking His truth, His life, His love to become so real in those areas where your soul was wounded. An analogy of this in the Old Testament is when they raised the serpent upon the pole for the Israelites to look at when they were bitten by a serpent. This is a type and foreshadow of Jesus being on the cross. However we must look beyond the death on the cross to the resurrection. The resurrection life and light of Jesus is what brings healing to our soul.
This aspect of the process, calling on and focusing on the light and the glory of Jesus requires intense focusing on Him. Seeking Him, staying focused on Him, and crying out to Him are the keys to this part of the process.
Many times we do not know how to apply the Christian “buzzwords” we use in our everyday walk with the Lord. ‘Press in’ brother. I’m ‘soaking’ in the Lord. ‘Receive’ from the Lord. ‘Seek’ Him brother. The best way I can describe it is, “focusing” with all your heart, “thinking” about Him with all your mind, “exercising” all your strength and passionately desiring to press into His love, His life and His presence.
You will have a supernatural experience when the light and glory of Jesus explode into that place in your soul and brings healing to that wound. You will know that you know.
Once the wound is healed, the demonic influence will have no legal right, or access to that part of your soul. They can be commanded to leave in the authority of Jesus Christ and you will be free from that demonic influence over that area of your soul.
You know that through the power of the Gospel even the most broken people and situations can be made whole again. Your support brings amazing awakening to new hope and purpose to men and women behind bars. Those who once broke the law are transformed and mobilized to serve their neighbors, and the cycle of crime is replaced by a cycle of renewal!