Healing for the Soul & Spirit, Part 1
This is a topic I have mostly avoided for the past 20-plus years, ever
since I first heard it discussed. I’ve
heard about “soul fragments” for years, but never really considered the
Scriptural foundations for this area of teaching – and in fact thought folks
who ministered in this area had really gone overboard, stretching the Word into
an area that didn’t really exist.
This is an area of understanding where I have had some blinders on – and
thankfully the Holy Spirit has opened my eyes.
When Jesus first began His ministry, He opened up to the
Isaiah Scroll and read the following:
Isaiah 61:1-3: 1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD
hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek (åéðòÈ -aònaòyv:depressed in
mind and circumstances, humble, lowly, poor); he
hath sent me to bind up (Láç
- chaòbash:to wrap fully,
to heal, to gather back together) the brokenhearted (øáLÜ - shaòbar:crushed,
broken in pieces, torn apart -- + -- áìÅ - leòb:[the
heart, metaphorically] feelings, the emotions, the will or intellect), to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound; 2To proclaim the acceptable
year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort (íçð - naòcham:to breathe
strongly upon, to ease) all that mourn; 3To
appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the
oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD,
that he might be glorified.
The way this is expressed in the Hebrew text has always
amazed me because it literally describes those whose mind, whose thoughts,
feelings and emotions have been shattered and ripped apart into pieces. In other words, they’ve been fragmented.
Now, consider how God commands Ezekiel to prophesy against
the false prophets:
Ezekiel 13:18-20 (NASB): 17Now you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your
people who are prophesying from their own inspiration. Prophesy against them 18and
say, Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe to the women who sew magic bands on
all wrists and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to
hunt down souls! Will you hunt down the
souls of My people, but preserve the lives of others for
yourselves? 19For handfuls of
barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to
death some who should not die and to keep others alive who should not live, by
your lying to My people who listen to lies.
20Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against your magic
bands by which you hunt souls there as birds and I will tear them from your
arms; and I will let them go, even those lives whom you hunt as birds. 21“I
will also tear off your veils and deliver My people from your hands, and they
will no longer be in your hands to be hunted; and you will know that I am the
By this word, we can easily see that those who are in the
realm of the occult – those who practice witchcraft, divination, sorcery, use
Ouija boards, promote transcendental meditation, etc., become the tools of
Satan themselves to rip apart the minds, the souls, the feelings and the
emotions of those who fall prey to them.
Then we have the picture of “soul restoration” – putting it
back together so that it is intact and whole – in the 23rd Psalm.
23:2-3: 2He maketh
me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me
beside the still waters. 3He restoreth
my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name’s sake.
Hebrew word translated “restoreth” in this passage is
the word: áeL - shuòb.
This is an important word and concept in the
Hebrew language. It means: to bind back together, to restore to the starting point,
to pull in again, to bring back home.
that the Enemy does to God’s people is designed to break apart, to divide, to
destroy and to conquer.
same token, everything that Jesus made available to us by his suffering, death
on the Cross, and His Resurrection is wholeness, completeness, soundness – in
other words, restoration back to the original state in which God created Adam.
long as we have parts of ourselves that are not intact, we’ve not been
restored. In a non-restored state, we
are still vulnerable to the Enemy. We
are specifically vulnerable to deception, and we provide open inroads for
demonic torment and activity in our lives.
is an area of activity that is prominent in society today, and that is
fornication. Writing to the Ekklesia in Corinth, Paul describes what happens when
fornication takes place:
Corinthians 6:13-20: 13bNow the body is not
for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. 14And God hath both raised up the
Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 15Know ye not that
your bodies are the members of Christ?
Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the
members of an harlot? God forbid. 16What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an
harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one
flesh. 17But he that is
joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 18Flee
fornication. Every sin that a man doeth
is without the body; but he that committeth
fornication sinneth against his own body. 19What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of
the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? 20For ye are bought
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are
Greek word that defines “body” in this text is the word, soma. It is a word which defines one, whole complete
being, the body as a sound whole.
two people engage in sexual intercourse, they become one body. At the same time, there is a sharing of their
soul (hence the world’s concept of “soul-mate”), their thoughts, their minds,
their wills, and their emotions.
literally give a part of their soul, their thought-processes, their minds and
thinking and their emotions one to another.
Each party to the intercourse takes away from the sexual exchange a part
of the other person.
not strange or unusual. It happens to be
the way God designed things. But sexual
intercourse was specifically designed for the marriage relationship. Consider what happened when God first took
Eve out of Adam.
Genesis 2:21-25: 21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he
slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22And
the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought
her unto the man. 23And Adam said, This is now bone of my
bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken
out of Man. 24Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother,
and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. 25And
they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
see the process taking place, don’t you?
the first thing God did to Adam? He put
him into a deep sleep so that his mind
-- his soul -- would not get in the way of what was about to take place.
then takes a part of Adam out of him and forms Eve. From this point forward, neither Adam nor Eve
are complete without each other. Eve
shares a portion of Adam’s soul and body, and Adam has a part of himself in
the Law of Marriage came into being.
Marriage takes a man and a woman and joins them together so that they
become one new being – a whole being.
lives together from this point forward become a sharing of each other. The woman takes on many of the
characteristics and likenesses – a part of the very character and makeup – of
her husband. He, in turn, by virtue of
joining with her shares her mind, her thoughts, her soul, her very being.
the course of time, they become so much a part of each other (that’s to say, in
a God-ordered and blessed relationship) that people associate the one with the
deviant and aberrant form of this relationship comes in fornication and
man or the woman who engages in a sexual relationship with a partner not their
spouse shares a part of themselves with the other person. There is a transfer that takes place which
renders each person – from that point forward – incomplete.
minds, their souls and their emotions have been “rended”
– torn apart and shredded, even if it is only a little. The point is that from this moment each
person is incomplete.
when the relationship between two people is adulterous, and it continues over a
period of time, the other “injured” spouse in the marriage is damaged because
of the continuing relationship between the adulterous spouse and the wife or
husband; and soul fragmentation and transfers increase.
more that kind of exchange takes place, the more splintered and shredded each
person becomes; and when a man or woman has multiple sex partners –
particularly in the case of both male and female prostitutes – the worse the
dealt with and ministered to a woman one time who had lost track of the number
of sex partners she had been with.
Nearing 30 years of age, she’d never been married. Literally, this woman was the epitome of the
word, “scatter-brained.” Her mind, her
soul and her emotions had been scattered amongst many men to the point where
she could not stay focused for any period of time on any task.
she received deliverance and began to renounce and repent of each relationship
restoration of her mind and her being took place. At the time, I did not know to lead her
through the “defragmentation” of her mind, but the Holy Spirit took care of it.
less than two years she grew and recovered and matured spiritually to the place
that the Lord brought to her His counterpart for her and we got to see her
married and settled. The Lord had
restored her soul.
is another kind of sexual intercourse that is even more devastating to the
soul, the mind and the emotions than simple (if there is such a thing!)
fornication or adultery. That is incest.
father takes his daughter and uses her as a sex partner in the place of his
wife, because it is so much a violation of the way God ordered relationships
between man and woman, it has unimaginable destructive power.
same is true of a mother and son or a brother and sister. (This is a side-note to this discussion, but
you can now appreciate the gravity of Ham’s sin against his father, Noah, and
why such a curse was pronounced on Canaan.)
shattering of the mind and emotions – unless restoration takes place by the
Spirit of the Lord – causes a lifetime of damage and torment to both people who
are involved – both the perpetrator of the incest and the victim.
then the spiritual consequences when spiritual adultery takes place. Paul makes the statement that “He that is
joined unto the Lord is one Spirit.”
we are first and foremost spirit-beings, the impact of spiritual adultery or
fornication (and that’s a subject we’ll deal with in a different study) is even
use as a quick example (for the sake of this study) involvement in religions –
even those that call themselves “Christian.”
Mormonism, the J.W.’s, Scientology or Science of Mind for instance. Then there’s Buddhism, Confucianism, Hindu
and Islam as extreme, and overtly demonic.
let’s take a look at something David wrote.
Psalm 7:1-5: 1O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them
that persecute me, and deliver me: 2Lest he tear my soul like a
lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver. 3O LORD my God, if I have done
this; if there be iniquity in my hands; 4If
I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered
him that without cause is mine enemy:) 5Let
the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my
life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust.
see what David is driving at here. He
describes persecution as a cause of “rending” one’s soul.
word “tear” in this instance is the Hebrew word óøè - tÖaòraph;
and it means: to pluck off, to pull to pieces, to
rip with doubt.
What is clear in David’s prayer is
that the Enemy has a legal right to inflict doubt – and in the process, pull to
pieces the soul of the persecutor. Thus,
both the persecutor and the persecuted become victims of soul fragmentation;
and doubt is one of the results.
Two quick scriptures come to mind
where doubt is concerned.
Kings 18:21: 21And
Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two
opinions? If the LORD be God,
follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.
there’s James’ epistle.
James 1:5-8: 5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth
not; and it shall be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, nothing
wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the
sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7For let not that man think
that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.
wrap up this part of this study with a look at something Peter wrote in which
he describes a condition that prevails in the unregenerate, unrepentant
Peter 2:10-15: 10But
chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise
government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled,
they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. 11Whereas angels,
which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them
before the Lord. 12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be
taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and
shall utterly perish in their own corruption; 13And shall receive
the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in
the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with
their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14Having
eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable
souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following
the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved
the wages of unrighteousness;
Peter makes clear that those whose lives are filled with
uncleanness, who walk after the carnal thinking of the flesh, see their minds,
their thoughts, their emotions and their understanding so ripped apart that (1) they despise governing power and
authority of any kind, (2) they
think nothing of speaking evil against leaders and accusing them falsely –
including speaking evil of God and angelic beings, (3) they show their utter ignorance when they open their mouths to
speak, (4) their eyes are full of
adultery and fornication, (5) they’ve
been so taken over by sin that they can’t stop sinning even if they so desire, (6) they are full of covetousness,
greed, and suffer with a poverty mentality, and (7) their children are cursed with the need to bribe and be bribed
in order to attain their own selfish goals.
This is perhaps an extreme picture, but it is a clear example of
a mind so shredded and splintered that normal thoughts and normal behavior are
Is there hope for someone like this? Is there redemption and healing for those so
taken into captivity by the Enemy?
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