The clutter consumes your thoughts and prevents the good things you were meant to experience. Good things like constant peace - not the once in a while superficial kind of peace that results from the purchase of something new. Good things also mean a profound sense of fulfillment; not because of what you did in exchange for fulfillment, but because of the sheer satisfaction of doing what you were created to do - that kind of fulfillment.
Up to now, the clutter of the soul has been dormant, yet it keeps so much of what has happened yesterday attached to today’s decisions, behavior and thoughts. Will it stop? Can it? How? What’s the best way to purge the soul of all that has happened yesterday, even years ago? Layer upon layer, even though you can’t see it but you do feel it. Questions like: “Why do I make the same wrong choices?” “Why won’t this area of my life change?” “Why am I not where I want to be in life?” The questions stifle all hope, and in the end sometimes even despair entangles you.
Soul recovery is possible. It happens slowly and is deeply personal. One issue at a time is how it’s done. The presentation of that issue to the only One who can really heal is vital. There is no shame in admitting to him the real condition of your soul, he already knows anyway.
Soul recovery begins with the acknowledgment of the challenges at hand, the expression of the pain to Jesus, and then the expectancy of his healing power in that specific area of injury. The invitation for healing must include the mind too. When anyone chooses to ask him for help in their mind, expect to be directed to his written word, the Bible. Words of wisdom allow the cleansing of the mind when, the best comforter ever, Holy Spirit, is invited to help you understand the words contained in the Bible.
The process of removing one hurt, one issue, one challenge at a time is personal and in the end releases deep and lasting peace. Picture an onion if you will. Now picture the onion cut in two, the layers inside are now visible. The core of the onion is visible, but still covered by many layers. In the same way, the human heart is surrounded by damaged layers of the soul. The heart retains the true intentions and thoughts, which are impacted by the wounds of the soul (thoughts, emotions, will). So much is just ahead. Restoration of our souls (thought, emotions, will) is crucial. We can live in peace and divine fortitude much easier when our souls have been restored from the damage experienced in previous years. The agony of yesterday can end, one day at a time.
Proverbs 8:5-9, 12-13 (Passion Translation) Listen to me and you will be prudent and wise. For even the foolish and feeble can receive an understanding heart that will change their inner being. The meaning of my words will release within you revelation for you to reign in life. For I am Wisdom, and I am shrewd and intelligent. I have at my disposal living-understanding to devise a plan for your life. Wisdom pours into you when you begin to hate every form of evil in your life, for that’s what worship and fearing God is all about. Then you will discover that your pompous pride and perverse speech are the very ways of wickedness that I hate!
Psalm 16:4 (Passion Translation) Yet there are those who yield to their weakness, and they will have troubles and sorrows unending. I never gather with such ones, nor give them honor in any way.
Ephesians 4:23—25, 31-32 (Passion Translation) Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness. So discard every form of dishonesty and lying so that you will be known as one who always speaks the truth, for we all belong to one another. Lay aside bitter words, temper tantrums, revenge, profanity, and insults. But instead be kind and affectionate toward one another. Has God graciously forgiven you? Then graciously forgive one another in the depths of Christ’s love.