2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Though my impure motives has cause many opportunities to go sour, With mindfulness, being fully aware that I am a broken human being and fully surrendering. 2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Knowing that we cant and He can. I believe that the more we realize our lack of and fully surrender, the more powerful of a soul care provider we will became due to God working in and through us.
Actually the continuing presence of the grungy passions reminds me that I am not the capable one. I see my weaknesses and my sins as reason to reach for help. I have more hope in God because I see him reaching for a dirty , damaged soul like me. If he will reach me, knowing me, there is hope that he car reach the one I am talking to, and there is hope that he can redeem my efforts especially if they depend on him and show him as the powerful sufficient one at work. I certainly don’t always live there, but I do see God’s good ness highlighted agains my sin.
This confirms my inadequacy to offer help out of my own flesh, skills, and experiences. However, Christ is in me, the hope of glory. In the believer receiving SoulCare, Christ is in them. This perspective sets a foundation for the Holy Spirit to work.
I think we christians can develop the fruit of the spirit and make die our flesh through the constant and persistent practice of the spiritual disciplines: fasting, praying and reading the Bible. That way we could be able to make our internal passions settle down a bit, and strengthen our spiritual nature. Also praying in thongues assists supernaturally to develop spiritual maturity, better temper, the Fruit of the Spirit and soul healing. That’s my plan to settle my internal passions in order to be a good SoulCare provider.
First, how freeing to know that we all have junk and that will never go away. This was a lightbulb moment for me. It makes so much sense to accept that fact and takes the pressure off of always feeling like you’re trying to work past the junk. This fact in combination with knowing about the heart I received when I accepted Christ, will propel me towards helping others. Knowing that there is more to tap into and that the Spirit will guide me gives me great hope. This hope looks like moving away from moralism or therapeutic help to leading another to embrace Christ more.
My hope is only in the Lord to help me know what it will take to help someone explore their own soul.
Realizing that my own inadequacy is in fact a necessary evil to get us to go deeper to solely rely on God’s power; under the direction of the Holy spirit rather than knowledge or professional training is the beginning.
Lay Christians can offer Soul Care that begins with relationship building on Christ. I definitely can learn to be curious about what really happen in other’s lives which leads to lives impacting lives that gives me hope of being able to provide some Soul Care leveraging on sharing my own spiritual walk with others.
Reading this lecture and the previous lectures has shown me that everything I have been doing has been wrong. I feel like I have been asking questions for curiosity yes, but in the wrong way. My hope is that I can now see and know the difference, and will do a better job.
Listening to these lectures have shown me how completely inadequate and messed up I am to offer SoulCare to others. My soul has been shown to be in need of SoulCare as defined by Dr. Crabb….to have an appetite for God that is stronger than any other appetite, such that all other desires or demands become second things. I have no hope of becoming a powerful SoulCare provider for others, except by the power of God and His Spirit inside of me.
I know that if I were put in a soul care situation apart from the Spirit, I would come out of that time feeling more broken and sorry for myself then the person who was looking for help. Having my friend the Spirit with me pulling me out of the mess of myself, I believe even in that moment of soul care that He has the ability and can do the same for others. On the base of my inadequacy, and the spirit, will I pass my giving soul care.
I know that I am deeply known and loved by Jesus. It’s not always a felt reality, but I hold on dearly to that fact. I have been in counseling before with a person who “fought for my soul” and understood the real battle that lies beneath the surface. As a result of be experiencing Soul Care in a Christian counseling setting, I had a strong desire to be able to do the same for someone else. My own journey has taught me the hope that Jesus is all I need to live in this fallen world until He brings us home.
When I’m listening to someone share with me. I often pray as I’m listening that God will give me the words to speak or that He will just allow me to be present with them. My hope is in the power of the Holy Spirit is real and I need to continue calling upon that. I need to pray before every meeting I have; so that the Holy Spirit is already beginning to prepare my heart and mind. I want to draw from Him and not myself.
The Holy Spirit! Without Him, I have nothing to offer. My own thoughts and wisdom pale in comparison to HIS. I will not have the capacity or the ability to do this without His leading, and the beauty is that I can take a back seat (in a sense) and watch Him move in this person’s life, while just being a friend and conduit in the process.
We need not be perfect in an imperfect world. Turn to the Perfect One, Jesus – who is able to cast out all fears. The Perfect One whose immense love is able to melt away all bitterness. Problems may not go away, but having the knowledge of Him going through the valley of death with us, free us to live in His presence.
I thought of Psalm 23 when I penned this
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
My hope is based on GOD that He will finish the work in me He started at my conversion receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Him being the Author and Finisher of my faith ; He that began a great work in me is able to complete it. For me its all about seeing souls saved- delivered- and set free from the evil one. only the Spirit of God can do it . He gave me peace – joy – love – forgiveness and confidence in Him that He is in control so I have no need to worry about today or tomorrow. I want to share that with others and see they get it..