It will help us to avoid the force of habit to rush into providing solution to address life’s problems as all other matters but rather wait on God and the Holy Spirit’s guidance in seeing the higher vision.
I am currently dealing with a friend that fits the above scenario. I am not sure how to proceed with soul care. His standard response is that he is too busy to include God in his life. Each conversation that we have are full of excuses and he reminds me of a hamster on the wheel going round and round but making no progress. I continue to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
When we approach traveling with someone on their spiritual journey this perspective is crucial. It will determine not only how you see the individual but also the path forward. If someone is determined to make life work without God then their core problem is not woundedness but a sinful rebellion. This actually gives me hope because their is a cure for sinful rebellion – the Cross – but maybe not for simply a wounded soul. Additionally, the person determined to make life work apart from God has the life giving option and hope of brokenness, repentance, abandonment, confidence and release…avenues not available to the wounded soul. Real transformation can begin with a person determined to make life work without God…new life is available…whereas a wounded soul might wallow in their pain and drift farther from their true home.
Depending on the Holy Spirit for wise counsel, depending on flesh dynamics means we depend on our own way of thinking and acting. Souls that are determined to handle life without God, can be more of a struggle through out life, and depending on God can be less stressful. People who can not or choose not to have depend on God, we can not be able to connect and have soul care conversations, peoples souls are not ready to have that soul care change. God shines the light on our pathway on this journey of soul care, all the glory belongs to Him.
Living Life without God = flesh dynamics.
Counter will be Spirit dynamics.
Begin with a vision – who the persons can be if he is home with God – New purity. new identity, new inclination, new power
Serve with humility – a fragrance of grace and truth; grow in wisdom and grace (Luke 2:40)
Depend on the Spirit – for wisdom and discernment.
All glory goes to God, not us.
We recognize that people are not just innocent beings who are victims of what has been done to them. We recognize that there are flesh dynamics at work and can recognize what is really wrong. It also helps us to point them to their true desires-to love God and do as He says.
That understanding keeps us dependent on the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. If people are determined to handle life without God, we can not have true SoulCare conversations.