A few posts ago when I introduced the concept of an abundant life, I listed the broad areas of life that you can change in order have more abundance in your life. But I glazed over the most important aspect of living an abundant life: the state of your spirit and soul.
The spirit and soul are two different entities. Your soul is that intangible part of you consisting of your mind, will, and emotions. Your spirit is the core of who you are, and is eternal. It seems intangible to us because our experience on earth is purely physical. However, a spirit is a tangible entity when viewed from within the spiritual dimension of the universe, a dimension we are not privy to unless God gives us a vision of it. This has happened to a few people, but it is rare.
Your spirit lives within your non-eternal body. The state of your spirit can affect the state of your soul and body, but not vice-versa. The state of your soul can and does affect the state of your body, and sometimes vice-versa (for example, dealing with any physical malady can lead to depression or indifference).
How to have abundance in your spirit
The first order of business in living an abundant life is to have a relationship with your Creator. If you feel empty inside, a high from drugs won’t fill the space, pleasure from sex won’t fill the space, money, material wealth, fame – none of that will fill the space. Our spirits have an empty place that only God can fill.
And before you tell me that you’re a Jew or a Christian or otherwise believe in God, it’s not about belief. Belief is a head thing. It’s a mental acknowledgment of truth.
Rather, experiencing God’s presence inside you is about faith. Faith goes one step further than belief.
Faith is a heart thing.
You connect with God heart-to-heart. How do you do that? Pray. Pray and pray and pray, asking God into your spirit and life, until you feel your Creator’s love, peace, and joy fill you. At that point, you know the connection has happened.
Any sense of peace or joy that comes outside of faith in an eternal, loving Being will be short-lived and shallow.
But when the peace and joy and the sense of being loved result in God actually entering into your life, you will have a more abundant life than the healthiest and wealthiest atheist on earth.
How to have abundance in your soul
Some people who receive Yeshua as their Savior or otherwise humble themselves before their Creator instantly get set free of bondages of the soul. These bondages include addictions, psychological and emotional wounds, hate-induced feelings like bitterness and resentment, and mental illness.
Others need to continually pray for strength and deliverance in order to be set free in their mind, will and emotions. Still others need the help of a godly therapist or support group for certain problems.
While having God fill the void in your spirit goes a long way to improving your mental state, often you have to walk with Him for a long time – even years – in order to be released from some of the chains around your soul. I’ve only recently experienced the chain of the poverty mentality slide off me – and I’m getting close to fifty years old! Some Satanic hooks are too deep and have caused too great a wound for Father to rip it out all at once. He has to gently work at it over an extended period of time so that your soul isn’t overwhelmed by the healing.
And trust me – we are all works in progress until we die. And possibly after! Mountaintop experiences where you feel lighter than air and like everything is great, inside and out, don’t last. That’s because like ogres, we all have layers (that’s a Shrek joke, in case you missed it). God deals with us about a problem, we overcome it, we walk on clouds for a little while. Then He reveals another problem, we overcome it…get the picture?
In other words, the way to have abundance in your soul is two-fold. First, make a conscious effort to improve the known shortcomings in your mind, will and emotions. Ask God for wisdom and guidance. Take the next step that you know to take.
Second, when something comes up you weren’t aware of, allow God to work. Cooperate with the work.
“…even as your soul prospers.”
“Beloved, I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” Though the words were written by the apostle John around 2,000 years ago, surely it’s not a stretch to believe he was inspired by his loving Creator when he wrote them.
God wants us to prosper. But before wealth and health – abundance in our physical world – must come abundance in the soul.
And that soul-abundance cannot come without abundance in spirit that results from a relationship with God.
Wishing you abundance,