Topic: Living with God’s Thoughts, Will and Emotions
For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring. — Acts 17:28
God created each of us with a spirit, a soul, and a body. As believers, we need to understand that the soul contains our mind, will and emotions. Since it is full of “self” and does not want to submit to the Holy Spirit, it must be purified.
Because we have a free will, our own minds tell us what we think, but our thoughts are not necessarily God’s thoughts.
Our wills dictate what we want, even if it conflicts with what He wants for us.
Our emotions determine our feelings, but in Christ, our hearts should only be subject to God and His Word.
God wants us to replace our thoughts, desires, and feelings with His.
We cannot live in victory over sin until we do.
Start by telling God you want Him to have His way in your soul. In Romans 6, Paul urges us to “offer” ourselves to Him. Make a choice today not to use your soul for yourself, but to instead offer all of your “self” to God.
As the soul is purified, it is trained to carry God’s thoughts, desires and feelings, and then you will become a powerful outlet for His glory.
Prayer Starter: Lord, my mind, will and emotions sometimes rebel against Your Word, but I don’t want to live that way any longer. Father, I offer my soul to You, knowing that when I do, You can purify me use me to accomplish Your will.
From Joyce Meyer’s Ministries