We become ‘new creatures in Christ’ when we accept Jesus as Lord…but we have some habits ingrained in our soul that need some work on our part. This mini-book, Soul Training in the Barn, aims at training the soul with Godly habits.
Christian living is not passive. This is a short, Scripture packed, Spirit-soaked mini-guide to walking out the new life we receive. It contains a Bible Study that focuses on three main concepts:
The supplemental pages focus on “Being a Disciple” through personal discipline. Relationships with others, Bible Study, Serving and Prayer are different in God’s view than the world view. The closing pages are practical tips to get you moving in your new life.
Soul Training in the Barn PDF
Jesus made the way for us to restored relationship with God. We can never work our way to heaven. But there is work to be done in the Christian life…we have been given EVERYTHING we need for victorious living. Soul Training is about learning how to use all that we have. This Bible Study guides you through scriptures that outline the glorious privileges we have as children of God!
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Emotions are a blessing from God. Scientific studies show that individuals with damage to the brain in the area of emotional response have great difficulty making decisions and thinking clearly. Most of us are tempted to believe that we can manage our emotions or suppress them effectively. That is not the case. Just as ‘toughing’ out physical pain causes lasting physical damage, developing emotional callouses (or prisons to stuff emotions into) creates physical and relational devastation. God gave us emotions to develop us into the design He intended!
Identifying the message we are receiving from our soul nerves (our emotions) can be tricky. When I first began to accept I had to deal with emotions, I needed an Emotion Chart such as the one on the left to help me identify them. I ignored them so long, I didn’t recognize them. The silly chart placed on my refrigerator helped me expand my vocabulary about emotions. We cannot think beyond the extent of our vocabulary. Knowledge and understanding walk hand-in-hand.
From there, I moved onto the Feeling Wheel and studied how emotions relate to one another. Another helpful tool is recognizing the phrases that indicate deep emotion–either in yourself or another.
God designed humanity for the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23a)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
In fact, not living in the Spirit creates disease because it is dis-ease within our bodies. Not living the Spirit creates dis-ease in our relationships. Emotions are God’s tool to help us live in health and harmony! Embrace them.