Nov
23

Exploring the Uncharted Territory of Your Soul

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When was the last time you were angry, I mean really angry, as we say here in the South, “Hopping mad"?  What about the last time you were scared out of your wits? When is the last time you felt an overwhelming urge to hide your heart? How long since you felt your spirit recoil when someone touched you or said something particularly uncomfortable or embarrassed you?

We are all such unique individuals. What sets off my personal alarm system may not even ruffle your feathers. Every person is a composite of their life’s experiences. These experiences shape our soul.  And although I am almost perfected now, I know some of the rest of you still need some help, so I write this just for you! (okay, so you do know I am using the most extreme form of hyperbole!)

I have found that my “hot buttons”, those things that set off extreme reactions in my soul, are indicators. They may indicate a place where I am wounded or unhealed. They may indicate that someone has crossed my own God-given personal boundaries.  They are signals.

One of the most priceless lessons that I have learned in the last three years is that I need to pay a lot of attention to my own alarm system.

In the past, I was pretty out of tune with my alarm system. For example,  I avoided anger at all costs. However, that usually meant I stuffed it down inside me where it was still very much alive.  I often avoided other uncomfortable places in my heart because, well, just because it was uncomfortable! Now I have learned that those triggers are my invitations to a more authentic life. They are God inviting me into the uncharted territory of my own soul.

We all have uncharted territory in our soul. Whether they are the things we are just not even aware of or they are the things we’d just rather avoid, the terrain inside our hearts is often rocky and much like an uncleared plot of land.

God has given us a wonderful gift. His Holy Spirit lives within us. He works “bearing witness” with our own spirits. You see, we come equipped in our own humanity with some tools that God has designed for us to use to navigate this life. We have on-board equipment. God designed us that way. Granted, our systems can malfunction or be defective, but God is in the restoration business. His Holy Spirit is the super-turbo power that adds fuel to the system God set in place in the beginning when man and woman walked and talked with God, freely living in His power and presence.

Scripture teaches us that God is at work in our lives to transform us into the image of His Son. Everything that was lost in the Garden, has been potentially restored to us at the Cross. I say potentially because although we are made sons and daughters of God when we come into relationship with Him, the work of sanctification is a life-long process which ends when we are in His presence.  As the Psalmist David said, “I will be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” (Psalm 17:15).

So when your comfort zone is disturbed, could you ask God what He is inviting you into? Is there a truth that God is offering you? Is there an invitation He is extending to your heart to heal some deep wound? Is He confronting something inside your belief system that is not based on His truth?

Whatever God wants to do in you and in me is good. His voice is truth. His voice invites us into the uncharted territory of our soul. His Spirit is the flashlight. And He won’t overwhelm you. He will give you grace one day at a time, and even one minute at a time, to change. Oftentimes, we feel overwhelmed when we look inside our lives. How can such a mess ever be fixed? This overwhelming condemnation is not from God’s Spirit. He convicts but doesn’t condemn. Conviction invites us to change. Condemnation encourages us to hide, give up, and feel hopeless.

When God invited you and me into relationship with Him, He already knew all about us. We are not too great a challenge for Him.

Will you allow Him to lead you into the uncharted territory of your own soul?

Will you ask Him for understanding?

For keys?

For healing?

Will you submit your will to His and join Him in what He wants to do in your heart?

Don’t be afraid or resist the exploration. What is in your heart is there and ignoring it will not make it disappear. Step into the uncharted territory. God will meet you there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Cathleen says:

    “When was the last time you were angry, I mean really angry, as we say here in the South, “Hopping mad”?” About 6 months ago.
    “What about the last time you were scared out of your wits?” About 5 1/2 years ago.
    “When is the last time you felt an overwhelming urge to hide your heart?” Constantly.
    “How long since you felt your spirit recoil when someone touched you or said something particularly uncomfortable or embarrassed you?” About a year ago.
    Any other questions? Boy you are spot on, Mama Mikki! Thanks!

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