July 23, 2014

Soul Excavation

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 23, 2014

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3

Our soul excavation is like soil excavation in a well tilled garden. The hard dirt of hurt is turned over and exposed, the weeds of worry are removed, the good seeds of grace are planted and the fruit of faithfulness is harvested. An un-excavated soul becomes overgrown with the cares of this world, weary and confused without the care of our heavenly Father. Soul excavation is not always easy but necessary for wholeness in Christ. The Spirit searches out the soul’s deep needs.

Do you have a fond childhood memory when all was well with your soul? Maybe sitting in a grandparent’s lap while they told you a story or skipping a rock across the surface of a glassy pond.  Soul delight: camping out, lounging quietly by a fireplace while reading or walking through a meadow dreaming about what might be one day. Our soul comes alive when engaged in safe, secure environments. We long for those scenes of serenity and feelings of security. Just as our soul delighted in special childhood days, so we need to expose it to similar joyful experiences today.

“Let them be restored as in the days of their youth” (Job 33:25).

Do you have a foul childhood memory when your soul was unsettled? Maybe a tragedy ripped your family apart. Anger spewed between your parents and you even felt some guilt for their relational fallout. You were afraid. Your soul searched for security. A child is to be protected and defended, but you had to defend yourself. A soul scarred by emotional upheaval needs extra grace and love.  You may have experienced a verbal beat down by a person in authority. Whatever soul abuse you have received in the past requires your heavenly Father’s sweet love and acceptance. Soul excavation is complex, so working through past pain often requires the help of a trained counselor.

Above all, Almighty God is in the soul saving business. Not just deliverance from hell after death, but deliverance from hellish experiences on earth. Glory hallelujah, where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. Our soul longs for wholeness in the Lord. Only our Creator can mend His creation’s cracked soul. So we pray, ask the Holy Spirit to lead us into authentic forgiveness of those who have hurt us. We also receive Christ’s forgiveness for our hurtful acts. An un-excavated soul buries emotions, but an excavated soul digs up dirt and is cleansed.

“They have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:9).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I invite Your Spirit to search my soul, bringing it into wholeness with You.

Related Readings: Psalm 44:21; Lamentations 3:20; Romans 8:27; 1 Peter 2:25; 3 John 1:2

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Additional Resource: Soul care event Rita and I attended: http://bit.ly/1xLNFiX

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  1. Donte Moore says:

    As a young Prophet and minister, I truly gain great insight from these Wisdom Hunters! It appears to me that they are Holy Spirit directed publications and worth the time and expositing!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Donte~ Thank you for your encouraging words regarding the Wisdom Hunters devotional, “Soul Excavation”. We are so thankful that you are being blessed by the Wisdom Hunters devotionals.
      After reading “Soul Excavation”, I realize the necessity of soul excavation in God’s process of “refining us” in our faith walk. I rejoice in the fact God loves us so much, that the Holy Spirit is there to search out our soul needs in this sometimes painful excavating process. WOW! We are truly blessed as His children, aren’t we?
      Donte~ we are thankful for you as a fellow wisdom hunter and look forward to hearing from you again. Blessings to you and yours.
      Believing and trusting~
      “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
      my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge.
      He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my sronghold.”
      Psalm 18:2

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