The past few weeks I have been listening to (watching) some speakers, many of whom would be called "far out." I guess that's one reason I am enjoying them. I love listening to, talking with, and thinking about ideas that are bigger than I'm used to thinking. YouTube videos I've watched lately include those by Kevin Zadai, Jeanette Strauss, Robert Madu, Mary Hasz, Bill Johnson, Becca Greenwood, Kenneth Hagin, Kat Kerr, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Todd White. It is amazing that even though these approach the topic from different angles, one of their major themes is knowing our identity so that we can let go of the hindrances (sins) we've held on to for so long in order to get about the business God sent us here to do--destroying the works of the devil as we bring God's kingdom to earth.
Yesterday, as I was baking cookies to sell at the concessions stand at our events at Linn Park, I was listening to Kat Kerr. She always has some mind blowing things to say so I would recommend you checking her out. (She has pink hair which is a little off-putting, but which she says God asked her to wear, so she does. This, along with some of the things she says, could be a stumbling block for some of us. I choose to accept them because as I've listened, she appears to be very sincere and scriptural--and as I said, talks about mind-blowing ideas!) She insisted quite some time before Donald Trump was elected that during one of the times she was taken to Heaven God told her he would be president. She also says he will be elected for a second term, Mike Pence will serve 2 terms after that, and whoever he chooses will serve 2 terms after that because God has always had a plan for the U.S. to be a prototype for other country's to model leadership after. She says America will be greater than it's ever been because God will use Donald Trump to cleanup the corruption and get us back on track. I love to hear encouraging news like that!
Anyway, yesterday as I was listening she was talking about the soul, which has interested me significantly the past couple of years. I have been learning/teaching on Integrated Healing and how we must rid ourselves of the sin that has entangled us--things like unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, anger, hatred, rejection, shame, guilt, undgodly soul ties, etc. because they are often the very things that are keeping us sick. She was talking on the verse in 3 John 1:2, "Beloved I pray that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." One of her points was that we often leave out the last part of the verse and only pray for prosperity and health without realizing it is our soul that is hindering the answers to our prayers. She said, "Lets turn it around so we can understand it better: As your soul prospers you will prosper and be in health because it is the things we allow in our souls that determines the outcome."
She applied Matthew 18:18: “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you on earth will be d in heaven." She says we need to loose those things from our soul that have hindered us and bind to our soul the things of God, such as peace, joy, love, etc. that we need instead. We speak these--declare them--an interesting concept which I am meditating on. It is a different way of looking at what we are already doing through prayer in Integrated Healing. We actually are loosing people from those things when we pray. Maybe this idea can be applied to what we already do.
Another thing she said when talking about the fact we are spirit, soul and body is that we feed our spirit--some of us only once a week when we go to church; we feed our body three times a day (or more with snacks) but our soul is being fed 24 hours a day by what we listen to, who we relate to, and especailly what we think about. Therefore, it is extremely important to monitor what we are allowing to influence us in our daily walk.
I must get to work. Today I had planned to work at the Linn Park Gardens. There are many weeds growing in the gardens there--and in my gardens here. Maybe while I weed them, I can also 'loose' some weeds growing in my soul.