We believe that healing is a part of the transformational work of Jesus and we include generational root healing of issues in our spirit-led coaching model. Traditional coaching models refer root issues and healing needs to the counseling profession but we believe that everyone who wants freedom can quickly access Jesus as healer and Holy Spirit as the wonderful counselor and ultimate coach. The heart of the following two passages of scripture paint a picture of how God is inviting us to surrender all so we may be transformed into the image of Christ:
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (MSG) says “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it.”
Psalm 18:20-24 tells us: “God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before Him. When I got my act together, He gave me a fresh start. Now I’m alert to God’s ways; I don’t take God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works; I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.
As we partner with the freedom process we learn to face life in all the character and attributes of Jesus. A life of freedom requires that we cooperate with this transformation process and accept that we actively participate with the Holy Spirit in the process. When He puts His finger on a part of our life that is not fully functioning in relationship with Him, He is actually pointing to the site of our next upgrade in Christ.
It is the work of the Holy Spirit to take what belongs to Jesus and make it real to us according to John 16:15, and Romans 6 says that our old nature is crucified with Christ and is therefore dead and buried. We walk in newness of life by putting off the old man (Ephesians 4:20-24, Colossians 3:9-10) and putting on the new nature, conforming to the image of Jesus.
Transformation begins by taking our thoughts captive, Romans 12:2.
What you believe to be “your truth” will affect your thoughts and will in turn direct your emotions, decisions, actions, habits, character and destiny. God has hardwired us for love and in Deuteronomy 30:19 it says “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” We must inspect where our thoughts come from and go back to when we first learned them to assure they are aligned to the Truth.
Research tells us that as much as 70% of our belief systems are formed before we even entered into kindergarten. Dr. Caroline leaf says in her book, Switch On Your Brain “that science is finally catching up with the Bible, showing us the proof that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind in 2 Timothy 1:7. Breakthrough neuroscientific research is confirming daily what we instinctively knew all along: what you are thinking every moment of every day becomes a physical reality in your brain and body, which affects your optimal mental and physical health. These thoughts collectively form your attitude, which is your state of mind, and it’s your attitude and not your DNA that determines much of the quality of your life.”
We must inspect our belief systems.
We must inspect where our beliefs, mindsets and thoughts originated from and realize they are a combination of ancestral inheritance, religion, experiential and learned beliefs. We then assign these beliefs to be “our truth” and hold tightly to them without conscience awareness. When we make decisions from these places that are not aligned to Truth in the Word of God we ultimately are behaving immaturely. We are called as the people of God to grow up in all things into Christ, our head. To do this we must first take our thoughts captive and begin to inspect them to know why we have them and where they came from.
Kingdom alignment occurs when we take our thoughts captive and align our beliefs, thoughts and mindsets with what God says about us as His creation. Our thoughts do impact our spirit, soul and body and it’s vital to handle those things in us that we have control over so we can rise up as the Army of God together. We first have to choose to get our mind right by aligning our life to how God created and designed us to live. We must learn how to manage our thoughts and renew and rewire our brain in the direction we were originally designed to go.
In 1 Peter 2:1-8 we learn that we are to “put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
SPIRIT, SOUL and BODY
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:26-27 NASB)
According to the Bible, mankind is distinct from all the rest of creation, including the animals, in that he is made in the image of God. As God is a triune — Father, Son and Holy Spirit — so man is three parts — spirit, soul and body. In the example from Scripture of these divisions, the Apostle Paul writes:
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NASB).
Man is made up of physical material, the body, that can be seen and touched. But he is also made up of immaterial aspects, which are intangible — this includes the soul, spirit, intellect, will, emotions, conscience, and so forth. These immaterial characteristics exist beyond the physical lifespan of the human body and are therefore eternal.
These immaterial aspects — the spirit, soul, heart, conscience, mind and emotions — make up the whole personality. The Bible makes it clear that the soul and spirit are the primary immaterial aspects of humanity, while the body is the physical container that holds them on this earth.
In Numbers 16:22, Moses and Aaron, “…fell upon their faces and said, ‘O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will you be angry with the entire congregation?’” This verse names God as the God of the spirits that are possessed by all humanity. Notice also that it mentions the flesh (body) of all mankind, connecting it with the spirit.
Another key verse that describes the separation between soul and spirit is Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12NASB).
We see in this passage of Scripture that the soul and spirit can be divided — and that it is the Word of God that pierces our heart to bring the division of soul and spirit, something that only God can do.
As human beings, we live eternally as a spirit, we have a soul, and we dwell in a body. We can rejoice with the Psalmist and declare: For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well (Ps. 139:13-14 NASB).
Genesis 2:7 states that Man was created as a “living soul.” The soul consists of the mind (which includes the conscience), the will and the emotions. The soul and the spirit are mysteriously tied together and make up what the Scriptures call the “heart.”
The writer of Proverbs declares, “ Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Prov. 4:23 NASB). We see here that the “heart” is central to our emotions and will.
But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised (1 Cor. 2:14 NASB).
Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day” (Acts 23:1 NASB).
This is the entire material or physical structure of a human being — it is the physical part of a person. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Romans again connects the body, the mind (soul) and the spirit: “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2 NASB).
For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body (1 Cor. 6:20).
Spirit Led Sons & Daughters
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons (and daughters) of God. The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. (Romans 8:14,16)
God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24)
Ephesians 4:12-16 (ESV) challenges all leaders to Rise Up:
12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[a] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does he prospers.” Psalm 1:3