James 1:21 – Putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.
In his letter to the church, James helps us understand that salvation is not a matter of simply believing, but that we must participate in salvation’s application to our soul in our daily walk. It is impossible to save one’s self through human effort. Through Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, one can apply salvation’s provision daily.
There are areas of the soul which I call “the senses of the soul” that need to be washed, cleansed, and surrendered to Christ each day. The soul is to become dependent on the work of God’s grace that took place in our spirit man when we were “born again.” It is by grace through faith our life is lived in the Spirit (see Ephesians 2:8). The five senses that were once fully controlled through the natural man and influenced by the world are: reason, imagination, affection, memory, and conscience.
First is our reasoning. “Immediately Jesus, aware in His spirit that they were reasoning that way within themselves, said to them, why are you reasoning about these things in your hearts?” (Mark 2:8). Jesus knew in His spirit man how the religious leaders were thinking about the healing of a crippled man through Jesus’ words, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (Mark 2:5). They determined in their minds that Jesus was “blaspheming” because only God can forgive sins. The Holy Spirit wants to lead us to “reason” by God’s word and not from our natural thinking. Their reasoning was rooted in their evil hearts which affected how they viewed the ministry of Jesus.
Second, is our “imagination.” “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:4-6 KJV). The King James uses the word “imagination” while other translations use the word “speculations.” Jesus wants to help bring this strong area of our soul under the control of His word by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is in the realm of our imaginations or speculations that the enemy of our souls works. He causes us to doubt God and trust our own natural thoughts. The further one studies the realm of reasoning and imagination of the mind, one becomes aware of the direct relationship these two areas have on each other. Tomorrow, we will examine the remaining three senses of our soul.
Father, I ask for the work of Your Holy Spirit to be activated in my reasoning and my imaginations so that You may have control in both of these major areas of my soul. I pray that my thoughts would be made captive to Christ.