Have you considered some “soul reformation” to get back into alignment with who we are created to be? We have many places we go when things are out of line in our lives: doctors, dentists, therapists or lawyers. You name it, we’ve got a place for it! The word “reformation” means making changes to something with the intention of setting it back on the right path. Isn’t it interesting how quick we are to make changes to almost everything in our lives but our souls?

Before we can reform it, possibly we should define what our soul is. One definition I read said the soul is the essence of humanity’s being. It’s what makes us who we are, the specific design of our individuality. There is much discussion over the differences between our soul and our spirit. I think of them in this way: Our soul is the DNA of our individuality, it’s who we are. Our spirit is the invisible life force that connects us. It is how we define Whose we are. Our soul and our spirit are intimately acquainted. When our spirit connects back to The Father, through our belief in Jesus, our souls are reminded of their purpose in Him. This connection is so important in our staying connected to the Father. It’s in the Spirit of Jesus Christ that our power resides, and that spirit resides in us when we believe. Our souls need this for the assurance of our identity in Christ.

You may be asking me at this point, “Why do we need soul reformation if we are connected in our spirit in Jesus Christ?” Well, I’m so glad you asked. As I defined earlier, reformation is about making the changes needed to get back on track. I don’t know about you, but sometimes the essence of who I am needs an adjustment. I’ve listened to the wrong “spirit” telling me who I am. We, as believers, can fall victim to spiritual complacency. We’ve been saved and forget that every day we need to pray. Our prayer life is our tool for our spiritual connection to be activated! Much like a radio needs the electricity in order to function, so too do we need that daily power supply. It’s remembering to plug in to the greatest power ever created. When we do this, the Holy Spirit activates our spirit. We know Whose we are and then remind our soul of who we are! We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood!

Think about the days we don’t begin in prayer. Before we know it we have allowed all kinds of clutter into our lives. If we spiritually yoke with negative things, it impacts our overall well-being. Our souls begin to take on false truths of who we are based on what the world around us says we are. You’ve heard of “lost souls.” Well, it’s easy to see how this can happen if left unattended. Our soul tells us who we are. If we’ve lost the connection with our spirit and allowed other “spirits” to lie to us, we go against the very fiber of who we are created to be. It’s not that our souls are actually lost, they are in need of reform, a coming back to the very essence of us. It’s time to do some reforming.

For me personally I can tell when I’m in need of some adjusting. Joshua, my son, who many of you know, has applied to attend college in Sydney Australia. It’s been an incredible journey of faith for all of us. For Clark and I, we have seen first-hand how God has moved on his life. Although it is so far away, we believe that Hillsong College is exactly where Josh should be. There have been some people in his life that haven’t seen with spiritual eyes. The worldly reasons against him going have influenced their ability to truly get behind Josh and fully support him. As his mama, I have felt very protective of his decision to attend Hillsong. And at times have allowed myself to disconnect from what I spiritually know to be so and get caught up in the negative. It affects my soul! As soon as I choose to disconnect from the reasons why this won’t work and reconnect with my power source, God Himself, bam! God responds with Josh’s letter of acceptance from Hillsong College that very same night!

Soul reformation is a process. Every day we should be committed to pray and get us connected to the right Spirit. This connection is the wakeup call that The One Who is and will always be is inside of you and me: Jesus! Our soul is then reminded of who we are because we are defined by who the Father says we are. Now Kingdom work can be done. Our desires, our talents, and gifts, are all uniquely designed and housed in our souls. When we are awakened to their full potential and purpose, great things can and do occur. We have to be aware that our salvation isn’t and wasn’t just a one-time thing. It’s the beginning of us entering into the story that God, the creator of the universe, has written out with us in mind before the beginning of time.

Have a great week!

Kristin Tucker
Director of Worship Arts