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Rarely discussed is the issue of soul ties. I posted previously on the topic and felt it necessary to do a second article. I wrote soul ties in response to an earlier post on “Sexuality a blessing or a curse.” Soul ties as the name implies is the joining or coming together of two or more souls. The soul in its basic application is the essence of a person. Different religious traditions teach that all biological organisms have souls. Sometimes, the word soul, functions as a synonym for spirit, mind, and the self. The soul is an important and vital component of every living human being. TD Jakes writes “the soul, housing the mind, will and emotions is truly the last great, unexplored realm on earth” The Forty Day Soul Fast (Cindy Trimm 15). The book of Mark asks “for what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul” (King James Bible, Mark 8:36)? We can appreciate the validity then, of this all important aspect of our make-up.

God made everything and called it good. When man fell in the ‘Garden of Eden’, sin entered into the world, changing the nature and the dynamics of the universe. Previously man had enjoyed fellowship with God, which enabled him to walk circumspectly, and gave him the where withal to make great choices. Man’s appetites, was in essence pure, and in line with Godly character and behavior. Our souls now crave the very things that eventually destroy us. Most individuals, especially the Christian believer, have a good idea of what God expects from us. So if we shun the bad or undesirable models, we should expect to grow in the grace and knowledge of God, and embrace spiritual things.

As we journey through life, certain choices have impacted the trajectory of our lives. It is only through hindsight that we come to an understanding that, maybe we should have chosen differently. What would have happened, if we had prior knowledge or revelation, before embarking on major life changing decisions? Some decisions have lasting impact on our lives and destiny. Try as we might, we can’t go back and fix them. How many individuals are in the dark about spiritual matters?  We all need information, in order to be successful in life. The spiritual realm is the causative realm. Causative, because everything happens in the spiritual realm first, before it ever manifests in the physical. So how do we succeed or make great decisions? Every one of us, need some type of information, if we are to succeed in life. Francis Bacon said ‘knowledge is power’, I’m a firm believer of this old adage. Having knowledge is one thing though, we need the wisdom to apply and make it work for us. I think every human being started out wanting to be an over comer and to be victorious in life. If I knew what I know now, I would have saved myself a world of trouble. So let’s look at the problems with illicit sex. One of mankind’s most pleasurable pursuits, our greatest area of ignorance, bondage and affliction.

The focus of the present education system is mostly geared to instruction in the academic arena. Spiritual instruction is minimal at best. Society tends to leave it up to the church to instruct individuals concerning their spirituality. While I agree wholeheartedly that the church is the best institution to handle mans spiritual affairs, I want to present the idea, of more involvement by society, at large. Our children learn many things, early on in their development. I believe there is great benefit in enforcing good values and positively reinforcing good morals in children, from an early age. Our spiritual nature is ever present; it is something that is our heritage from birth. The spiritual realm and its activities aren’t on hold, waiting until we discover who we are. The attitude of contemporary man is to wait until, he is older to explore and partake of this privilege. Our approach to spirituality is more reactionary than proactive. Certain behaviors we exhibit, have been handed down from our ancestors, some is from societal norms and others we pattern after each other. I’m not referring to peer pressure per say, but the attitude is well, sEnglish: Title page of The Holy Bible, King Ja...o and so is doing it. As I wrote in the previous piece, we were not taught that sex is a spiritual transaction, which has binding ties.

Sex is supposed to be a beautiful act between two married lovers. Mans enemy has taken something beautiful and perverted it, making the sex act a free for all, anything goes. If we look around us in society today, we can see the heinous and terrible destruction that has come upon mankind because of sexual perversion. It’s not something new; many societies have tasted the poison of illicit sex. As a student of the Bible, it is incumbent on me to present its teachings as it relates to contemporary society. Satan always wants man to turn away from God, in fact his primary objective is to get us to disobey the laws that God has instituted we adhere to. Many promising men and women and leaders in society, lives have been tainted by scandal, their destinies and their lives cut short by sexual immorality.

Prostitution, a scourge on society has been in existence for some time now, even men and women in antiquity bartered sex. The story of Rahab illustrates this very well, “and Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot’s house, named Rahab, and lodged there” Joshua 2:1. We must remember that God doesn’t hate people who are truly repentant of their sins, he hates the sin. From the above scripture we can see that, even in antiquity, man found a way to barter away, what was sacred. Sure we can make all the excuses we want, sex was never intended for the things we sometimes use it for.

Why should we care?  If you want to stem the tide of destruction in your family, in your society and nation, then we all need to change. Money doesn’t equate happiness, as we have seen time and time again by the numerous tragic circumstances of the wealthy. Rich and poor alike, we all suffer from the consequences of immorality. King David lusted after Bathsheba and destroyed her husband to have her, 2 Samuel 11. David suffered dearly, and his children shared in his sins. One slept with his father’s wives in full view of the people and the other raped his half sister. We could argue that they acted alone, but the Bible states that God “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation” Exodus 34:7. So no one escapes the wrath of God, when we decide to disobey his commandments.

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We are spirit beings, and in the spirit realm we communicate by transferring things to and from one another. I know for some folks, it is hard to grasp the concept, because you can’t see it or even begin to understand the spiritual realm. Know that it is real though, your physical body is a house, the real you is inside that house. Whether you are aware of it or not, the spiritual realm is acting on you and you acting on it. Touch is transference, kiss is transference, and sex is one of the most intimate ways of communication. Not only that, it is a way of entering into the others person spirit. During the sex act, the partners become one. God made his world like that, because we are supposed to be sharing certain qualities with each other, when we come together on such a level. Hence the union and joining of the body was intended for married couples. By the time people marry, they are already joined in other ways and are sharing house and home. Courtship is important because it is getting you ready for joining on a deeper level. In antiquity and even now, parents choose partners, because they wanted certain qualities in their family, same thing. What perversion and illicit sex does is to bypass the ritual of finding out what you need to know beforehand. You jump in, only to encounter difficulties and then we want to bail; only the damage is already done.

So why is the enemy having a field day with humans? Satan loves to bring bondage upon people, that is his way primary of controlling, manipulating and destroying human beings. Every opening on the body is a gateway to our spirit man. Satan has many ways of defiling a person spiritually. He tries many methods until he succeeds, that is why, we must walk in obedience to God’s laws. We must be careful, what we watch (sight), eat (taste), listen (hearing), touch, and smell. Your senses are an important part of your makeup; they work in concert with your physical and spiritual man. The sex organs are an entryway to your spirit man. It is a type of doorway; you wouldn’t just let anyone come into your house? That’s what we do when we have sex with people we are not married to. Whatever is on the person you are intimate with, will come into your spirit. Hence the many issues we see being replicated in community after community, we are allowing this to happen because of our careless and loose behavior when it comes to sexuality. Satan uses sexuality to call the judgment of God down on people. God cannot change, he has decreed certain things, and he has pronounced curses, if you disobey you will reap spiritual problems.

The Downfall of Adam and Eve and their Expulsi...

The Downfall of Adam and Eve and their Expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

When we become intimate we enter into a covenant, a covenant is usually between two or more parties, that is why sexual sins are so binding. You never forget the persons you sleep with, and you are bonded with your partners at the deepest level possible, this becomes a soul tie, and only the mercy of God can break the tie. Demons and devils enter into us through our partners. Ever wonder why some people can’t quit the behavior that is destroying them? They are under bondage, and even when the desire to quit is present they continue to engage in it. When we engage in sexual immorality, we are inviting trouble into our lives. Demons are counting on your ignorance and your participation, because you get to cooperate in your own bondage. The Bible says “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” 1 Corinthians 6:18 .

We must remember that Satan deals in perversion, good things link up with the positive realm of the supernatural. Immorality links the person with the negative spiritual realm. Many people are linked to others in the spirit, although they don’t necessarily know the person. They are sharing demons and devils, you can’t see them but they onboard. Some people will never see real growth and progress in their lives until they get delivered. It’s a wide topic, and again I just scratched the surface but I’m ready to move on. Be blessed!

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I alluded to the issue of soul ties earlier this week when I posted in the article “Sexuality, a blessing or curse.”  The Urban dictionary defines ‘soul ties as a spiritual or emotional connection you have to someone after being intimate with them, usually engaging in sexual intercourse. To the point that when you want to be rid of them from your mind and your life, even when you are far away from them and out of their presence you still feel as if they are a part of you… Causing you to feel un-whole…’. Soul tie is a God idea, when carried out per his instructions it leads to mutually beneficial relationships. It was intended to bring blessing and joy into our lives. Every person is a living soul “and the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul “Genesis 2:7.

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 God made Eve to be a companion to her husband, in God’s kingdom two is better than one. In our own relationships I’m sure we are all grateful for our spouses and children etc, I’m lumping here all human relationships .They help to bring meaning, provide comfort and sustain us as we journey through life. We have soul- ties with all these individuals, but like everything else God has made beautiful the interloper comes and destroys or changes things around. Its Satan counterfeit ties that are running amok and trying to destroy all that is beautiful in the world, Satan cannot succeed if we don’t corporate with him. Mankind has to stop seeing each other as the enemy and unite to expose the real enemy.

If you read the Bible you won’t find the term soul tie but instead you’ll come across choices as knit together, one with another, one flesh, and members of one another and so on. Essentially they all mean the same thing soul tie.The Hebrew word for “knitted”: means “to weave.” Other times, the word is translated “to cover, screen, or protect.” Knitting also means companion. As I said previously two are better than one, God in his wisdom instituted the concept of two becoming one. Joining together has certain privileges and benefits a union is a strong bond; the Bible enforces this principle throughout the scriptures. Deuteronomy 32:30 “one have chased a thousand, and two have put ten thousand to flight. 

 Remember we are all living souls so all our relationships involve some association of the soul. I’m writing on spiritual matters and we are getting to the bit on sexual soul ties but I would be remiss if I don’t shed light on the other soul tie connections. The soul is from God, so it is a conduit or pathway to spiritual things. We know that there is the negative or positive spiritual(or supernatural. When we are living according to God’s divine agenda and obedient to his word it’s more difficult for the enemy to enter. The Christian is not exempt from demonic manipulation unless a person adheres to Godly instruction he is just as open to attack as the ungodly. One’s will, mental, spiritual and emotional capacity is tied into our soul. We are made in the image and likeness of God and were created to interact with our creator and the rest of his subjects.                                                                                         

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Examples of Soul connections or ties:

As a group of people

Judges 20:11 “So all the men of Israel were gathered against the city knit together as one man” (having one common purpose).

Romans 12:5 “For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” ( the body of Christ, one people) 

Through friendships

1st Samuel 18:1 “And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” 

Brothers and sisters within the Body –

Colossians.2:2 “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love.”

A man and his wife

Genesis 4:1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived” (One of the most binding ties, its core is spiritual in nature but many enter into this relationship unawares of its significance).

Parent and children ties-

Genesis 37:34 “Then Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days.  All his sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. “No,” he said, “I will continue to mourn until I join my son in the grave.” So his father wept for him.

(Parents are the first individuals that nurture and love children. Our formative years are spent in the care of these people who love and teach us the basics and foundational requirements for living. Everything else we learn in life is an additional layer. Loss and death involves more than grief, it is the actual severing of a soul tie hence its painful nature. Divorce also presents with the same implications because the souls are so intertwined with each other damage is done to the lives when they break apart).

Bonding is happening at many levels, these are just a few, and many types exist in other social contexts and institutions. Soul ties can be polluted and become toxic; if all was well we’d all be free of problems. There are many examples of destructive soul ties and many Biblical examples proving this issue has been prevalent with mankind for generations. They persist largely because of ignorance, our careless and selfish natures and primarily because of our lose lifestyles. Many people are in bondage today and it’s by prayer and sometimes fasting God can and will intervene to break the ungodly soul ties. This is too wide a topic to get into all at once so I’m focusing on the sexual aspect of the ties.

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You know in the Caribbean we say “old fire stick easy to catch.” What it means is that previous lovers make up back after some time apart from each other. Sometimes whole families are caught up in the tangled mess as the soul ties are so strong. It literally forces the couple involved to leave their inhibitions behind and their morals to fly out the window. Their sense of right and wrong is severely impacted, and many wonder how they could be so callous. Considering they have children and separate lives, but unbeknownst to onlookers these men and women are tied together or bound in the spiritual realm. It’s an unseen bond but its binding nevertheless. How did this occur? The moment a man enters into a woman’s body he is connected to her on many levels. He has entered into her spirit and she, his because their sexual organs are gateways, to their spirit man. I’m here to debunk the theory today that ‘old fire stick catching easy.’ What’s catching old affairs and bringing them back together is the old soul tie that has not been dealt with and broken off.

 

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December 28, 2012

Purpose: The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.
Destiny:the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.

It’s possible to know God and still fail in life. Sin and disobedience wreaks havoc on a man’s ultimate purpose. Our destiny requires some decision-making on our part, we must choose some things. Biblical examples include, Sampson, King David, Joseph, Daniel and Adam among many others. When we experience failure, how we move forward is determined to some extent by our choices .Sometimes we have to motivate ourselves, to keep on going. All of the above examples met with failure at some point in their lives, it’s their attitude that determined the final outcome. If you are not sure who you are any prevailing will blow you in any direction. Most of you are young and everything looks good now; generally the young never prepare for their future and I’m not just speaking financially. Some of the relationships you refuse to abort; some of those friendships you are involved in currently will ultimately destroy you. Many hear of relationships and they think family or loved ones. Hey what about business, church, groups, clubs, social media and the list is exhaustive.

Many people never take the time to reason or evaluate situations for themselves. I want to show you an example with the first couple. Before I do though I want to caution some of you, God has warned you before but you have not listened. Judas was appointed to be the betrayer, of Jesus “while I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled” John 17:12 There are some things in the spirit that we will never understand. Everything God made has ears; even the mountains read Matthew 21: 21. Jesus spoke to the fig tree and it dried up, why? The fig tree heard him speak the command. The morning has ears; the universe is in constant communication with its creator. There are really no secrets, when you think about the things of the spirit. To some of you this might sound way off, but how would you know, you’ve never invested time with God. Some of you might say a person doesn’t have an official title don’t worry, its religion speaking. Did most of the people in the Bible have a title? When God chooses it’s obvious. God has his ways of doing things; he uses things that might seem foolish to you.

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Someone might look insignificant to you but you don’t know why God has chosen them to do his work. I read a true story recently this associate pastor saw the general pastor stealing funds from his church, and one day he tried the same thing. The Holy Spirit convicted him immediately .The associate Pastor response “was well so and so was doing it”. The Holy Spirit said to him,” that man has already gotten his reward on earth.” “You have a different calling” so the man repented of his sins. Even in the body of Christ there are some individuals who are there for a specific reason, they are the ones God will use like Judas to bring about his ultimate purpose. Why these individuals behave in such a fashion if Jesus came to redeem the whole of mankind? The problem originates in people’s hearts, who knows hearts only the Lord does? Some pastors are not on their way to heaven, it’s the truth and we know it. If you study the good book you’ll find this out for yourself. And Jesus said “then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity” Matthew 7:23. We serve the same God oh I take my pursuit of God seriously.

Adam did not know who he was; his major mistake was that he suffered from an identity crisis. He couldn’t teach Eve what he didn’t understand. God had given him everything he ever needed. When you have to scrape and fight and claw your way to get something from God you appreciate it when he finally gives it to you or you are a fool. Like Jacob his life had been characterized by struggle it came to a head when he wrestled with the angel. “He struggled with the angel and finally overcame him; he wept and begged for favor” Hosea 12:3-4.Adam loved his wife to distraction, like many men love and lust can render them unstable and unbalanced. Do you know that Adam failed in his life’s purpose; the real shame is that he lived to be 930 years. “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died” Genesis 5:5.

The Bible never told us that Adam accomplished anything other than becoming a father after his exit from Eden. Do we get how much 930 years is, contemporary man has never lived to see these ages. God pronounced death on Adam and his wife,” But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” Genesis 2:17.From the day they disobeyed they were the walking dead. Imagine 930 years on the earth and he has accomplished nothing. You guys want to play with God, go ahead.

Death doesn’t always mean actual dying, God has many ways of killing a man yet he lives. Can you imagine how frustrated and unfulfilled Adam must have felt at the end of his life? Recent tragedies of individuals who have attained lofty heights are still on the periphery of our minds. Do you know who else played with God? Original bad boy, he has been sentenced to roam for ever until that day he burns in hell fire. Need I say more, God is a being, he has a presence, he is the creator of heaven and earth and all that dwells within them, and he is the king of all spirits. You can’t outsmart him; I dare you to try, if Lucifer didn’t win, what are your chances? Peace and blessings!

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Christ and Christianity are inseparable, so intricately intertwined that one cannot exist without the other. Whether we recognize Christianity as divinity or religion doesn’t negate its relevance, significance or impact on mankind. The faiths doctrines and traditions are derived from the teachings of one individual. The question of the ages is who is this person? Some say he is Jesus the Christ, Savior of the World, Son of God and the earthly son of Mary and Joseph of Galilee. Hated, an object of ridicule, scorned, martyred, healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind and cast out demons and devils as part of his earthly ministry. Jesus a paradox, misconstrued, reviled, loved, celebrated claimed divinity as his heritage and birthed Christianity a movement that has shaken the world foundations over centuries. Who is this man who incites such passion from his followers? Let’s excavate his history as we seek understanding of his role as a breach repairer, connecting man back to divinity.

Jesus birth is estimated to be around 6–4 BC/BCE. Historians have calculated his birth date based on two approaches. One involves the analysis of the nativity accounts in the gospels of Luke and Matthew and working backwards from the start of his ministry to arrive at a date. The other option is the use of historical data. Writers such as Flavius Joseph a 1st century Jewish historian in the time Jesus lived, recorded information we are privy to today. Jesus was born in the days when King Herod lived, the book of Luke 1:5 notes the reign of Herod shortly before Jesus was born. So what this information does is it authenticates the existence of Jesus and gives us historical real data.

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On another level Herod would be recognized per his status as King, his significance in world history did not go unrecorded. Jesus on the other hand was unrecognized and seemingly insignificant. We must remember Jesus was of no real importance to the world at this time; his influence was mostly among his followers. Jesus bore no title; he did not belong to the wealthy and moneyed circles. Jesus was a trailblazer and revolutionary figure. Individuals of this bent are generally unrecognized until after their death. Most scholars will agree that Jesus existed and he was some sort of teacher. While there are footnotes and overlapping attributes describing Jesus in historical data. A lot is not known of him outside the people who interacted with him. Biblical scriptures teach that “… God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” 1 Corinthians 1:27. Jesus of seemingly no importance has impacted the world in ways in which kings have been unable to do with all their power and influence.

Jesus has many attributes, he is not just a man he is also divinity in human form. His very birth attests his to uniqueness. From Biblical accounts in the Book of Luke Chapters 1 and 2 we learn the details surrounding Jesus conception and ultimate birth. Mary of Nazareth was Jesus earthly mother. Why Mary and not another woman one might ask? Some facts about Mary, she was a virgin, pledged to be married to Joseph of Nazareth a town in Galilee. Mary’s betrothed Joseph came from the line of David, why the significance? King David meant a lot to God, God testified concerning David I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’ Acts 13:22.God does not look at things man looks at “… the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

David found favor with God, and God made him a promise that he would send the savior through his line. “When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever” 2 Samuel 7:12-16.Everything in creation attests to the power of the living God. God sets up his plans and purposes way in advance of the players coming onto the scene. He promised David and he fulfilled his word through Joseph and Mary.

God is holy; he will never dwell in unclean vessels. We are told Mary was a virgin, but more importantly she found favor with God. Both Mary and David found favor with God, why? The Lord knows hearts, he chooses who he wants. The work God has for those he favors is never easy. It is great to be chosen by God but it means men will reject you. Gods favor makes the chosen to be envied by other men. We have seen how envy and hatred played out in the lives of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and David. I always emphasize the fact that God is a spirit; spirit can take many forms but ultimately God requires willing men and women to do his work in the earth realm. Mankind doesn’t see the persona of God, but they see the person and characteristics of God in others.

The earth and where God resides in heaven are two different realms. Each realm is inhabited by different beings and has vastly different functions. Earth is the training ground for things of the spirit; earth is the qualifying realm so to speak. Only three ways to leave earth, you can become an astronaut but you must reenter in some fashion, the second is through the rapture or thirdly we must die. I say this because there is protocol in entering and leaving the realms. Based on the evidence we have at our disposal Jesus is the only being who navigated both realms successfully. One could only accomplish such a feat if they are on intimate relations with the father or only if they themselves have the authority to defy the rules, principles and conventions of universal laws.

When Jesus was preparing to come to earth, a sanctified vessel had to be found to carry divinity. God makes his work look so easy and effortless we sometimes tend to dismiss it as insignificant or not God like. I ask you is there a measure for identifying the things of God? A womb gives birth to life; the first womb God used was the earth when he created Adam. God had to put himself into a womb; he had to pick one that belonged to someone that was pure. God word is so important to him he says “heaven and earth will pass away but my word will never pass away” Mathew 24:35.Wait, do you understand what God has said, his word stands above all else it’s more important than even you and me, it’s more important than his own kingdom wow….?

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” John 1:14.If we think of God words becoming flesh and the process that entails. How did Gods word end up in Mary’s womb, that’s for next time.

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