Updated: May 7
“All of; entire”. When God speaks to you, he is speaking to the entirety of who you are-the whole of you. Spirit, soul, and body. There is nothing that God does not know, so there is nothing that He can speak in darkness about.
Learning how to look at your life holistically is the first step to a balanced life. When God speaks to us in one area, he is beginning to balance our life in all areas.
First, we must know the makeup of who we are. We are a spirit, soul and body. While on Earth, we need our spirit, soul and body to function together for a prosperous life. Throughout our lives we have been taught to divide these three elements and prosper in the area that has the most natural gifting. Have you ever noticed someone that was great at taking care of their body, but their spirit lacked nourishment. Or, someone who had profound spiritual insight, but naturally, they lacked in health or finances. To be honest, these someones are many of us. We have to understand that we are whole, not fragments. And the glue that holds our being together is Jesus and our direction from God.
God desires for you to function as a whole, but it takes peace. In a world filled with sin, it can be easy for our natural senses to be deceived into believing that success is produced by torment. Torment is often disguised as hard work. We have often heard, “If you work hard enough…” then a reward will follow. After hearing this, we stretch ourselves to achieve in one area, giving less attention to the other parts of ourselves. Although, it is with good intention that we are pushed to achieve, the method is backwards. Everything starts as a seed. Once we are nourished, then blossom, we become many things but still one. Like a flower with its petals, and a tree with its branches.
When God speaks to one part of us it is for all three parts to bloom. However, the hard work that is needed to achieve what God has placed on our hearts is not done through torment. It is by peace that we live holy lives that are pleasing to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 it reads “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Until Jesus returns, we need to understand that God is a God of peace. He is not anxious, worried, stressed or anything that resembles torment. He is balanced and holy in all areas of Himself and we can be balanced and holy too.
We must remember God provides the seed and the provision to grow. He is our source for everything. And once we begin to trust in the provision more than the provider our lives lack holiness and soon unravels.
I encourage you to listen to what God is saying to you. It may seem too extravagant or unordinary, or tone death to the other parts of you in need. Trust Him, He is listening and knows everything about you. His words are for you to be balanced in your spirit, soul and body so that you may prosper in every season of your life. Jeremiah 17:8 says exactly this, it reads “[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”
Be at peace. Understand that God cares and wants you to be whole and holy.