Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess ye your souls”
This sounds odd: surely, we have our souls, don’t we?
But do you? Are you a person who has an uncontrollable temper?
Do you have a habit you can not give up?
Do you let your feelings “get the better of you”?
Anytime we, as Christians, let something else but God rule in our hearts, minds and wills; we do not “possess” our souls; they are being influenced by the World, the flesh or old nature which fights against God, or the Devil.
Our souls are our personality; mind, heart, and will are it’s faculties.
What we think, influences our personality. (How often what we hear and see around us in the world, shapes our way of thinking about certain things.)
What we feel, influences our personality. (Hurt feelings, unforgiving anger, or inappropriate affections; all are part of the world around us, and often get into our hearts as well.)
What we will really influences our personality; for our wills are the whole of us active.
From an early age, we decide what we will, whether we can carry out our decisions, or not.
“I will do this, no matter what you think.” “I won’t, even if you want me to.” These are often what we say within ourselves, building up resentments; instead of yielding to authority. And yes, this includes God’s Authority.
When we are born again, then our wills are beginning to be trained to yield to God; because the power of the Holy Spirit is within us, helping us to yield.
Then we can truly “possess” our souls, and free them from the constraints of sin and self, and the effects of the World system around us, and the tricks of our Adversary, the Devil.
Every faculty of our souls is brought into subjection to His Will and Way for us.
2 Peter 1:5-8 “Beside this, giving all diligence (to will with the Holy Spirit), add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge;
And to knowledge, temperance; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness;
And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
By the faith given us when we are born again, we are to acquire the Artea or power of the Holy Spirit by learning to yield to Him; which will give us knowledge of what He will do in us and for us; which will help us to be moderate in all our dealings, and help us to learn patience.
Then we will begin to have the Family resemblance, and act as the Lord would want us to; first toward our brothers and sisters in Christ by love, and then in all our dealings in the world in which we live.
This will give us the fruit of the Spirit, and the fruit of a Christian (Another Christian).
The Lord wants us to “possess” our souls. Become free from the influences of the world, the flesh, and the Devil; and be who He has created us to be.