First Thessalonians 5:23 says, “May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Message translation writes 1 Thessalonians to say, “May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If He said it, He’ll do it!”

Sanctify means: to set apart for a sacred purpose. (Hold that truth so close to your heart.)

Something else that will help you understand His word and the scripture above is that that you are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body.

Too many of us are walking around and living day to day and moment to moment by what our eyes can see and whatever it is our emotions are telling us. It's time to understand your spirit, soul, and your body.  |  Jessica Hottle

The reality is that we cannot perceive what we see, hear, touch, and smell to be the source of our truth. Truth isn’t discerned through our natural senses. Believe you have received when you pray, not when you see it.

Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

If we only believe when we see then we are not operating in faith. The more we begin to step out and stand on God’s word, the bolder we become in our faith and God’s word becomes more effective in our lives. Everything in our life flows out of our hearts (our soul). Including healing. It’s easy to predict a future by the words that are spoken because every word is a seed that is planted.

Psalm 147:4-5 tells us, “He determines the numbers of the stars, He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord and abundant in power. His understanding is beyond measure.”

Therefore, we can’t keep trying to rationalize our circumstances to God’s word. Our focus should be taking God’s word to our circumstance till we see the promise in the natural.

Hebrews 6:12 reminds us of this truth, “That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” When turning to God’s word it shows us exactly who we are in the spirit.

Our spirit is our innermost part. It can’t be seen and it can’t be felt. Our soul is our mental and emotional part. It’s our personality too. Our body is our physical body. The part that you can see, touch, and feel.

When you became a new creation in Christ, you got a whole new spirit. You were once a slave to sin but now you are one with Christ. You used to belong to the enemy but now you are God’s property and your spirit is sealed until one day when your body is redeemed.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

I am sharing this with you today because understanding these basic principles helps us to also understand scripture and ourselves through scripture. Too many of us are walking around and living day to day and moment to moment by what our eyes can see and whatever it is our emotions are telling us.

That’s not the way of the Kingdom.

Even if you feel like your body is no good. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Even if you feel like nothing has worked. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Even if you feel like the scale resembles your identity. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

Friend, it’s time to slow down long enough to recognize that how you feel isn’t how you are doing. (Unless it is aligned with His word.)

What lie have you been believing to be true? Where have you placed your worth and identity?

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Rooting for you,

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