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August 28, 2022

To Hell & Back: Ps. Kelly Nelson


How do we handle the soul when we go through the proverbial hell?

Throughout this series, we’ve talked about how to handle the trauma and the proverbial “hell” we experience in life. Trauma affects not only our physical body and our spirit, but it also affects our souls. Every one of us has a soul, which is made up of our heart, our emotions, and our feelings. Our souls are incredibly influenced by trauma, whether it is a major trauma or a traumatic season of life. Anything that changes the way we see ourselves, our God, or the people around us can be considered a trauma. Pastor Kelly Nelson walks us through the first instance in the Bible when the enemy confronts God's truths with lies to Eve (Genesis 2:15-18, 3:1-6).

God created us with a knowing on our hearts.

The enemy will confront your "knower" to get you to stray away from God. He will attack the truth written on your heart by telling lies. You need to have your "knower" based in the Word of God - not your experience. When you receive lies from the enemy, your knowing will change and your thinking will change. Especially about God.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)

You need to allow yourself to feel.

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with boldness draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:15:16 (NIV)

The emotion of fear and the spirit of fear are completely different. Our souls can lead us when we don't healthily allow ourselves to feel and process our feelings. Negative feelings are not sinful. They are indicators that something is wrong within us. Fear, anger, and sadness. Jesus felt them all, but He did not sin. He always brought them to the Father to receive mercy and find grace.

"Can you accept God healing you without explaining the pain? Without knowing why something happened to you?" ~ Pastor Kelly Nelson

Drawing near to the throne with boldness is really just being vulnerable in the presence of God. To be honest in our struggle. And know that He will hear us and heal us. That is where true healing and restoration is found. The emotions that you are feeling are entirely valid and should not be ignored. They should be brought to the presence of the Lord to be met with grace and mercy.

Take care of your soul, and allow yourself to feel to heal.

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