My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times. (Psalm 119:20 ESV)
My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word! (Psalm 119:25 ESV)
The soul is the immaterial part of us that houses our thoughts, emotions, and our wills. It is the very core of our being. Our souls have the capacity to grow and become stronger and more in tune with God. But they must be fed. The word of God is what our souls must feast on to grow and to stay healthy. The soul has the capability to grow and expand as it receives and obeys God’s Spirit anointed words. But if we neglect our souls they will begin to dry up and shrivel spiritually. The Scriptures bring wisdom, understanding, and discernment to our inner person.
When God’s words are distorted or taken seriously out of context, they can become destructive to the soul. Satan himself quoted Scripture to Jesus out of their original context. Lies and distortions of the truth create strongholds in our minds that negatively effect our souls, which results in bad behavior. When our souls are living in constant contradiction to the truth we stay in a state of perpetual anxiety.
Distorted views of God and false religious beliefs bring our souls to ruin. Our souls were created to commune and to be with God forever. So, receive the word of God within yourself gladly and obey the commands of Jesus, and abide with him. –