When I was a Flight Attendant, I was required to attend yearly training to ensure that I maintained safety evacuation protocols. The concept behind the training was that in the event of an emergency, both my mind and body would automatically set into motion. My mind would instinctively know how to respond while my voice would shout the commands without even thinking about it. One might suppose that this was a form of brainwashing; however, “muscle memory” is a more appropriate term because I was a willing participant.
To explain, muscle memory is form of procedural memory that involves motor skills. Hence, the repetition and constant training to simulate an emergency was a type of insurance that gave me the confidence to perform my job. I did not fear panicking, thus, I believed that my training could save lives.
In a similar way, I find that the time I spend with God daily is a type of training that will prepare me for any stresses that come my way. Muscle memory may help me ride a bike or automatically type these letters on my computer; but it is my “Soul Memory” that helps me develop Godly tools to fight spiritual warfare. The Bible tells us that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil in this world (Ephesians 6:12) and that we must put on the armor of God – the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes with the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the power of prayer (Ephesians 6:13-18). My armor is designed from His Word and my “Soul Memory” develops more and more each day.
Ways to cultivate your “Soul Memory”: Study God’s Word daily. I purposely chose the word, “study” because for years I just read my Bible as if it was a task that I was checking off of my “to-do-list”. Now, I study a little bit each day which involves stopping to understand the meaning of the text. If I see a word that I do not know, I look it up. Technology has helped me be a better Spiritual Student (and a better writer--plug to get you to read my previous blog—wink, wink 😉). Next, find a good devotional series. Either in book form (Our Daily Bread), App on your phone (YouVersion), or email subscription (Proverbs 31 Ministry), watch Christian movies (Pureflix), listen to Praise and Worship songs (Local FM stations: 90.3, 88.1, or 92.1), join or create your own Bible Study (Ladies: I lead an online Women’s Bible Study) or community group (LWCC), and of course, Pray! There is more power in prayer than most Christians realize. The Power is not getting what you ask God to do - it is the Power of knowing you can communicate with your Creator and He is listening.
Each Day, your soul will strengthen through Biblical exercise just like your muscles do from physical exercise. I may not be Arnold Schwarzenegger on the outside; however, “I’ll be back” – soon with another post since Christ-A-Tarian is inside my “Soul Memory"