Picture a cell phone as a representation of our body. The Network that it functions on as a representation of our spirit, the service provider as a representation of God, and the sim card as a representation of our soul.
As attractive and as functional as the cell phone was built to be, it is not independently functional without being on the network of a Provider. It cannot make calls, connect with others, or send and receive messages or information. That Network is like our spirit. The bible says in James 2:26 that the body apart from the spirit is dead. Our spirit comes from God. As our provider, God, has breathed into us the breath of life (his spirit), so that we can be a living being. Genesis 2:7 NIV says “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being”.
Furthermore, in order for a cell phone to be connected to the network, it must have a sim card that is received from the provider, establishing a belonging to the Provider that is safely secured in the core of its being. Not only does it identify solely to the Provider, is the thing that enables the phone and the Provider the ability to communicate via the network. It also stores valuable data and information throughout the life of the phone. Our soul is like that of a sim card; it belongs to God our creator who has safely secured it until that day. Ezekiel 18:4 KJV says “Behold, all souls are mine…” Psalm 62:1 KJV says “Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation”.
Our soul is our hidden spiritual being that is reflective of our current physical being. 3 John 1:2 AMP says “Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]”. Proverbs 16:24 AMP says “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.” Now when Jeremiah so deeply conveyed his affliction in the Bible, Lamentations 3:17 said that his soul was cast far away from peace. Psalm 142 is a prayer in times of trouble, it says in verse 6-7 AMP “Give attention to my cry, For I am brought very low; Rescue me from my persecutors, For they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison (adversity), So that I may give thanks and praise Your name;…”. Even when Jesus was fortelling of his death, he said in John 12:27 AMP “Now My soul is troubled and deeply distressed; what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour [of trial and agony]’?” Our soul feels what we go through, it is uplifted when we are uplifted, it prospers when we prosper, and is troubled when we are in distress.
So while our soul waits for the coming of Jesus, while retrieving the valuable state of our lives, we ought to preserve our souls. How do we do that? By having faith and not turning back to a life without Christ. Hebrews 10:35-39 AMP “Do not, therefore, fling away your [fearless] confidence, for it has a glorious and great reward. For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one [the one justified by faith] shall live by faith [respecting man’s relationship to God and trusting Him]; And if he draws back [shrinking in fear], My soul has no delight in him. But our way is not that of those who shrink back to destruction, but [we are] of those who believe [relying on God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by this confident faith preserve the soul.”