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  • The Soul

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    When I was a kid I went to a private school that was started by a church. Every Tuesday we would go to the Sanctuary for Bible study. In the Sanctuary was a banner that had Mark 8:36 on it. Every Tuesday when I would enter the chapel I would read that banner. So much that it didn’t take long for me to be able to recite it without looking at it. At the time I understood that it was a big question but I don’t think it was until adulthood that I realized the weight of the question. The older I get the more and more I see what a life outside of God does to people. When we choose to give our lives to anything or anyone but God we are forfeiting our soul to a cruel and unmerciful enemy whose ultimate goal is to destroy us. What in this life is worth more than your soul? Is anything really when you truly think about it? When you weigh what your choices will do to you and the people you love you start to realize how much the world and all of its ideas and opinions and empty promises don’t matter.

    Is anything in this life worth more than your soul? That is a question that God has been pressing on my heart to share with people. Whether they listen or not this world and the enemy are constantly trying to steal the souls of people through ideas and philosophies and material things because he knows that if he gets you to forfeit your soul than he’s got everything in you that’s worth anything.

    Satan got Adam and Eve to trade their souls in exchange for “the knowledge of good and evil” and for “power”. He told them they would be equal with God because they would know what God knows and so they traded their souls for an empty lie and thus the fall of man. Instead of being like God they lost communion with God, they lost the garden, and they lost their right standing with God.

    The enemy attacked Jesus in this way and so it would be unwise for us to think we will not be tested and tempted. In the Bible it tells us that there was a time when Satan tried to get Jesus to forfeit his soul in the desert just as he did to Adam and Eve in the garden. Jesus had fasted and prayed and the enemy came at him with every weakness he could think of: food, power, kingdoms of the world, he even tried to get Jesus to kill himself to prove the angels would protect him. He knew if he could get Jesus to forfeit his soul for any one of those temptations than Jesus could not defeat him. Jesus overcame and defeated the enemy. It makes the enemy angry that when we come and give our lives to Jesus and walk in him that he can’t have our souls. Everyday when the enemy tries to get you to forfeit your soul remind him that Jesus already has it and you’re not about to give it to him.

    To my brothers and sisters in Christ do not give up. Stand strong and do not fear.
    Do not trade your soul for anything this world has to offer. It’s not worth it. Today I want you to think about something around you that has tried to steal your soul and I want you to pray and ask God to give you the strength to help you overcome it just as Jesus did in the desert. Without God we can not overcome these temptations but with Him we can. Pray and ask for His strength today.

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  • The Power of Choices

    A few weeks ago I was on my break at work listening to worship music and praying. While I was worshiping I felt God showing me the power of choice. While I was worshiping God said to me “I gave my own Son a choice. What makes you think I wouldn’t give you one too?”
    What God was saying to me was that when Jesus was in the garden of Gethesemane Jesus had a choice: a choice to go to the cross, suffering a pain and punishment like no man had experienced before for the redemption of all mankind or to walk away from the punishment He didn’t deserve. Jesus chose to go to the cross and in three days He rose again redeeming all of mankind. From this part of what God was showing me, He expounded. God showed me how Lucifer was given a choice. Lucifer was head of all of the worship in Heaven until one day he decided that he wanted to try to exalt himself above God. God gave Lucifer a choice and He gave the angels an opportunity to choose. 1/3 of the angels went with Lucifer. Now Lucifer is known as Satan, the enemy of man, but because of Jesus’ choice to go to the cross Satan is also known as defeated.
    So if God allowed Jesus to choose and He allowed Lucifer to choose what makes us think that He won’t allow us to choose.

    People get angry at God because bad things happen, the same people that say they are mad that God allows bad things say they don’t want to serve Him because He doesn’t give you a choice, He doesn’t let you do what you want to do. It’s like no matter what God were to do they wouldn’t be happy. If He allows man to choose bad things can and will happen if man is not in God when making the decision, but if He were to not give them a choice than they would be mad.

    Here is the thing: God gives everyone a choice but God also gives us the better option and warns us what will happen if we don’t choose correctly. In man having a choice it leaves us open to make the wrong choices. Because of our fallen nature our ability to see is clouded. Adam and Eve had a choice in the garden and they chose wrong. God gave them a choice: life or death, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, or to live in the garden walking with God. Adam and Eve forfeited the garden for one piece of fruit.
    Although everything fell there is something that didn’t change in the garden and that is the power of a man’s choice. Man still has a choice and man’s choices can still make a huge impact but our fallen nature allows us to choose incorrectly. Satan clouds our judgement making our ability to see the right choices clouded. Jesus is the only one Who can redeem our choices and help us see the right things to do. It is through Jesus man’s decision making is redeemed.

    Every choice that you make impacts everyone around you, not just yourself. Lucifer chose hell, Adam and Eve chose to listen to the serpent causing all of mankind to live under the curse, Jesus chose the cross and redemption for all mankind. If God gave each and every one of them a choice whether it be good or bad what makes us think we are exempt. Our choices are powerful, they can change everything. Every choice impacts more than just you. Never forget that there is great power in your choices.

    God allows all to choose. God knows true love is chosen not forced. So you can choose not to serve Him but in doing so you open yourself up to the consequences that go along with not doing so and that means bad things will come out of it. In God’s Word it says that the penalty of sin is death. So if you choose not to serve God you will be headed straight towards that penalty. Ultimately serving God is your choice but you have to ask yourself if you want to reap the consequences of not choosing Him. God has His promises written in His Word for those who follow Him. God will uphold His people those who have chosen Him. The enemy is a lie and he has been deceiving people since the garden but God’s Words are true. When making decisions it is important to seek God. Every being in existence has a choice make sure you make the right ones.

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