Is My Soul Important?
Sunday, May 29 2016 @ 06:00 AM CDT
Contributed by: Harold
Radio transcript for the week of May 29, 2016
Harold Bigham preaches on "Is My Soul Important?" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.
Matthew 16:26, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
The soul is our most valuable possession. I cannot see physically my soul but Jesus states that I have one and that it is more valuable than anything else that I own. How can I realize the potential for my soul? Is there room for improvement? What are some things that will help me in developing my soul as God would have it to be?
- Focus on what is Important for your Soul
Focus on this most valuable thing that God has blessed us with, our soul. We live in a very fast paced society. Families don't eat together anymore at the kitchen table. We are stretched into a million pieces and like a rubber band we lose our strength. We focus on what is temporal and not eternal.
Many focus and trust in uncertain riches. Paul stated, 1 Timothy 6:17, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy."
John wrote in 1 John 2:15-17, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever."
Many focus and trust in popularity and social circles. Paul gave up his social status to be with Christ.
Philippians 2:4-8, "Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."
Many focus and trust in work. While work is necessary and scriptural for our life's functions, it is not the whole of us. The Rich Fool learned that life was more than working. He put his heart into growing food to be able to sit back and relax one day.
Luke 12:15-23, "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God. And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment."
We can be as he was and allow our work to swallow our life so that there is no room for God to be first in our life. Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
- Feed your Soul
Feed the soul with spiritual food. Just as our physical body desires substance, our soul must be fed. Jesus replied to the devil during the times of temptation in the wilderness "that man shall not eat by bread alone".
Matthew 4:1-11, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."
Peter writes about being fed in 1 Peter 2:1-3, "Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious."
The Hebrew writer encourages growth while sternly reproves those in Christ who have not developed or grown properly.
Hebrews 5:12-14, "For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil."
Timothy was told to study. 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
- Fight for your Soul
Fight against Satan's deceitful ways. We are to fight the good fight of faith, 1 Timothy 6:12, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses."
We are to be aware of Satan's devices, 2 Corinthians 2:11, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."
Paul wrote the church at Ephesus to fight against the devil's tricks. Ephesians 6:11, "
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."
As a Christian, one has the available tool to pray to the Heavenly Father. Pray for knowledge and how to properly apply knowledge.
James 1:5-6, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
- Flee from Things that will Harm your Soul - Protect your Soul
Just as Joseph fled Potiphar's wife, we must flee from temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:12-13, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
Use the trials of life to make us stronger. 1 Peter 1:6-7, "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ".
Have you obeyed the Gospel of Christ? The Bible states that we can obey the gospel and be added to the Lord's body by the Lord himself. Hear the gospel (Romans 10:17) ; Have faith (Mark 16:16); Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5); Confess the dear name of Christ (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38). We then meet the grace of Almighty God (Ephesians 2:8). Be faithful even until you die for the Lord (Revelation 2:10) so that Heaven can be your eternal reward.
Thank you my friend for studying the Bible with us today and may God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.