How is your soul doing?
I bet you keep a good watch over your bank account; make sure it’s in good shape. But, do you know how your soul is doing?
“He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water…”
– Psalm 1 verse 3
Enrich your soul
The richness of your soul is something you control. Each day you input there, into your soul. You may wish for more cash in your bank account, however, your boss, or “the economy”, controls your wages, right?
With your soul, you yourself can enrich your soul as you walk your day close to God — through all your experiences. To get richness in our soul, we have to want it, and continually yield our will to God.
As we follow what God wants for us, He enriches our soul.
Over the course of hundreds of years,
God inspired men of God
to write what would eventually contain
God’s comunication to the world.
And Jesus said
– if you accept what I have said to you
(through the Bible),
and if you
follow what I have revealed to you
(to all of us),
then you will be “favored by God”.
-Source: God’s message to the world
Verse 11 of 2 Corinthians 13:11-14 says “be what you should be”. Being complete in Christ is something we continually work on from day-to-day.
“Thank you Lord, for saving my soul…”
The way of the righteous… “he will be like a tree…”
Psalm 1 World English Bible (WEB)
Blessed is the man who doesn’t walk in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stand on the path of sinners,
nor sit in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in Yahweh’s[a] law.
On his law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree planted by the streams of water,
that produces its fruit in its season,
whose leaf also does not wither.
Whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The wicked are not so,
but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the wicked shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For Yahweh knows the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked shall perish.
“Thank you Lord, for making me whole…”
Some soul points to ponder:
“For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.
Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”
“Thank you Lord, for giving to me…”
Testing Our Self, Our Soul
We learn and grow by asking ourselves the following questions, with Peter in 1 Peter 1:2-9…
Are you working with “the sanctifying work of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ… sprinkled with His blood”? (v2)
Are “grace and peace” inside your insides – more and more? (v2)
Are you cultivating a close walk with God? (v2)
As you walk closely with God, His grace and peace will “be yours in increasing abundance“. (v2)
Are you feeling “ever-living hope and confident assurance” because of “the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead“? (v3)
Do you keep alive in you that “ever-living hope and confidence assurance” because of your “inheritance which is imperishable [beyond the reach of change] and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you”. (v4)
Do you have that assurance of “are being protected and shielded by the power of God“? (v5)
Do you maintain “through your faith” your assurance of your “salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time?” (5)
Do you rejoice “in this” future salvation coming to you? (v.5-6)
Do you “rejoice greatly” – “even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials“? (v6)
Do you continually work on “the genuineness of your faith“? (v7)
Do you acknowledge that your genuine faith “is much more precious than gold which is perishable” and rejoice in it? (v7)
Knowing your salvation is secure in Him for the future, do you rejoice in that coming return of Christ (“at the revelation of Jesus Christ“) – “even though tested and purified by fire” in this life? (7)
Are you looking forward to that day when all your endurance in this life will rewarded as it will “be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ? (v7)
Does the ultimate “salvation of [a]your soul…” help you “believe and trust in Him” with confidence? (v8)
Do you “greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy” because “you love Him” and “believe and trust in Him” – even “Though you have not seen Him”, and “though you do not even see Him now”? (v8)
Are you anticipating greatly “the salvation of your soul….”? (v8)
Do you cultivate the anticipation of “[the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, which is the ultimate “salvation of your soul….”?
Sykes Bio. Authors of the song, “Thank you Lord, for saving my soul….”
“Bessie Sykes and her husband Seth were traveling evangelists based in Glasgow, Scotland. They traveled around the UK. Seth preached and wrote lyrics to many hymns. Bessie wrote the music and accompanied it on a folding organ.” – Seth Sykes and Bessie Sykes
- 1 Peter 1:2-9
2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by the sanctifying work of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be yours in increasing abundance [as you walk closely with God].
3 Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant and boundless mercy has caused us to be born again [that is, to be reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, and set apart for His purpose] to an ever-living hope and confident assurance through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 [born anew] into an inheritance which is imperishable [beyond the reach of change] and undefiled and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected and shielded by the power of God through your faith for salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice greatly, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and though you do not even see Him now, you believe and trust in Him and you greatly rejoice and delight with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 receiving as the result [the outcome, the consummation] of your faith, the salvation of [a]your souls.