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Is anything worth more than your soul? Mark 8:37


Mark 8:37 Is anything worth more than your soul?

As the world crumbles before our eyes, I feel disbelief and sadness. I grew up knowing right from wrong.  I’m not saying that I grew up in the perfect family – indeed – we were far from perfect. But I recall the LORD and the family instilling in us a deep sense of what was right and wrong. My maternal grandmother ultimately turned our lives over to God.

But I drifted into sin and acceptance of the status quo even though I had an outwardly very successful looking life. I remember those dark times of sin when my soul was troubled and devastated because I knew better…but sin blinded me with instant gratification in so many areas.

Occasionally I’d wonder where God was because the hole in my heart was so deep. I didn’t want to sin, but it was easy, enjoyable and everyone was doing it.   

After many years of living in sin’s desperate grip, I found peace, joy and freedom in being loved and accepted by Jesus Christ. God chose to reveal himself to me and my eyes, heart, mind and soul came alive.

Fast forward to the great debate on marriage

I never thought I’d see the day when a company was threatened because its owner is a Christian who believes in the sanctity of marriage – between a man and a woman.
I’ve been criticized as well for being cruel, unloving and giving Christians a bad rap because I don’t accept the homosexual lifestyle. I cannot lovingly go along with those who practice homosexuality and those who look the other way and say that it’s fine.

Sin is sin. And I, sinner, will continue to speak out.

Many people say Jesus would be fine with the gay/lesbian lifestyle. I disagree. The Lord made it plain that he forgave the person for sinning, but he also said, “Go and sin no more.”

Our society is crumbling away as we get further and further from God. We’re seeing violence, disease, belief in all sorts of gods and more instability than ever before. The farther away we get from Christ, the closer we get to the final days.  

I know that I and those I love cannot survive without the grace of God. Nothing is more important than my soul. 

Consider your soul in your long term planning.

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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
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Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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