We Need Strong Souls
Delivered by Trennie L. Williams
Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church
Sunday, May 5, 2018
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers. (3 John 1:2)
The world has so many ways of creating wealth. We have our careers. We have our businesses. We have stocks and bonds. We have residual income. We have hourly work income. We have a lot of money-earning matters in front of us trying to persuade us to take matters into our own hands. Sometimes these efforts may takes leaving a conversation with the Lord out of equation. This direction, unfortunately, wrongly encourages us to follow Spiritless ways to provide for our families, ourselves, and hopefully reaching the joy of our retirement years. Right?
Well, Jehovah, God Almighty, wants us to consider another route. There are not any corporate and census statistics to lead us. Most people who have successful allowed the Him to guide their lives might not have a documented version of their accomplishments. As we look at keeping well and prosperous souls as a means to everything else, it is the most orthodox challenge we should take.
We Need Strong Souls. We need God’s help every single day to accomplish this righteous task.
Have you ever thought about your soul? Ask yourself: Is my soul healthy? Have life’s situations polluted the frame of my innermost self? Am I letting God guide my soul? The answers to these questions are good to know. The actions we take after knowing our answers are most important as we fine tune the direction of our livelihood.
Iris Delgado said it most efficient in her book Satan, You Can’t Have My Children when she said, “We must nourish and feed the spirit just as we feed the physical body.”
Here are some actions we shall take to have the strongest souls now and forevermore:
1. Ask God to “create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
a. Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! (2 Corirnthians 5:17)
b. Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a man is born of water and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical]; and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3:3-6)
c. And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God], That they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God. (Ezekiel 11:19-20)
2. Live sincerely in the Truth.
a. In fact, I greatly rejoiced when [some of] the brethren from time to time arrived and spoke [so highly] of the sincerity and fidelity of your life, as indeed you do live in the Truth [the whole Gospel presents]. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children are living their lives in the Truth. (3 John 1:3-4)
b. …the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father’s Son, in truth and love. I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father. And now I ask you, dear lady—not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. (2 John 1:2-6)
c. With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:10-11)
3Jn_1:3-6; Col_1:4-6; 1Th_1:3-10, 1Th_2:13-14, 1Th_2:19-20, 1Th_3:6-9; 2Th_1:3, 2Th_2:13; Phm_1:5-7; 2Pe_1:3-9, 2Pe_3:18; Rev_2:9; Psa_51:10; Eze_11:19, Eze_18:31, Eze_36:26; Mat_12:33; Joh_3:3, Joh_3:5; Gal_6:15; Eph_2:10: Psa_119:2, Psa_119:34, Psa_119:58, Psa_119:69, Psa_78:37; 1Sa_7:3; 2Ch_15:15; Jer_3:10; Hos_10:2; Zep_1:5-6; Mat_6:24; Col_3:22; 1Jn_2:15; Psa_119:21, Psa_119:118, Psa_119:133, Psa_119:176, Psa_23:3, Psa_125:5, Psa_143:8-10; Pro_2:13, Pro_21:16; Isa_35:8; Eze_34:6; 2Pe_2:15-22; Psa_119:21, Psa_119:118, Psa_119:133, Psa_119:176, Psa_23:3, Psa_125:5, Psa_143:8-10; Pro_2:13, Pro_21:16; Isa_35:8; Eze_34:6; 2Pe_2:15-22