Posts Tagged ‘ Soul ’

VerseD: Colossians 4:6

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Colossians 4:6, ESV

Most people speak from what they think they know. Let us remember to show grace as we speak the truth, speaking to sin-corrupted minds and souls.
May God grant us the grace and opportunities to bring others to know the truth.

Message Series: Malachi 3:5-15

It is about time for a short message series.

For the past few weeks and over the next couple of months, I will upload short messages based on the book of Malachi. It will probably be eight total and based on the section divisions in the English Standard Version of the Bible.

No special titles. Just taking a quick look at what was said.

So read along with me, and let us study what Malachi said to his people about 2,400 years ago.

Malachi 3:5-15

Remember that Malachi literally means “my messenger”, so he is God’s messenger, as all the Prophets were.

Chapter 1 was about God’s love for His covenant people – those who obey and love Him – versus those who refuse to listen to Him. The priests offered lame, sick, and injured animals as sacrifices, basically taking the Lord’s name in vain by calling it acceptable even though they were worthless gifts.

Chapter 2 can be called the passage about “bovine scatology”, because priests then (and many now) led people astray with false teachings. So God rebuked them and showed they are outside of the covenant.

Chapter 2 finishes with God rebuking not only the priests but any who practice what God said not to, and leads into chapter 3 in which God calls out those who call evil good and vice versa (which leads to His eventual judgment!)

Now, on to discuss stealing from God:

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

  • God does not change: He is Father, even if we push Him away.
  • The tithes and offerings of ancient Israel went to feeding the Levites and those who served the Temple.
    • To not give offerings and tithes was to say:
      • “God does not need my offering.”
      • “I want the priests to starve.”
      • Breaks both great commandments!
  • Saying “I’m not called to preach or share the gospel” is saying it is vain to serve God.
  • Saying “Everything is so horrible, how can there be a good God?” pushes people from God.
  • Whether atheist or a Christian who refuses to share the Gospel or lives just like the world is also stealing from God:
    • Leading people from God is in essence stealing souls from Him and pushing them to eternal torment.
    • Refusing to tell people the Gospel is stealing souls from Him, because you only seek the benefits of His grace but refuse to share that grace with others (pay for services provided, if you will, such as shopping or eating out but refusing to pay).

VerseD: Deuteronomy 6:5

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
Deuteronomy 6:5, ESV

God helps us control our thoughts and emotions as we learn to walk like the Son and love on others.

VerseD: Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!
Psalm 143:10, ESV

The Holy Spirit regenerates our hearts and minds, and purifies our souls, that we may be saved from our sin and become more like the Son.

VerseD: Psalm 42:11

Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
Psalm 42:11, ESV

Sometimes this life can get us down or even feel pointless and beyond hope.

But God is God. If we turn to Him and praise Him alone, we will find our joy and peace.

VerseD: 3 John 1:2

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
3 John 1:2, ESV

This is no prosperity gospel teaching. It is a prayer that as we pursue Christ we remain or get healthy, but not a guarantee. That only comes at the resurrection.

VerseD: Luke 9:24

For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.
Luke 9:24, ESV

To save your soul, you must realize your life does not belong to you. Realizing God is in control of your life and letting Him will grant you peace and eternal life.

VerseD: Psalm 23:3

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 23:3, ESV

God is the One who restores our soul. If we follow Jesus’ teachings, we will walk in righteousness and peace.

VerseD: Zephaniah 3:17

The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17, ESV

Our Savior God calms our tormented souls and complaining hearts through His sacrificial love, and He teaches us to sing with Joy and by His Holy Spirit.

VerseD: Proverbs 17:22

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Proverbs 17:22, ESV

Many things in this life and drive us down and practically kill us. Many other things can lift us up and give us joy.

The joy of the Lord is what gives us hope and makes the problems of life more nuisances (in the grand scheme).