THE STATE OF YOUR SOUL 

A TOPICAL MESSAGE

 

This past week President Bush gave his annual “State of the Union” Address.

 

Of course messages and written documents similar to the State of the Union message are often presented.  Messages are given on the “State of the State” in many places, or “the state of the city”.  In fact, pastors, including myself, have spoken on the “State of the Church”. 

Such messages usually sum up how things are now and what the plans are for the future.  This is the type of message I usually give in the Pastor’s report as part of our Annual Report.

 

Let me suggest to you that the most important thing you have to report on is “THE STATE OF YOUR SOUL”,

 

Your soul, of course, is the part of you that will live forever.  It is the real you.  And the status of your soul is of extreme importance. Mark 8:34-37

 

The state of your soul is so important that Pastors like me have been assigned to watch for it, and to take active part in helping you take care of your soul. Hebrews 13:17

 

So I want you to give a report on the State of your Soul.  I’m not asking you to do it out loud.  I’m asking you to do it within, reporting to yourself, and to God.  Such a report will help you to review the state of your soul right now, and what you need to do this year by way of making improvements.

 

IS MY SOUL REDEEMED?

 

2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

 

Most of you know the Gospel.

You know that all of us are sinners.

You know that we are not righteous enough to earn our ways into Heaven. Isaiah 64:6

 

You know that Christ redeemed us, purchasing our souls out of condemnation. Ephesians 1:7

 

You know that Christ has risen from the dead.

You know that faith in Christ makes us righteous before God and makes us citizens in Heaven.   

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

So examine yourself!

Have you placed your faith in Christ as Savior?

Do you have the assurance of Christ dwelling in you?

Can you say with the Apostle Paul in Galatians 2:20, Christ liveth in me?   

   

Paul expected them to examine themselves and indeed find that Christ was present!   

You should be able to examine and find that you have had fellowship with the Lord Jesus.  That He has changed your life!  You realize that since making a profession of faith in Him, you are different and now interested in the things of God.

 

You should be able to examine yourself and find the assurance from God that you are His child.

Romans 8:15-16

 

If you examine and find no real evidence that you have trusted Christ, do so.

If you examine yourself and find evidence that Christ is in your life, that you are indeed a child of God, then you have reason to rejoice. 

 

You also have reason to encourage yourself to a deeper, more intimate walk with Him, seeing that He is present!

 

IS MY SOUL RELIANT?

 

There are times when we have all failed to be trustworthy.  Sometimes, we have not been worthy of being trusted because of our actions, because of our sinful nature.

And yet how much it hurts when someone does not trust us, especially when we’ve done nothing wrong, when there’s no reason not to trust us!

 

Imagine how God must feel when we are not reliant on Him!

He is perfect.

He has done all things well!

He is almighty!

If He can’t be trusted who can!

 

And all through Scripture we are encouraged to put our trust in Him and His Son!  We need to be reminded of these Scriptures. Psalm 62:5-6,8, Deuteronomy 33:27, Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, John 15:5, Hebrews 11:6,

 

You know in your head that God can be trusted.

But do you know in your heart that God can be trusted?

 

Has it ever occurred to you, that as a Christian that the biggest insult to God is to live in a continual state of worry and unbelief; to be out of sorts and anxious about the past, present or the future?  

   

God makes it clear that everything is to be committed to Him in prayer so that we can have peace of mind. Psalm 55:22, 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7

 

So how reliant has your soul been? 

Have you lived in a state of trust or anxious worry?

To please your God and for your soul to right with God there MUST be reliance on Him!   

 

IS MY SOUL REMISS?

Some of the hardest words for anyone to hear are, “I don’t love you anymore.”

It’s said often, but actually practiced even more frequently.

Often our actions, and even more so, our attitudes say to someone, “I don’t love you anymore.”

Is that what you are saying to God, “I don’t love you anymore”?

 

Revelation 2:4-5 - Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. [5] Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

 

These words were spoken to the Christian church in Ephesus.  This was a church that was very active and doctrinally sound.  And yet Jesus had a problem with them.

 

The fervent love which they once had for the Lord Jesus was no longer there. 

The things they did were only a going “through the motions.”

 

They left their “first love”, which implies they loved something or someone else more than they loved the Lord.

 

It’s very easy to do, because there are so many things around to “love”.

 

The Lord tells us what to do.

He tells us to remember what it was like when we were most in love with Jesus.

He tells us to repent, to turn around.

He tells us to go back do the first works. 

Think like you thought when you most loved Jesus.

Act like you acted when you most loved Jesus.

Love like you loved when you most loved Jesus.

 

IS MY SOUL RESPONSIBLE?

 

How responsible a Christian are you?

 

Check out the New Testament.

In the Book of Acts, when a person believed he was baptized.

Jesus’ command was very simple. Matthew 28:19-20

 

Baptism is to follow belief.  Have you been baptized?   

 

How responsible a Christian are you?

Do you attend this church regularly?

Are you a member?

You’re not?

In most cases that’s irresponsible.

You want to receive but you don’t want to give.

You can find all sorts of excuses not to join.

But joining requires commitment. 

Commitment means responsibility. 

And if you don’t join, you never have to worry about responsibility.  

 

Does Jesus love his church?

Did Jesus make a commitment to His church? Ephesians 5:25

   

Christ loves His Church.

Do you love His church?

How about his local church?

Then love it, enough to make a commitment to membership.   

 

One more thing in the way of commitment:

Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 

You need to be here more than once a week or once every couple of weeks.

You need to be in Sunday School and Church.

We need you in the Evening Service to be encouraged and to be an encouragement.

We need you to be part of our Prayer Team on Wednesday nights.

Some are concerned about our lack of growth, and the need for new blood.

 

Let’s get out and pray for these things.

 

How is the State of your Soul?

Ask yourself:   

IS MY SOUL READY?

 

Are you ready for Jesus to come back?

What if He had appeared last week?

Would you have been ready?

 

Luke 12:40 - Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

 

Here’s how to be ready:   

Titus 2:11-13 - For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, [12] Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; [13] Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 

What is the State of your Soul?

Ask yourself:   

1.     IS MY SOUL REDEEMED?

2.     IS MY SOUL RELIANT?

3.     IS MY SOUL REMISS?

4.     IS MY SOUL RESPONSIBLE?

5.     IS MY SOUL READY?

 

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