Thursday, 28 April 2016

Your Soul Belongs To God



Opening Scripture.

Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine… (Ezekiel 18:4).

There’re those who ask if it’s possible for people to sell their souls to the devil. No one can sell his or her soul to the devil; the reason being that all souls belong to God. How can Satan possibly pay for the soul of any human being and with what "currency" exactly? God paid for the soul of every man, woman, boy, and girl, with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:18-19).

Satan lies to a whole lot of Christians, deceiving them to think he’s in charge of their lives somehow, whereas he doesn’t have such rights. Jesus bought the whole field and paid for everyman. So, you can’t sell your soul to the devil. Even if you stood in front of the devil and said to him, "I sell my soul to you." He couldn’t buy it. Your soul neither belongs to you nor Satan; it belongs to God.

Even when you give your heart to Jesus, you’re not "selling" your heart to Him either. The terminology of "giving your heart to Jesus" doesn’t really apply in the way we think a lot of times, as to "bundling" yourself up and giving yourself to Him. To give Him your heart is to give Him your attention. 

He said, "My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways" (Proverbs 23:26). So, when we say, "Give your heart to the Lord", we’re saying, "Turn over to Him; yield yourself to do His will." 

The reason you can do that is because He gave you the right; He took the right off Satan, gave it to you, and said, "Give me your heart and follow me!" He told the Israelites, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life..." (Deuteronomy 30:19). 

He told them to choose life! Serve God truly, with your life. Love Him with all your heart, for your soul belongs to Him.
It’s important to understand, nonetheless, that there’s such a term as ‘selling oneself to do evil.’ This means willingly yielding oneself to do evil or wickedness. In this way, one could be said to have ‘sold himself’ to the devil or evil. 

"And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD...But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up" (1 Kings 21:20, 25)•


CONFESSION


My life belongs to Jesus Christ. I’ve been crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me! God’s purpose is fulfilled in me, and I walk in His perfect will today and always! Hallelujah•


FURTHER STUDY:
1 Corinthians 3:23;
And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's•

Isaiah 43:1;
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

Romans 14:7-9;
7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living•

1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 22:66-23:1-25
2 Samuel 1-3

2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
1 Corinthians 1:1-9
Psalm 137-138


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