“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” –Psalm 18:2
How often should one perform self-examination to ensure they are in the faith? Do you believe your journey is approved by GOD? Do you believe we are in a war for our soul? I do!
Are you too distracted with living to recognize the evil forces described in Ephesians 6:12? Evil forces are on call 24/7 to cause our soul eternal damnation? Ladies, I understand sometimes our heart is divided by various roles. But we must not allow anything or anyone to cause us to live contrary to God’s commandments. For me, I pray throughout the day for the Lord to help me maintain an undivided heart. I have only one opportunity as a disciple of Jesus to make heaven my home. “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. –John 14:2-3
One of my favorite spiritual songs is “Undivided Heart” sang by Destiny Metropolita. I listen to it every morning enroute to my office. The first verse is “Lover of my soul, hear my humble plea, make your way straight before me. Lord take complete control cause I find I’m on my knees far too many times for the same things. I need your guidance to be righteous. Lord have not just part but all of me! Give unto me an undivided heart that I may fear your name. Ruler of my life it’s you I want to please.”
What or who is distracting you from connecting intimately through prayer with the Lover of your soul? Do you think more of His birth than His resurrection? Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. –John 11:25-27. What about you? Do you believe this?
I was informed several times that others feel intimidated by me and they feel as though I am unapproachable. At first, I was disappointed because they don’t know me. But I later understood their perspective because I am not boisterous and bring less attention to myself. Their assumptions were based on my quiet spirit. I Peter 3:4 references the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. My objective is to please God. However, I am approachable, and a friendly and kind lady once you get to know me.
We should never make assumptions about Jesus who is on call for us 24/7. We can humbly contact Him through prayer as instructed to pray without ceasing. Even though He knows what we need, He listens to our every word without making assumptions, and this is why we must be specific in our prayers to our Lord, our Savior and our true friend. He said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” –John 15:15-18
Jesus is my Lord, my Savior and Lover of my soul. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” –John 15:13
Conclusion, remember His resurrection and His plan of salvation in all seasons.
“But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. –I Thessalonians 5:1-2
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the tests?” — II Corinthians 13:5
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” –Philippians 4:6
“Go in peace. Your journey has the LORD’s approval.” –Judges 18:6
“Put on the full armor of God. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms….” –Ephesians 6:11-16
Sermon of Felton D. Woods titled “The War For Your Souls” can be heard on Facebook. The URL is fb.me//SermonsofFeltonDWoods