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October 17, 2014

Text:  “…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded by faith, for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith, ——- more precious than gold though it is tested by  fire ——- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” I Peter 1:4-7

God has expressed his love and concern for mankind from the beginning. Genesis 1 :28-29  He himself has ever supplied sustenance, both physical and spiritual in kind, to man to enhance his life in earth and heaven. His providence is often extoled in the account of the lavish way  that he  supplied to the slaves freed from Egyptian bondage. God’s mercy has been demonstrated for all mankind. Paul insisted that God had given man everything he needed. “…since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.”  Acts 17:25b  Indeed, God is revealed in the scriptures  as one who cares for every man. “Casting all your anxieties upon him, for he cares for you.”  I Peter 5:7  Certainly; God loves your soul and has demonstrated it in sending his Son to the cross.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in  him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

God provides a spiritual food for the inner man.  Isaiah wrote, “Come, every one who thirsts, come to the  waters, and he who has  no money, come buy milk  and  wine  without money and without price.”  Isaiah 55:1  He offered the Israelites the Law and Moses mediated it to them. The Law was the backbone of a covenant between God and Israel. The people promised to obey and study the Law. “All the people answered together and said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do.” Exodus 19:8  Moreover, God gave directions as to how people were to utilize his word by faithful study“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall  talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”  Deuteronomy  6:5-7  Yes, God loves the souls of men and provides words to live by! 

Do you love your  soul?  We may consume things harmful to our spirits, or simply ignore nutrition which makes our souls prosper. Look again at the life of your soul. In fact, introspection is good for the soul. Take a deep inventory about whether your soul is advancing or retreating. Be honest and be thorough. Measure yourself by the standard of God’s word. Do this regularly. But don’t be like that gent in James 1:25-26 who went to the mirror, saw his wretched appearance, and made no positive changes. Make every effort to have a healthy soul!

A casual approach will yield meager results. It is a  tragic mistake to  neglect feeding one’s spiritual person. God offers spiritual sustenance, but it is up to each  individual to take God’s providential, life-giving word. God doesn’t force-feed any one.

That means, “Serve yourself”.


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