“Listen Long Enough”

Thought for Today: LISTEN LONG ENOUGH

There is a battle in the land, as you well know the battle is between good and evil. And the enemy wants you to believe that’s all there is, but I have been instructed to warn you that this battle is not just between good and evil. There is a reason why good and evil are at war.  

Jesus said it this way “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). You see, when God created you, He gave you the ability to make your own decisions. For the word of God says, “And the LORD God formed man in the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; AND MAN BECAME A LIVING SOUL” (Genesis 2:7).

God did not make you like a robot for you to just do what He tells you to do. He gave you free will to make your own decision; He created you to be His and He is yours. Just like the book of Song of Solomon mentions in verse 2:16, “My beloved is mine, and I am his.”  

Your soul (which is your decision-making capabilities) belongs to God. He created you, He knows what is best for you because He is all knowing, all seeing, everywhere at all times. The battle between good and evil is for the souls of humanity. “How do I know my soul (my decision-making capabilities) belong to God, Pastor Erick?” Ezekiel 18:4 says, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine; the soul that sinneth it shall die.”  

God is saying your soul should only be influenced by Him since He created you. If your soul is influenced by anything or anyone else, your soul will die. When a person dies their spirit is separated from their body. So, as the same in the spirit, when your soul dies it is separated from God.  

This fight between good and evil is more serious than just killing, stealing, lying, cheating, fornicating, cursing, drunkenness, deception, adultery, unforgiveness, hatred, racism and all other sins. The war between good and evil is for your soul.  

The one that you listen to the most will be the one that influences you the most. And the one that influences you the most will be the one who will win your soul. And I came by on my way to heaven to warn you that, if you listen to your feelings long enough, your feelings will control your soul instead of God.  If you listen to the world long enough, the world will influence and control your soul instead of God. And, if you listen to the devil’s lies about what you can and cannot do, the devil will influence and control your soul instead of God. 

The Word of God says in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” If you listen to the world, your flesh, or the devil long enough they will influence you to make decisions about your life that do not line up with God’s plans for your life.

God said, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God is saying to you that, since He is your creator He knows everything about you, and He wants to be the one who influences your decision making. He wants to be the one who influences your thought process since He created your mind. He wants to be the one that holds your heart since He created it. And He wants to be the one who influences your soul since He is the one that gave you a soul. If you listen to Him long enough, He will hold your soul in His heart. But, if you listen to the world, your flesh, or the devil long enough then you will take your soul from Him and give it to them. Who or whatever you LISTEN TO LONG ENOUGH will be the one that will influence your soul.

For it is written, “I will therefore chastise him (Jesus Christ) and release Him (Jesus Christ) For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feat. And they cried out all at once saying away with this man (Jesus) and release unto us Barabbas. Who for a certain sedition made in the city and for murder was cast into prison. Pilate therefore willing to release Jesus spake again to them. But they cried saying Crucify Him (Jesus the Christ). and he (Pilate) said unto them the third time why what evil hath he (Jesus Christ) done? I have found no cause of death in him; I will therefor chastise him and let him go. And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he (Jesus the Christ) crucified. And the voice of them and of the chief priests prevailed. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required, (he listened to them long enough to appoint He did what they said)” (Luke 23:16-24). 

God is the lover of your soul and He wants to be the one who influences your life. If you listen to Him in prayer, worship, and the reading of His word long enough it will change your life. 

Keep your soul in God each day and you will be Blessed.  
 
By
 
Erick Young