The Battle of Your Soul

A shield and sword

Some of the greatest battles in life are fought within the heart.

Many leaders throughout history have been intent on conquering other nations. Some selfish rulers and leaders have even entertained thoughts of ruling the entire world. Those leaders have forced thousands of soldiers into battle because of their personal desire for power, wealth, and fame.

The physical battles that are fought between armies have caused much anguish and loss of life. Many soldiers have been severely injured, and many lives have needlessly been cut short because of the selfish goals of certain leaders. This has caused severe anguish of heart for the loved ones of those that have perished. Defeat has also caused much heartache and sadness for those unsuccessful leaders.

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The Spiritual Battle

Every responsible soul encounters great spiritual battles in life. The consequences of these battles are of tremendous weight and importance. The loss of a physical battle can bring disgrace to a leader during his life. The loss of the battle of your soul will bring anguish for eternity. Have you thought of the inevitable consequences of a self-centered Christless life?

Are you going to lose the battle of life? The battle between life and death? The battle between heaven and hell? The battle between self-denial and self-love, your soul and the world? Jesus says, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

Whether we have much or little of this natural world in our possession, if we lose our own soul, what a tragedy! Our eternal destiny will be sealed. Many people do not realize that there is a great spiritual battle to be fought. Their understanding has been blinded by Satan and the world, and they are asleep to the realities of the battle against sin. The Bible says, “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ephesians 5:14). Shake off the chains of sin and Satan. Make it a fight to the finish! You cannot escape natural death, but you can escape eternal death. If you lose the battle for your soul’s salvation, it will be an eternal doom in hell and torment.

The Choice

Did you ever stop to consider that there is but one step between you and death? Are you ready to pass over the threshold of time into eternity? To gain the victory that will lead you to your heavenly home, you must come to Jesus. “God... now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30). NOW! Not tomorrow or some other convenient season. “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). If you are yet without Christ in your heart, if your past condemns you, if you have not experienced the new birth (John 3:3), do not rest at ease. Repent! Come to Jesus just as you are while He stands knocking at the door of your heart. He said, “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him” (Revelation 3:20). You may ask, “Can a sinner really be saved?” Yes! Come to Christ in faith with your whole heart and accept Him as your personal Savior, repenting of your sins and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit. Then you will win the battle of your soul. You will not only enjoy peace and joy in this life, but also bliss and glory with your Savior in eternity. Thousands of years ago the prophet Ezekiel said, “If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed... and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live” (Ezekiel 18:21).

If you intend to enjoy the pleasures of a sinful world, you will find yourself losing out in the end just as many power-hungry leaders have throughout history. You will be as a drowning man without a Savior, and you will perish. Grasp hold of Jesus Christ, the great Life Preserver, without delay. He will save you. Then, concerning the last battle, you will say with the apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

The apostle Paul writes about this battle of the soul being a good fight. He says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life” (1 Timothy 6:12). God is very interested in this fight of faith and delights in rewarding faith in Him. This victory is within the grasp of each person.

Dear soul, you have the choice of victory or defeat; heaven or hell; the living God or the devil; a joyous, glorious eternity or endless woe and torment. “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Choose Jesus today!

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A Savior For You

The prodigal son asking his father for his inheritance

Are you a happy person? Fear and the guilt of sin can take away your happiness. You may wonder, “How can I be happy?”

I have good news for you! There is someone who can help you. He can forgive your sins and give you lasting happiness. His name is Jesus. Let me tell you about Him.

His Father, God, is the One who made the world. He made everything in the world. He made you and me.

God loves us. He loves everyone in the world. God loves us so much that He sent Jesus, his only Son, to this world. When Jesus was on this earth, He healed the sick and comforted the sad. He opened blinded eyes. He taught the people many things.

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Jesus wanted us to understand the great love that his Father has for you and me. He told this story that explained the love of his Father. You can read this in the Bible in St. Luke 15:11-24.

A certain man had two sons. He thought all was going well. One day one of the sons rebelled and came to him and said, “I don’t like this home, I want my own way, and I am leaving. Give me my share of the inheritance.” The father was very sad, but he gave him the money and let him go. He wondered if he would ever see his son again.

The son went far away and enjoyed himself with his money and his friends. He carelessly wasted his money in selfish living. He thought he was having a very good time until suddenly his money ran out and his friends left him. He was all alone and needy. Now what should he do?

He went to a farmer and the farmer sent him to feed the pigs. He was not given enough to eat. He was so hungry he would have eaten the pigs’ food. He started to think of all the bad things he had done and how he had mistreated his father. He became more and more miserable.

The prodigal son feeding the pigs

One day he remembered how loving his father had been and how well he had been provided for when he was still at home. Even his father’s servants had plenty to eat.

He thought, “Could I go back to my father after all I have done to him? Will he still love me? I am not worthy to be his son. I am willing to be just a servant if only he will take me in.”

Immediately he got to his feet and started for his father’s house. He would see if his father would forgive him.

The father had been longing for his son ever since he left. He often wondered, “Will he ever come back?” Then one day he saw someone coming in the distance. Could that be his son? When he saw that it was, he ran to him with outstretched arms.

“Father,” the son said, “I have sinned against you. I’m not worthy to be your son.”

But his father said, “Bring the best clothes for him and prepare a feast. My son was lost but now he is found.”

The father welcoming the prodigal son home

We are all like this son; we have all strayed from God, our Father. We have wasted the opportunities and many good things He has given us. We have lived selfishly and rebelled against Him. Today our heavenly Father invites us to come to Jesus. He is waiting for us with outstretched arms.

Jesus showed us his love by giving his life as a sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the whole world. He suffered pain and rejection as He allowed wicked men to nail Him to a cross. By the power of God He rose from the dead and lives forever.

Come to Jesus and ask Him to forgive your sin. When He sees you are sorry for the wrongs you have done, He will forgive you and wash away all your sin with his blood that He shed. It will be a wonderful experience! You will become a new person. Life will take on new meaning. Jesus will replace your guilt and fear with joy and happiness. He will be your Savior.

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The Supreme God—Loving, Eternal, Caring

God holding the world

The Supreme Being, whom we call God, is in evidence the whole universe over. He is the creator of all things. His Word, the Bible, tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1). Day and night, the sun and the stars show us God’s greatness.

God was not created. He is eternal. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). This Infinite Being has no bounds. “His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:3).

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This Supreme Being Is God Almighty

God is all-powerful. He spoke in the beginning, and the world came into existence as we read in the first chapter of Genesis. He will speak again, and this world will be dissolved (2 Peter 3:10-12). He rules in natural and supernatural occurrences. He is recognized in small things as well as in great things.

God is all-wise. “Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18). He is aware of men’s works as well. He knows his own and is known by those who are his own. (John 10:3-4) “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).

God is omnipresent (everywhere at all times). There is no hiding from God. King David acknowledged this when he said, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee” (Psalm 139:7-12).

The True God or Idols

The Bible has told us that God is all-powerful, all-wise, and is everywhere at all times. Then why doesn’t man worship him? The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” In Colossians 3:2 we read, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” When man is unwilling to accept the truth of God’s word, he then turns to other things, which can become idols. Anything that replaces our love or devotion that we need to give to God is an idol.

In the Old Testament many people worshiped images or idols. Some of the idols today may not be so easily recognized or noticed. These could include sports, pleasure, power, fame, wealth, or other things that are highly esteemed in the minds of men (Luke 16:15). Are you worshipping and serving the true God?

From Romans 1:18-21 we can learn that the wrath of God is against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of man. The power of God is seen from creation and we have no excuse not to believe. The ungodly are unthankful at times, many of their thoughts are impure, and they do not believe in the truth. The Bible tells us man is not capable of serving two masters (Matthew 6:24). God wants our whole heart and not just a part of it (Mark 12:30).

Is It Possible for Us to Find God?

The Bible tells us, “Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13). We must reach out for God with our whole heart. Even if we only have a small faith in Him, we can pray as the disciples did, “Lord increase our faith.” God will then increase our faith in Him and give strength and victory to find Him.

It is necessary to have faith in God: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

To believe that God created all things takes faith in an all-powerful God. The more we understand about the great universe and how it all works together to provide a place for mankind to live, the more we know that there truly is a supreme God.

To believe that the universe has come about by evolution presents questions concerning origin and order. The person who believes the Bible finds many proofs of the existence of God. No wonder David said in Psalms 14:1, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

God Desires That All People Are Saved

God is loving and He cares for his creatures—for all people. He gives everyone a chance to believe in Him and to be saved. God sent Jesus to come to earth to give his life and shed his blood as a sacrifice so that men could be free from the guilt of sin. All men are sinners and need a Savior (Romans 3:23). Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

The Lord God invites, “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6). The Bible, in Acts 16:31, tells us, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Do you hear his call?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20). Do you hear his gentle knock at your heart’s door? Do you hear his voice asking to come in?

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