[CENTERING THE SOUL] James 1.5-8 09.16.2018
Soul Purpose| CFA | Pastor Tracy Cook
- THE UN-CENTERED SOUL WILL FAIL TO THRIVE.
Ezekiel 18.1-4, 20 ESV
4 …And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die.
20 The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.
- THE UN-CENTERED SOUL DE-STABILIZES EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.
James 1.5-8 ESV
6 …Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
- THE CENTERED SOUL EXISTS IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Deuteronomy 6.5 ESV
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.
- THE CENTERED SOUL GROWS FROM THE INSIDE-OUT
Luke 12.16-21 ESV
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’
21 “Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
I have been waiting.
I am shy – terribly shy – even in the most boisterous person. I can only whisper, never shout. You may never even notice me.
But I am here, waiting.
I do not lie on the surface. If you look and listen, patiently, you will know.
I speak through your confusion, through your wanting, through your hurt. When you stammer, when you say what you did not mean to say, it was I. When you watch a sunset, or hear a child laugh, or listen to a piece of music that causes you to suddenly become choked up, it is I that causes your eye to fill. When you are addicted, it is I that is chained.
When the sun burns up and the universe melts away, I will be here…
I can be wounded, lost repulsed, or redeemed. Your circumstances actually matter far less to your happiness than you think. It is my health that makes your life heaven or hell.
I am your soul. I am here. – John Ortberg, Soul Keeping