The Battle for Your Soul
INTRODUCTION: There is a major principle and a great lesson that we are taught in this first century text. We are introduced to the spiritual warfare of the first century and we come to realize that leading someone to Christ is not merely an academic exercise, nor is it a matter of making a successful sales pitch. Rather, it involves all-out war against the forces of hell.
Mark 8:36-37, ''For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?''
The soul represents the real person who will live forever in heaven or hell. This text reminds us that all of the world's goods will not compensate for losing one's soul eternally.
''exchange'' - at the judgment when one faces the disastrous hell of remorse and suffering for his lost soul, with what will he buy it back from perdition? Nothing!
Luke 12:4-5, ''And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!''
Matthew 10:28, ''And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.''
Again, today's text deals with a battle; with spiritual warfare.
2 Corinthians 10:4, ''For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.''
The formidable spiritual strongholds manned by the forces of hell can be demolished only by spiritual weapons wielded by godly believers (the sword of the Spirit), since only the truth of God's word can defeat satanic falsehoods.
When God's people seek to advance His purposes, satanic opposition is unavoidable. With that in mind, remember that Christianity is a missionary faith. Someone said, ''We either evangelize or f ...
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