10,000 Reasons // My Soul : What Do I Model?
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ (Mark 12:30 NLT)
CS Lewis says, “We do not have a soul..we ARE a soul. We have a body.”
So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT)
Here are three predominant ways to love God with all our soul:
1. Love The Lord with all your soul by making Godly choices.
We make around 35,000 decisions every day.
What are our decisions saying about what/who we serve/worship?
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT)
But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run (flee) from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. (1 Timothy 6:11 NLT)
Flee/run – not a suggestion to avoid but rather a strong word that says GET AWAY QUICK!
Pursue – run toward and chase after right living and choices God would want us to make (godly)
2. Love The Lord with all your soul by pursuing obedience to His Word.
“If you love me, obey my commandments. (John 14:15 NLT)
Our actions prove our love.
The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deuteronomy 26:16 NIV)
True love is accompanied by devotion.
When we obey God we are showing Him our worship.
3. Love The Lord with all your soul by pursuing a life of humility in attitudes and speech.
For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34 ESV)
If we are in awe of God..completely humbled..then our words will reflect that awe of God everything we speak.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21 NIV)
When we lift each other up, like Jesus did, then we will worship.
Our lives should reflect the life of Christ.
If love from the heart = affection.. then love from the soul = devotion.
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. (Philippians 2:12-15 NLT)