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04/04/2017

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Some More Bad Trades


"Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Mk.8:37).

What Jesus' question today proves is that a man's soul can be lost... Sin is the destructive power over souls that causes them to be lost, and if it is lost, it is due to a person's bad decision(s). The question literally begs us to consider the dangers of making bad trades. "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both the body and soul in hell" (Matt.10:46). Jesus made this teaching a firm one because of all the bad trades that are available out there. Lets take a look at a few of those trades. Some folks get so wrapped up in the everyday cares of life, that they become like Martha, who was "worried and upset about many things," (Lk.10:41) when she had Jesus in her home. Each day, we must be like Mary, "who has chosen what is better." (Vs.42). We cannot withdraw from the world, but we should make no mistake that bad associations can corrupt our morals. If we run with the goats, there's not enough deodorant and soap out there to get rid of the smell... When we allow ourselves to be pulled away from the sound doctrine of God's inspired Word, there is a bad trade brewing. "They worship Me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men" (Matt.15:8). As we mentioned earlier, sin is always lurking around the corner. Because there are so many sinners, sin must be personally and temporarily enjoyable... Moses is in faith's Hall of Fame because of this; "He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season..." (Heb.11:25). Exchanging our soul for a sinful life is a bad trade. Finally, there's that life of ease thing. We can never get rich enough, mature enough or comfortable enough to stop serving the Lord. There is no time to sit back and see what a good boy or girl we have been. It takes a lot of effort to serve God, and if we do not, there's a bad trade waiting to happen. Lets be sure to keep our eyes on the prize, and not trade anything for the living of a spiritual life that will save our souls...

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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