Account of the Soul
“Account of the Soul”
It’s the time of the year for taking stock of where we’ve come from and where we’re going
This time of year we typically tend to make decisions that will impact the coming year.
In Psalm 139: 23-24 , David said, “Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any
offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
David wanted his soul to be whole…. as it ought to be.
Like David, we are entrusted with more than just our physical lives. Our soul has the ability to influence our eternity. So the most important account we could ever take is an account of our soul.
Over the next few weeks we’ll look at Psalm 139 and see how we can use it to take stock.
The first inventory place is…
A HEART INVENTORY.
- Dallas Willard once said, “Accordingly, the greatest need you and I have—the greatest need of collective humanity—is renovation of our heart. That spiritual place within us from which outlook, choices, and actions come has been formed by a world away from God. Now it must be transformed.”
Proverbs 27:19 “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the
Often we can make choices that look good but have bad motives.
Jesus once said, Matthew 12:35 “A good man brings good things out of the
good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.”
The choices we make are an overflow of the condition of our heart.
There is nothing more powerful in this world than the heart, because
the primary influencer of our choices is our heart. If you want to do an inventory of your heart, look at the why behind your choices. Look at the impact of your choices.
Then ask yourself, “What am I investing my heart in, or in whom
am I investing my heart?” Because God wants nothing more than for your heart to invest in him, because he has already given his heart for yours.
A FEAR INVENTORY.
When we invest our hearts in God, we realize God, has invested his life for us. When you invest your life in something, you’re going to ultimately protect it.
Isaiah says, Isaiah 49: 10″Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Not only has God invested in us, but he is present with us.
When we forget God is with us, we become liable to fear.
Before King David’s time, the Israelites, were rescued from the
clutches of slavery in Egypt. Awhile after they were free, a few spies were sent to check out the land that God promised to give them.
When they reported back that though the land was fruitful, it was flowing with milk and honey, they had a big BUT—- the people in it were of great size.
They forgot God was with them, fear crept in like a disease.
They soon forgot all God had done in their lives and all God was able to do.
But two men named Joshua and Caleb stood up. They remembered. They trusted God was with them.
Later Joshua rose as the leader of the Israelites, and the time came for him to lead them into the land God had promised them – even though he was facing opposition much larger than he was.
But Joshua had already taken an inventory of his fears. He knew God was bigger than his fears, and was with him.
When the reality of the complexities and hardships Joshua faced were shouting at him, God spoke even louder to him by saying,
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Fear imprisons; God liberates.
Fear paralyses; God empowers.
Fear disheartens; God encourages.
Fear sickens; God heals.
Fear makes useless; God makes able.
The more we are with God, the more we are without fear.
Psalm 27 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”
King David also knew what it was like for God to be with him.
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me.”
If you were to take an inventory of your fears, what would you come up with?
What are the shadows that are gripping your heart with fear?
OFFENSIVE WAY INVENTORY.
When we pause to take an account of our own soul and do an inventory of all our offensive ways, we’ll typically find the main motivator behind them all is our own pride. When we find ourselves climbing and clawing our way up,
we’ll often end up pushing people down, whether we know it or not.
When we reach the top of whatever hill we’re climbing, we’ll usually find we’re
alone, and we’re dirty. Our ways were offensive!
Here’s the thing. God took an audit of all our offensive ways. He took an audit of all we have done and all we’ll ever do.
Then he went up a hill to a cross on Calvary. Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews, he took all our offensive ways too.
Jesus is the one person who has ever had a clean audit in his life, and he gave his life for you so you can be washed clean of all of the dirt, of all of the sin, of all the offensive ways and the muck that being king of the hill leaves on us.
So in our account of the soul , we look back to take stock, so that tomorrow could look different, so tomorrow could look better.
It turns out that if you only get on a scale once a year, or if you only look at your financial records once a year, life and things can drift away from you.
But if you take an account on a regular basis, the movement toward flourishing or wholeness becomes more reachable.
The same is true for our soul too. Now this could be as easy as spending a couple of minutes each day doing an inventory, regularly taking an inventory of our behaviours and motivations,
to look at our heart, our fears, and our offensive ways,
to pray and to find community
to walk alongside as we journey toward wholeness.
toward being as we ought to be
“……………..and lead me in the way everlasting” that is, people of the way