How much is your soul worth to you? Is it worth a new car? A big house? A great paying Job? The woman or man of your dreams? The best foods this world has to offer? Wearing the finest clothe? Maybe your soul is worth the latest smart phone, or the latest computer. Maybe you're a real high roller and your soul is worth all the above and then some. I just have to ask you this question, 'What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a person trade for their soul?' (Mark 8:36-37)
Please Read Matthew 4:1-11
Jesus knew the value of his soul. He had a purpose in this life. He wasn't about to let the Devil deter him from his mission. Towards the end of Jesus' temptation by the Devil Satan finally gets to the point. He offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory, if he would do just one act of worship to him. That's what he wanted all along; worship. How many wish they had that same offer today? Many. But Jesus knew his soul was worth far more than all the kingdoms of this world and their fleeting glory. Jesus basically told Satan to buzz off, and that he would worship only God. He later went on to fulfill his earthly mission and now sits at the right hand of God. Jesus now holds all power and authority (Matthew 28:18) and will one day destroy Satan once and for all. Amen!
What will we do for fame and fortune? Some seeking these pledged their allegiance to the evil one, and now wish they hadn't. They didn't know that one act of worship would result in more acts, and many sadistic rituals. They live in fear that if they try to leave their cults there's only one way out. Let's pray for those who have been seduced by the Devil. Some of you know who they are. Some of them are considered the movers and shakers of this world. You see a number of them on TV daily, hear them in popular music, etcetera. While hating the evil they do we should also pity and pray for them. They are headed straight for hell if they do not repent. And I wouldn't wish hell on my worse enemy. These people are slaves; prisoners of darkness. They have been taken captive by the evil one to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:25-26) They may smile for TV cameras and photo ops but they hardly enjoy life and the fancy trinkets they've acquired for doing the Devil's bidding. Many now know it wasn't worth it. They need our prayers.
Please Read 1 John 2:15-17 2 Peter 1:10-11
Don't be a sucker. Hold out like Jesus did for the real kingdom; for the eternal prize. Whatever you are offered in this world, if it involves giving up faith, that involves giving up your soul, and is of the Devil. If we have slipped in this area (and all have slipped) we can get back up through confession and repentance to God. (Proverbs 28:13) We can also confess our sins to one another. Praying for one another during these moments is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) Don't be fooled into thinking God won't forgive you. He will forgive all who repent. (Proverbs 28:13) He is rich in mercy, and loves lavishing it on people. Don't fall for the okie-doke. Like Jesus tell Satan to buzz off! Serve only God. The reward is eternally and tremendously great!