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Soul Check

Hello Fellow Souls,

A few months ago I led our church through a teaching series called “Soul Detox.” During one of the weekends we unpacked the entire Book of Haggai, in which the prophet of the Lord gave the command to Israel that it was “time to finishing the rebuilding of the temple.”
In Haggai there are four dates from surviving Persian records, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, that can be accurately connected to our modern calendar:  August 29, September 21, October 17, and December 18.
I told West Salem Foursquare Church that, in following these dates, we would be in a Four-Month Soul Check, and, well, today is October 17th.
So…is it well with your soul?
This morning I was driving to a local coffeehouse for some meetings, and I heard something interesting on the radio. The broadcaster mentioned that this fall and winter about 65% of people will be going into work with the FLU for a series of reasons. He mentioned that workers simply weren’t sure other employees could properly accomplish their work. They were also fearful that everything on their “plate” wouldn’t get done in time. And finally, there was a high level of concern that their position could be taken if they weren’t there to protect it!
As I heard all this, I was mindful of how often our soul feels the weight of life and it’s various responsibilities. Often, we function out of fear and wallow in worry.
Psalm 119:28 says “My soul is weary with sorrow…”  Catch how it’s worded in the NKJV:  “My soul melts from heaviness…”
It melts.
Has your soul been “melting” with heaviness?  Is it “weary” with sorrow?  Are you carrying a load that you were never designed for nor intended to live with?
If so, listen in to what Jesus told his disciples on the Sermon on the Mount:
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” Matthew 6 in The Message
I invite you to do this with me, especially as we are heading quickly into the busy months of November & December (by the way, the next Soul Check will be on December 18…just in time for Christmas!).
Together, let’s establish a pattern of:
1.  Being quiet.
2.  Letting God be God.
3.  Getting honest with ourselves.
4.  Focusing on God’s presence.
5.  Sensing God’s grace.
Blessings on your soul,
Pastor John
P.S.  Here’s another Bible verse to meditate on:  “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. Psalm 23:1,2