“Soul Strength is Contagious!”

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Are you “thriving” or “surviving” in your faith?

How lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young— a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka [this literally means the “Valley of Weeping”], they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

Hear my prayer, LORD God Almighty; listen to me, God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one.

Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. Psalm 84:1–12 NIV

Sermon Insights:

It’s no secret that we inevitably lose physical strength as we age, but the same is not true with regard to spiritual strength. The reality is that when it comes to the inner life, we can continue to grow in strength of soul for as long as we live. So, are you thriving in your faith right now, or just surviving?

What are your “sights” set on? Where do you long to be?

What would you consider a “valley of weeping” in your own life? What have you learned about yourself and God as you have gone THROUGH it?

Lord, as I go through my ordinary days, teach me to long for my real home in Heaven—your house—for eternity. Help me worship you in a way that increases my longing for what is real, true, and good.