Mark 8:35-37

Lose Your Life to Save It

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Mark 8:35-37 for whoever wishes to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospels will save it for what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul this is very interesting this is not talking about salvation it’s not talking about eternal life there are 3 words in the Bible used for life zoe is the word used for life of the spirit then we have Suke which sounds very much like psyche or the Greek word psyche that we use in English as well suke means the life of the soul or the mind will and emotions and then bios which is biological life so which life do you think is used here whoever wishes to save his life will lose it but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospels will save it it’s not talking about zoe life it’s not eternal life it’s not salvation this is talking about suke this is talking about the life of your soul so whenever you try to save your own soul life that means save your own emotional life save your own mental life when ever you try to save your own life what’s going to happen? you’re going to lose it but if you give up your soul life for the sake of the Lord and the gospel you gain life and you gain eternal life and you gain peace in your soul so in this chapter, pardon me in this little passage that word suke in Greek is used 4 times whoever wishes to save his suke will lose it whoever loses his suke life for my sake and the gospels will save it what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his suke not eternal life his soul and so what I discovered is whenever fear hits us the flesh rises up and we come up with some plan to save our own soul life and Yeshua is saying here whenever you do that you’re going to lose the very life you’re trying to save if you’re trying to generate peace or retain peace but you seek to save your own soul you’ll lose the very thing you’re seeking to save God made this so clear to me one day many many years ago it was actually before the time of cell phones and I was doing some volunteer counseling at a church I had told Jan I’d be home around 8:30 my last appointment quit at 8 o’clock it would take about 1/2 hour to drive home when I came out of the last appointment there was another counselor there a woman who had been doing some counseling in the foyer of the church and we got to talking and we started having a little Bible study right there in the foyer of the church we were sharing different passages with us and I was writing notes from these things we were learning it was exciting and finally 8:30 came and went 9:00, 9:30 Finally about quarter to 10 I said I’ve got to go and I left and I was driving home excited from the revelation I got in the Bible but feeling guilty because I was going home so late what I found myself doing was making up a lie to tell Jan why I was coming home so late when I’m making up a lie to tell my wife am I in the spirit or the flesh? obviously the flesh what am I doing? trying to save my own soul because I thought if I tell her the truth that the reason I’m late is because I just chose to sit and talk with another woman in the foyer of the church now Jan and I weren’t having deep spiritual conversations ourselves at that particular time in our marriage we had wounded and hurt each other and so here I was having a deep spiritual conversation with another person not that I had anything wrong in that relationship or at least not at that point nor did I ever I just realized that will hurt her to know that I spent all that time talking deep spiritual things with somebody else when I has promised to be home and be with her so I didn’t want to tell her the truth I wanted to just tell her I got involved in a ministry situation you know I couldn’t leave we cast out 29 demons 17 people got saved 3 raised from the dead obviously not that extreme but I wanted to tell her some story like that and the Lord really impacted me with this scripture you’re seeking to save your own life we had gone through some marriage counseling not long before that you know what the counselor said the biggest problem you have is you don’t trust each other here I am preparing to lie to my wife that’s a good trust building activity isn’t it? and I realized man your flesh comes up with the most stupid ideas that are long term destructive and here’s what I realized short term fixes to your problems are always the seed of long term destruction whenever your flesh rise up with a plan to save your own soul don’t pay your taxes nobody will know cheat on this or that lie about this or that nobody will know short term fixes to your problems seeking to save your own soul are always the seed of long term destruction in that instance I chose to tell Jan the truth when I got home and here much to my amazement she forgave me she wasn’t angry she forgave me and she said you know I think I could deal with almost anything you do wrong what I can’t deal with is if you lied to me about it that cuts me out of your life and that hurts me much more deeply than anything you do wrong I’ve never forgotten that since that time and I realized I was seeking to save my own soul I would have lost the peace I was trying to save I was trying to not be rejected I would have been rejected long term much much deeper had I chosen the scheme of the flesh which was to lie and tell Jan a story what Yeshua is saying here is that you have a choice short term die to yourself die to yourself die to your own flesh don’t seek to save your soul and you will live long term or choose to try to save your own soul short term and it’ll create long term destruction you’ll lose the very life you are seeking to save I believe the reason I’m talking about this today is that many of us have schemes going on right now to try to save ourselves in some area and I strongly encourage you abandon the scheme to save your own soul trust God die to yourself short term that’s what I had to do was die to my own desire to save my soul and tell Jan something that wasn’t true die to yourself short term and you will live long term as you go through your life today love God with all your heart bless people you will make a tremendous difference and don’t seek to save your own soul die to yourself short term and watch the Lord do miracles today

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