Open Your Bible to Matthew 19:16-22
What does it mean to untangle your soul? There is a material part and an immaterial part of every person. The material part is what you can see and feel. The immaterial part is what cannot be seen. It is your mind, your emotion, and your will. It is your soul and that is what lives forever. But often, our soul gets all tangled up. Let’s look at the Bible for some help getting untangled.
4 Steps to Untangling Your Soul
Step One (Mathew 19:16-17a)
Admit that you aren’t as good as you think you are.
But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” – Luke 5:8
When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” – Revelation 1:17-18
And I said “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” – Isaiah 6:5
Step Two (Matthew 19:17b-20)
Believe that God’s standard for goodness is perfection.
One of the symptoms of a tangled up soul is that it compares itself against the goodness of others instead of measuring itself against the perfection of Christ.
“So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.” – Galatians 3:24
Step Three (Matthew 19:21)
Confess that your goodness is your greatest obstacle to God.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12
“There are three conversations necessary for each man. The conversation of the heart, the conversation of the mind, and the conversation of the wallet. And the 3rd is most difficult.” – Martin Luther
“For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” – Matthew 16: 25
Step Four (Matthew 19:22)
Accept God’s goodness which is only available in Christ.
Top 5 Verses to Remind Us That We Aren’t as Good as We Think We Are
We are all Entangled. (Psalm 14:3)
“They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.” – Psalm 14:3
We are all Fooled. (Isaiah 53:6)
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” – Isaiah 53:6
We are all Polluted. (Isaiah 64:6)
“We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.” -Isaiah 64:6
We are all Disobedient. (Rom. 3:23)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory.” – Rom. 3:23
We are all Deceived (Jer. 17:9)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” -Jeremiah 17:9
A Prayer to Untangle the Soul
Lord, I admit that I’m not as good as I think I am as I have failed you in many ways.
I believe that Your standard of goodness is perfection and without You, I can’t measure up.
I confess that my goodness is my greatest obstacle to You and I’m asking for Your grace and forgiveness to help me overcome.
I accept Your goodness which is only available through Christ’s death and resurrection as my only hope for eternal life.
With these 4 steps and 5 verses from the Bible, we can start to untangle our souls. Pastor Ron gave a sermon titled Untangled on these bible teachings You can watch that video by clicking here.