Meteorologists use barometers to measure atmospheric pressure. Since pressure can be used to predict short term changes in the weather, barometers reveal a glimpse of future events. While weather forecasts remain inconsistent despite high tech equipment, those with the gift of discernment tend to have a higher success rate. If this is true, perhaps there is a barometer of the soul.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places, Ephesians 6:12.
During an extended stay in Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, the apostle Paul makes an astute observation. When defeat, failure and trials occur, many people focus on external factors as the cause. Paul disagrees claiming there are invisible forces to blame, dark, demonic and supernatural forces attempting to steal your joy in life.
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul, 1 Peter 2:11.
Peter provides another perspective, likely reflecting upon his public betrayal of Jesus in the verse above. Certain desires can be overwhelming, wearing you down over time. Before you know it, temptation lures individuals to act in direct contrast with their morals causing a war against your soul. Warning others not to fall into this trap, a barometer of the soul is essential to escape evil desires from within.
If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it,” Genesis 4:7.
The mind is like a human computer, created long before Serry and Elexia. Prior to killing his brother, God was able to read Cain’s thoughts. Troubled by what he is thinking, the Lord lays out Cain’s dilemma, sin is crouching at your door. Likewise, today individuals must rule over evil thoughts with biblical truths, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. Success is achieved through taking your thoughts captive and making them obedient to Christ. Any other means will ultimately lead to indulgence. In view of this, meditate on God’s Word daily to purge yourself from evil desires from within.
by Jay Mankus