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What is Soma?

Written by Josephine Minas   

 

What is supposed to happen during this great season? Soma is a spiritual discipline that is meant to spiritually strengthen those who enter into it. During this season of Soma, the church goes through a process of cleansing and purification. It is spiritually purified from all sin. During this season of Soma, the church takes this time to renew its commitment to her Savior; it also prepares its self to be resurrected with Him.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that there is a spiritual army of darkness working tirelessly and with a sole purpose of destroying the very being of the church. In Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.  The Apostle Peter also urges us in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”.

For this reason Jesus fasted to be an example for the church. It is during this time that we as one; united in this battle for our eternity, fast as a church to be able to confront and defeat this enemy of mankind. As the Lord became victorious and defeated Satan in the wilderness, we too shall overcome him with our Saviors help and guidance. With constant meditation, knowledge, understanding, and committing ourselves to the word of God, we will grow stronger in conquering the enemy. We will stand firm and triumph over deceit so that we are not lead astray by our adversary.

It is during Soma that we measure our spiritual gauge and renew our commitment to the church of God. It is during Soma that we have a spiritual surgery and remove all that is not pleasing to God. It is during Soma that we reach out to those who are far off, bringing everyone who is willing to the comfort of the Fathers arms.  It is during Soma that we listen to what God is telling us.

Let us then open our hearts, our minds, our souls, and await in great anticipation at what God is going to do in our lives.  God bless you all as you go through this powerful season of getting closer to God.

In His Service,

Cor-Bishop Fr. George Bet Rasho

 

 

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