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First Things First

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But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”   Matthew 6:33

If you have difficulty living the Christian life, it’s because your priorities are wrong. If your priorities are right, your life will be right.

If your first priority is God, the rest of your life will fall into place. There is incredible power in having the proper priorities. As a matter of fact, you could sum up the problem of most people’s lives with this one sentence: They fail to put first things first.

He didn’t say seek Him first, but after your second cup of coffee. He didn’t say seek Him first, but after you’ve read the paper or watched your favorite morning news show. He didn’t say seek Him first, but not before your spouse and/or family. He didn’t say seek Him first but not before your career, career goals or work. He didn’t say seek Him first just behind any personal goals and dreams you might have.

He didn’t say seek Him first just behind all the church work and church stuff you’ve got to accomplish
first. He didn’t say seek Him first, but only if all your personal needs and desires are satisfied. He didn’t say seek Him first, but only if you don’t have anything better to do. He didn’t say seek Him first, but only if you feel like it. He didn’t say seek Him first if you feel Him close on the mountaintop or if you’ve hit rock bottom in the valley. He didn’t say seek Him first, but only after you fret and worry about it first

He said seek FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness.

Have you substituted busyness for seeking God, and in doing so allowed something other than God to be your first priority?

How can a Christian make God his or her number one priority? How do I go about seeking the kingdom of God first? The Bible gives us perspectives on how we can make the Lord our first priority.

We simply must put the spiritual priorities of life ahead of the material ones. The world tells us the priorities that matter, but Scripture puts God first in our lives. When we do, everything else that matters falls into place.

In order to be in God’s will, we have to be in His Word. Devotional time is important, but more important is daily reading of the Word, saturating our minds with it and then taking quiet time to listen how God speaks to us about what we have read…. Abiding.

What is it (or who is it) that you are putting before your relationship with God?

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Where is Your Trust?

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Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.” – Psalm 20:7-8

What object or person do you trust? Where is your security? The dictionary definition of trust is “firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”

We live in a world of misdirected trust. People put their hopes, dreams and security in the things of this world. Now, not all things of the world are necessarily bad, but no matter how valuable or useful they are, they are not where our total trust should reside.

The Psalmist says it so well. Some trust in chariots and horses (meaning the physical things of this world) and then admonishes us to trust in God. When we look around our world, we see people polishing their chariots and others grooming their horses. The chariots will rust and the horses will become lame, but those who put their trust in God will be on their feet standing tall.

Rule number one is to not put our trust in ourselves, but totally trust and depend on God. It’s easy to put ourselves first. When something good happens, we want to congratulate ourselves with a reward. When something bad happens, we want to console ourselves or find someone to blame. In other words, we often have a “me-centric” starting place. We should put God first in our life.

The words translated “trust” in the Bible literally mean a bold, confident, sure security or action based on that security.” The practical consequence of faith in God is trust, which we prove by living out our full acceptance of God’s promises day by day.

THOUGHT: Where do you put your trust? To what or to whom do you look for security? Try fixing your eyes and heart on the Word of God and you will be directed and inclined to trust in Him and in Him alone.

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for placing my trust and dependence on the things of this world. Help me to fix my eyes on things above and take the focus off of myself. Strengthen me spiritually as I look to you for trust and dependence day by day.

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The Roadblocks of Life

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Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.”  Ecclesiastes 7:9

When I looked out of the front of my house, I noticed that the local authorities had placed barricades saying “road closed”. They also erected similar signs in several places as far as a half mile away, along with detour signs. Surprisingly many cars ignored the warnings and came right up to my driveway to turn around. One man even got out and tried to remove the barricades and another drove through the side yard and out the front of my neighbor’s yard.

We don’t like roadblocks, do we? Roadblocks slow us down. They get in our way. They are an inconvenience. They impede our progress. For some reason, we think the signs are for people who don’t have as much sense as we do.

God will sometimes position roadblocks in front of us that call for our immediate decision to stop or go in another direction. We need to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit and go in the direction He tells us to go.

I’ve heard of people at railroad crossings who saw the red lights flashing, bells ringing, the train approaching, and still they attempted to race across the tracks. Some people have been fortunate to “outrun” the train. Some people have not been so fortunate.

The same is true of people who drive around roadblocks set up during flooding. These people see the water running over the bridge, but the water appears low enough to go across safely. Regrettably, halfway across, the vehicle they’re in stalls and they have to be pulled out by a rescue team. Or worse, the driver gets washed away.

How many times have you and I been so headstrong and plowed ahead ignoring all the visible signs to stop? If you disobey the Spirit’s leading, the odds of ending in failure are greater than the odds of ending in success. When things aren’t working according to your plans, you must believe God has put the roadblock up for your own protection.

Roadblocks, whether placed by man or by God are for our protection. Sometimes God wants to protect us. Sometimes He wants to lead us in a different direction. And, sometimes God wants to just slow us down and wait. Whatever the reasons, roadblocks are there for our benefit. God wants us to grow and sometimes that means going in a different direction.

How do you respond to the roadblocks of life?

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Falling Asleep on Jesus

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Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. – Matthew 26:40

Have you ever stretched out on your sofa watching the big game or a favorite movie and you suddenly fall asleep and miss knowing how it ends? Oh, the frustration. You missed the best part.

Peter, James and John had that experience when they fell asleep. It was in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had told his disciples to stay and pray, while He went to the Garden to pray.

He asked these three to accompany Him. As He went to pray, He gave them one assignment… “stay here awake and pray.” They fell asleep.

On the precipice of the greatest moment in history, they fell asleep. They missed the moment. More importantly they missed an opportunity for discipleship.

When asked by Jesus to do something, have you ever fallen asleep? I know I have. He calls, I snooze. But the real question is have you learned and grown from such an experience and have you gone on to a greater level of discipleship?

The good news about these three disciples falling asleep while Jesus went to pray is that God used this event as a teachable moment for them. They grew up after this event. It motivated them to go into deeper discipleship.

You and I fall asleep, too when we should have stayed awake. Let’s learn from the disciples’ mistakes and determine to go deeper as we follow the Master.

Consider how you have gone to sleep on Jesus and determine how you can learn, grow and follow Him more closely.

Pray: Lord, I know I have let you down and you have lovingly lifted me up. May I continue to grow and serve you more closely. Expand my territory. Make me a better disciple and fix my eyes on you.

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Imbalanced Prayer

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So Peter was being kept in the prison, but the congregation was intensely praying to God for him.” Acts 12:5

What is the focus of your prayer life? Do you pray more for yourself than for others? Many Christians jump into their prayer life with a grocery list of personal things they want God to do in their life.

While it is proper to bring our personal cares before the Lord, it is of greater importance to pray for others, both the saved and the unsaved. Praying for ourselves and for others is something God commands us to do.

Effective prayer for others will bring us closer to God, because effective prayer is based on a knowledge of His will. It will also bring us closer to others, as we learn more about them and focus on their needs.

Praying for others is important because we are to emulate Jesus who prayed for us
(John 17:20). Here are some ways the Bible tell us we should intercede:

• We are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 2:1).

• We are to pray for government leaders  (1 Timothy 2:2).

• We are to pray for the unsaved (Romans 10:1).

• We are to pray for fellow Christians (Ephesians 6:18).

• We are to pray for ministers of the gospel (Colossians 4:3).

• We are to pray for the persecuted church (2 Thessalonians 1:3).

Praying for others gets our focus off of ourselves and onto the needs of those around us. As we “carry each other’s burdens,” we “will fulfill the law of Christ.” Begin praying for others more today and help to build up the body of Christ. It is a great way to grow spiritually.

Lord, help me to pray more for others than for myself. May I see the needs of others and bring them before the throne of grace, and may I grow spiritually in the process. Amen.

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Worry

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Don't Worry - Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Alfred E. Neuman is the fictitious mascot and cover boy of Mad, an American humor magazine. He often appeared in various caricatures underscored with the words,
Me Worry.”

The Bible could also have a cover that says the same thing, because the Word is replete with admonitions to not worry, be troubled or have anxiety for or about anything. God’s peace surpasses all human understanding. God encourages his followers to “fear not” 365 times in the Bible, one for each day of the year, Jesus didn’t intend for Christians to spend their days preoccupied with anxiety and worry.

As Christians, Jesus is all around us, like a cocoon of light. His presence is a promise, independent of our awareness of Him. Many things can block this awareness, but the major culprit is worry. Many accept it as a fact of life, but worry is a form of unbelief.

Who is in charge of your life? If it is you, then you have good reason to worry. But with Jesus in charge of our life, worry is both unnecessary and counterproductive.

When we start to feel anxious about anything, we should relinquish the situation to Jesus, by backing off a bit and redirecting our focus to Him. He will either take care of the problem or show us how to handle it. In this world we will still have problems, but we need not lose sight on Him.

Jesus told His disciples to not worry about life, what to eat or what to wear, because life is more than food and the body more than clothes. He reminds us that by worrying, we cannot add even an hour to our lives, but seek the Kingdom of God and these things will be given to us as well. Don’t worry about the world and focus on the thing of God.

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Sin Whispers

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Sin Whispers to the Wicked, deep within their heart. They have no fear of God at all. Psalm 36:1

Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God at all. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are.”
Psalm 36:1-2

I have to fight it every day. You see, I don’t have a personal identity crisis. I have a sinful identity crisis. It comes as standard equipment with the human package. Even with Christ in my heart, I still have whispering sin in my head.

As living humans, we are all broken in various ways, absent Christ in our lives and even then sin doesn’t easily surrender.

Psalm 36 does a great job of taking this full circle: The wicked have no fear of God and in their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they are. They make no attempt to turn from evil.

The sinful man listens to himself rather than to God. He convinces himself that sin is what he wants and he orients himself to take advantage of every sinful opportunity. He has no desire nor does he make any attempt to turn from evil.

The mind plots. The will sets the desire. The emotion does not despise evil. Life, like this psalm would be hopeless if it ended here, but it doesn’t have to.

God can rescue man from sin and eagerly awaits every opportunity to do so. His position remains steadfast and he is not blown by the winds of cultural change. His love is as vast as the heavens and His faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. All humanity can find shelter in the shadows of His wings.

Our modern culture has made sin so acceptable that it is becoming politically incorrect to speak out against some kinds of sin. We, as Christians, are drawn to examine our own hearts, lest we are swept away by the sinful culture around us.

The miracle of God’s grace is that our view of sin reveals our view of scripture and my view of scripture reveals my view of myself.

We have to live Biblically in a world or system that is intrinsically corrupt, immoral and un (or even anti) Biblical.

Only with God’s grace can we rise above that. Through Christ alone we can be overcomers. Righteousness equals Jesus Christ and nothing else.

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Green Pasture Time

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Psalm 23 He makes me to lie down in green pasture

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.Psalm 23:1–3

It is not an easy thing to do….. taking the time in our busy schedules to lie down in green pastures of peace. We need to learn to unwind whenever possible, resting in the Presence of the Shepherd. This electronic age keeps His children “wired” much of the time, too tense to find Him in the midst of their moments.

He built into our very being the need for rest. How twisted the world has become when people feel guilty about meeting this basic need! How much time and energy they waste by being always on the go, rather than taking time to seek God’s direction for their lives.

I once heard a riddle about two men splitting logs. Each worked for the same total time, but one never stopped and the other stopped for ten minutes each hour. Which one split the most logs? It was the one who periodically stopped, because whenever he stopped, he sharpened his axe.

God calls on us rest our body, mind and spirit. Then, refreshed we can proceed down the paths of life with renewed strength.

He calls us to walk with Him down paths of peace. He wants us to blaze a trail for others who desire to live in His peaceful presence. He has chosen us less for our strengths than for your weaknesses, which amplify our need for Him. When we depend on Him more and more, He will shower peace on all our paths.

Try to work some green pasture time into your schedule each day. Pull apart from the hurry and scurry of the world and spend time with God. Listen to His voice. Hear His Spirit and remember that when we lie down, we look up and when we look up, we see the face of God.

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The Delights of Your Heart

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Prayer of delight: Father God, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and look to you and to you alone for true delight and pleasure in life.

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.Psalm 37:4

It’s crazy how easily we can talk ourselves into wanting to be more, have more, and do more. And for me, it happens the most when I let the world creep in where Jesus should reside instead.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Taking delight in the Lord means that our hearts truly find peace and fulfillment in Him. If we truly find satisfaction and worth in Christ, Scripture says He will give us the longings of our hearts. The idea behind this verse and others like it is that, when we truly rejoice or “delight” in the eternal things of God, our desires will begin to parallel His and we will never go unfulfilled.

Many delight in wealth, status, material possessions, and other temporary things of this world, but they are never satisfied. They never truly get what they want, hence the reason they are always wanting more.

Everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father, but from the world which seeks pleasure. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

We will never be deeply fulfilled or “happy” with the things this world has to offer. But, if we place our joy and hope in God first, He will meet all of our needs.

Have you trusted God first in your life? If not do so today and receives the desires of your heart.

THOUGHT: What gives you pleasure in life? Does it come from the world or from Jesus?

PRAYER: Father God, help me to keep my eyes fixed on you and look to you and to you alone for true delight and pleasure in life.

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He is Sovereign

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Iaaiah 41:10 I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Misconceptions about God abound. But they don’t have to. God has revealed His character in Scripture, illuminating the attributes that define Him. Since we, being finite creatures, can never truly comprehend everything that God is, our starting point should be studying what God has said about Himself.

When we speak of God’s attributes, we are talking about those characteristics that help us to understand His nature. The list is long because He is the “Great I Am,” but the one I keep being drawn to is His sovereignty.

The Sovereignty of God is the biblical teaching that all things are under God’s rule and control, and that nothing happens without His direction or permission. God works not just some things, but all things according to the counsel of His own will. His purposes are all-inclusive and never thwarted; nothing takes Him by surprise. The sovereignty of God doesn’t just mean He has the power and right to govern all things, but that He does govern all things, at all times and without exception. In other words, God is not merely sovereign in principle, but sovereign in practice.

God’s sovereignty is simply to say, “God is in control.” There is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority. As King of kings and Lord of lords, God has no limitations and by His grace, I am what I am. He is in control of all things in all places and He lives within my heart.

Father God, You are sovereign in all things. I praise You and thank You for living in my heart and making me who I am. Help me to keep my eyes fixed on You. Amen.

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What are You Afraid Of?

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He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; he does not shy away from the sword.” Job 39:22

It seems that a man was driving his pick-up along the highway and not being mindful of the speed limit was substantially exceeding it, when deputy sheriff was parked in the bushes stealthy observing the meter on his radar gun. Clocking the speed of the pick-up, he turned on his lights and siren in hot pursuit.

He asked the driver for the usual documents and the driver, apologizing for not watching his speed, handed the deputy what he wanted along with his concealed weapons permit. Seeing that, the deputy asked if the man was carrying a gun.

Why yes,” was the response. “I have a 9mm semi-automatic in my ankle holster, a .40 cal one on my belt holster and a .45 cal loaded with copper jacketed hollow points in the glove box and I have a twelve gauge shotgun and a 30.06 rifle behind the seat, and under the front seat is an ammo box with enough re-loads for all.”

The trooper responded by asking, “What in the world are you afraid of,” to which the man answered, “Absolutely nothing.”

He had taken the necessary training to be licensed to carry and use those weapons and was equipped to face any unfriendly situation.

Humorous as it sounds, there is a ring of truth to this story. The man was physically and mentally prepared to meet the dangers of life. But, how many of us are spiritually armed in the same manner?

Think of it. How many people are trained to use the power of the Bible as we slay the dragons of the world?

Hebrews tells us “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12).

God has given us an amazing weapon to use against the enemy. It’s our responsibility to make sure we are using it. When you pick up a Bible what you’re holding in your hand is a weapon. And many of us don’t even know how to use it properly. The most effective way Satan has found to derail a believer is to get him or her to believe that God didn’t really say what He really said.

How do we combat against this deception? By allowing the living, active Word of God pierce through the lies. Jesus did it and calls on us to do it. So pack your spiritual weapon, know how and don’t be afraid to use it in the dangerous situations of life. No matter how you might otherwise be armed, the Bible is always your strongest weapon against the forces of evil.

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The Vessel

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Life is Like Being on the Potters Wheel

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” Jeremiah 18:3-7

Jeremiah went to the potter’s house and saw him working at his wheel, but what he was making was flawed, so the potter crushed it and used the clay to start again. This time the potter make a beautiful work of art.

Life is like being on the potter’s wheel. God gives us the clay, but often we trip up and our life is marred. He has a beautiful plan and purpose for every life. The plan can become flawed when we trip up by making the wrong choices.

But, the good news is that He will renew any life when we put our lives on the potter’s wheel. With God, failure is not final. We all need to repent and allow God to put us back on the potter’s wheel. He will make you a vessel of beauty regardless of how marred our past may be.

Through the visit to the potter’s house God spoke to Jeremiah and to all of Israel, reminding them of His sovereign right to do what He pleased with a marred or seemingly uncooperative vessel. The illustration at the potter’s house did not only demonstrate God’s right to display judgment, but also His right to display mercy. He was free to work with a previously marred vessel if He chose to do so. Yet He was also free to take back good He had done to a nation if they did evil in His sight.

Aren’t you glad that we serve the God of a second chance?

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Are you at a place in your life where you need to re-surrender your life to Jesus?  Is your brokenness becoming to much to bear?  You can start a surrendered life to Christ today, or renew your commitment to him today.  This is a sample, simple prayer, but the words are powerful and full of meaning.  If  you believe them Christ will make something beautiful out of your brokenness:

Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Savior and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

It starts now!  Your brokennes can be turned into God’s purpose for your life.

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When God is Silent

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When God is Silent

So the sisters sent word to Jesus,Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”  John 11:3-4

When Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus that their brother and Jesus’ friend was gravely ill and requested that He come, Jesus delayed going. The family went through the entire funeral process and by the time Jesus got there Lazarus had been dead four days.

Mary, knowing the healing power of the Master said, “Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” That would be correct. If He had come and healed Lazarus, they would have learned nothing new about Jesus, but by waiting four days, it allowed Him to show even more power. His delay and silence was not rejection. Rather it was an opportunity to know more of himself than they had ever known.

When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, already wrapped in grave clothing, it was quite a spectacular event, far greater than healing a live person.

Have you ever been frustrated when you didn’t hear from God? Perhaps it is because He wants to teach you a new revelation about himself. Whenever silence comes, continue doing the last thing God told you while you watch and wait for a fresh encounter with Him.

When you don’t hear from God, you can respond in one or two ways. You can become discouraged or you can patiently wait while God gives you a deeper knowledge of himself. The response you choose will determine your relationship with God.

Some responses are good enough to wait for. Never consider the silence of God to be the rejection by God. He knows the perfect timing for the maximum effect.

Perhaps you are not ready for His next step. Maybe He is waiting for you to elevate your prayer level or to deepen your knowledge of scripture. But when you are ready, He can use you in a mighty way.

Jesus was four days late to the grave of His friend Lazarus, but He was right on time.

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In a World of Trouble

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John 14:25 Peace I leave with you

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27

Many people go through life looking for satisfaction in the world around them, only to be disappointed and unfulfilled. The peace that surpasses all human understanding can be found in only one place, and that place is not in this world. It is in Jesus, who said He both left and gave us peace (John 14:27).

Does life have you down? Are you regretful over yesterday or anxious about tomorrow? You will not find lasting peace in the world around you, in circumstances or in human relationships. Jesus said He was not of this world, and neither are we, His followers. The world is enemy territory, so if we look to the world for satisfaction, we will ultimately be disappointed.

The external world is always in a state of confusion under the curse of death and decay. We need to let go of our grip on the world and grasp hold of the hand of our Savior, who came to overcome the world (John 16:33). The peace that comes from Jesus cures fear and fright. A relationship with Jesus is the only one that can give us present peace. True peace is vertical (reaching up to God) rather than horizontal (looking to others and the world).

We cannot know the future, but we can know with certainty that we will have unforeseen difficulties that take us by surprise. This happens to everyone. While some appear to live a fairly trouble-free life, we cannot know what may be happening in their lives. But one thing is certain. Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, but with Jesus, today can be a day of peace.

Lord, help me to reach up to you as you reach down to me . Help me to grasp your hand of peace, and Help me to overcome the world so I can live in the loving arms of the Master. Amen

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Matt 5:14 You are the light of the Worldv

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew. 5:14

Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount along the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the shadow of the highest mountain in Israel on which is located the town of Safad. Because of its height, the lights of the city can be seen from miles away.

He used the city to drive home a point, saying: Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they set it on a lamp stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew  5:15

Jesus proceeded here to show them that the very reason why they were enlightened was that others might also see the light, and be benefited by it. When people light a candle, they do not conceal the light, but place it where it may be of use. So it is with religion. Religion is given that we may benefit others. It is not to be concealed, but to show itself, and to shed light on a surrounding wicked world.

This passage sets forth instructions regarding the Christian’s light, or influence, in the world: (1) Christ forbade hiding it under a bushel, that is, permitting business and commerce to obscure one’s influence for the truth. (2) He warned against hiding it under a vessel, that is, permitting cares, duties, and obligations of life to take precedence over faith. (3) He prohibited hiding it under the bed of licentiousness, laziness, or idleness.

What then should be done with the light or influence of the Christian’s life? It should be placed upon “the stand.” And, what can this be? It is nothing less than the church of Jesus Christ, namely, the local congregation.

How bright does the light of Jesus burn in your life and in your congregation that others may see the light? The light of Jesus illumination from us is the essence of discipleship.

Do you let the duties of the day to take precedence over our sharing the light? Pray that the light of Jesus may shine brightly in your life so that others may see the essence of the Gospel.

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