We live in a world where there many things that claim that they are the source of all satisfaction. In this devotional from Exodus 20, we will learn that all our needs are met when we worship the Lord God alone.
1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. 2 He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. 3 “About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. 4 He told them, ‘You … Continue reading Prideful Faith Follower
All of strive to do something great in this world and we become bitter when we fail to achieve our goals. In Ecclesiastes 9, the preacher shows that there is a better way to live our lives than to seek out greatness, for our time on this earth is way too short to achieve it.
What motivates you to do what you do? The world says the reason we work is only to acquire things. Is that all there is? In the first chapter of Ecclesiastes, we will discover that such thinking is meaningless.
Contentment is the key to a joyful and full life. This is achieved when we realize the things that we have are all from God. Since what we have is from Him and everything that He gives is good, then there is no need for us to pursue any other things.
We live in a world that does not the difference between a want and a need. It claims things that are really wants as needs; and when we do not get what we want, thinking that we need it, we become upset and envious when we see others have what we want.
Each day, we must make the choice. Do we listen to the voice of God and be satisfied with His provision; or do we pursue the wants that the world says that we need? Let us daily ponder the costs if we choose the later rather than the former, for I believe the cost to following the world is far too steep. Therefore, I will choose to be thankful to my God.
“How my eyes see, perspective, is my key to enter into His gates. I can only do so with thanksgiving. If my inner eye has God seeping up through all things, then can’t I give thanks for anything? And if I can give thanks for the good things, the hard things, the absolute everything, I can enter the gates to glory. Living in His presence is fullness of joy- and seeing shows the way in” (Ann Voskamp).
It’s all about perspective.
It’s all about giving thanks and being grateful.
It’s all about living in the present, thankful for what you have instead of envious and bitter over what you don’t.
God is always present to those who know where (and how ) to look. Those with open hands of both receiving and releasing of surrender, not with clenched fists that grasp and clutch.
Gratitude is a choice that…
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The Lord has given us many things. The food we eat, the clothes we wear, the jobs we work, and the relationships we have; yet I feel we take a great deal of what God has done for us for granted. We take God’s gifts and consider them mundane, and as a result, we become unsatisfied with the daily treasures He has given to us everyday.
We need to stop chasing after precious diamonds that are not meant for us. We must stop considering the daily things we have as trivial. Let us give pause and think about how great our God is for He gave us these things. Indeed stop looking at the gifts and realize the ultimate treasure we have is God Himself.
GOD gives each one of us a Smile.
But do we give Him back His Smile?
Or do we spend a lot of time complaining and finding fault?
Can we give GOD back His Smile?
Because He can change things around.
Regardless where you find yourself in life
take time out to Smile.
Because the word of GOD says
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
So Smile for Jesus Today!
Minister Bobbie Miller, Sr.
In this eighth chapter of mission trip testimony, I discuss the importance of taking part in mission trips and the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone and meeting the needs of others.
Previously.... Four weeks ago, I began to tell of my experience going to Egypt on mission trip for the first time and what the Lord revealed to me during that adventure. In my previous post, I shared my experiences in the first village I visited which was the third day of my mission trip. Let … Continue reading Serving God on the Nile Part 5
Have you ever been jealous of somebody? What did you do to that person and how did it feel after you followed through with your plan of action. In Genesis 37, we learn what sons of Israel did with the target of their jealousy: Joseph.