When the world has become your benchmark for success you have lost your first love and your affections have been set to low. The highest levels of affection are those set on things above where Christ sits on the throne. I have set my mind on Jesus the author and finisher of my faith. I understand that this world is full of sin and fallen into a decay which God himself will destroy. The ungodly will hate you. Demons hate you. Fallen angels hate you. You have enemies that you cannot see all around you. Their number one goal is to limit your effectiveness for Jesus and to steal your joy.
Don’t allow the devil to steal your joy. The joy of the Lord is your strength. God has not hidden his plan from you. He told you that trials and tribulations would accompany the believer. He also told you that he would bless you through the persecution, only let it be for righteousness and not sin. God will bless you and place favor on your life when you’re committed to him. Love the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and strength. Don’t avert your eyes and compare yourself with others. Especially, if you don’t want to compare their pain, labor and suffering.
Heavenly Father, I am disconnecting myself from positioning my mind on things below and through your power have shifted my thoughts toward the blessings that are flowing inside me through your Holy Spirit. The power of God is filling me and his joy is becoming my own. I have chosen the best part. I can take my relationship with Jesus pass the curtain of death and I know Jesus has prepared a mansion for me. No earthly home compares to what Jesus is preparing for me. My mind is on the mansion, I will never lose. One that is paid in full and handcrafted by God.
I saw this article about this man with terminal brain cancer; he was a teacher who was seeking out former students trying to ascertain whether or not he had made a difference in their lives as a teacher.
This seemed to be very important to this man, as if he felt this would be his legacy in some way. As I thought on his quest for his former students I couldn’t help but wonder, if his real quest should not have been to assure his salvation and a right relationship with God.
The thought comes to mind that speaks of our “good” deeds being burned up, only what’s done for Christ will last. As this man’s illness draws him closer to his reunion with his creator I pray that he discovers his true legacy. His legacy of using his allotted time spent accomplishing the work of Christ.
We are busy with so many “important ” things everyday as our allotted clocks wind down, let’s not forget without Jesus Christ at the center of our lives nothing else matters when all is said and done. He is the reason for the season.
by Delilah (Guest Post)
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This is a slight departure from my normal speech concerning things cried out into the wilderness, but can anyone tell me why diamonds are so expensive? Why is the perception of their value so high?
You cannot digest them for sustenance. You cannot use them to procreate. You cannot use them to get closer to God. You cannot use them to create a lasting relationship. It would seem to me the more costly a ring purchased the shorter the marriage.
People kill for them. People steal them. People hire other people to kill for them. Women and some men lust over them. A person’s worth is often attached to them. It will not save you in the judgment. It will not comfort you at night. It is not soft to touch or caress.
Where did the perception come from and what is it’s value?
Please let me know where I have strayed in my opinion in the comments below.