Praise the Lord always 2x praising the Lord with all my heart praise the Lord with all my heart always. Alleluia, my Lord is good. Alleluia, my Lord is good. Alleluia, my Lord is good, He is good to me. Who is like unto Thee O Lord Who is like unto Thee O Lord among the God who is like Thee, glorious in holiness fearful in praising doing wonders alleluia!
O! Father Most Precious, hallow be Thy Name. Thank You for the gift of today. Most High God, thank You for Your mercies that endureth forever. This week has been so good to us. We are grateful to you. Thank You for Word in seasons and the gift of your Son for our salvation in Him. Thank You for sending Him to delivered us from sins and deliver us into your marvelous light.
Beloved, today is Friday, are you happy? I am very happy, what about you? Am always looking forward to it, am sure that same with you? I believe God has been merciful toward us all through the week though His Word that comes steady from the Throne and His wonders He perform in midst. Glory be to Him!
Hope by now you are knowing God more and those promises in His Word that you are yet to experience are dropping on your laps at ease. Praise God. My prayer for you is that you will no longer panic when issues of life arises rather knowing fully whom You are serving your faith becomes uncheckable. You will no longer belittle your God rather you will hold Him in High esteem because of what you know concerning Him. Praise God.
Beloved, our topic today calls for caution on our part even as God leads us to prosper in our works with Him. Let us be careful not to fail into the snare of devil. Read on:
On Loving The World
“Never give your hearts to this world or to any of the things in it… The whole world-system… (is) based on men‘s primitive desires, their greedy ambitions and the glamour of all that they THINK is splendid… ” (1 John 2:15, 16 – Phillips Translation)
But the glamour is alluring! We can identify with St. Augustine’s cry, “Give me chastity, but not yet.”
If the truth were out, many of us would have to admit that the WORLD’S GLAMOROUS ARE OUR CLOSET HEROES. We ogle their lifestyles which seem so smooth… leisurely, and in control.
Perhaps they have mastered Lauren Hutton’s secret of success, “Never, ever let them see you sweat.”
Our lives, by contrast seem to muddle along amidst our rather tired and familiar surroundings of dirty laundry, unmowed lawns, and piles of unanswered mail.
James reminds us, however, that “flirting with the glamour of this world“ is akin to being “the world‘s lover,“ an “unfaithful wife.” It is by our love of the world… by our spiritual adultery, that we become “an enemy of God.” (See James 4:4 – Phillips Translation)
Years ago I remember attending a Rotary Club meeting with the rich, the powerful and the beautiful of our town. These were the guys with the tailored pin stripe suits, Italian hand crafted shoes, and manicured nails. Cool. Polished. Together. Cultured. Or, so it seemed.
However, as the meal progressed I realized how many of these men I had privately counseled. And in those sessions, they had wept, pouted, and agonized over disintegrating marriages, rebellious kids, severe financial problems, and self-doubt over their professional abilities.
It is vital for us to understand that true fulfillment is found in the daily struggle with loving, giving, and forgiving amidst piles of laundry, raucous kids and rushed schedules. It is here that the authentic beauty of Christ’s character is being forged.
And the “glamorous” world can never match that! (Adapted from FOTM).
More caution here:
“In my prosperity I said I shall never be moved.” Psalm 30:6
“Moab settled on his lees, he hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel.” Give a man wealth; let his ships bring home continually rich freights; let the winds and waves appear to be his servants to bear his vessels across the bosom of the mighty deep; let his lands yield abundantly: let the weather be propitious to his crops; let uninterrupted success attend him; let him stand among men as a successful merchant; let him enjoy continued health; allow him with braced nerve and brilliant eye to march through the world, and live happily; give him the buoyant spirit; let him have the song perpetually on his lips; let his eye be ever sparkling with joy—and the natural consequence of such an easy state to any man, let him be the best Christian who ever breathed, will be presumption; even David said, “I shall never be moved;” and we are not better than David, nor half so good.
Brother, beware of the smooth places of the way; if you are treading them, or if the way be rough, thank God for it. If God should always rock us in the cradle of prosperity; if we were always dandled on the knees of fortune; if we had not some stain on the alabaster pillar; if there were not a few clouds in the sky; if we had not some bitter drops in the wine of this life, we should become intoxicated with pleasure, we should dream “we stand;” and stand we should, but it would be upon a pinnacle; like the man asleep upon the mast, each moment we should be in jeopardy.
We bless God, then, for our afflictions; we thank Him for our changes; we extol His name for losses of property; for we feel that had He not chastened us thus, we might have become too secure. Continued worldly prosperity is a fiery trial.
“Afflictions, though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent.”
Beloved, we serve all knowing God. Let Him guide us in the way that will lead us to eternal life. This is my conclusion I don’t know about you. May we never miss the mark in our quest for good living in Jesus Name. Mediate in all these things and as the Holy Spirit to leads you right.
See you next week by God’s grace!
Remain blessed in the Lord