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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Who Are Your Priorities?

"If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
" - Jesus Christ - Matthew 16: 24-26 ( KJV)


People are far more important than things.

That is the only one thing God is taking off this planet - people.

God is smarter and wiser than us, and he loves us more than we love ourselves.

We can stomp our feet and complain at what he does - or we can appreciate that as a loving parent removes dangerous objects from their children's reach - so God will protect us from the beautiful dangers of this life.

We often think of the gospel in relation to ourselves - what do we believe - what do we need to do.

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, Psalm 17:8

We also need to think of the gospel in terms of those we love and those we will meet. How do we communicate God's love so they are prepared for the choice between things and people.

God is love - things will vanish - people will endure.


Lord God,

we come to you knowing that you will lead us in a way that is good for us - and for every one we deal with.

Help us to understand that we will not understand everything that happens to and around us.

We are willing to follow you - to stay in your perfect will.

Holy Spirit,

we ask that you guide us - so that we may follow.

lead us into righteousness, by the sacrificed blood of Jesus we are made righteous.

Jesus,

We thank you that all things work together for good to those that love you and are the called according to your purpose.

We trust your purpose lord.

Lead us.

Father,

we join in prayer now with other believers - surrendering ourselves to your leadership in love.

Let this be the start of a life lived fully, a life lived according to your purpose.

We enter into conversation with you now - direct us lord ---


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