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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Monday, June 4, 2012

PURSUE GOD

Are you running after God or away from Him? Do your actions indicate you love Him or are you just simply a person who is 'churched' but little else? On the other end of the spectrum are you a 'spiritual snob' looking down secretly on others who don't seem to be connected like you are? Watch out with haughtiness and thinking you have 'arrived'. Matthew 23:12 reminds us "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted".

Run after Him full steam ahead. The cares of the world will seem to melt away if you 'get into Jesus' so to speak. In Matthew 6:33 it commands us to "seek first the kingdom of God". Do you do that or do you simply identify with a church saying you're a member of 'such and such church'? Many people join churches as it seems the 'Christian' or socially accepted thing to do but do you love the Lord? Church membership is a man made concept and is no guarantee of heavenly admission upon your death. Let Christ be the center of your activities or in other words when you make your 'to do' list each day be sure to put at the top of it 'time with God'.

When you identify with Christ by calling yourself a Christian you should want to live a live pleasing to Him and be 'fruitful'. Seek peace, holiness, purity, a passion for things of the Lord, and commit the things you do to Him. Do all things for the glory of God it says in 1 Corinthians 10:31 and stay away from things you know take you away from Him. Pray daily and read your Bible. Start with Psalms, Proverbs, or the book of John. Ask God to open your heart and mind to what he wants you to learn.

1 Peter 3:10-12 says to us "For whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good, he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." Also in 1 Timothy 6:11 it says "But you man of God, flee from all of this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness."

What are you pursuing more than God? Fame and fortune perhaps? What or who is taking first place in your life?

PRAYER:Lord I know it is easy to squeeze you out of my day or to not pray at all times or read my Bible. Forgive me for the times I have only acknowledged you on Sunday. Fill me with your spirit and your joy and take away the desires for things that do not line up with your teachings in the Bible. In Jesus name. Amen.

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