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Saturday, July 30, 2016

SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD

Psalm 119:36-37 New Living Translation
“Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money!  Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.”
       It is so easy to get caught up in the things of this world.  Life’s demands pull at us constantly. It is the challenge of the Christian to seek the face of God regularly and learn of His ways continuously so that they do not get so easily entangled in worthless things. It is by utilizing the guidance and direction given by the Holy Spirit within us that we are able to keep our eyes focused on the prize that awaits us.  Striving to achieve riches and ‘things’ in this life will leave you spiritually bankrupt. No other entity can do for us what God can do and yet we seem to find time for everything and everyone else. It’s a discipline that must be cultivated.
       Seeking and serving God will preserve our lives. The heart that plugs into the Spirit of God will be revitalized. As our focus is on those things that truly matter, the eternal things, we will slowly shed our selfish ways and begin to live lives that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father. It is then that we shall see amazing things take place that can only be seen through the eyes of faith.    
       Having our hearts turned towards God will keep us from being involved in frivolous endeavors and help us know how to live rightly in the face of temptations. It’s our choice. We can acknowledge the truth, embrace it and allow it to change us from within or we can continue to chase after temporal things. God will never make us serve Him. We have received the gift of His redemptive work on the cross. Is that where our walk with Him ends? Do we turn away once the debt is paid or do we dedicate our lives to a walk that will lead us home? We must make that decision. It’s not all about us, but something much bigger. We can make a difference in this crazy, mixed up world. Choose to serve others through Christ rather than ourselves, for when we are self-serving we achieve nothing of any eternal value. God loves us and knows what we need. The question we need to ask ourselves each morning is “what would God have me do for Him today?” Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!

Resource:  The Life Application Study Bible; published by Tyndale Publishing.

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