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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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When I Fall In Love

Yesterday, I was standing in the queue, practicing social distancing, waiting to buy my fish, chicken, peas, and chips, when a man approached, singing his own version of a Nat King Cole song: "When I fall in love, it will be for money…"

It got me thinking.

We hold on to stuff, experiences, people, and possessions. We want to acquire more. We set our hearts on them, good or bad.

I am drawn to (not addicted to, honest!) watching Aussie Gold Hunters on demand. It fascinates me how these people endure hours, days, even months of disappointment, dust, heat, and flies, as they strive to get their heartfelt "fair share" of gold.

Some are novices, and some are more adept, seasoned, hardened to the vagaries of the climate and machines breaking down. They reinvest their money, time, and energy into machinery in the hope of making even more money from the high value that the world puts on gold. They want more, but at what personal cost?

Matthew 6:21,24b – Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)

To serve money is to put the acquisition of stuff above our devotion to God, and God is jealous for our devotion.

Mostly, we are naturally acquisitive, storing up now for later. There is nothing wrong with acquisition, per se, if we are mindful of its potential for distraction from God. There is nothing wrong with the desire to work hard for stuff, provided we put Jesus' kingdom first. At the same time, we should be careful not to cling to the stuff for its own sake when, if, it arrives.

Jesus' observation about the poor widow's small offering shows that He does not care about the amount that we give to God, but about the heart attitude in which we give. Letting go of my wealth is a hard thing, especially when I want to get the stuff for ME. Jesus' warnings were clear:

Mark 10:23b – How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! (ESV)

However, all things are possible, including letting go of the stuff into the hands of Jesus. So today, maybe try with me to lay down some of the stuff that we have clung to in our hearts that are not God's good and perfect will for our lives.

Prayer: Lord, here we are again, a bit sheepish, but with thankful hearts that You are slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. You have not left us without hope or without a Saviour to set us free. Forgive us for our failures, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, help us to play our part in letting go of the thraldom which we have stored in our hearts. We lay it all down today, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Rod Marshall <>
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Today's Verse2: 1 Samuel 10:27 – But some troublemakers said, "How can this fellow [Saul] save us?" They despised him and brought him no gifts. But Saul kept silent. (NIV)
Daily Manna3: Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. (Joel 2:13b NLT)
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One-Year4 Scripture Passage: Acts 9-10
Two-Year5 Scripture Passages: 2 Samuel 20; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Micah 3:1-12
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Worldwide Ministry posted on 10/27/2020
In Yemen — Pray for the people of Yemen who have suffered, since March 2015, from a civil war. Please pray for their spiritual and physical needs. Pray for believers to stand strong in the face of opposition, and to draw strength from Jesus.

Travelling mercies and wisdom granted! posted by Ruth Baker on 10/26/2020
Father, my son O. is traveling to Florida to seek a better way of living! He has hopes of starting a business there to support his family and fulfill his dream in life! Lord grant safety as he travels,. Fill his heart with wisdom and reveal your will and plan for his family! Help him to find joy and peace in you and trust you for each day of his life! In Jesus name. Amen

More On "My Daughter", originally posted on 10/11/2020
Please pray for mu daughter: That she will return to the Lord wholeheartedly; that she will be... (more)
Update posted on 10/26/2020: Ask the Lord to awaken her spirit, so that she will be obedient, to honour the Lord completely, to submit to His will, to have remorse and repentance in her heart and to ask for forgiveness from the Lord. Pray that the godly man God has chosen to be her husband will come now or very soon. Pray that humility and gentleness will clothe her. That God's wisdom and understanding will be poured upon her. Pray that foolishness will depart; that she will recognize deception and lies and flee from evil; that God's angels will protect her; that God will pour out His Spirit upon her; that she will receive the Holy Spirit with all her heart. She needs the fear of the Lord. She will be getting a biopsy of her mediastinal mass on November 9. Pray that it will be benign; that Alison will know for sure that the Lord, is the One who saved her.

update on MH posted on 10/26/2020
Praise the Lord they have found an apartment and move November 7. Thank you for all your prayers to our loving Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father, to You be all praise and glory for Your mercies to us. Amen

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