Tuesday, October 27, 2020
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)
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
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 <email@example.com>
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)
Today's Bible Readings:
Passage: Acts 9-10
Passages: 2 Samuel 20; 2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Canadian Bible Society Daily Bible Reading: Micah 3:1-12
Jesus promised, "If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask
for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19
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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
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.
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
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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2 - Today's Verse is based on Verse of the Day.
3 - Daily Manna is from the Canadian Bible Society.
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5 - The Two-Year Bible Reading Plan is from the Cambridge Daily Reading Bible ©1995 Cambridge University Press
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