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Intoxication of Success
Jan 17 3:45 AM

Intoxication of Success

Jan 17 3:45 AM
Jan 17 3:45 AM

Intoxication of Success

Nor will we say anymore to the work of our hands, ‘You are our gods.’

Hosea 14:3

In our culture, it is all too easy to become consumed with success. Society teaches us to strive to make the most money, to build the biggest houses, and to drive the fanciest cars. We measure success, not by the quality of a person’s character or the impact they make in the lives of others, not even by their piety and devotion to God. Instead, we measure success by the accumulation of material things. Sadly, this is a reality not only in the broader culture, but it is a reality in much of the church culture as well. We often, in great error, equate riches with blessings.

This constant striving for material wealth is unhealthy in its own right, but it also leads to a dangerous consequence—the elevation of the “blessing” over the One who makes the blessing possible. This pattern was seen often in the history of the nation of Israel. Israel, of course, was God’s chosen people. They had a special relationship with God and were instructed to worship God alone. But time after time, they turned their worship from the one true God and worshipped idols made of wood and stone.

To be sure, it is God who gives us the power to create wealth, but we should never worship the success that God has made possible. When we do this, we have, in effect, replaced the image of the one true God with the image of our own success.  This condition is often manifested in pride and arrogance, and we know that pride comes right before the moment we fall. 

It is a dangerous thing for us to get to a place where we worship the things we have made, rather than worshipping the God who made the universe.  Let us focus our worship exclusively on God our Father and watch our relationship with Him flourish into a loving harmony between our soul and His heart.

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Day 31
Jan 31 12:51 AM

Day 31

Jan 31 12:51 AM
Jan 31 12:51 AM

THE WEIGHT OF THE WAIT

By Marlin and Monica Harris

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint

Isaiah 40:31

We (Monica and Marlin) wanted to share a few thoughts with you as we come to the close of this fast. What a journey it has been sitting at the feet of Jesus each day and listening to the ‘sacred whispers’ of the Holy Spirit as He speaks His peace and hope to our hearts. We have all cried, laughed and learned together as we have been on this amazing journey of self-discovery. We are becoming our best selves. We are challenging the old habits of our past, and finding new paths to walk in. 

 

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Day 30
Jan 30 12:23 AM

Day 30

Jan 30 12:23 AM
Jan 30 12:23 AM

Streams in the Desert 365 Devotions, Pages 452-453

By L.B. Cowman, Editor

“…there we saw the giants.”

Numbers 13:33

Yes, the Israeli spies saw giants, but Joshua and Caleb saw God! Those who doubt still say today, “We can’t attack…; they are stronger than we are” (v. 31). Yet those who believe say, “We should go up and take possession... for we can well able to do it” (v. 30). 

These giants represent, for us, great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. They are in our families, our churches, our social life, and even our own hearts. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites, fearing those in Canaan, said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size” (v. 32). We should exhibit faith as did Joshua and Caleb, who said, “Do not be afraid..., because we will devour them” (Numbers 14:9). In effect, they told the others, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to defeat.” 

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Day 29
Jan 29 12:21 AM

Day 29

Jan 29 12:21 AM
Jan 29 12:21 AM

YOUR BEAUTY IS NOT FOR SALE

By Marlin D. Harris

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What does the image that looks back at you say when you walk by a reflecting glass or even see yourself in a photograph? 

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Day 28
Jan 28 12:43 AM

Day 28

Jan 28 12:43 AM
Jan 28 12:43 AM

THE WIDOWMAKER

By Dr. Reggie Anderson

(Content taken from “The One Year Book of Healing: Daily Appointments with God”)

“No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.”

Acts 2:26-27

 As a primary care physician practicing rural medicine in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, I have witnessed a lot of healing. Some of it has been through the work of medical professionals, whom God uses to carry out his good work, and some have happened supernaturally—the result of God’s direct intervention.

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Day 27
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Day 27

Jan 27 12:30 AM
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Many of the emotional and relational issues that plague us as adults are the results of seeds planted in our childhoods. I don’t mean to suggest that there is a dysfunctional family in everyone’s bloodline, but all of us were shaped by the things from our past and our parents' past and their parent’s past, etc.

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