Good morning everyone,
Well it seems as though I just got home and before I know it, I'll be back on the road to finish the year out! It is extremely taxing this time of year because I don't really get to stop to count my Blessings! I'm reminded quite regularly that I have so much to be thankful for and how Blessed I am to be grounded in the Word! Also let this devotional be a reminder to not let our Blessings be a determent from remembering our Savior! 'Even while they had their own kingdom, they did not serve You even though You showered Your goodness on them. You gave them a large, fertile land, but they refused to turn from their wickedness.' So from this reading let me make a couple of suggestions for all of us to consider as we try and please Him! Praise Him for 'Everything' no matter what it is and stay grounded when a material possession comes into your life. Unless it is a Spiritual Blessing, all physical things will cease to exist at some point. They really are only for a season!! James 2:2-4 says, 'For instance, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in shabby clothes. If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, "You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor"---well, doesn't this discrimination show that you are guided by wrong motives?' If you have many possessions but you forget that they were given to you so that you can Bless others, you too can fall into that terrible trap! If we judge a book by its cover and not by its content, we will be no better than those that hung our Savior on the cross! After all, Godly content of the heart is what our Savior wants us to build so that our hearts becomes so full that we give that to others! That is Godly character and Godly character is more important than any accomplishment that you can achieve in this life! May God richly Bless you as you prepare for the Lords Day tomorrow!
Your brother in Christ,