The kingdom of God is like a river not a lake, once you get in it, it is hard to come out in the same place.
Mar 7:9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!
Act 5:40 and when they had called in the apostles, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
I have to obey God more than men. (Acts-they didn't kill them but they did beat them)
Sometimes the dose needs to be bigger to get it working - reading the word of God.
Am I preparing for the day I die, for eternity in heaven? Am I living my life as it is as a vapor?
James 4:14 "yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes."
Psa 39:5 Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Selah
Psa 144:4 Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.
Psa 90:12 So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Psa 118:24 This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
(even if you didn't like it!)
Phil 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
"How drastically would your life change if you rejoiced in the Lord always?"
We become consumed with our lives. We give up being consumed by Him, when we become consumed with our lives.
I am gonna give up rejoicing in the Lord, I would rather be worried and stressed.
Circumstances are more important than obeying God because of the magnitude of my responsibility.
Worry is a trust issue.
We get stressed out when we feel we are losing control.
Stressed out people get impatient, but really it is because they are losing control. Worry & stress reeks of arrogance.
What things did you worry about? Can you see yourself standing in God's throne room saying you are not big enough to handle this. (I will give you something to worry about-parent)
We are so consumed in our life that we think it is about us.
1Co 10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Were you there when God created the world? Was God talking to you when He says It is good? some people act like they think He was. This movie is about God, but we live as though it is about us.
Everything we do should point to Him.
Psa 73:3-13 "For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. And they say, "How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?" Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, "I will speak thus," I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end."
What is the point of my life? To point to Him and give Him glory.
This life is not about me.
Frankly you need to get over yourself.
Think about how your life would change if everything you did pointed to Him.
We try to tell God how we want to live our lives.
We can respond to this life in two ways, inwardly, internalize it all, live in fear because we don't trust God or externally, by reaching out to God and asking for help. If this life were predictable and stable we wouldn't need God.
If you neglect the end result then you neglect the journey of this life.
Col 1:16 "which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing--as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,"
Eph 2:10 "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
Ecc 7:2 "It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart."
What could you have changed in what you did today to more point toward God?
People waste their lives by trying to impress others, selfishness and worry when all that matters who you are before God.
Rev 3:1 "And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: 'The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. "'I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
1 Cor 3:13-15 "each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire."
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