Hebrews 12:1(NKJV) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Point to Ponder: Do you think that our lives are out of control?
It’s not a surprise that economists have repeatedly warned that Americans have become addicted to spending and shopping, and at the same time they are crushed by debt all in an attempt to attain lifestyles beyond their means. Educators, pastors, and child professionals have long testified that generations of over-indulged American kids are growing up seriously lacking in discipline, direction, and conviction.
The common denominator here is excess. It’s become our way of life, and to put it straight, it’s destroying us. Doctors and nutritionists speak regularly of the rising obesity rate and the danger it represents. Then we have those that spend excessive amounts of time in the gym concerned about their weight and how they look! Yes from one extreme to the other and God is left out of the equation more times than we care to admit!
I don’t think the question can any longer be: do we know? We must ask ourselves an even tougher question: do we care? The apostle Paul said that he learned to be content in all circumstances. We can take a lesson from him: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want (Philippians 4:12).
Quote- Frederick Keonig “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”
Prayer- Divine God, help us (me) to find contentment and fulfillment in you. Forgive us (me) for living a life of excess especially without You. Help us (me) today, our Lord to take honest stock of the things in our (my) life that are excessive. In Christ name, Amen.
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr