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Amassing the Kingdom Not the Pockets
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Tags: inspirational

What shall I render to the Lord for all of his benefits towards me? I will take up the cup of salvation, And call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord, Now in the presence of all of His people. (Psalm 116:12, NKJV)

I beseech you brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1, NKJV)

“Bless the Lord all my soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.” Thank God for yet another privilege to speak as the “Holy Spirit gives thee utterance.” God is an awesome God and worthy of all of the praises and I am thankful and humbled that he chose me as an instrument for his glory, that is why I thought it necessary to talk today in reference to what is our true motivation for what it is that we do as it relates to God’s work and advancing the kingdom? Because like it or not, as Christians our first focus should be faithful obedience and total submission to God’s will for our lives and serving him until he returns.

It is quite evident as we look all around us that people need God at the forefront of their lives. They chase after money, status, position, titles and all the things that the world tells them makes a person whole and complete but often times more than not, they find that after acquiring these things, they are still empty and unfulfilled. Why? Because what they are searching for through things is a fallacy. It isn’t things that makes us who we are but it is God that completes us! So having stated such, we as people of God need to understand that going after stuff should not be our main focus and objective either but chasing after God and winning souls for him. Too many people engage or entangle themselves in the cares of life to the neglect of their relationship with God and the Bible tells us emphatically that, that is a tool of the enemy to get us distracted that we may become fruitless (Luke 8:14, NKJV).”

I don’t know about you but I desire to live a life that is obedient and surrendered to the will of God. I am not perfect nor am I claiming to be but it is my desire to serve God while I have time. I recognize that there are innumerable opportunities all around me to bless others and if I allow myself to make money and the “world’s goods” my focus then I can’t be all God requires me to be. If what I do is motivated by fine cars, fine houses, “people praises,” titles, positions and all other insignificant things, then when those things are taken away, my passion and focus goes with it. But if what I am doing is for God’s glory and not my own, then no matter what happens on this “side of life,” I will keep my eyes upon him, “looking unto God which is the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrews 12:2, KJV).”

I don’t know who is reading this article today but I implore you “do all to the glory of God (Colossians 3:17, NKJV).” Let all that you do in life be motivated by your love for God and pleasing him, let all that you do be to see other’s lives spiritually transformed and walking in relationship with God. Let all you do not be motivated by money as it is sure “ we brought nothing with us when we came into this world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it (I Timothy 6:7, NLT ),” so, let all you do be a testimony of the awesomeness and faithfulness of God in operation in your life so that people may see you more than just another “motivational speaker” or “life coach” but one that is loving, faithful and surrendered to God, living a life that is pleasing in his sight and therefore being “salt and light” unto the earth (Matthew 5:13-16, NKJV).”

God already knows that in order for us to survive on this earth that we need to be able to financially support our families. He knows how the world operates and he knows even the things that you need at this moment but the word of God states that “if you seek first the kingdom of God and all of his righteousness then God in his time will provide the things that you need (Matthew 6:33, NKJV).” If God provided “manna” to the children of Israel (Exodus 16:35, NLT), then surely he knows how to provide for your needs and the needs of your family.

But, it is when we make “mammon” our focus that we fall into many destructive behaviors and are consumed for the Bibles states that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows (I Timothy 6:10, NLT).” And sadly, that same mindset and mentality has also crept into many churches today whereas, the primary motivation for what many ministers, evangelists and others in ministry do is geared toward money. But the Bible is very clear that there is nothing “new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NKJV).” And, that there were false prophets in Israel just as there will be false teachers among you. In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed (II Peter 2: 1, 3, NLT).”

Yes, “money answers all problems (Ecclesiastes 10:19, KJV),” but if it is used deceptively and as a means to twist and distort the word of God for worldly gain, there are consequences for this sinful and corrupt behavior i.e. “It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life (II Peter 2:21, NLT)” and, “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins (Hebrews 10:26, NLT).” In order words, there is no excuse, when we know better we do better!

In conclusion, hear the truth of the matter, serve God, trust him, let him lead and direct your life and in all that you do, do it in sincerity and with love towards God and love for people in that you tell them the truth of God’s word and acquaint them with who God is that they may have life and that more abundantly that is found only in Jesus Christ (John 14:6, NKJV).”

Living the Old Ways ~ The Amish Culture by Daniela
Category: Special Blogs
Tags: Amish traditions

Visit Daniela's blog, My Little Old World, to see more beautiful images of Amish life.

My Little Old World

Celebrate Spring Contest! From Kathleen Kohler
Category: Special Blogs
Tags: contest giveaway sping celebrate spring

Celebrate Spring Contest!
(a $100 value)

Drawing May 16

This giveaway includes gifts to help you be a little kinder to yourself and add some sweetness to your life!

How to Enter: Whether an old favorite or a new release, send me an e-mail sharing a favorite book you've read in recent months. I'll post some entries in future updates.

 

Box contains: Devotions from the Front Porch by Stacy Edwards, Count Your Blessings 14 oz. mug by Susan Winget from Lang, Herbal Retreat by Tea Forté, 8-5x7 blank Note Cards from Kohler Studios, Peony & Pomelo soy candle, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Power of Forgiveness, and a Blue Songbird Scarf!

*** U.S. entries only please

Creating Christmas Traditions
Category: Special Blogs
Tags: Holidays PEOPLE RAISING KIDS and tagged Bible Christmas cards Christmas Pageant Christmas story in Luke 2 Christmas Traditions Deuteronomy 11:1

Let’s create good and healthy memories!  An excellent family devotion during the Christmas season is to pray for the senders of the Christmas cards we receive each day.

Years ago a Bible study leader recommended we read the Christmas story from Luke 2 to small children every day between December 1 and 25.  We did this.  Remarkably, the kids did not tire of hearing the same story again and again.  In fact, they enjoyed the repetition! Soon they were reciting with me.  The following year we did it again.

What to do on Christmas day with the extended family?  Once the gifts are opened and tummies are full, what next?

We enjoyed talent shows—with one rule:  Every family had to take part!
They could sing, dance, recite poetry, tell a story, juggle oranges, play an instrument, show off their gymnastics, recite Scripture, read Scripture, etc.

My father played guitar and although he’d begin leading us in Christmas carols, he’d end up singing his favorite oldie,  “The Yellow Rose of Texas.”  Dad typically sang off pitch, but we loved him and loved his singalongs.

I remember the violin duets I did with our daughter and the musical ensemble when my husband would join in on his recorder. We’d inevitably make mistakes and there would be laughter and fun.

One year we put on a family Christmas Pageant with cousins. Today our grandchildren are doing the pageants and will invite neighbors to attend.  They make it an event, serving hot chocolate and cookies.  How sweet it is to see a newborn grandchild asleep in the manger.

Want the script?  Here it is from my Christmas post last year:  http://www.kathleensfaithwalk.com/raising-kids/christmas-pageant-script/

  •  Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.      Deuteronomy 11:18-19
 
from: www.kathleensfaithwalk.com 
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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MORAINE LAKE IN BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
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Tags: NATURE
  1. Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Canada

    At over 6,000 feet above sea level, and located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is one of the highlights of Alberta, Canada’s immense Banff National Park. Fed by Fay Glacier, this high alpine lake takes on what seems an impossibly brilliant turquoise hue in daytime. The explanation? Rock flour. It’s what results when glaciers crush their way across rocks as they migrate. A suspension of these rock particles in meltwater runoff – called glacial milk – then flows into the lake and creates an incredibly vivid tint . Still, we like to think Moraine Lake is at least as beautiful under the starry nighttime sky.
Hanging Water Garden Giveaway
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You are invited to join us for the Water Garden Giveaway sponsored by Katherine’s Corner!

Enter to WIN and make a few new bloggy friends along the way!

This month’s giveaway is sponsored by Katherine’s Corner, Katherine’s Corner Shop and Simple Nature Decor. The cash prize is provided by Katherine’s Corner and some of her bloggy friends ( listed below).

One winner will receive this beautiful hanging water garden from Simple Nature Decor ( this prize is valued at $65)

AND $50 via PayPal or Amazon gift code ( winners choice)!

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