Sunday, November 23, 2014
Gotta Choose Somebody
by Bishop Keith A. Butler
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
In this verse from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is still talking about the need to take heed, to do the right thing for the right reasons. Your eye is either clear or diseased. You can't serve both God and satan. In other words, many people want to have one foot in the world and one in foot in God's way. They want to have a church mentality while they’re in church and the world’s mentality outside of the church.
At some point in your life, however, you will be required to make a decision. You will have to declare that there is a right path. You may say, “If I do the right thing, there is going to be a cost to me. I may get hurt doing this. I may lose something doing this,” but that's just the way life is. You have to take a longer view and know that your heavenly Father will make things right in the end.
Prayer for Today
Father, thank you for planting the desire in my heart to love and serve you. I declare that my house and I will serve you all the days of our lives, trusting you to be true to your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Selah: Think on These Things
- Matthew 4:10
- Joshua 24:15
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Posted: 22 Nov 2014 09:01 PM PST
that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
Promise #327: I will root your heart in the depths of My love.
1 John 4:16 says that God is love. The Triune God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit is the perfect expression of love and we are caught up in the very center of their love relationship. Paul the Apostle prays that because of the indwelling presence of Jesus in our hearts, we will be rooted and grounded in love.
The life of any plant or tree is the root system they have. If their roots are shallow or not well developed, they are at risk of being blown away or dried up. But the deeper the root system, the stronger the plant or tree is. It is amazing to see how some trees can withstand hurricane force winds just because they have a strong root system.
In the same way, the Spirit of the living God wants to root our hearts in the very depths of His love. The more that we become convinced of God's love (Romans 8:37), the more we will know that nothing can ever separate us from His love. The more we become convinced, the deeper our root system goes.
Storms won't be able to move us, trials won't be able to cause us to question His love, nothing in all the world will be able to rock this revelation of love that is rooted deep into the heart of our Father. May today be a day where this revelation of love goes even deeper than yesterday, for our Papa's mercies are new every morning.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
“God sees hearts as we see faces.” – George Herbert