Father, I am grateful that You have laid upon my heart to once again make our time together at this early hour a necessity. The holiday season with all of its extended hours wears me down but too long out of this mode wears on me as well. Thank You for loving me the way You do.
Matthew 6:24 (<<click the green)
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon [money, possessions, fame, status, or whatever is valued more than the Lord]. AMP
Now, this is going back pretty far but a game I remember playing when I was in Kindergarten was King of the Mountain. We played on top of an embankment and the goal was to hold your position at the top, not allowing anyone else to pull you down or knock you off and replace you.
It may have been a game of my childhood but, Lord, it is something I must decide upon each day of my life, even now. Who, this day, will be the king of my life? There cannot be two kings. Only one king can rule. Will the king of my life be money or possessions or fame or status…or will it be You, Lord?
The world is constantly trying to usurp the throne. It entices me with all kinds of temptations. This past Sunday in my sermon I quoted pastor and author David Jeremiah from his book Signs of Life.
“In case you haven’t noticed, the world frontloads its pleasures and back loads its pain. The Christian life sometimes front loads the pain, but it always back loads the pleasure. And I’d definitely rather be moving toward joy than moving away from it. That’s why I’ve chosen to live my life for the Lord and to walk in fellowship sweet.”
Lord, I choose You to be King of my mountain. Everything else will pass away, everything else will let me down, the promises of everything else will come to naught. But You?
[You] alone [are] my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken. Psalm 62:2 NIV
Jan 30th, 2018, Tues, 6:43 am