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King of the Mountain

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

A Matter of Time

Father, as I sit with You this morning, the world is just flying by! Everyone is in so much of a hurry to get to who knows where. May my mind settle on You, Father. Quiet my spirit. At this moment there is nothing more important than You. Amen.

Revelation 4:1 (<<click the green)

Lord, once again I appreciate the tools You have placed within my hands. My study Bible* gives me an excellent overview as Your word transitions from the “churches” to the future of The Church as a whole.

Verse 1 is the beginning of what John witnessed in the “throne room of heaven.” My study Bible* goes on to say, “God is on the throne and orchestrating all the events that John will record. The world is not spinning out of control; the God of creation will carry out his plans as Christ initiates the final battle with the forces of evil. John shows us heaven before showing us earth so that we will not be frightened by future events.”

Lord, one of the biggest struggles we have, as we see the evil that is so prominent in our world, is the feeling that evil is winning. I have not watched a full news program on TV in years! For me, for the most part, it is a synopsis of evil. It is composed mainly of pain and loss and violence and hatred…I don’t need that filling my heart and mind. I realize that, to some degree, I need to be aware of what’s going on in the world (and to pray for those caught up in it all) but there is no reason to immerse myself in it, soaking up every tidbit that is thrown my way.

Evil is not winning! As the old Christian cliché goes, the war has already been won! You, Lord, are the victor! Battles may still be raging, skirmishes still abound but You are the King and everything will be brought under Your control, in Your time.

May I be faithful, Lord. May I keep everything in its proper perspective. You are on the throne and, again, there will come a day, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 It’s just a matter of time.

Aug 7th, Mon, 6:41 am

*Life Application Study Bible New Living Translation

Children of the King!

Father, I’m so glad we have the quiet of this morning together. Before the day gets rolling and many things and people and noises start overtaking me, I am Yours alone. Bless our time together.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (<<click here)

One of our many shortcomings, Lord, is not truly grasping that You, the almighty Creator of the universe, extend Your might and resources to each and every one of us. We mope around as beggar children as if we have no choice but to go it alone with empty hands and pockets.

We may live that way but reality refuses that lifestyle. Today’s passage is one of many that stands boldly before us proclaiming Your power – being raised from the dead – and how out of Your abundance You wait to equip us with all we need for doing your will.

Lord, we are not paupers; we are children of the King! We are not defenseless before the powers of this world, both seen and unseen, but we are led by a mighty Warrior whom nothing has and nothing ever will defeat. You have conquered sin and death!

May we live our lives in Your power! “All glory to You forever and ever! Amen!”

July 23rd, Sat, 5:57 am