Don’t trade immediate joy for inner joy

Matthew 22:37-38 (AMP)  37 And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).  38 This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.  

We are to love God with everything we have.  Once in a while we need to ask ourselves what is really the most important thing in our life?  We might say God but it is really God?  Do we spend the amount of time with God we should be if He is first in our lives?

Who are you going to serve in your life, God or money?  What does it mean to compromise?  To compromise is going a little lower than what you believe. Once we start compromising in our walk with God, it’s easier to make additional compromises.  Just because the world and other Christians are living a certain way, it does not mean it is the way you should live.  You can compromise your flesh to live a higher life or you can compromise your spiritual life to live to please yourself.  When you choose the higher life you will reap the rewards in store for you.  Be careful not to trade immediate fun for inner joy.

God does give us things for enjoyment, even money.  It’s okay to have things like money as long as they do not take the place of God in our lives.  God gives us things for enjoyment but pay attention to make sure those things do not become our main focus.  Don’t let things control you.         

Matthew 6:24-25 (AMP)  24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).  25 Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?   

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About lisajohnson401

My true belief is that the best way to preach is by our actions and not our words. However, we need some daily inspiration to keep us on our path. We as Christians have a responsibility not to judge others by our words but to show the love of Christ by loving them where they are at on their personal journey in life...and if they never turn their life over to Christ, continue to love them for who they are - after all God does.
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