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Don’t lose your passion for God!                        February 8th

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart…’ Deuteronomy 6:5
There’s an interesting sequence of events leading up to Peter’s denial of Christ. First, Jesus warned Peter that he was a target: ‘”…Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren”‘ (Luke 22:31-32). Next we read that when the authorities came to arrest Christ, Peter ‘…followed afar off’ (Luke 22:54). Notice, Peter had grown distant from Christ. Then the man who swore he’d die for Jesus denied knowing Him. At that point the rooster crowed, Peter remembered his promise to Jesus, and ‘went out, and wept bitterly’ (Luke 22:55-62). Observe how it works: a) you’re unprepared for the enemy’s attack when it comes b) you allow work and family pressures to cause you to forget that your first commitment must always be to God c) you end up spiritually defeated. You say, ‘That will never happen to me.’ That’s what Peter said! The reason ‘”Satan hath desired to have you”,’ is because he knows that when you become passionate about God’s purposes, you are unstoppable. Indeed, the very desire that’s burning within you right now is the fuel that enables you to withstand his attacks. There’s a reason the crucifixion has been referred to as ‘The Passion.’ The Bible says of Christ: ‘…who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God’ (Hebrews 12:2 NKJV). Even as He was dying, Jesus was ministering to others. That’s passion! So the Word for you today is, ‘Don’t lose your passion for God.’
http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=08%20Feb%202009

Worried about money?                             February 7th
‘”…Do not worry…”‘ Matthew 6:31
The Psalmist said, ‘I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread’ (Psalm 37:25 NIV). Has God ever failed you? No, and He won’t now: ‘You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you…’ (Joel 2:26 NIV). Stop trying to figure everything out. Instead, lean on God. ‘Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass’ (Psalm 37:3-5). Just keep doing what God has told you to do: ‘”…obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful…do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”‘ (Joshua 1:7-9 NIV). Don’t be anxious; God won’t fail you. ‘…do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?”…your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:31-33 NIV). Relax, He’s Jehovah Jireh, ‘The Lord will provide!’
http://www.ucb.co.uk/index.cfm?itemid=88&testdate=07%20Feb%202009

till next time,
easy does it 🙂

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